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Your publication date will be set when your Proofs and Cover Workflow sections approved and confirmed by the Editorial Coordinator. This means your manuscript and cover are fully edited and proofed and your book is ready to send to the printer. This is normally around 4 months after the beginning of the production processs when you first upload your manuscript.
The following month, we set the publication date for ten clear months later (e.g. for a title finishing production in January, the information will go out in February for a December release). We have a nominal publishing date of the last Friday in each month (except December, when it is the second Friday) and we aim for the same publication date for ebook and paperback.
Please note that this time may be slightly extended depending on where we are in the annual buying cycle. .
It takes ten months (sometimes more) for information about your book to circulate through the trade worldwide, and this is essential to maximize your prospects of long-term success. We are represented by companies that are generally reckoned to be amongst the best independent sales teams around the world – NBN in the USA, Quantum in the UK, and Durnell in Ireland and Europe – and they cannot start selling the book until they have the finished information.
Budgets for buying in new titles in the chain retailers are set many months in advance – they will not look at titles coming out before then. Some key catalogues, like the NBN sales catalogue in North America, the bumper Bookseller Spring and Autumn editions in the UK, cover six months of titles; they need the information on ISBN, page extent, price, sales copy and cover three months before that, so ten months only just gives us enough time.