Your writing can sell—getting
published today is possible!
Have you tried to get published—and
failed? Do you realize that less than 2 percent of the manuscripts submitted to
publishers are accepted? It may not be your book that’s at fault.
We are willing to publish good writers
that the large publishing houses must turn away. We encourage you to submit your
Why should you take the time? (See Getting Published as well as the
Acquisitions editors often dismiss
excellent writing simply because of poor construction, careless grammar and
punctuation, or unattractive layouts. You may have worked on your manuscript so
many times that you are now unable to spot simple errors in your story.
Consider having our experts cast a
professional eye over your work and give you an honest and helpful opinion. If
we don’t accept it, we may be able to tell you the best place to send it. We
may also pass on to you some “trade secrets” in the process.
Every craft has its inside
If you have ever thought, even half
seriously, that you would like to write a book about your favorite subject, then
you probably can. Moreover, given the proper editorial and publishing support,
you can probably write a successful book. It’s all a matter of doing the right
things in the right order. And it helps a great deal if you have a publisher
willing to do everything in its power to help you along.
Production & Sales
Here’s an overview of the
publication process, from beginning to end:
You submit your manuscript to us. (We
ask you to use Microsoft Word, and we provide you instructions.)
We will evaluate it, perhaps talk it
over with others who are experts in your topic. At this point, we might reach a
simple decision, or else we might enter into a series of exchanges with you,
asking for further information, seeking your opinion about problematic aspects
of the book, inviting your response to criticisms, and so on. Eventually, this
all leads to a go or no-go decision.
Should we decide to run with the book,
we offer you a contract. We like to think of ourselves as more flexible than
other publishers—able to accommodate the peculiar needs and conditions of a
particular author or project.
A specific editor will be assigned to
your book. He or she will provide editorial guidance as needed, and you will be
expected to make the necessary revisions. When you and the editor are satisfied
with the final product, the book is transferred to our copyediting department
and our design and production departments.
Our production and design people
prepare the book for printing. This includes designing the final format,
bringing the text and graphics together, and final copyediting. You will have an
opportunity to review the book before we send it to press.
Meanwhile, our marketing people will
be getting out the word about an exciting new American Book Publishing™ title. We inform the media and book
distributors of upcoming releases of our titles. We have developed an elaborate
in-house Author’s Guide of over a hundred pages that we provide to authors to
help them understand how to successfully perform their author promotional tasks
such as acquiring book reviews, author appearances, and interviews.
After you have identified your
audience and you know what problem you are trying to help them solve, it remains
only to “put the right words in the right order.” Of course, this is the
challenge, and it’s more work than most people imagine.
All that remains, we fervently hope,
is a long and successful sales run for your book!
The following is a description of the
writing, editing, and revision cycle we expect your book to go through.
Working with Your Editor
At many other publishing houses, your
proposal is evaluated and your contract is negotiated by an “acquisitions
editor.” Not so at American Book Publishing.Ô
At American Book PublishingÔ, your
editor will be intimately involved with every step of the process. When your
contract is sent in, your manuscript is edited by one of our professional staff
editors. Then you and your editor work together on rewrites until your
manuscript becomes complete and ready to go to print.
Here are some of the things to
consider in your final preparation, before you submit your manuscript. Editors
give authors high regard when such manuscript elements are well done:
your book tell the reader what he or she needs to know? Is it accurate,
complete, and useful? In sum, does it work?
treatment appropriate to the audience? If it assumes prior knowledge, does it
tell the reader clearly about those assumptions?
readable is each chapter? In a well written book, the words seem to disappear,
and the reader is gripped directly by the concepts. In a poorly written book,
the words are an obstacle, and comprehension is slow and painful. In
short, the book must be engaging and interesting. (To a technical reader, of
course, “interesting” most often means that the book tells me what I need to
know as efficiently as possible.)
organized are the chapters? One of the nicest things that can be said about one
of our books is: “Every time I had a question, the answer was in the next
paragraph.” If the author has done the work of thinking through the subject
and put everything in the right order, the reader finds even difficult concepts
easy to understand. Proper organization may mean eliminating unnecessary detail,
clarifying assumptions, or identifying the most direct “flow” through the
there alternate, more effective ways to present material? For example, a topic
that is interesting but breaks the flow of the narrative
might be recast as a sidebar.
there common grammatical mistakes that can be caught early (so they don’t need
to be fixed later by a copyeditor)? Are there infelicities of style that the
author should be vigilant against?
chapter use its terminology consistently? The editor will teach you “style
sheet” techniques used by copyeditors that will help you to remember how
you’ve used various terms.
We review manuscripts that have been sent according to our
submission instructions. Please send us an e-mail requesting our instructions,
including your name. Send your request to