SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT
Before sending your work please make sure your name and address are clearly marked on the manuscript in case it becomes separated from your letter. It is wise to retain a copy of the manuscript, and ensure that it is packed in a strong envelope or parcel, and sent preferably by recorded delivery.
Ideally your manuscript should be typed with double line spacing, although it will be acceptable if clearly written by hand.
We are also happy to accept work submitted on computer disk, on memory stick or via an email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with your contact details.
In order to consider your work and submit our proposal we will require actual sight of the complete manuscript, which will be read with a view to publication as an attractive independent book in a quality paperback or hardback edition. There is no charge for this and you are under no obligation as your manuscript will be returned to you should you so wish, although we would request that you send either the cost for the return postage or a stamped self-addressed envelope.
Once we have had the opportunity to consider your manuscript for publication under our imprint, a proposal will be sent to you detailing the style of production and all other relevant matters. If you wish to proceed further at this stage a publication Agreement will be sent for your consideration.
Payment may be made in three instalments: one third on placing your book in our production schedule, one third when the proof is returned after your approval, and the balance when the copies have been printed and are ready to be bound. Alternatively, payments may be made over a six-month period at no extra cost, although production will proceed as payments are received.
PRODUCTION OF YOUR BOOK
Our Editorial Department will revise your manuscript in respect of spelling and punctuation, taking into consideration any special wishes you may have. On request your manuscript will be returned to you after revision for your approval before we proceed further with production.
A paged proof will be sent to you during production to ensure the text and general layout of the book is to your full approval before we proceed with the printing.
We have our own artists who are able to provide suitable black-and-white or colour illustrations if required.
Our graphics department will create an individual, full colour design for the cover and will be happy to discuss any of your requirements.The cover or wrapper will be laminated with a high gloss film to enhance the appearance and durability of your book.
It is important to mention that we also have our own printing and binding facilities and therefore will enjoy full liaison with you throughout the production process.
MARKETING YOUR BOOK
The title of your book will be included in our catalogue, and we will submit copies of the book to the review editors of local publications issued in the centre or centres where you are well known. We will also invite orders from booksellers in such centres, and we will welcome your suggestions for this publicity when the book is ready.
Your book will also be available to purchase from our on-line book store, www.ahstockwell.co.uk and listed on other Internet sites, including Amazon and Waterstones. The title and author’s name of your book will be posted to major Internet search engines, such as Google and Yahoo.
We can provide promotional material featuring full details of your book for your distribution, in the form of showcards and flyers. Attractive, personalised bookmarks will also be available.
As an additional option, we are able to offer the opportunity of having your book published in digital format on all of the major platforms, such as Amazon Kindle and Apple iBookstore. This service is provided independently to the production and publication of the printed book.
Your book will be allotted an International Standard Book Number and a barcode incorporating this, together with the selling price, will be printed on the back of the book. Copies will be sent to the Agents for the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the National Library of Scotland, the Library of Trinity College Dublin and the National Library of Wales. As a requirement one copy will also be sent to the British Library and the copyright will remain your own property.
What our authors say
It was always my ambition to get the book published. I am actually over the moon with it as they say, on cloud nine. Thank you very much for the artistry of the book, it is very cleverly illustrated. I would have no problem in mentioning your company to anybody who wished to go along the same road to their books being published.
A lot of people say they are proud of me for being brave and writing the book about dementia. But I tell them it’s me who is proud of you, my publishers, you are the brave ones.
Thank you very much for the copy of our book. The print, layout and cover are splendid and we are very pleased with the result.
I wish you a very big thank you for helping me with this project. I am so very pleased with the end result. ….I hope I can come back to you again.
Thank you for making my book look so beautiful. I am truly grateful. Thank you for believing in me and for thinking I had something worthy to offer the world.
Thank you very much indeed for producing my poetry. I loved the outside cover. It was very well presented and thank you for the work and publication of it to all. I am truly delighted. Many, many thanks.
I am very happy with the completed production and appreciate greatly the efficient and effective service of Arthur H Stockwell.
On opening the packages we were delighted with the quality of the hard cover bindings. We are most grateful to you for the prompt and attentive service we receive from your company.
I must tell you that I am extremely pleased with the book. The way you have set out the poems, in my opinion, is extremely good, very pleasing to the eye and makes a really good read.
With regard to the new front cover, I love it, and it matches perfectly with the wording and layout of the back. This is definitely a book that I would take down from the shelf to buy. Thank you so much for your care and attention to my book.
The completed production has been done to my entire satisfaction. I might add that it far out does the fulfilment of my dreams. I did not expect my manuscript to be transformed into such a lovely book. I am indeed very pleased and I know it will give great pleasure to many readers. I shall most certainly place any future work in your hands, and I am so glad I had the opportunity of doing so this time.
I am very pleased with the completed production. I hope it will give pleasure to many readers and thank you again for all your help in the production of this book.
People who have read the book praise it no end. The outlook and presentation, in its production, could not be faulted and for that I thank you. Thank you also for the co-operation and courtesy shown to me during the whole production.
I must offer you my thanks for the excellent and impressive finish at the completion of my book. I can only say, I could not have asked for, or received a better Publisher than yourselves. Thank you again.
Thank you for the Manchester Evening News account of my book in their Paperback Parade. I think you have made the book the best I have ever seen.
I am absolutely delighted with the books – I truly am. My family are very impressed with the quality and overall presentation. I had a clear idea in my mind of what I required when I first wrote to you and the finished article has surpassed my expectations. I do thank you so very much. I will certainly contact you again when I have compiled my next family project.
It is certain that you have produced a book of excellent quality. I am deeply grateful and would appreciate my gratitude being conveyed to all who took part in its production.
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