What We Do
We work with our authors to design, publish and market their books.
Once a book proposal is agreed by the editorial board, we will submit a draft contract to you and appoint a commissioning editor who will work with you throughout the following process:
RECEIVE TEXT AND IMAGES
You submit the full manuscript in a Word file with illustrations attached separately. These should be of a suitable quality for reproduction and at least 300dpi. We need to ensure that copyright has been cleared and check for attributions.
A STRUCTURAL EDIT
This involves the commissioning editor looking at everything from the book’s structure to the narrative style; it also means considering whether illustrations, appendices, bibliography, notes and an index may be needed.
Next comes the copy editing. This is designed to catch all the errors and inconsistencies in the text, from spelling and punctuation to facts, figures and style.
Once the copy-edit is finished, we will discuss with you any queries that may have arisen.
DEVELOP THE BOOK COVER
The book cover is an important feature of the book – it’s one of the most important factors in encouraging customers to pick up the book and pay for it at the till. Our designers will work with you to produce a cover for your book.
The book is issued an ISBN.
DESIGN & LAY-UP (TYPESETTING)
Sample lay-up designs will be developed. These will be used to set out the text and illustrations.
First proofs are read by the author. This is the last chance you get to make amendments.
The final number of pages and book size will be determined by this stage.
The manuscript is then dispatched to one of our lay-up partners to be turned into page proofs.
Second proofs, or ‘revises’, are checked against the collated first proofs and any last-minute queries are attended to. Once you have signed off this copy it is sent for printing.
GOING TO PRESS
The size of the print run will be decided based on advance sales and market research.
The retail price is decided and any promotional offers and discounts are agreed.
Catalogue entries, advanced information (AIs) and press releases are generated.
Print sales and eBook sales come through a mixture of marketing, publicity, word of mouth and on-line promotion. Export sales are achieved using international agents and reps.
Your book will be marketed alongside all our titles by existing authors.
Our standard package includes the generation of AIs (Advanced Information – details of your book sent to distributors to help them place your title in the marketplace); the catalogue entry; author biography and review requests.
MARKETING & PUBLICITY
Libri works with you and the media on ‘free’ marketing. This covers a mixture of features that could include reviews, features, author interviews, bookshop readings and signings. You play a key role in this stage as many sales will be generated through existing networks and social media, in the form of blogs, viral publicity or tweets. This applies to books being published in print or electronically.
OUR MARKETING ROUTES
Our routes to market are NBNI, the book distribution, and supply chain specialists, who ensure that Amazon.co.uk is serviced and updated. Currently, we also use Quantum Publishing Solutions and for Europe our sales agents are Durnells.
IPG (Independent Publishers Group) are our USA and rest of the world agents. They link with Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com and many other retail chains in the States.
We also use Lightning Source (owned by Ingram) who deal with our print on demand (PoD) sales and market our books globally.
Selling rights includes anything from dealing with requests for film or television rights, the sale of translation rights to other countries, or serial rights to a newspaper. All are opportunities to promote the book and earn additional income for author and publisher.
Royalties are payable on the net receipt of book sales. The rates for royalties will vary depending on the volume of sales and the level of author contribution.