Traditional Book Publishing
If you'd like to submit your work for Traditional Publishing consideration, please email first with a brief description of your book. Include the title, author, genre, word count and a description of the work in 500 words or less. Send email submissions to the address at the bottom of this or any page with "Submission" in the subject line. You may also mail your submission via USPS in the manner described above to the address listed on the About Lauric page. Do not mail complete manuscripts unless we request them. We do not read unsolicited manuscripts. We do not return any manuscript submitted by mail unless you include an appropriate self-addressed package and postage. If we are interested, we'll contact you within 6 weeks. Please include your query and your submission in the body of the email. We do not open email attachments from unknown sources.
Should we decide to publish your manuscript, we will ask you to sign a contract allowing us to do so. The contract will outline the rights we want to acquire. That might include only the printed version, printed and electronic version and/or local or international rights to print and pay your royalties–or perhaps other options.
In the traditional publishing model Lauric pays royalties based on book sales. We pay annually in January based on the preceeding 12 months of sales. Royalties are paid only on the amount for which we've already received payment. The percercentage we pay varies based on the book genre and method of publication. All terms will be outlined in your contract.
Manuscripts we publish include: men's action adventure, women's action adventure, fiction with strong male or female characters, non-fiction relating to geopolitical issues, finance, relationships. We are interested in strong, intelligent, thought-provoking books. We are interested in publishing books relevant now and relevant 10 years from now.
The Vast Opportunities for Print on Demand
Print on Demand is flourishing and there are a lot of really solid reasons for this. Once the only option a publisher had was to carefully determine the marketability of a book and whether they had enough faith to invest in it. To be financially feasible several thousand copies had to be printed for mass distribution. Marketing, storage, returns all were risks the publisher assumed, and frequently they cut substantially into the profits of a book. If books didn't sell stores would strip them down (front covers torn off (and recycle all at great expense to the publisher and loss of royalties to the author. Sometimes these stripped books found their way into the book black market via seedy second hand book stores.
Print on Demand has changed all that. Now you can print one book at a fairly competitive cost to a much larger print run. The savings gained from not having to store the book, or from being able to print it–say in Australia or the UK to fill local orders there, versus in the US and having to ship it internationally, makes Print on Demand a very cost effective and very "green" way to print and distribute books. With the rapid rise in popularity of Amazon, E-Bay and second-hand bookstores moving their inventories online, the book industry has become a whole different animal than it was only a few years ago. Never before have potential customers had so many ways to acquire and read a book, or so much control over where they buy. Never before have prices and sources been more competitive. Once books were a luxury that you invested in and kept. You wanted them quality bound – sufficiently to, hopefully, last several lifetimes. Now books are almost disposable. Many publishers have resported to printing on poor quality paper to reduce the number of resales the book can withstand in an effort to sell more books and keep printing a reasonable alternative to electronic publication. You buy, you read, you resell. And often you can buy second-hand books for pennies in seconds online. The entire world of publishing is evolving even as I write this.
Very respectable authors see the value in Print on Demand. With a little help you can have your book on the shelf at Barnes and Noble, on Amazon in hardcover, paperback or e-book right beside traditionally published books, while avoiding the the problems of large print runs that don't sell through. You get similar exposure at a fraction of the investment, and you retain more of your earnings once the book is published.
E-book sales are growing at lightning speed. There are several companies that publish and distribute e-books. All of them have different file formatting requirements, and software and setup recommendations to make the books display in the best possible way on computers as well as on a host of portable devices. These books are read primarily on Kindle or Nook but viewing methods are expanding rapidly to tablets, phones, i-pads, you name it. Software to convert traditional books so will seamlessly download to all these devices should be simple to operate in theory, but in reality it can be fairly complicated. Most authors are interested in writing, not in learning the software required to completely reformat their book so it will display well on an e-reader. The reformatting required can be extensive, time consuming and frustrating if you are unfamiliar with the process. Because we work with these companies on a regular basis, we know the software and the requirements and can take the sweat out of converting your book so it will satisfy the requirements for Kindle and SmashWord (the company that converts E-books for Amazon, Nook and others). So if electronic publishing is what you're after, contact Lauric for details.
For more information about what publishing option might be right for you, email questions to:Jane@LauricEnterprises.com