How do I get started?Your first step is to complete the Manuscript Submission form. Click Submit a Manuscript at the very top left of this page.
What does this cost me?CrossLink Publishing is a traditional publisher. One of the hallmarks of this type of company is that if your manuscript is accepted for publication, there is no cost to the author.
What are my responsibilities?If accepted for publication, you will need to provide a final, complete manuscript in electronic .doc (MS Word) format within a few weeks. In addition, you should be willing to market your book to generate sales and profits for yourself. Absent that effort, books by new authors typically sell about 100 copies and once family and friends have a copy, the book reaches it production life of about 6 months.
What format will my book be in?Although we have printed books in several sizes, our default is a 6 x 9 paperback. Hardcover books typically cost an extra $7 per copy to produce which takes them out of the preferred price range for most customers.
What about eBooks?CrossLink will convert your manuscript to high-fidelity eBooks distributed to iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Page Foundry, Scribd, Tolino, and Amazon.
Why do I have to do anything to market my book?Many authors think that one of the main reasons they need to find a publisher is to get their book marketed. Unfortunately, that has seldom been the case, regardless of the publisher. CrossLink will ensure your book appears on tens of thousands of book retailer websites, and market it for sale in stores through the Baker & Taylor Publishing Services sales staff and Noble Marketing. But the author is, and always has been, the best vehicle for marketing and promoting their books. CrossLink will assist with marketing plans through our free 20-week marketing course, a monthly author newsletter, and other channels such as the BookCrash Book Review Program.
How will the retail price be set for my book?After we know the publishing costs, we will compute the wholesale price for your book. From there it is a simple gross-up to make sure the retail price is at least 55% higher than wholesale. For more information, see Book Pricing under the Authors Menu.
Will my book be in bookstores?There are 3 non-negotiables that bookstores look for when allowing books in their stores. 1) Does the book have a barcode and ISBN number? 2) Is the book sold at trade (55%) discount? and 3) Is the book returnable? CrossLink books meet all of those criteria. However, most books are placed in bookstores by a national buyer who focuses on well-known authors with an established reader base. Although we will place your books in the Baker & Taylor Publishing catalogs marketed specifically to brick and mortar stores, books by a relatively unknown author typically have a difficult time competing for scarce shelf space in a store.
How long will it take to publish my book?The timeframe depends heavily on the quality of the manuscript you submit. The edit, typeset, and cover design process typically takes about 8 weeks. This timeframe could extend as additional editing requests are made by the author. Then, due to other pre-release marketing tasks, including catalog production schedules, and sales meetings with book buyers, the official publish date will be set to 6 months after you give final approval to your manuscript and cover.