Open for submissions!

Acclaimed Books is once again open for submissions from aspiring authors who need a publisher. We are open to most genres and offer our unique shared risk, shared reward publishing model. If you would like to find out more, or know an author with a great story waiting to be told, click on the following link: Authors

Shared Risk, Shared Reward Publishing

At Acclaimed Books Limited, a team has been formed to share the risk of getting books to market and promoting them. This exciting new business model brings together authors who may not have, or want, traditional publishing contracts, with all of the skilled professionals required for publishing success.

The book royalties are divided amongst the team of professionals who contribute, and the division is determined by the confidence each member has in the book’s potential for commercial success. Each member of the team can veto their involvement in a given title if they lack faith in it, have other commitments or object to the book for any reason.

For example, let’s say a brand new author with a title deemed to be good enough to take on is put forward. It may be the commercial potential is difficult to assess and to mitigate against the risk of low returns, the team might say ‘OK, but we want a bigger royalty share’. Let’s also say it’s a long book in need of substantial editing, the editor might say ‘OK, but only for a slightly bigger percentage’. The book promoter might also have to invest more time to ensure sales volumes meet expectations. As the professionals ‘bid’ for the share of the royalties at which they are content to be included, there will always be a reasonable level of confidence if a title is accepted. The share of royalties may also vary each year to allow the professionals to recoup their investment of time earlier and to increase the author’s share if the first year is quite low.

Year one might look something like this for a title that is difficult to assess:

On the other hand, let’s say a title is put forward from an author with a good track record in sales on other titles and with little need for attention, the team might say, ‘OK, this is low risk and not much work, I’ll do it for lower cut’.

The division of rewards might then look like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are simply examples, each title will be different as there are many factors to consider.

In addition to the author’s creative ability, the professional skills required for each book, are listed below and all are required before a title will get the ‘green light’. Provided they have the skills, a professional may fulfil more than one role, and the final team selection (as well as the decision whether or not to accept the publishing contract) will be left to the author.

Content Editor
Technical Editor
Proofreader
Cover designer
Publisher
Promoter

Acclaimed Books Limited will publish the books (including full project management) and distribute them exclusively on the worldwide Amazon sites in Kindle and paperback formats. There will be an initial contract term of three years and this will be exclusive. However, minimum performance targets will be included, below which the author may terminate the contract after six months. Each month Acclaimed Books Limited will pay the authors and professionals according to the agreed splits at the onset of the publishing contract.

From an emerging author’s perspective, they may be giving up a larger share of their royalties but in return they are getting a more professional product with a significantly greater chance of success. Few authors have the expertise to fulfil all of the roles required and we have removed the stumbling block of up-front fees. Participation is agreed on a title by title basis.

Professionals with the above skills who are interested in joining the team and authors wishing to make a submission, should contact me at the following email address: pete@acclaimedbooks.com

 

The Book Awards

The Book Awards is opening its doors to all professionals in the publishing industry!

For several years The Book Awards (www.thebookawards.com) has recognised authors with both monthly and annual awards voted for by fans. For the first time, the awards are now being extended to others in the industry.

An annual award will be granted to editors, copywriters, cover designers, reviewers, in fact any professional who provides a valuable service to the publishing industry. This may be an individual, partnership or company.

The process will mirror the existing awards, with nominations and voting open to anyone at no charge. Winners will be publicised on the site, which currently attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. Of particular interest to service professionals will be the large number of indie and self publishing authors visiting the site. Watch out for the changes coming to this site soon with nomination and voting pages.

The Author Services Network will also commence listing other professionals and links to this site will be displayed at The Book Awards.

Over the coming months a new website is being developed to reflect the synergy between Acclaimed Books Ltd, The Author Services Network, and The Book Awards.

Watch this space!