Before submitting a manuscript to Liberty University Press for consideration, please format your manuscript using our sample interior and fill out an author proposal. All authors are responsible for the factual correctness and formatting of the manuscript, notes, and citations. Carefully follow citation guidelines established by the style guide used most frequently in your field (examples: APA, MLA, Turabian). Email your manuscript and author proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we receive your manuscript, it will be reviewed by our production team to see if it meets Liberty University Press quality and content standards. From there, we research the market to see if there is an audience for your book. After passing the production team review and market research criteria, an acceptance or rejection letter will be sent to you. If accepted, the letter will come with a contract.This process typically takes several months.
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The ISBN is a 13-digit number (formerly 10 digits) that uniquely identifies books and related media published internationally. The purpose of the ISBN is to establish and identify one title or edition of a title from one specific publisher and is unique to that edition, allowing for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, universities, wholesalers and distributors. To learn more about the ISBN, visit the official ISBN website.
Be clear, respectful, articulate, and to the point. You would be surprised how poorly presented (and poorly written) many proposals are. This is your sales presentation. Make every effort to capture the buyer's interest as quickly as possible, and hold it for as long as you can. How your proposal looks and how professionally it is presented is critical to shaping the attitude with which your proposal will be viewed. As a general rule, you should include the following:
No. Your chances of selling a book are as good without an agent as with one. Good book proposals get sold no matter who does the selling.
This varies from agent to agent. Typically, agents receive a 15 percent commission on the books they sell and everything relating to that book, such as excerpted magazine articles, audio tapes and films (but not speeches and personal appearances). A small number of agents charge a reading fee just for looking at your work. Many literary agencies charge for long-distance phone calls, photocopying, messenger services and other incidental expenses made on the author's behalf. Ask about these fees before you work with an agent. Sometimes agents bill authors directly for these expenses, and sometimes these charges are deducted from the author’s royalties. Other agents don't always charge a commission. Instead, they review and market your proposal on an hourly fee basis, charging you regardless of whether they sell your proposal or not. Most literary agencies also receive a 20 percent commission on foreign sales because they have to give a portion of the commission to the overseas agent. Some agents are also “book packagers,” agents who develop book ideas and put the idea (in the form of a proposal) together with a writer and publisher. For this, these agents can receive up to a 50 percent commission.
We work with Ingram Content Group Inc., the world's largest and most trusted distributor of physical and digital content. Ingram provides books, music and media content to over 38,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in 195 countries.
Liberty University Press cannot pursue other distribution channels on your behalf.
All books are made available on Amazon.com and the Barnes & Noble website, and are displayed on the Liberty University Press website. Ebooks are also made available on iTunes. Additionally, books are stocked through a prominent distributor which accommodates thousands of bookstores in the U.S. and around the world.
Yes. Your local bookstores can order through our distributor (Ingram Content Group) or directly through Liberty University Press.
If you would like to order additional author copies of your book, you may do so by emailing email@example.com. Please include the quantity of books you want to order, along with the address they will be mailed to, and your shipping method of choice (regular/expedited). Payment is required before an order will be placed. You may pay with cash, check, or credit/debit card.
Book orders take 3-10 days to process and print at the printer, and then another 1-2 weeks to ship. Expedited shipping is available for purchase if you need the books in a faster timeline. Liberty University Press cannot guarantee the timeline in which book orders will arrive.
Due to workload restrictions our staff members are not available to meet un-signed authors.
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Absolutely. We will brainstorm cover concepts with you before the design process begins. You will also see your book’s cover and interior layout two times before it is published.