We do accept a very few manuscripts each year for traditional publishing (in other words we cover all the costs up front, not the author). We hope to do more of this in the future, as finances allow. Please drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire.
Most of the time, however, we ask the author to contribute the upfront costs of editing, designing, and producing a book. The author owns all the rights to the work we do for you, and you have final veto over all design decisions. Piscataqua Press also takes a share of the net profit on the sales of each book. We believe in being utterly transparent about what we do and what we charge, so if you have any questions, please contact us!
Average Length Fiction and Nonfiction books: $2500
These books are published under our imprint, Piscataqua Press, and appear on our website. These books must be professionally edited, and this price includes full copyediting (for sentence clarity, word choice, & structure) and proofreading (for typos). If you want it, the book will also receive an editorial consult from Tom Holbrook, the head of Piscataqua Press (be careful what you wish for! Most people find this incredibly useful, but others are anxious to publish and are not interested in any rewriting.).
If you have already had the book professionally edited to a high standard, and we agree that it has been done effectively, the price will be adjusted downward. Likewise, very long or very short books will also be considered for a price adjustment, which will be decided on before work begins.
This endeavor includes:
Story consult and developmental edit, if desired
Full edit of book for grammar, flow, and continuity
Full design work and layout of manuscript
Final proofread for typos
Bulk orders available in paperback to the author at discounted price
Ebook promotions and marketing assistance
Piscataqua Press handles all accounting and pays author profits quarterly
Children’s Picture Books $1200 (paperback/hardcover)
After years of experimentation, we now only produce children’s books that can be printed within the range of services offered by our favorite, most reliable printer. We encourage you to meet with us to discuss what those options are.
Full layout of interior and cover
Scanning/Photographing of artwork as necessary
Bulk orders available in paperback at discounted price
Author receives 70% of net profit.
All accounting handled by Piscataqua Press
Picture books are WAY more difficult than they seem, and they usually take a lot of extra time and care. We suggest an author not publish a picture book unless they are confident that they can sell 500-1000 copies.
How the money works
We take two thirds of the publishing fee at the signing of the contract, and the remaining third when you have approved the final proof. This down payment allows us the time and labor necessary to help you produce the best possible book.
Ordering books for yourself:
This takes 15 to 20 days, and must be paid for when the order is placed. The cost to you is the cost of printing and shipping the book, which is generally about 50% of the retail cost of the book to the public. Orders can be as few as 10 copies.