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The Book Guild is an independent publisher with an eclectic list in both fiction and non-fiction. We accept manuscripts direct from authors or via agents in all genres. Details on how to submit to us are given below – we prefer electronic submission, but accept submissions by post. Information on The Book Guild and how we work is given opposite. Siamese cat isolated on white

How to Submit

Electronic submissions

Text should be saved in Word with all chapters in one document. You can email it to us at [email protected] (with the subject line marked as ‘submission’, followed by the title of your book) or send a CD or USB device. Please bear in mind that our email servers cannot handle very large attachments, so if you have photographs or illustrations to accompany your work please send them on a CD or USB or in print.

Print submissions

Printed manuscripts should preferably be typewritten. Please do not send the only copy of your manuscript or photos as we cannot be held responsible for loss or damage of any material. If you would like us to return your manuscript, please enclose an SAE with the correct postage. Please send your manuscript to:

The Book Guild Ltd

9 Priory Business Park

Wistow Road

Kibworth

Leics LE8 0RX

We shall acknowledge receipt of your manuscript when we receive it and will reply within two to three weeks of submission with feedback.

The company is well respected by retailers and other publishers alike, and our books are sold UK-wide through bookshops as well as online retailers. The Book Guild Ltd is now part of a large independent publishing group with an excellent reputation, so all Book Guild authors benefit from the market penetration and publishing expertise of an established trade publisher.

Marketing & Promotion

For information on how we market and promote our book to retailers and the media, take a look at our information booklet below.

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

Ray Bradbury

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.

James Michener

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.

William Wordsworth

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.

George Orwell

Publishing with The Book Guild

The Book Guild has acquired a solid reputation for publishing books across all genres since its establishment over 30 years ago. As a trade publisher, we take on new titles that we feel have commercial potential only. The company operates both traditional publishing and partnership publishing models, but always with an emphasis on quality.

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts in all genres for consideration. Submissions from agents are accepted but an agent is not essential, we accept author submissions direct. All submissions will first be considered for a traditional publishing model; if we do not feel that a manuscript is suitable for our traditional publishing programme, we will then consider it for some form of partnership publishing. Details on how to submit are given opposite.

Traditional Publishing

Under our traditional publishing model, we bear all the expense of publishing a book, and we may pay an ‘advance’ on royalties to the author. Due to the high level of risk in conventional publishing, books generally have to be considered to have great market potential. Each year, The Book Guild brings out conventionally published titles that we think will sell well in the mass market, and we have an excellent record of sales. Traditional publishing enables us to maintain a position in the marketplace that benefits all the books that we publish.

Partnership Publishing

If we can’t offer a traditional publishing arrangement for a new manuscript, we may offer a partnership publishing arrangement, but only if we believe the manuscript has commercial potential and is of a suitable standard. Our partnership arrangement usually includes a financial contribution from both The Book Guild and the author towards the cost of publishing, with the author financing anything from 25% through to 75%, depending on the level of risk we can take on a manuscript. If we are prepared to take on a book as a partnership project, we shall make a proposal that includes the financial contributions from The Book Guild and the author. The Book Guild will always fund some of the costs of publishing under our Partnership Publishing arrangement, we do not offer a wholly author-financed option (i.e. self-publishing). This is a unique publishing arrangement that gives authors (especially unknown authors) a combination of a book published, distributed and marketed by a professional publishing house coupled with part author financing. Our partnership publishing model combines the best from commercial publishing and self-publishing, where we bring an experienced publishing and publicity team, a commercial infrastructure and market penetration, and you invest a proportion of the overall costs in your manuscript. Siamese cat isolated on the white background

What The Book Guild Do…

The following outlines the range of activities that we may undertake (depending on the project) to publish, distribute and market a book, whether it be under a traditional or partnership arrangement.

Title Set-up

The application of an ISBN to your book, and management of the associated bibliographic data. Curation of metadata to make the book as visible as possible to buyers.

Editorial

Manuscript editing on screen carried out in MS Word using ‘track changes’, checking grammar, spelling and punctuation, consistency and repetition and, if necessary, the editor will suggest changes to structure, characterisation and narrative (fiction only).

Production

All functions necessary to produce a high quality bookshop-ready title. This includes text design and layout, typesetting, commissioning illustrations (if appropriate) and cover design. This is everything required to turn your manuscript into commercial-standard files that are ready to print your book.

Ebook Conversion

If we feel that an ebook edition of your manuscript is also a commercial reality, we convert your book files into both ePub and Mobi ebook formats. The ebook is then distributed to retailers worldwide through our extensive distribution network, which includes not only Amazon, but Apple, Kobo, Srib’d, Barnes & Noble, OverDrive, Gardners and Google Play, among others.

Printing

We set very high standards for our printing, and usually our books include some sort of special cover effect to make them stand out to retailers and readers alike (eg. spot UV, foil, embossing). We warehouse books to ensure retail distribution, with copies initially sent to you for your immediate use.

Trade Marketing and Sales Representation

We carry out marketing activities well in advance of publication to UK retailers using industry-standard communication channels to ensure retailers are able to pre-order your book. In the weeks leading up to publication, our team of regional sales representatives will actively hand-sell your book to retailers, both local and national.

Distribution

All our titles are placed with our book distributor, Orca Book Services, who supply wholesalers like Gardners and Bertrams daily, along with independent bookshops, online retailers and bookshop chains like Waterstones. We also have distribution of titles through retailers in other parts of the world.

A Focused Publicity Campaign

Each of our titles has a tailored publicity campaign centred around those aspects of the book that will attract the most media coverage. Our team coordinates a focused media campaign that may involve serialisation, feature articles, reviews, author profiles, blogs, social media and signings. Several months prior to the publication date, you will be invited to meet with the team to go through the proposed campaign in detail.

Author Promotion

  • Create, host and maintain an author websiteSiamese Book Guild Cat looking up
  • establish social media accounts if you don’t already have them
  • supply a range of marketing materials for your own use
  • include each title in our bi-annual New Titles catalogue
  • represent all our authors at the London Book Fair

Author Royalties

Authors receive anything from 10% up to 90% of the net receipts from book and ebook sales, depending on whether they have made any initial financial contribution to the publishing project. We pay author royalties every six months in January and July.

What Next?

If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration by us, then please follow the submission guidelines opposite. We are always happy to discuss possible projects with authors.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Electronic submissions

Text should be saved in Word with all chapters in one document. You can email it to us at [email protected] (with the subject line marked as ‘submission’, followed by the title of your book) or send a CD or USB device. Please bear in mind that our email servers cannot handle very large attachments so if you have photographs or illustrations to accompany your work please send them on a CD or USB or in print.

Print submissions

Printed manuscripts should preferably be typewritten. Please do not send the only copy of your manuscript or photos as we cannot be held responsible for loss or damage of any material. If you would like us to return your manuscript, please enclose an SAE with the correct postage. Please send your manuscript to:

The Book Guild Ltd 9

Priory Business Park

Wistow Road Kibworth

Leics LE8 0RX

We shall acknowledge receipt of your manuscript when we receive it and will reply within two weeks of submission with feedback.

BG Marketing information The company is well respected by retailers and other publishers alike, and our booksare sold UK-wide through bookshops as well as online retailers. The Book Guild Ltd is now part of Troubador Publishing Ltd, a large independent publisher with an excellent reputation, so all Book Guild authors benefit from the market penetration and publishing expertise of an established trade publisher. Click to download the Marketing and Promotion guide for more information.

Meet The Book Guild team…

Jeremy Thompson

Jeremy Thompson

Managing Director

Jeremy has worked in publishing for over 25 years, in editorial, production and administrative roles. He founded Troubador Publishing Ltd in 1996, and has grown it into one of the UK’s most respected publishing houses. He is a regular speaker on publishing at author events, and joins The Book Guild as co-owner and Managing Director. He has a pilot’s licence and flies an aeroplane.
Jane Rowland

Jane Rowland

Operations Director

Jane left university in 1999 and worked in radio. She started working in publishing in 2001, before joining Troubador Publishing Ltd, where she has worked in a variety of roles until becoming Operations Director in 2013. She joins The Book Guild as co-owner and Operations Director. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, travel, growing her own veg and cooking with the end product!
Jonathan White

Jonathan White

Sales and Marketing Manager

Before joining The Book Guild in 2017, Jonathan worked for many years, and in many different roles, within the book industry. Before moving over to publishing he ran several different major bookshops in London. In the publishing world he has worked for OUP, Chrysalis Books, Anova Books and Phaidon. Having finally managed to moved out of London he is hugely enjoying living in the countryside.
Philippa Iliffe

Philippa Iliffe

Marketing Controller

Philippa graduated from De Montfort University, Leicester with a first-class degree in Arts Management. She has since worked in arts marketing at De Montfort University before joining The Book Guild. In her spare time she enjoys performing in musicals and sings in her family band.
Jack Wedgbury

Jack Wedgbury

Production Controller

Jack graduated from De Montfort University in 2015 with a first class degree in Creative Writing and English Literature. He was awarded the Creative Writing Portfolio Prize for his final year project. In his spare time he enjoys writing, playing football and travelling. In early 2016 he became the new Production Controller for The Book Guild.
Megan Lockwood-Jones

Megan Lockwood-Jones

Group Ebook Programme Manager

Megan leads the busy Ebook Department at The Book Guild. She coordinates the publishing and promotion of ebooks and is a first point of contact for ebook authors, and she advises authors at events such as the London Book Fair.

Hannah Virk

Hannah Virk

Publishing Assistant

Hannah graduated from De Montfort University, Leicester with a degree in English Literature. She has worked in various customer service roles, including for BMW, before joining The Book Guild in the summer of 2015. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym and socialising.

For in stock titles, the last recommended order date to receive your order in time for Christmas is: UK delivery: 19th December European delivery: 11th December USA delivery : 4th December ROW delivery : 1st December