Thanks for Your Interest in Publishing with Emerald Lake Books!

We’re glad you’re considering applying to work with us. Before you get started, there are a few things we’d like you to know.

Emerald Lake Books is a hybrid publisher.

That means we’re paid for the work we do to publish your book. If you have questions or reservations about hybrid publishers, please take a moment to read In Defense of Hybrid Publishing, which describes the three main business models used by all publishers and the pros and cons of each model.

We are proud to conform to the Independent Book Publishers Association’s (IBPA) Hybrid Publishers Criteria. 

Those criteria state that a hybrid publisher must:

  • Define a mission and vision for its publishing program.
  • Vet submissions.
  • Publish under its own imprint(s) and ISBNs.
  • Publish to industry standards
  • Ensure editorial, design and production quality.
  • Pursue and manage a range of publishing rights.
  • Provide distribution services.
  • Demonstrate respectable sales.
  • Pay authors a higher-than-standard royalty.

You can find more details about the IBPA’s criteria here.

At this time, we only work with authors based in the US and Australia.

This has more to do with our familiarity with those countries’ tax reporting systems than anything else. We hope to expand to more countries as time allows us to learn the reporting requirements they require.

We don’t offer package pricing.

Every author and every book is different. If we were to offer a package price, we would have to set a sustainable price for that package. Naturally then, many authors would be forced to pay more than necessary to publish their book and other authors would pay less than it would otherwise cost.

We believe it’s more reasonable to offer a fair price to each author based on their book’s merits, the goals they have, and the services they require. That way, each author pays a price that’s suitable for their specific book and needs; no more and no less.

That said, it’s been our experience that most of our publishing projects cost from the mid- to high-four figures. There can be exceptions on both sides, of course.

At Emerald Lake Books, a book is given the attention it needs to become the best it can be.

And its author is given the attention they need, as well. Our process involves more than simply taking your manuscript, publishing it, and distributing it to the various retail outlets. We provide you with coaching to help you define your goals for your ideal reader, your business and your book. Then, we partner with you to ensure that your book is well-suited to achieving those goals. (You can read more about our methodology in our book, “Publish with Purpose.”)

Throughout the process, you’ll work closely with our editors and art department to craft a professional book that reinforces the goals you’ve set. And you’ll also receive training and homework to make sure its launch and ongoing marketing efforts have the desired results.

Once a book is published, not only do we continue to promote it, we are always on the watch for opportunities for our authors to market their books and further their careers.

We’re very proud of the authors we work with and the books we’ve created together.

Many have become award winners. As such, we don’t accept every book that is submitted to us for consideration. Sometimes, after reading a manuscript and having a conversation with the author, we recognize that the situation is not a good fit. It could be a financial decision on the part of the author or perhaps we feel this particular book doesn’t fit within our own goals as a publishing company.

If you like what you’ve read and are ready to explore working with Emerald Lake Books, we invite you to complete our application. And if you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.