Submissions

Thank you for considering a submission of your work to Vidya Books.

We publish original works (you must be the author, and own your own copyright). You decide what kind of a book you want to offer, get us your work in edited, e-format (a .doc or a .pdf file) and we publish it. We use Digimarc™ technology to go beyond DRM standards to protect your copyright. We offer a 50-50 split of profits, or a greater payment than the traditional publishing industry.

We are looking for quality work is these categories: Fiction and nonfiction: articles, essays, short stories, novels, novellas, in English. Poetry: Any length, in English. Multimedia. See also our periodic Competitions.

If you want to publish your work on vidyabooks.com as a downlaodable work, there is no change.
To publish on Apple, since Apple charges us, there is a charge (see below), split between the publisher and the copyright holder. For Print on Demand (a paper book copy printed by Ingram and delivered by Amazon.com) work, there is also a charge (see example, below), also split between the publisher and copyright holder.

To illustrate how we are different, we use these examples:
Example 1. You, the author, get 3-7.5% of net sales from the traditional book industry (i.e. for a $14.95 book you, the author, may earn perhaps only .67c).

Example 2. As a response to e-books, the publishing industry has reportedly ‘changed’: “Hell’s Corner” is also sold under the agency model at a retail list price of $15 list price. Publisher grosses 70% of retail price, $10.50. Author's royalty is 25% of publisher receipts, or $2.63. Publisher nets $7.37. ($10.50 minus $2.63 royalties and $0.50 encryption fee.)” This is a direct quote from the Authors Guild website, http://www.authorsguild.org/advocacy/articles/e-book-royalty-math-the-big.html. In this model, again, the monetary benefit goes disproportionately to the publisher. This, when the industry model has shifted to most authors doing much of their own marketing, and their own online p.r.? Why is profit still disproportionately tilted towards the publisher?

As an author turned publisher, I respectfully disagree with such “improvements”. I have nothing against the publishing industry; however, I humbly maintain that authors, not publishers, are the primary creators of intellectual material, and should be rewarded accordingly. Web technology now allows us, the authors, a means for greater equity. To us, 50:50 is fair. At Vidya Books we, therefore, follow a different model, illustrated below:

For a $15.00 e-book, the e-tailer (like Google, based on their policy) returns $8.50 to Vidya Books (the publisher). You, the author, gets half of this, $4.25.

As a new brand of e-publisher, we go one step further. In the Vidya Books model, the same book, which used to sell retail at a store for $14.95, can normally be made available in an e-format for $10.00. Of this $10 item, an e-tailer like Google Books returns $6.30 to us, which we split evenly. Vidya Books earns $3.15, and you earn $3.15. As an additional bonus, the ecological damage to trees and forests from logging, paper mills, transportation etc. is reduced. This is not vanity publishing, it is a new-form of co-publishing, with you sharing equally in the profits.

However, if you prefer to do a partial Print-on-Demand (POD) book, where the reader can choose to purchase a quality, traditional, print book on paper, we also offer this. We use the industry standard, Ingram, who does print-on-demand, and also supplies POD books to trade wholesalers (like Amazon or Baker and Taylor). This option comes at an additional cost to you, with you covering POD costs for your book, and to get your title listed in the Ingram trade catalog. You do your own social media marketing for your book (as is now normal in publishing). You still retain your own copyright. We retail and list your work online.

If you are interested, we prefer that you first query us with a sample, a maximum of 30 pages, or a computer count of 15,000 words. (We prefer that text should be double spaced, right margin not justified, 12pt. in Palatino font.) If your work is something we are looking for, we get back to you. Then you send us your entire, completed and edited manuscript in e-format (.doc file) for examination. If we agree to publish it, we send you a contract, and upon both parties’ agreement, with their signatures, the book/article gets published. Every month, we pay you the appropriate, agreed upon terms.

“Hell’s Corner” is also sold under the agency model at a retail list price of $15 list price. Publisher grosses 70% of retail price, $10.50. Author's royalty is 25% of publisher receipts, or $2.63. Publisher nets $7.37. ($10.50 minus $2.63 royalties and $0.50 encryption fee.) - from the Authors Guild website, http://www.authorsguild.org/advocacy/articles/e-book-royalty-math-the-big.html

“A traditional industry rule of thumb was that the price of a hardcover should be five or six times the cost of production. (John P. Dessauer, Book Publishing: What It Is, What It Does. R.R. Bowker 1974, p. 92). To keep the math simple, let's assume that it's priced at five times the cost of production, that there are no returns, and that the bookseller pays the publisher 50% of the list price for the book. Of the 50% the publisher receives, subtract 20% for the cost of production (one-fifth the retail price) and the net proceeds are 30% of the retail list price. Split that in two, and one arrives at the author's standard hardcover royalty, 15% of the retail list price. (A current rule of thumb is that the cost of producing a hardcover is about 15% of the retail price, but the actual costs vary widely.)” - http://www.authorsguild.org/advocacy/articles/the-e-book-royalty-mess-an-interim.html

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