Want to Work With Us?
Getting published is tough. Gaining a readership is even tougher. Building a writing career takes time and we’re fine with that. While nonfiction titles are far easier to sell, we also realize many writers are passionate about writing fiction. For that reason, we also publish a small amount of fiction each year.
Here’s the deal:
We really like to publish books that creative people can use to help them make a living following their dream. This includes books on marketing, books that encourage living a full life, freelancing, we’ll consider a fairly wide range of subjects under this umbrella.
We also will also give consideration to books on healthy living, and plant based cooking. Make sure your cookbook has a strong hook. We’ve got a few awesome books in this category on the horizon and are anxious to extend that line.
Manuscripts should run from 25,000 to 85,000 words. Minimum word count for cookbooks is 5,000 words.
If you wrote a book outside these parameters, don’t despair. If you’ve got a fabulous, polished manuscript, one that’ll sweep your readers into its pages, give them important information, or covers a subject you’re passionate about, feel free to submit it.
Your writing style should be lively and easy to read. We really like conversational writing. We want invisible words carrying an interesting, energetic message.
Here are a few details before you query:
What we expect from you:
1. Your best effort.
2. A great manuscript.
3. Willingness to learn.
4. Work hard and market smart.
5. Availability for our Filbert Publishing Author calls (not a big time commitment).
6. No financial investment whatsoever. Ever.
What’s our contribution:
1. No advance on royalties, we pay you quarterly, no reserve for returns.
2. Editing, ISBN, book cover… everything to get the book to market.
3. You work directly with Beth. E-mail at any time. You can also schedule phone conversations to ask questions. We’ll help you set up a marketing plan, we’ll support you in your plan, you’re not alone in this endeavor.
4. An established “traditional” publishing company with over ten years of experience under our belt, it’s often easier to sell a book that hasn’t been self published.
All new authors begin their voyage with e-books. If your e-book sells well, we’ll consider releasing a print version.
All first print versions will be released as a Print on Demand title. If the book continues to sell well, we’ll then do a traditional print run.
In doing this, we’re able to utilize the best of traditional publishing methods—the distribution, wholesaling, pricing structure—and incorporate them with the innovations of digital technology. Also, we endeavor to keep our book prices competitive and will run occasional “free ebook” campaigns to help our authors grow an audience.
We work together with our authors to help them sell as many books as they can. But we can’t sell your book without your help. That’s why Beth is so available to answer questions, will help with your marketing campaigns, and is continually researching new ways to get readers to discover our authors.
If you’re passionate about your work, if you believe that you’ve got an incredible manuscript that has a potential enthusiastic audience, shoot us an email.
If you decide to query us, here’s what you need to do:
Just shoot a query, synopsis and manuscript information to this e-mail address: FilbertPublishing(a)FilbertPublishing.com
Please note, due to the proliferation of spam and the automatic deleting our filters sometimes does, we cannot guarantee that we’ll receive your e-mail query. Just an FYI. If you don’t hear back within a reasonable amount of time, just re-send the query.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Maury Erickson, Director of Acquisitions and Distribution