Want to Work With Us?
I’ll be blunt. We reject the vast majority of all incoming proposals. The biggest reason for rejection is that the writer is proposing a book outside our genres.
We 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 consider books on vegetarianism and healthy living, and plant based cooking under our “Plant Based Chefs” imprint.
This group of titles should run from 25,000 to 85,000 words. Topics outside these guidelines are unlikely to be published under this program. However, if you have a great title outside our genres, click here.
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.
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 so 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 blatantly “self published.”
All new authors begin their voyage with us 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.
Please note: we’re very choosy about the authors we work with. If marketing gives you the hives, contact someone else. If you don’t understand the power of an emotionally charged sales message, please move on.
We work together with our authors to help them sell as many books as they can. But we can’t sell your books without your help.
So, if you’re the kind of writer who’d rather spend an afternoon crafting a perfect phrase rather than jump into this big messy world and have a blast pushing your latest work… well, you’d probably enjoy working with a different company.
If you’re passionate about your work, if you believe that you’ve got an incredible manuscript that has a potential enthusiastic audience, give us a jingle.
Please note, if you’ve written a manuscript outside this genre, want a higher royalty and want to jump right into selling trade paperbacks (not just ebooks) check out our Assisted Self Publishing option. More on that after the jump.
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, re-send the query.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Maury Erickson, Director of Acquisitions and Distribution