YOU can get a book-blog, if you meet a few simple criteria:
First, you submit your initial 1-3 chapters of material via email to email@example.com. Our criteria for topic and style are fairly open. We will want to make sure your work conforms to our requirements, and that it shows potential. Once we’ve screened your work for format suitability, we will open a conversation with you about the reader-interaction process. Litsam is NOT an automated publishing process, so we will open a conversation with you about what you can expect going forward.
If your manuscript is a good candidate, we will discuss setting realistic schedules that fit your goals, and together we will create a subdomain for your blog. The name of your subdomain should be a word that a search engine might match to your book. We do not necessarily recommend choosing the title of the book, because this often changes after reader input. A word related to your central topic might be a good choice. This subdomain is difficult to change later, so we will help you choose well.
You’re in! It’s time to set up your book. Here’s how to get started:
If your manuscript is eventually selected for publication we will begin working closely with you. Our publishing process is fairly traditional — we go through an editorial pass, lay your book out using InDesign, and create or commission a professional cover. The time from acceptance to final publication generally ranges from six months to a year. Our contract provides the most generous author royalties for traditional publishing that we have found. Most ebook vendors take approximately 30% of cover. We take another 20% of cover, and you retain the balance. Paper book prices can vary, so to protect your royalties if a third party reduces their sale price, we split royalties from third parties 30%/70% with you.
How can we offer these royalties for books that receive editorial services, professional layout, and great covers? We’d like to say it’s entirely because of our great faith in every book we produce, but the truth is that we choose many books for their literary merit, not their commercial value. We want to be able to take risks on books that should be published.
To accomplish this while still providing the lion’s share of profit for commercially successful books to authors, we cover direct production costs first. We use ebook sales to bootstrap paper book production, and we share the risk of market failure with the author. This means your first royalty check comes after production costs are covered, but your profits from there are higher than any in the industry. No author will EVER owe Litsam money for production of a book. If a book fails to meet production costs, Litsam takes the loss.