Submitting a Manuscript March 14, 2008Posted by Andrew Killick (Publishing Manager) in 1. How Castle Works, 3. Submitting a Manuscript.
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Whether you want us to consider publishing your work as a Castle title, or if you are interested in Castle providing publishing services, the first step is the manuscript assessment process. Castle provides this free of charge and from this process we make a recommendation about what we think the best publishing solution is for your work. Here’s how the process usually works…
1. Contact us. It’s important that you let us know that you are intending to send us your manuscript or manuscript idea. You can also contact us early in the writing process if you want some advice while you are still working on the text. The easiest way to get in touch is by using the contact form here.
2. Manuscript form. Once you’ve contacted us, we will email you a manuscript form. This form asks some important background questions that help us get a clearer idea about what you hope to achieve with your book. We will immediately consider your completed form before moving to step 3.
3. Manuscript sample. Having reviewed your completed form, we will usually request a manuscript sample. Generally this will consist of three to four chapters of your book. It is best if this is supplied via email rather than printed. From this sample we can get an idea of the tone and style of your writing, and begin to establish whether we can publish your script as a Castle title or recommend our publishing services for self-publishing. It can take a little longer to respond to your manuscript sample as we like to do your work justice and consider it carefully before responding. But feel free to contact us during this process to see how things are going.
4. Full manuscript. If we think that your work might have potential as a Castle title, we will request the full manuscript so that we can read right through the text and make our final decision. We will also need your full manuscript if you are using our publishing services so that we can begin work on your book. Once again, assessment of your full manuscript can take some time, but you can always contact us to see how things are progressing.
That’s the process. Sometimes it will vary a little depending on the situation, but the most important step is step 1. Contact us now!