GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES INFORMATION
Thank you for your
interest in LUX-VERBI Books. LUX-VERBI is in the business of
publishing academic, health, educational and religious books, including books,
which look critically at the New Age. We always welcome new writers.
We are a specialist
independent publishers and only publish 3-4 titles each year. Only selection
standards are very specific.
However, we are
proud to offer Assisted Publishing©. Assisted Publishing© is a
form of publishing which offer authors the opportunity to have their books
published by LUX-VERBI, through our Standard our Gold Service. We offer
short print runs (50 to 250) and long print runs (2000 and above) at reasonable
costs. Short runs are usually priced at £4 per book. For longer runs we can
have your books printed at very competitive rates (usually around £2.80 per
book for the first 1000 and £1.50 per book for each 1000 additional copy after
the first order). This is an incredible price upon which any author can easily
make a profit on the sale of his/her book. As prices are subject to change,
please contact us for up to date quotations.
usually use Langley Antique Wove White, Ensobelle, or Norbook Lux 60, 70
or 80grams paper. These are all very high quality
Its time to get
your ideas and favourite project into print and earning for you.
We do not yet offer
marketing and advertising in-house, unless you book is one of the few to be
chosen for publishing in any year.
If you require
these services (i.e. the author does not wish to undertake these processes
him/herself) we can offer such additional services at flat rates depending on
the degree and extent of the marketing and advertising required. For example, we
are able to advertise your book(s) at all Central London termini, and other
local or national train stations, London Underground, roadside billboards, the
Internet (e.g. on our own sites, affiliate sites and with Amazon), magazines,
Time Literary Supplement and catalogues. This is our Gold Service.
Our Gold Service
will include the entire package above at a fixed price, including printing
Standard Service offers a more economical, or less extensive package involving
printing only, and advertising on our web site and other optional media,
depending on our own advertising needs. You do the marketing and advertising
yourself. Many self-publishers who do not yet have the funds for additional
services do this. We are will however include in this package tips and leads on
cost effective advertising in the various media, at no extra cost to you.
We will also offer publishing seminars for
budding writers and those interested in publishing. Lux-Verbi believes the
company should encourage greater insight into self-publishing.
Publishing for School or
Schools and teachers can use Lux-Verbi
Publishing to establish classroom-writing and publishing projects.
To assist you in
the submissions of your manuscript(s), we have prepared the following
Guidelines, which explain the information we need to consider a manuscript for
publication. Please read the Guidelines carefully before submitting
emphasis is on the practical, enlightening and self-help material. We aim our
products at a general audience and do not assume our readers possess previous
specialist knowledge. We will consider some academic or scholarly books.
YOUR MANUSCRIPT FOR SUBMISSION
Seeing your book in
print is the reward for a long, arduous feat of creative effort. As publishers
understand and respect that. But publishing is a business, and you must regard
potential publishers as you would any other professional contact. To that end
you need to be prepared to get your manuscript together in the correct manner,
patient, and realistic of the market.
Use your library
and bookstores for books on "How to Get Published".
Patience is another
publishing virtue. Given the amount of work involved in getting manuscript ready
for printing, it can take several weeks for us to respond. You your require us
to read and edit your manuscript it may take even longer.
prefers to see entire manuscripts for submission or proposals (cover letter,
outline/synopsis, and sample chapters (first, second and last). In either case,
you need to observe following very easy submission rules. In general:
Your proposal should include the following:
you are as an author, and
why you’ve chosen us as a
possible home for your
Please also include with your proposal:
Your curriculum vitae, or résumé
Status of the manuscript
Length (i.e. no. of pages)
Any artwork for the cover
Permissions to use extensive quotes from other
A self-addressed stamped envelope so we can return
You need to be
informed us if this is a multiple submission, and include the number of
We are constantly on the lookout for new
voices with vision, and welcome proposals from unpublished authors.
We welcome ‘unagented’
authors (and actually prefer to work directly with authors), but if you do
have a literary agent, provide the agent's name, address, and phone
Date and sign all materials (i.e. correspondence, synopsis/outline,
manuscript title page, and diskettes).
include the Author Questionnaire and Biographical Data & Book Info Form
included with these Guidelines. These forms are essential for our submissions,
production, departments, and your submission will not be reviewed without them.
It is very
important the manuscript has consistent page format. We require the following.
Use a standard,
easy-to-read typestyle--Times, Courier, Monotype Dante, Monotype Bembo,
Garamond, Sabon, or Palatino--in 11 or 12 point type. We do not accept
handwritten manuscripts or manuscripts set in script type or all capitals.
Page margins should 1" on sides, top, and bottom. Right margin should be ragged (as in this document).
should be double-space throughout, but without extra line space between paragraphs.
Indent paragraphs using tabs to create paragraph indents rather than the space
manuscript should be paginated consecutively from beginning to end (I.e.
do not paginate chapters separately). Format your running heads (headers – on
each page) to include your last name, the manuscript title, and page number.
your title page.
When sending to us
please print the manuscript on 8-1/2 x 11" white bond paper, medium
weight, one-side only. We prefer quality, laser printed pages, but we will
accept high-quality dot matrix or ink jet printouts.
Please provide an accurate word count for each chapter, and a total page count. You can find out the word count by clicking “File” on your computer Tool bar and then clicking on “Properties” and choose “Statistics” from the menu box that pops up.
Keep copies of your manuscript, computer files, and correspondence for reference
and to protect against loss. PLEASE DO NOT SEND US YOUR ONLY COPY,
as we cannot accept responsibility for the return of these materials.
In addition to a
printed ("hard") copy of the manuscript, we require a 3.5"
computer disk, in a format compatible with our own. Manuscript disk submissions
in QuarkXPress, Microsoft Word, PDF, Postscript are all acceptable.
Disk submissions in
any other word-processing or page layout software, should be saved as "text
only." If you are using IBM or an IBM clone, please send submissions as
Microsoft Word, and saved as text only.
Saving text only
will remove your formatting codes, eliminating many production problems later.
We would still like to see the exact formatting required on your hard copy, for
bold headings, etc. Therefore, we recommend that you output the hard copy with
the formatting codes, then save the text only. (If you would like to keep a
record of your formatting, please make an additional copy of the files before
the final save.) Formatting should be the only difference between the hard
copy and the disk: the texts of both should match exactly!
To help with
printing please break the manuscript up into small, manageable files on your
disk, e.g., one chapter per file.
Label any disk you
send with the following information:
1 Author's name
2. Title of manuscript
3. Subject mater covered
4. Date (DISKS MUST BE DATED)
5. Software used to create files
If we like your sample chapters we may then ask you to
submit the entire manuscript to be reviewed by one of our editors. If we like
your manuscript we then send it outside readers for review. Please feel free to
suggest names of potential reviewers (along with addresses, affiliations, phone
numbers, and e-mail addresses, if pertinent). We may ask them, or other
reviewers, to look at your work and give us their written responses. We ask you
to keep in mind that our reviewers are busy professionals, and it may take
several weeks for us to get a response.
Please note that we will not revealing the identities
of our reviewers unless they specifically request otherwise.
Later in the
process, we may ask you to do revisions on your manuscript. If we require you to
revise you must submit a new, complete hard copy and disk, dated and
labelled as a "Revised Version."
There are certain
text elements and back matter that have either proven useful to our readers or
that are required by libraries. They include the following:
You must index your
manuscript yourself, if you feel this is necessary. (An index is almost always
required for library acquisitions). Information on indexing and locating an
indexer or indexing software can be found at www.asindexing.org/site
A glossary, if you believe it will benefit the reader.
A bibliography, annotated if appropriate.
Also in regard to
content, we cannot, of course, accept writing that reflects sexist, racist, or
LUX-VERBI is looking fresh, original approaches to our topics; we don't
want "rereads" of what's already out there, and so we discourage
excessive quoting or paraphrasing of other published sources. A balanced
synthesis of existing source materials, with your original commentary, or short
quotes used to illustrate or amplify your points, are much more valuable to your
readers than simply patching together other authors' work. Of course, there are
cases where longer quotations or data from other published sources would benefit
your reader, but in those cases, you are responsible for obtaining, in
writing, all permission grants.
At the time of
manuscript submission, you must include a complete list of excerpts or
quotations for which you intend to seek permission to use. When you apply to the
copyright holder for permission, use the form at the back of these guidelines.
The signed permission grants should be returned directly to you, and you are
responsible for presenting LUX-VERBI with complete documentation within
90 days of signing your Publishing Agreement.
permissions process as soon as possible, and be prepared to pursue your
applications. Response times from publishers vary greatly, you may be refused
permission, the paper trail might be longer than expected, etc.
Copyright law allows "fair use," which for trade publishing is an assessment of the risk of being sued for copyright infringement. Fair use is based on the principle of "amount and substantiality". The courts will ask how much of another author’s original work is being used and how? There are no hard and fast rules, but LUX-VERBI wishes to respect the research, effort, and livelihood of other authors. Fair use usually does not apply to poetry or music or if the quote is used only as an illustrative point. In judging substantiality (or how much?), the rule of thumb is 200 words total quoted from a 300-page book or 50 words total from a periodical is likely to be regarded as fair use.
will be vetted for copyright infringement, damaging or libellous statements
about a living person or a company, use of an individual's name or likeness,
negligent instruction or advice, and any other problems. We may then require you
to remedy a particular issue by obtaining a written release, rewriting, or
Your library should
also have resources on copyright law, and there are many useful websites.
When citing an
outside source in your text, include the complete publishing information
(title, author(s), publisher, date and city of publication, and page number). At
the end of your text (book) all cited or referenced materials should be listed
in a bibliography.
include postage if you would like your artwork returned. We accept no
responsibility for lost materials.
If we decide to publish your manuscript and you agree to the terms of our contract, an editor will be assigned to produce the book. LUX-VERBI reserves the right to edit all or any part of the completed manuscript submitted by the author, and to make the final decisions in terms of editing.
AND MARKETING YOUR BOOK
much more than merely printing a book and waiting for orders. If we agree or
your require us to promote and advertise your book you must remember that the
success of any book's sales involves publicity and promotion, and it is vital
that you work with us in this regard.
profiling new releases are produced three times a year to match the buying and
promotional patterns of the book industry. Booksellers, wholesalers and
distributors, and other industry sources use these.
Our web site for consumers is also an opportunity to promote you and your book. As an author, you may be asked to provide short articles about different aspects of your book's subject, or you may respond to readers' questions and letters (which we solicit and forward to you). This all helps expand interest in the subject matter and the sales of your book. Giving talks and presentations are also another way of marketing and promoting your book. We encourage you to do so a much as possible. . If you give lectures, workshops, and book signings, or participate in conferences, please let us know your schedule so that we can coordinate sales and promotions.
we arrange author interviews and advertise appropriately. We also regularly use
other marketing and media outlets.
Author Questionnaire and the Author Biographical Data & Book Information
Form ask for information essential to our Marketing and Publicity Departments,
for writing catalogue and back-cover copy, developing press kits, and scheduling
publicity events. Both forms must be completed and included with your
submission. Your submission will not be reviewed by Acquisitions
We can also offer e-books,
these are books that can be paid for and read on-line. If you are interested in
this services please let us know.
send all submissions to:
PO Box 556
Enfield, Middlesex EN1 3ZJ
+ 44 (0) 20 8367 3432