What is your publishing procedure?
We ask all authors who wish to publish with us to send a synopsis, covering letter/email and first 3 chapters of their manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Backfields House, Upper York Street, Bristol, BS2 8QJ. If you are sending your work by post and want it returned please be sure to include a stamped addressed envelope.
What sort of books do you publish?
We consider any genre, with the exception of erotica. We particularly like publishing in the thriller, sci-fi, crime, horror, autobiographical and literature genres. For non-fiction we are interested in popular science, social studies, politics, history and local interest. We can also publish graphical books. If your book touches upon environmental or social themes, which may encourage the reader to make positive changes in their life or raise awareness over an important issue, then we are especially interested.
What makes Arkbound different from other publishers?
Where will my book be distributed?
Arkbound books can be distributed both online and offline. We can make your book available from Amazon, Smashwords and most other online retailers. For offline distribution we work with BookVault, Gardners, Bertrams and several other companies to make your books available in book shops across the world, which can also order copies directly. We have links with Waterstones, The Great British Bookstore, County Libraries and many others so that your book can not only be stored but effectively promoted (see below).
How will you promote my book?
Arkbound uses a number of different tools and techniques to get your book promoted. These include press releases to our expansive contact list, an exclusive partnership with Arch Communications, features and reviews on Arkbound’s media and our affiliates, book signings and readings, festivals and events, direct marketing materials (t-shirts, bookmarks, flyers, etc), digital marketing methods (elements of SEO and backlinks), plus some other stuff that we are keeping under wraps. In short, we leave our competitors in the dark ages when it comes to promotion!
Where will my book be reviewed?
We have a network of independent reviewers who will review your book on Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads and at least one other source unique to your genre and subject matter. We aim to get multiple reviews for each book, from several different reviewers. Where possible, we try to get reviews from well known authors, celebrities and respected literary professionals.
Where are you based?
Our main office is in Bristol (UK) but we have branch offices across the world to help us better distribute and promote books, as well as access new opportunities like translation and expanding the Publishing Network. You can arrange to meet with us most weeks, depending on your location.