Publish with Arkbound

We do things differently to other publishers, but in a good way. Our slogan – ‘Building futures, bridging divides’ – is about opening up new opportunities to writers, building their futures as authors and creative individuals, as well as bridging divides in the publishing world.

Whereas many publishers are too afraid or insular to take risks on new authors, we exist to give them a chance. People from disadvantaged backgrounds, who might otherwise struggle to get published because of their lack of contacts or poor self-esteem, are most welcome. Books that have an environmental or social theme – which help readers to positively change their behaviour – are also encouraged.

Since 2019 our sole publishing focus has been around supporting authors in line with the charitable purposes of the Arkbound Foundation. We also take on new authors who present a compelling case for publication of high quality work (‘traditional’ publishing).

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There are many steps in publishing but the first and arguably most critical one is assessing a manuscript and consulting with an author. Arkbound believes that each author is unique, with different needs and goals, so we aim to develop a personal relationship with the authors that we take on.

A manuscript sent to us is carefully assessed to see if we are able to publish it (you can send manuscripts at http://arkbound.com/submissions/). Sometimes there are reasons where we are not able to do this, in which case we may be able to offer an author a Partnership Publishing agreement (see below) or refer them to another publisher.

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Best ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Social Enterprise’ FFR categories

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Three routes to publishing

Partnership publishing

Traditional Publishing

If your book is of high quality and if you can identify a strong reason why people would buy it, with routes you can help it reach the market, then you are well on your way to getting a Publishing Agreement.

However, we receive lots of submissions so even if your book passes these criteria it may be that we are unable to consider publishing it.

We have a particular emphasis on books with an important environmental or social message, which have been written by somebody from a disadvantaged backgrounds. For these types of books, the Sponsored Publishing route is an option (see adjacent).

Sponsored publishing

Sponsored Publishing

There may be some cases where an author may be eligible for sponsorship. This means that the costs of publishing their book are covered by a third party, such as a charitable trust or foundation. There are also cases where books can be published after successful crowdfunding campaigns (see adjacent).

If we think your book can be sponsored then we will let you know and aim to help you in the fundraising process. In certain cases, your book may be eligible for sponsorship from the Arkbound Foundation (please visit http://www.arkfound.org/ for more details). Authors sponsored by the Foundation come from disadvantaged backgrounds and have written books with a strong environmental or social theme.

Crowdpublishing

From 2021 we are encouraging ALL new prospective authors to raise support for their book through the power of ‘the crowd’ – a model known as crowdpublishing. This is increasingly being recognised as the best way to achieve the balance between supporting new authors and mitigating the financial risks for a publisher. It also provides a way to spur promotion of a book, since backers will represent future readers with an active interest in seeing the book do well.

We offer two tiers of crowdfunding support for eligible authors – one for those who can be more independent and the other for those from positions of significant disadvantage who need us to co-manage a campaign. It is also an area we are developing, so keep an eye out on future updates here and on our social media.