Parkgate Press and all imprints
We prefer queries by email. In the first instance, send a short description of your project (including its state of completion) and brief author bio in the body of an email. Please do not send any attachments unless we ask. (We fear spam and viruses in attachments, and so prefer to establish contact over at least one exchange.)
If we are interested - intrigued by your project - we will get back to you. This may take up to 2 weeks, but no longer. We will then ask for a sample of the writing. The exact amount of writing requested will depend on the editor, your indication of the project's current state of completion, the genre of writing or the imprint you are contacting.
Parkgate Editors: Contact Us
For novels up to 200,000 words (or 2-3 complete novellas), please email email@example.com.
For non-fiction book proposals (at the least, near-completed projects), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For academic book proposals (at the least, near-completed projects), please email email@example.com.
For poetry collections, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ebooks and abooks (audiobooks)
For ebook and abook proposals, please email email@example.com.
Please see the Parkgate Press BookShop. You can order through our global Amazon partnership scheme, including Amazon (US, UK, France, Germany, Canada and Japan).
We can ship globally from any of the above. Simply click your nearest Amazon link from the Orders page. We use Lightning Source US to print the books in the US and Lightning Source UK to print the books in the UK.
The Parkgate Press Publication Process
The following 12-step process explains how Parkgate Press takes your book from typescript to publication. Rehab for your book!
1 After submission and successful acquisition, within two months you would receive an initial offer of publication. Parkgate Press creates a contract for you.
2 Sign contract and return to Parkgate Press. The contract includes a typescript delivery date, proposed publication date, and royalty rate.
3 Parkgate Press prepares a cost and publication schedule for the book.
4 The book is professionally layed out and edited.
5 A proof of the page layout and cover. The author is given the opportunity to comment on the cover and to check the page proofs.
6 Pre-publication reviews are sourced from reviewers, journalists, academics as appropriate, to be included on the fly-leaf and back cover (back cover copy).
7 The final proof of both cover and text are approved in-house. The title appears on the Parkgate Press website.
8 The price and publication date are locked in with our printers and wholesalers.
9 Amazon (worldwide) is informed of the new title. So are BN.com.
10 Advance copies may be ordered direct from Parkgate Press.
11 The book is released as a new title and published. For the immediate reaction, see below under 'How is my book marketed?'
12 The author writes a new, equally compelling book. (Repeat steps 1-12!)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does the whole process take?
It depends on the complexities of the book, but usually from 6-9 months.
How much will it cost me (the author)?
Nothing. As per traditional book publishing, at Parkgate Press we believe in the publisher bearing any risk of publication—including associated costs— not the author. The cost to the author is his or her reputation, and isn't that high enough!
Will I get a chance to check the page proofs?
Yes, you will get a chance to approve a draft version of the book, and also a final version of page proofs. Changes can be made at either stage, although changes made at the draft stage are encouraged. (All changes made at the final stage incur additional costs for Parkgate Press.)
How often am I paid a royalty?
Parkgate Press pays royalties on all books sold twice a year, depending on your date of publication.
How is my book marketed?
In the first instance, through an online press release detailing the title, author and book description, price, etc. A title information sheet is circulated to our distributor and printer, Lightning Source, to Ingrams (the largest wholesaler in the US), to Bowker in the US (who maintain our publisher 'identifiers') and to Nielsen Book Data in the UK, as well as Bertrams and Gardners. In print we advertize in Poets & Writers magazine once a title passes 1000 sales. Online we ensure that all of our books are marketed directly to a variety of websites and blogs, including Amazon publishers' account, Facebook and Twitter updates (a separate book page as well as Parkgate Press pages), the Parkgate Press website and blog, LinkedIn company profile, Shelfari, GoodReads, and so on. In addition, all of our titles are submitted for cataloging to the Library of Congress in Washington, DC and the British Library in London.
Can I (the author) buy the book direct from Parkgate Press?
Yes, this is useful for early advance copies, and Parkgate Press delivers these copies with free shipping. You also receive 2 complimentary copies. After the publication date, you are encouraged to purchase all copies (worldwide) through Amazon, since Amazon's algorithm means that more copies of your book sold on an Amazon website, the more Amazon 'pushes' that book to be recommended to other shoppers on Amazon - at an exponential rate.