Information for Authors

Reverted Rights & Out of Print

Have you published a title with another publisher only for it to go out of print or the rights revert to you? Sacristy Press would be interested in discussing the re-publication of your workcontact us now. As we work on the basis of Print on Demand (POD), your work will only ever go out of print when the time is right.

E-book Rights

If your book was published before the days of e-books, or you specifically retained e-book rights within your publishing contract, Sacristy Press would love to hear from you. We produce high-quality e-books for distribution over a number of platforms (including Kindle, iTunes, Kobo, nook, and Google Play).

Sacristy Press is a co-operative publisher. This means that most of the books we publish require a subvention from the author to jointly support the initial production costs (such as typesetting, editorial work, and production). However, the subventions are considerably lower than the costs of publishing the book yourself, and we are selective about the titles we publish.

As a result, we can give you a higher royalty than you might receive elsewhere – up to 20% of net receipts, depending upon the nature of the work, your initial contribution, and the expected return on investment. 

Why publish with us?

  • Our editorial process is a collaboration between the editor, designer, and author allowing you to have maximum input and attentive feedback.
  • Fast turnaround: the time between completion of the editing/proofreading of your manuscript and publishing your book can be as little as six weeks (though in most cases it is desirable for a longer lead time to give reviewers and retailers the advance notice they like).
  • We publish to e-book stores at the same time as the paper version goes to print, allowing for rapid market integration and consumer accessibility.
  • The paper version of your book is printed via Print on Demand, so it never goes out of print (subject to contract status and market conditions) and there are no large and costly print runs.
  • E-books are priced to encourage high volume sales.
  • Titles are marketed extensively via social media and other channels.
  • Your title can be made available not only in the UK, but additionally in other markets worldwide, including the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere.
  • E-books are available in the widest possible selection of markets and platforms.

Author Guidelines

It is important that you read and understand our Author Guidelines (PDF). They explain the format in which we expect to receive your manuscript before an editor starts work on it.

Submission Format

Sacristy Press is currently accepting book proposals. Would you like to join our rapidly expanding group of authors? At Sacristy Press we firmly believe that the best books are collaborations between dedicated authors and dedicated publishers. Together we can make it happen.

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently working at full production capacity, so it may take a little longer than usual to respond to your submission. 

If you would like us to consider your work, please send us the following:

  • A one-page covering letter outlining the project
  • At least one sample chapter or section of your book (the more you can send us the better), with each chapter in a separate file
  • Your CV (max. 2 pages)
  • A completed project proposal form (MS Word, compatible with Word 2003 or higher; download a version compatible with older versions of MS Word and OpenOffice)
  • Acknowledgement that you have read our Author Guidelines, and that you are willing to undertake the necessary work to modify your manuscript so that it complies with the guidelines

Send these documents as separate attachments by email to submissions@sacristy.co.uk, with the subject line “Submission: [Your Book Title]”. If it is necessary to send any physical materials by post, please indicate this clearly in your covering letter and we will provide instructions.

We will contact you to confirm receipt within two weeks, at which point we will give some indication of when we expect to be able to review your submission.

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