Please thoroughly review the following information and guidelines prior to submitting.
Here at Silver Leaf Books, we like to approach our authors a bit differently. We make an extra effort to help our authors develop and grow, including Insider Interviews where your direct audience can learn more about you and your book, and a dedicated Community and Events section where fans can learn more about current developments with you and your work. At the same time, we ask for a commitment from our authors: again, we don't just look for the right book, but for the right author as well. We can set up the program that will develop you for success, but you need to also make the commitment to take the time to meet that success. Not only Internet strategies, but also Book Signings, Conventions, Trade Shows, Expos, and much more! An author is really the driving force to bring about the success of their work. After all, nobody will be as passionate about your own project as you!
Our authors are also given the opportunity to be involved in the publication process. We do not just take your manuscript and then you see a final product when it is done. You will have an opportunity to provide feedback on edits and even the final book design. In addition, we allow our authors to find and provide the right look and feel for their books by working with artists directly. If you don't know any artists, don't worry, we receive artist submissions regularly that we can provide you to help you along with your decision. This way, however, you will be able to make sure that your cover is engaging and fits the image you have in your mind.
Silver Leaf Books offers those authors who successfully advance through the submission process a multiple book contract. It has been our experience that initial releases from new and unknown authors have slow sales, but with subsequent releases that the earlier titles continue to increase in sales as the author gains more exposure. As such, SLB and our authors have a multi-book commitment to help see the author grow and succeed. Each title still must go through the submission process, and if SLB does not deem the book worthy of being published, the author has the right to then submit that title elsewhere. SLB maintains all series rights to titles that we publish.
All SLB titles are available in print, electronically, and digitally. Authors receive a royalty for sales in these formats based on the wholesale value (actual sale price, not cover price). Advances are not provided to new authors. Advances may be considered on a case-by-case basis for existing SLB authors. Authors do receive free copies of their novel as part of the agreement, and may purchase additional copies under the SLB business-to-business guidelines.
SLB's authors have the opportunity to work directly with artists and provide their own cover illustration. Graphic design (all titles, labels, and layouts) will be handed directly by SLB, but the artwork will be the responsibility of the author.
SLB does not charge our authors any fees or payment to publish the books. Authors simply are required to submit an electronic copy of their manuscript and any illustrations (cover or internal) that may be required to our specifications.
For more information before continuing with the Publishing Guidelines, read our Getting Published FAQs.
Silver Leaf Books has an extensive three-phase approach to all author submissions. These are:
If any of these requirements are not included, your submission will be automatically rejected without review.
Please mail your submission proposal to:
Silver Leaf Books, LLC
Attn: Book Submissions
In addition, there are materials that could be beneficial to provide your submission with a more rounded and complete presentation. Though these materials are not required for review, they could be beneficial if you did prepare them. The proposal should include as much of the following as possible:
Please do not send simultaneous submissions. Though we would be willing to review more than one manuscript for publication, we shall not do so at the same time.
Follow the guidelines closely. Try to be
thorough and professional with your submission, allowing us to form a
better picture about you and your project, and remember: first impressions are often
Upon reviewing your materials, Silver Leaf Books will provide you with a formal response to your proposal. If there is mutual interest between both SLB and the author to advance, you will begin PHASE 2 of the proposal process.
At this time, all author submissions will be considered for paperback books only. Books with strong demand and sales may be converted into hardcover, or future titles from an SLB author may be selected, at the sole discretion of SLB to be put into a hardcover format.
Silver Leaf Books will review your manuscript and will provide a formal
response to your proposal upon review. This typically is within 120 days from receipt of the manuscript,
but the review process could take longer depending on the volume of
reviews we have.
If there is mutual interest between both SLB and the author to advance,
you will begin PHASE 3 of the proposal process.
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