Submission Guidelines

Legacy Books Press is actively seeking manuscripts from new and established authors.  We buy first English-language publication rights, and are not currently looking for reprints.  We offer a 15% royalty on the net of all books sold.  We are NOT a vanity press, and we will never ask you for any editing, publishing or marketing fees if we accept your book for publication.

We prefer electronic queries and submissions at this time.  Before submitting a manuscript, please query us with a description of the project, the target market, the time required until completion, and a writing sample, preferably the first three chapters of the book.  We will respond to all queries within two (2) months.  Preference will be given to those querying with completed manuscripts.

While your proposal is important, the most important thing in the process is your writing sample.  We operate on a “ten page rule”: if you can’t grab our attention and keep it within ten pages, we’re not interested.  Therefore, your prose should be lively, clear, and to the point.  This is not to say that specialized language should not be used when it is necessary, but it should not be used where clearer prose will suffice.

While we can accept almost any electronic format, please submit all manuscripts in WordPerfect or MS Word format.  All submissions should be double-spaced in a twelve point font.

Once your book has been submitted, we reserve the right to submit your book to peer review.  Our decision whether or not to accept your book may be based on the response from this review.

  1. Know your subject matter.  Publishing a book is not a small thing, even on the publisher’s end, and if you can’t demonstrate that you have a detailed knowledge of the subject you want to write about, you won’t be able to get past the query stage.
  2. Double-check everything you send to us, even the queries.  If your query letter is filled with typos, errors, and bad prose, why should we believe that your manuscript will be any better?
  3. Have a clear vision of your book and where it is going.  Not only will this help us decide if we want to publish it, but it will also help you write it.
  4. Write about something most people haven’t seen before, or a corner of famous history that hasn’t been explored.  Take the reader (and the publisher) someplace they’ve never been.
  5. Do NOT approach us with an idea that with our help could be turned into a good book.  We publish books, not write them for you.

There are some publishers who would offer to publish your work after you have paid them a fee.  Sometimes, this fee can be quite large, and in one case we know of, it was a fee per page, with images and photographs extra, and the author was even required to typeset the manuscript…and guarantee the first hundred sales, for which he would not receive a single royalty.

This is, to say the least, a very bad idea if you are an author.  While academic publishing does tend to revolve more around just getting the information out there than making money, the economics of a vanity press are frightening.  The fee that is charged is more than enough to cover the entire print run, while making a significant profit on the side, without ever selling a single book.  Which brings us to a couple of very important questions:

  1. Seeing as you’ve just paid them enough to make a healthy profit before the book even goes to the presses, what motivation do they have to give you any marketing on the book?  In short, is the information really going to get out there?
  2. If you’re paying them to print the book, are doing the typesetting yourself, and setting up the first hundred sales on your own, what precisely are you paying them for that you couldn’t do yourself for less?

Let’s look at that second one for a moment.  To get a book onto yourself would require signing up with them as a publisher (a roughly $30 annual fee), shipping some books to them (a shipping fee), and then waiting for them to sell.  For a 300 page book with a print run of 100 copies, your total cost, including the print run, would probably be less than $800, and you get to keep the profits.

Legacy Books Press was founded by an author, for authors.  We know that the grind to finding a publisher is hard.  But, don’t give your rights away to your years of work to a company that is a publisher in name only, that will rip you off, and that will never feel obliged to give your book the chance in the market that it needs.  If your book is good, and you keep looking, you WILL find somebody.