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Path to Publishing All books are different. That is the glory of the book.

When we receive submissions from you, we consider the best path to take for your work. Our decision, which you are free to accept or to reject, will depend on a number of factors, which may include the subject matter, the genre, the number of illustrations required, and the most effective way of getting sales and helping you to achieve success.

Traditional contract
When we offer a traditional contract of agreement, we publish your book entirely at our expense. No argument: we bear the costs entirely. This form of contract is suitable for the successful published author.

Cooperative contract
When we are unable, for whatever reason, to offer you a traditional contract, we may, perhaps, offer you a cooperative agreement. In this model you agree to contribute, and your contribution particularly goes into the promotion and marketing sector. Your contribution will always be considerably less than what we, as publisher, are spending on your behalf. Among the advantages of this model, and there are several, is the fact that you receive a much higher rate of royalties. Once published, you are, of course, one step higher on the publishing ladder, and in a much stronger position with subsequent submissions or approaches to literary agencies.

An important note: we reserve the right to reject any submission we consider is either not well-written, or is so esoteric that it has no chance of success in trade publishing.

Self-publishing services
For those who wish to go down the self-publishing path we offer a wide range of services, from proof reading and set up right through to the promotion and marketing of your book. You pick and mix: you do not have to buy all the services. This is a cost-effective way of having your book out there. This path is eminently suitable for some authors.

If you prefer this third option, please contact us to discuss further what we offer and what the costs might be.


Perhaps some clarification is needed on two points. First, we are a publishing company and not a literary agency. While we welcome submissions through agents, we are not an agency ourselves. Second, it has been claimed in some nefarious quarters that we are in some way connected to other companies. We are pleased to clarify this too. Emma Stern is not, and never has been, connected...


Hugh Walpole was highly praised by contemporaries, including Henry James and J B Priestley. In his turn, he was supportive of other authors, especially young men just starting out. This short study of Joseph Conrad is acute in its conclusions and well worth rescuing from the obscurity into which it had fallen. ...


I was a happy man when the publisher gave me a contract for the first novel. And over the moon to be offered another for the next three, at that time unwritten. No complaints, then. Emma Stern Publishers deserves to go from strength to strength. They’ll do for me! ...



Tips for Authors


1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
This sounds easy, but in practice is incredibly difficult. Phrases such as:
toe the line,
ride roughshod over,
stand shoulder to shoulder with,
play into the hands of,
an axe to grind,
Achilles’ heel,
swan song, hotbed
come to mind quickly and feel comforting and melodic.

For this exact reason they must be avoided. Common phrases have become so comfortable that they create no emotional response. Take the time to invent fresh, powerful images.

2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
Long words don’t make you sound intelligent unless used skilfully. In the wrong situation they’ll have the opposite effect, making you sound pretentious and arrogant. They’re also less likely to be understood and more awkward to read.
When Hemingway was criticized by Faulkner for his limited word choice he replied: ‘Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.’

3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree (Ezra Pound). Accordingly, any words that don’t contribute meaning to a passage dilute its power. Less is always better. Always.

4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
This one is frequently broken, probably because many people don’t know the difference between active and passive verbs. I didn’t myself until a few months ago. Here is an example that makes it easy to understand:
The man was bitten by the dog. (passive)
The dog bit the man. (active).
The active is better because it’s shorter and more forceful.
5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

6. Break any of these rules sooner than saying anything outright barbarous.

That is solid advice from Orwell. Animal Farm proves he followed his own rules.

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