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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.


  The Waterstones Children’s book prize, now in its twelfth year, continues to surprise and delight Winners for 1916 will be announced in London on Thursday 17 March. Six books are in competition to be crowned category winner; there are three categories. The winner of each category will receive £2,000. Then the overall winner, from the top three, will be chosen....


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


‘Call me Ishmael.’
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.
The opening words of two famous novels. Both different.

There is no best way of starting off your story. Whatever leads the busy reader to the second and third sentences does the trick. The opening words are the hook.

A good hook is to go straight into a piece of action. Like movie makers do. Bang, bang, wallop! The credits will wait. Get right into the action and add the backstory later. We recommend this if you are writing action books such as thrillers.

But if you can add a piece of dialogue, that will strengthen the hook.
‘Look out, Jim!’ Alison cried. (That book is yet to be written.)

There are many calls on a reader’s time and it’s essential that you always remember the hook. So if you are thinking of submitting to us at Emma Stern Publishing – and you’ll be made welcome if you do, even if we decide not to publish - remember to hook us too. In fact, once you have completed a novel, it’s a good thing to look again at the first page and see how it might be improved. Editors are readers too.

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