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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


You have a character in your head. You feel compelled to write about that character. The writer’s skill lies in presenting the character in words so powerful that they become real in the reader’s head. You have to present characters who are compelling, who keep the reader glued to the page, oblivious of other demands.

Consider characters who have appealed to you. Rhett Butler, Holden Caulfield, Blanche Dubois, Jane Eyre, John Yossarian, Emma Woodhouse. Don’t try to emulate those writers but certainly examine how the authors pull the trick, and present a rounded figure.

Ask yourself what, if anything, each one has in common. Is it ambition? A deep secret, perhaps? A weakness that causes trouble for others? A certain way of talking? Dialogue is an important way of conveying character.

Read your favourite novels again and concentrate on how the writer builds a character, especially someone central to the action. And when you come to write, be prepared to be surprised. You will put much of yourself in. And why not? You are the person you understand best.

And allow for organic growth. As characters develop, they have a strange way of going their own way, saying what they want to say, no matter how you try to control them. Let them off the leash. Strong characters will push your narrative along.
Enjoy your writing.

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