How It Works

Artisan Bookworks offers ‘Partnership’ publishing models. What this means: we are a publishing company and our authors pay to publish under our imprint. Because the author is absorbing the financial risk of their publishing endeavor, we are able to offer authors a higher percentage of royalties. Authors also have the ability to have their books pre-ordered; and we guide the process, ensuring there’s a cohesive vision and that all books are adhering to a level of quality that’s on par with traditional publishing.

Artisan Bookworks’s basic publishing service includes:

  • Interior book layout
  • Cover design
  • Print-on-demand setup and distribution
  • e-book file preparation and upload
  • Proofreading of your final manuscript post-layout
  • Fulfillment of all orders on short-run printed books
  • Email support

DIY Marketing Extras

Once you’ve signed with Artisan Bookworks, we will provide you with the following templates to help you strategize your marketing plans:

  • press release
  • galley letter
  • book fact sheet
  • author questionnaire

Post-Launch Marketing

Artisan Bookworks post-launch marketing includes:

  • Reviewing your completed author questionnaire to help you flesh out information needed for marketing, developing your platform, identifying connections, etc.
  • Highlighting your book in a biannual Artisan Bookworks catalog that will be mailed and/or emailed out to indie bookstores and librarians across the country.
  • Working with you to write and/or edit your book synopsis (50- and 100-word versions) and your author biography (100 words) to make sure you are including key words and positioning your work to attract readers’ attention.
  • Updating your bibliographic data in the ISBN database.
  • Editing a marketing fact-sheet and press release for your book.
  • Setting up your book for Amazon’s Search Inside the Book.

Fee-Based Add-Ons

Artisan Bookworks offers the following additional services outside of the scope of our basic publishing package:

  • Editorial and proofreading
  • Pre-launch marketing booster

Pre-Launch Marketing/Publicity Booster

Artisan Bookworks also offers a Marketing/Publicity Booster for authors who would like a little extra help with their marketing efforts. The Booster is $999 and includes:

  • A press release for your book.
  • Email collaboration to refine the language for your press release, including the Q&A. (Our expectation is that this email correspondence not be unlimited. We will read your draft and ask for thoughts/input. We expect you to streamline your communication. Work on the release may entail but will not exceed a single half-hour phone call).
  • A galley letter for your book, which goes out with your long-lead “galley” copies (to the outlets listed below and anywhere else you may decide to send long-lead galleys* to).
  • A checklist of free and creative ways to promote your book.
  • Mailing of your books (2 copies to each outlet) to the five top industry review sites, i.e. Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Shelf Awareness, and Booklist.

*Long-lead mailings include any books sent out to reviewers or media three or more months prior to publication date.