Ahoy there! Welcome to Beachy Books. Want to get published? Paddle down the page…
Firstly, one assumes you’ve nosed around the website and you know what Beachy Books does? If not, quickly read our Backstory then take a look at previously published Beachy Books and then dive deeper in the Blog.
Great, so you made it here. Onwards…
A Little Fish Making a Big Splash
Beachy Books is an independent publisher run by an author who understands writers and has experience of traditional publishing and self publishing. We work closely with graphic designers, editors, proofreaders, and our authors to make a close-knit pod of creatives.
Beachy Books publishes books for authors, community groups, schools, colleges, charities, organisations and businesses. We can sell your books online and also provide cost-price paper-books for you to sell at profit.
We like an eclectic list of literature and the imprint is establishing a diverse range of books from local history and children’s books, to poetry and fiction.
Beachy Books provide several publishing models depending on your aspirations, the type and quality of book you’ve written, and a million other things. It goes without saying that whatever the publishing model, you, as author, keep full copyright in your work (as you should do).
Swim in our shoal, but it’s as as rare as ambergris. Occasionally, a manuscript arrives that we think would reach a wider audience, or have very good sales — or we just have to publish it! This is funded by Beachy Books, but you still have input. You’ll like your cover – we promise! There’s no real formula, but if your writing is of a good enough quality, and the subject matter, or book type just seems to fit the Beachy Books imprint, then traditional publishing could be an option. There must also be a keen market for this kind of title to sell more widely. Collaboratively we then turn your manuscript into a published book. We also provide marketing, promotion and publicity for the book and help you get your book into wholesalers and bookshops. It is a very rewarding process for author and publisher, and there’s always something new to learn on each new book.
This model works well for a published author who wants to republish an out-of-print back-list of titles, or a book with an obvious marketing angle, or you might have tried other publishers and been disheartened following publication, but have a very solid, well-written book that you want to publish, but with more control and a personal touch.
However, the reality is, we don’t traditionally publish many books, but you never know… it could be you!
Like a whale and a remora in symbiosis, partnership publishing is an option for books that are right for the Beachy Books Partner Publishing imprint, especially when the market is keen but smaller and localised. It’s a half-way house between traditional publishing and self-publishing, along with professional publishing experience. All books are professionally edited and designed as part of the cost. You then benefit from free marketing, promotion and sales with the Beachy Books brand.
It’s a diverse ocean. You’re an individual, group, organisation, charity, school, college or businesses. Anybody in the wider community that might want a book printed. It is usually a short-run book for a one-off event, project or cause. The book doesn’t go into wider distribution. This is fee-based, priced per project. Many of the groups we work with have secured funding for publishing and print costs. The book may be published as self-published or under our Beachy Community Books imprint.
Swim alone. You want to self-publish your own book, with you as publisher (or your imprint name). You can do it yourself, but you probably need help, right? Beachy Books provides publishing services to the self-publisher such as writing advice, editing, typesetting and design. The services provided are fee-based, you keep all rights, and after publication you get all profits from your sales. We have had a lot of experience of this type of publishing through working with authors and organisations to create books in partnership. You have control, but we still offer advice – we don’t want to help you self publish rubbish.
Sinking, not swimming? We understand how close you can get to your work in progress, be it a picture book or novel. Good writing is about learning to edit and take criticism and also knowing when to trust your judgement. If you feel you want an expert opinion on your story then manuscript appraisal and assessment can be useful to get an objective opinion with detailed feedback and suggestions. If you’re interested then get in touch with your project and we can assess the cost.
Let’s Make Waves
Like what you’ve read above? Got a great story, idea or book in you? Want to get published?
UPDATE: June 2021 – We are very busy at this time and are currently not accepting children’s book/picture book submissions for traditional publishing consideration, but are still considering fiction and non-fiction manuscripts.
We usually initially respond within a week of your first contact, but then do please allow at least 3 months wait for us to consider your work and reply on your submissions.
Please do send a short synopsis, some information about yourself, your aspirations for publication etc and please ensure your work is well edited before sending. Thanks!
If you have any type of book from children’s to adult non-fiction, personal memoir, charity books, or fiction you want to self publish or think it could be great for our Partner Publishing imprint then do mention this in your submission.
At this time we are only accepting submissions from UK-based authors.
Send in your manuscript submission or book project to: