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  1. What is publishing and self-publishing?
  2. Are you a traditional publisher or self publisher?
  3. What subjects do you accept?
  4. What happens when I submit my book?
  5. Why publish with us?
  6. What is offered on your course?
  7. How much do I get paid form book sales?
  8. What should I include in my submission?

1. What is publishing and self-publishing?

The word publish comes from the Latin word publicare which means to make available to the public. So publishing in a nutshell involves taking your manuscript and putting it through the publishing production line so to speak. The outcome is a finished, polished book which is ready to be sold anywhere in the world.

Self-publishing is the publication of a book or other media by its author themselves or with the hlep of an external company/freelancers. In self-publishing the author has more control of the publication process including: the design of the cover and interior, formats, price, distribution, marketing, and public relations. The authors can do it all themselves or may outsource some or all the work to companies which offer these services.

2. Are you a traditional publisher or self publisher?

We are an independent self-publisher. This means that with payment, we take care of the entire process for you. Traditional publishing companies on the other hand, take no payment from you and pay you royalties and/or an advance. Self-published authors have more flexibility in their finished work and see their book finished quicker. For more info on traditional vs. self publishing visit the Publishing seminar page.

3, What subjects do you accept?

African and Caribbean interest

Fantasy, science fiction,



Mind, Body and Spirit,

Ancient and classical history,

Alternative history, economics,

Nuwaupian books,

Biographies and autobiographies.

4. What happens when I submit my book?

After you submit your book (5 chapters, synopsis, cover letter) our editorial team will review it and then contact you with a decision. If we feel that your book is right for us we will contact you and discuss the publishing procedure including outline, terms and questions you may have. We will then send you a contract, and once agreed you can send us payment to begin the publication of your book. Payment can be made in full or on an agreed part payment plan. Unfortunately we are unable to provide individual feedback for submissions.

5. Why publish with us?

-Turning your manuscript into a finished book

-Assigning your book an ISBN number so it can be bought anywhere in the world

-The best selection of printers

-Good links to the publishing industry

-Marketing and Sales

-Other promotional activities

6. What is offered on your course?

See the Publishing Seminars page.

7. How much do I get paid from book sales?

This depends on the terms of our contract. Generally sales are paid in royalties ranging from 10-15%. We take on the cost of printing each book, offer on going marketing and offer discounts to distributors and wholesalers, as that is the nature of the publishing industry.

8. What should I include in my submission?

Send us the first 5 chapters, a synopsis, and cover letter. We ask to see the first 5 chapters rather than three, as this gives us a greater insight to make a calculated decision. As a small publishing company we do not have the time or resources to read every book from beginning to end, but on the other hand, if we do decide to publish it, your book will be reviewed in full during the editorial stage to correct, spelling, grammars, typesetting etc. For more info please visit the Submissions page?

If you have any more questions please email them to info@akashapublishing.co.uk