Questions and Answers with the Publisher

Is Centaur Books going to charge me to publish my book?

Centaur Books is a traditional publisher. We do not charge authors to publish their books. However, we traditionally publish books which are professionally done. What I mean by that is we look for books that have been professionally edited with an interesting flow. Finally, the book must have a well-defined target audience.

When we consider publishing a book, we look at the author’s track record, their marketing plan for the book, and how serious they are. While publishers can open the distribution channel to bookstores, the person who really sells books is the author themselves. Without their dedication and tenacity, their book is going to flounder. We want our authors to be successful and work closely with them.

Are my books going to be available at bookstores and Amazon?

Centaur Books is distributed by the Ingram Content Group which is the largest in the world. Barnes & Noble and other bookstores are set up to order through Ingram which will fulfill their orders either the same day or next day. Amazon has picked up all our books and are in stock. We cannot guarantee your book will be in stock at bookstores. Reader demand determines whether a book is in stock. However, books are available for order at the stores. And most importantly, we set up each book as returnable by the bookstore which means they will stock your book as demand grows.

I am a first-time author.
Will you consider my book?

Absolutely. Every successful writer has started with one book. The difficulty is that writing is a creative process. Publishing is a business. What you are asking a publisher to do is make an investment in you. A typical book will cost us between $10,000 to $15,000.00 to publish. We want the author to succeed and sell books, which is how we get a return on our investment. I encourage first-time authors to contact us and submit their works. Oftentimes, we can assist them in how to move their book to the next level.

My book has not been professionally edited. Can I still submit it?

Yes, you can submit your book. We review books to evaluate their potential. Sometimes we find a book that we are very interested in, but the book needs to be edited. In the normal publishing process, we do a final edit of the book before it goes to press. However, some books, while well-written, do not have a clear message. In those cases where we have an interest in the book, we will suggest to the author to contact a professional editor or coach to bring their book to the level necessary to be traditionally published. Occasionally, we will coordinate the editor and author in order to bring the book to our standards. That is not our preferred method of operating.

Sometimes, if we find a book we want to publish, we will offer the author two contracts: one for editing by an approved freelance editor, guaranteeing our purpose in publishing the book, and the second, a publishing contract. Rather than a rejection letter, the writer has an opportunity to be published…once the book is professionally complete. So how many times do we offer this opportunity? At this point, about one time in every ten submissions. Yes, that is only 10% but we value those authors and their work. We want to make their dream of being a published author a reality.

What about the cover of my book?

We have found that the concept for the cover usually appears after the editing is complete. It is almost a magical process. Sometimes what seems like a great idea at the beginning is transformed into a totally different perspective later as the book’s interior turns into reality.

We utilize a wide range of designers that we work with. We find that freelancers are a valuable resource rather than depending on a staff member to come up with the covers. We have access to millions of illustrations and artwork. The bottom line is that the author has the final word on the cover. After all, it is your book, your vision. We want you to proudly hold the book up and proclaim this is my work.

However, sometimes, an author has a concept or an actual cover for their book when they submit their proposal. We welcome those ideas, and most often, we use them for the covers. We work with the illustrator and author to make sure the cover is professionally done and sized to fit the dimensions of the book.

I self-published my book as an eBook. Would you consider my book?

We do not consider authors who have already published their books in digital format. In order to promote our authors, we publish both printed and digital formats, such as Kindle, iBooks, ePub, etc.