With our traditional subsidy Publishing program, your work is produced and
promoted, within a defined budget, as a Zeus title. We determine the book
specifications (size, type, binding, etc.) and print enough copies of the work
to fulfil demand for the duration of the agreement. Printing of the book
is on-going and our agreement guarantees that we will keep your book in stock and on our list for a
minimum of three years.
We undertake clearly
defined promotional activities for your book through our marketing
and promotions department. It is helpful to our efforts if you, the author, work in cooperation with
us. This involves contributing whatever personal assistance you have to offer. If you are
an able speaker, this may involve speaking engagements. If you are a creative promoter,
contribute your ideas to the project. If you are a salesperson, make your
"pitch" to the bookstores, libraries, etc., in your vicinity. Please be sure to
let us know, in advance, about any promotion you plan to implement on your own. In our
Promotion Data Information form we mail to all new Zeus authors, we request that you
suggest to us any ideas or opportunities known to you which can supplement our own
this different from Vanity Press?
Vanity Press publishers are basically just printers who
operate under the 'Publishing' banner. They will publish anything,
provided the author pays a fee for doing so. A vanity publisher
(a.k.a. a book producer or book manufacturer) prints and binds a book at
the author's sole expense. Costs include the publisher's profit and
overhead, so vanity publishing is usually a good deal more expensive than
subsidy-publishing. The completed books are the property of the author,
and the author retains all proceeds from sales. Vanity publishers do not
screen for quality--they publish anyone who can pay--and provide no marketing, warehousing,
distribution or promotional services.
Subsidiary rights are comprised of book club, paperback, hardback reprint,
paperback reprint, serial reprint, dramatic, motion picture, television, radio,
translation, and other such rights. While Zeus does not usually seek out opportunities for
the sale of subsidiary rights, should an opportunity present itself, Zeus may sell the
subsidiary rights for your book. At this point, we will negotiate with you
on a case by case basis.
Bookstores, wholesalers and libraries can order Zeus titles
directly from us using our on line catalogue. Most orders which are received are a result of
the promotional efforts which we agree to perform on behalf of your book or from
your own efforts.
We calculate appropriate discounts, credit the author's payments account,
prepare an invoice, ship the book(s), and bill the customer. Our authors need not be
concerned with shipping or invoicing as we handle these services for them.
Book Sales and
We do, of course, hope as does the author, that some book sales will
result from our promotional efforts. Zeus attempts to increase awareness of your
book's availability and to generate some interest in it, specifically in local and/or
specialized media and outlets. Should you become a Zeus author, we
will pay you 20%
royalties based on "Net Publisher Receipts," which equal the
payments the Publisher receives from sales of the Work, less any
charge-backs, discounts, or disputes. Royalty cheques will be issued each six monthly period as long as the
royalties are in excess of AUD$20.00. If royalties are not $20.00 or more,
the money will be carried forth to subsequent periods until the balance
exceeds $20.00. Publisher will send Author a statement of account of sales
of the Work on a half yearly basis.
If, after your personal supply of author copies is
exhausted, more books are desired, you may purchase additional copies of your own books at
20 percent off the retail price. Because we are obligated to keep an inventory of books
for a minimum of three years following the date bound books are first available, we cannot
provide these additional copies authors may desire free of charge. Upon termination of the
contract, all copies in inventory are available to you at the normal author
One of our editors will edit and read your
manuscript. By this we mean reading the manuscript to improve consistency of
spelling, capitalization, and hyphenation; agreement of subjects and verbs; correction of
grammar and punctuation; and other such mechanics of written communication.
perform no rewriting, reorganization, or improvement of presentation, content, or literary
expression without consultation with the author. If questions arise during the editing process, we will communicate with you
directly. We work closely with you on all aspects of the subsidy Publishing process. Your
manuscript may require only occasional corrections of typographical errors and minor
lapses in punctuation, grammar, and consistency. Incorrect sentence structure or other
details of the mechanics of writing may need attention. Whatever the case, you are given
an opportunity to approve the revisions before we proceed to the next stage of
When your manuscript is ready for production, our book designer takes into
consideration any preliminary specifications agreed upon and the nature of the manuscript.
The designer then determines the typographical style; physical placement of any
illustrations, drawings, tables, charts; and other particular elements which need to be
planned for in producing your book. The manuscript is then given to a typesetter.
The first proofs the typesetter prepares are called "galley
proofs," in which the content of the manuscript now appears in print but has not yet
been broken down into individual book pages. In a very complex project, a set of these
proofs may be sent to you for your review. With new computer technology, however, the
typesetter now often eliminates this stage, immediately preparing page proofs for review.
As the name suggests, page proofs show each page and section of a
manuscript exactly as it will appear in the finished book. A set of these proofs is sent
to you electronically in PDF format for review. At this point, you see precisely how all the pages will look. After the
typesetter has made any final corrections, the book is ready for printing.
While the typesetting is being done, creative details concerning the book
jacket or paperback cover are worked out. The mechanical editor prepares
"about-the-book" and "about-the-author" copy, which will appear on the
flaps and/or back panel of the jacket or cover. Every Zeus book jacket or cover is
designed in an effort to convey the theme of the work in a way which we hope you will feel
is attractive. We believe that our jacket and cover design efforts are quite professional,
and our authors tell us they are pleased. The proposed copy and jacket or cover sketch are
submitted to you for your review. After all of your questions have been answered, the
necessary materials (including a photograph of you, if available) are prepared and sent to
If illustrations, drawings, tables, or charts are to be prepared by us, we
assign an artist to the task. The book illustrations are submitted to you for your
approval. Unless there are special circumstances, all illustrations or
photographs in our books are in monochrome. (black and white)
Next the books are printed. Typically, under our traditional subsidy
Publishing program, we print and fold 100 copies of a book. The final stage of production
takes place at the bindery, where 100 copies are trimmed, bound, and covered. It is
always exciting to see an attractive newly bound book which the author and our staff have
worked so hard to produce. Author copies of your new book--the result of your long and
hard efforts--are then shipped to you.
We believe that
the hard work of the creative writer should be rewarded with publication,
and we provide the means to that end.
The Copyright of
The year in which your book is copyrighted appears on the copyright page
of every book. The copyright law now mandates that for works created after January 1,
1978, the copyright runs from the time of the work's creation, through the life of the
author, and for fifty years thereafter.
Manuscripts and unpublished works are protected by common law and
statutory law. As a reputable subsidy publisher, Zeus Publications will not use material submitted to
us without your written permission.
Become a Published Author
We can do it together!
You've got a great story to tell. You've invested a lot of time on
research and writing your manuscript. Now, who will publish it? If your
name is Danielle Steele or Stephen King, the answer is easy. Big New York
publishing houses will offer million-dollar advances and multi-book
contracts. Unfortunately, most authors don't command that kind of
attention. That's where the Subsidy Publishing Program at Zeus
Publications can help. We'll become publishing partners with you, sharing
the expenses and profits. Best of all, we won't just dump the finished
books on your doorstep the way a vanity publisher or book packager would
do. We'll help you market them, too! Our Subsidy Publishing Program will
guide you through an easy process of getting your book printed,
marketed and sold.
STEP 1: EVALUATION
Your manuscript will be read
and we'll provide a written evaluation of its market potential. Some books
can be targeted to a specific market while others are better suited to a
general audience. If you wish us to return your manuscript,
please provide return postage.
STEP 2: EDITING
If your manuscript is accepted
for publication in our Subsidy Publishing Program, we'll provide complete
editing services by professionals. We may suggest a different focus or
rewritten passages but, unlike other publishers, you'll be involved at
each step of the process.
STEP 3: TYPESETTING AND DESIGN
After the manuscript has been
edited, we'll design and typeset your book using the latest computer
equipment. We'll handle all the details, including cover design and color
separations. We can provide original drawings or photos through our
contracts with professional artists and photographers. You'll receive an
inkjet proof of the galleys for changes and corrections, or we can send
you the file in PDF format.
STEP 4: PRINTING
Your electronically prepared
book is sent on computer disc to the printer. The printers we work with
use the latest high-resolution equipment and meet our quality standards.
STEP 5: DELIVERY
We'll handle all the details
of delivery and storage of your finished book.
STEP 6: MARKETING
Our marketing efforts truly
set us apart from many other publishers. We work closely with more than a
half dozen national and regional distributors. We have contacts with book
reviewers and special expertise in preparing press material. Whilst every
effort is made to promote books, there is no guarantee given or implied
that books will be stocked by bookstores. This decision is purely the
domain of the book buyers.
Important - read the new
author guidelines here.
If you want to become a published author,
please email us today at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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