Looking for AIAP publisher submissions? You’re in the right place, but make sure you read this page thoroughly.
AIA Publishing is a hybrid publisher created for authors who want the stamp of approval that comes from publishing with a selective publisher and the high royalties and creative control enjoyed by self-publishers.
Our model gives you, the author, the validation of quality you would get from any traditional publishing contract. With us you can avoid both the self-publishing stigma and having to learn a whole new set of skills in order to publish yourself. You’ll also get 100% royalties on ebook sales and 90% of paperback sales (through Ingram Spark). This great royalty rate is only possible because we are author funded.
We care about you and your book. Our team is dedicated to publishing books of which you, and we, can be proud.
“Unlike other companies, AIA Publishing is not about making money and squeezing the indie writer’s resources dry in return for mediocre services. Rather, they are laser focused on providing high quality books at costs that are more than reasonable. Tahlia gives authors complete ownership and control of their work, she provides quality services, coordinates with gifted professionals, and gives very good advice to make your book a success. Tahlia patiently explained the process, costs, and the services required to produce a well edited book. Easy to work with, very responsive, and high informative, Tahlia has been remarkably helpful!
The AIA Publishing stamp means high quality awarded by knowledgeable professionals who love books for books’ sake. I am thrilled to be published by AIA Publishing! – J.M. Erickson: Author of Intelligent Design: Revelations.
What we’re looking for in our submissions
AIA Publishing specialises in fiction and narrative memoirs. In our publisher submissions, we look for something special, like a strong voice, a unique idea or some depth of insight. Our novels have strong story lines and active rather than expositional prose – they show the story, rather than tell it.
We are particularly interested in any book that assists readers in imagining a future where humans live sustainably on this planet of finite resources. We’d also like to assist authors from diverse cultural and social backgrounds to write books about their life experiences.
AIA Publishing does not publish books that promote intolerance, violence or socially irresponsible themes. We also do not publish non-fiction (other than narrative memoirs) or children’s books, however, our self-publishing service Escarpment Publishing does.
Books accepted for publication must meet the following criteria:
- The plot is well structured, well paced, conceptually sound and engaging;
- The characters are well developed and their dialogue and interactions with others are believable;
- The book is not overwritten or unnecessarily wordy; for instance; no obvious dumps of information, unnecessary repetition or irrelevant scenes;
- Changes in point of view are clear. No head-hopping;
- The prose is well written, engaging and active rather than passive.
If your book doesn’t meet these requirements already, our editing team can help you achieve them.
“I’m going to say again how pleased I am with your editing and publishing services. Not only were you patient with me, but your professionalism and the people you have partnered with was above expectation.Most of all, I feel like writing again, but because of your editing services, I am writing with more confidence and enjoying what I’m writing with more passion. It’s a great feeling.” Gary Kreigh, author of Why Birds Fall
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Publisher submissions process
- Submit your completed manuscript to us according to the submission guidelines below. We will look at the sample and either reject the book, offer you a manuscript appraisal (if the book is clearly not ready for publication but we think it has potential) or we’ll request the full manuscript.
- If we read the full manuscript and find the story and writing standard meet our requirements for publication, we will offer to publish your book. If it’s not ready to publish in its present form, we will request further editing before making a final decision.
- Final Decision: If we request further editing, then when the editing and proofreading are complete, our team will discuss the book. If we are enthusiastic about it, we will offer to publish it as one of AIA Publishing’s titles. If not, we can assist you to self-publish.
Alternatively you can book a manuscript appraisal with Tahlia Newland, our managing editor. She offers publication with AIA Publishing to editing clients whose books warrant it. Even if we don’t publish your book, you’ll have professional suggestions for how to improve it, and since most books submitted to us require further editing, this route can save a lot of time.
Publisher submissions guidelines
If you decide you’d like us to consider publishing your book, please email publisher(at)aiapublishing(dot)com with ‘Submission for AIA Publishing’ in the subject line. Note that it’s very important for any publisher submissions that you follow their guidelines exactly. All publishers appreciate the care you take to follow the stated guidlines for publisher submissions.
Please include all the following:
- Book title, genre and word count;
- The plot in one or two sentences;
- Brief description of the work (Max 250 words);
- What makes it unique;
- Why you want us to publish with AIA Publishing in particular. This is important; please be sure that you want to publish with us before submitting. If you’re unsure take a look at our FAQ page;
- About you;
- The first 1000 words in the body of the email;
- Do not attach your book. We’ll let you know if we want to read the whole thing.
If we select your book and you take up our offer to publish it
- We will let you know what editing is required and will quote you for the work.
- We will send you a non-exclusive publishing agreement to sign.
- Our book designer will take your ideas into account whilst insuring the book has a cover and interior that will compete well in the marketplace. The cover and interior design must meet industry standards and so we have the right to override your ideas if they will compromise those standards.
- We publish the paperback.
- We will give you the files for your ebooks to upload to ebook publishing platforms yourself. That way you have pricing control and 100% royalties for the ebooks. We provide the documentation you need to be able to do it yourself, but we can also do it for you for a small additional fee.
- We research the best categories and keywords to make your book competitive on Amazon.
- Marketing: Marketing is primarily the author’s responsibility. However, we announce the book’s publication on our blog, and via our email and social media accounts – Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest and Linked In. We also have a new release social media marketing package – download details here – and can provide you with beautiful images and videos for your social media marketing. We hope that further marketing opportunities will become available in the future.
- Distribution: Our paperbacks have worldwide distribution through Ingram Distributors. Your paperback will appear on Amazon and other online stores and will be available for order through all bookstores worldwide.
The following costs cover publication of a paperback (through Ingram Spark) plus the provision of ebook files.
Total cost of publication of paperback and provision of ebook files (not including extras or editing): USD $1560 (AUD $1950) plus proofreading at USD$0.0056 (AUD$0.007) per word.
(Line and copy editing, where required, will be quoted and paid for separately. )
Payments are made in three instalments.
- Publisher Costs of USD$445 (plus 4% Paypal fees if you pay through Paypal.) Australian and New Zealand residents pay AUD$555.
- Book Design Fee of USD $625 (AUD$780)
Includes cover and simple interior design for ebooks and paperbacks with no interior images, 2 cover revisions and one interior revision, plus a 3D mockup of the book. Extra revisions are charged at USD$45/hr (AUDS60/hr).
– Large books: USD$0.01 (AUD$0.013) for each word over 100,000 words;
– Premium interior design for paperback: page headers, decorative section break markers, designed section pages and/ or chapter headings. Price on discussion with book designer.
– Preparation, where necessary, of images for inclusion in the book: USD$48/hr (AUD$60/hr). This usually works out at roughly USD$6.50 (AUD$8) per image for photographs and professionally drawn illustrations.
– Interior layout of images (including anything other than text headings), tables and dot points. USD$10 (AUD$12.8) extra for each page in which they appear. We advise not including images in ebooks unless absolutely essential – See our FAQ Page.
– Hardback cover: With jacket, USD$95 (AUD$120); without jacket, USD$60 (AUD$75), plus hardcover proof copy USD$30 (AUD$35);
– Cover file for KDP Print (in addition to the one for Ingram Spark): USD$55 (AUD$69)
– Extra images for social media marketing as required – see here.
- Publishing Activities Fee of USD$490 (AUD$605) plus half Paypal fees (2%) where applicable.
Includes: getting the ISBN; title set up with printer; submitting book information to Thorpe Bowker data base; checking and uploading files; setting up a product page; emails, blog posts, and social media posts announcing book publication; uploading books to NED to secure copyright, plus email and other communications.
If you need help uploading your ebooks, we can do it for USD$48 (AUD$60) per hour for our time.
- Optional new release social media marketing package USD$65 (AUD $79).
Royalties, copyright & author copies
- Ebooks: 100% royalty.
- Paperbacks: 90% of net income; i.e., what we receive from Lightning Source minus 10%.
- Payments will be via Paypal or electronic bank transfer and in the authors own currency. Payments will be made quarterly.
- The author retains all copyright. AIAP has non-exclusive rights to publish the print copies and owns the print ISBN(s).
We do not provide ISBNs for the ebooks as they aren’t needed for Kindle, and other platforms offer them for free should the author wish to make their ebooks available further afield than Amazon. Publications will be lodged on the author’s behalf with the Australian National Library to secure their copyright under Australian law.
- Paperbacks are printed on demand, so you can buy as many or as few as you wish for yourself.
You can buy books through us for cost price plus postage from printers in the USA, UK or Australia, plus an order processing fee of $15. Authors paying via Paypal in non-Australian currencies are charged an additional 3% bank international transaction fee and 4% Paypal fees. Paying directly into our Australian bank account via Transferwise avoids those fees.
Why submit to AIA Publishing?
We pride ourselves on caring for our authors and making sure that their book is the best it can possibly be and that it will compete well in the marketplace – we even do research to find the best Amazon categories and keywords for your book. With us you can be sure that your book is a fully professional product and that you have not paid a cent more than you need to in order to see it in print and ebook.
But let our authors speak for us:
“What a difference a good editor and publisher makes! AIA published the second edition of my novel, Almost Human. They breathed new life into my novel by rebranding it. They kept me in the loop every step of the way with their professional and caring advice and expertise. They met their timelines and were prompt in getting back to me when I emailed them. They were very fair with pricing. My only regret is I did not use them sooner. I love the final product. The book cover is a vast improvement. I look forward to commissioning them for the sequel.” Kenneth L. Decroo, author of Almost Human.
“AIA Publishing is outstanding in its support for the author and delivery of the product.Tahlia provided all she promised, efficiently, smoothly and professionally. I felt sustained by her care and excellent communication in a process completely new to me. Tahlia’s guidance and experience brought my first book to the public without stress and provided valuable tips in marketing it locally and internationally. I have confidently recommended other writers to her who also have been grateful for her care and skills.” David Kerr, author of Out of Latvia and Wall of Tears.
“Let no one mislead you. You can self-publish a book for next to nothing on Createspace but to self publish a good, well-written book that will gather positive reviews on Amazon and from rated reviewers and bloggers, you will have to shell out. Not a huge amount but maybe a thousand imperial British pounds or so. You will need a professional structural edit, a good cover and a copy edit. I was rubbish with computers so I had to pay for formatting of the ebooks as well. I self-published my first two books (A Fair Wack and Time Lapse), garnered some good reviews, sold a few copies and gained accreditation from Awesome Indies Book Awards. Tahlia Newland appraised the manuscript of my third book Not Without Risk, then carried out the structural edit, after which she offered to publish it and provided me with an estimate of cost. I checked on what I’d spent on my first two books and it was in the same order.
I’m a wary creature by nature and have read all the horror stories about Vanity Publishing on Writer Beware. A quick google brought up nothing but praise, so I went for it. The book has gathered a lot of good reviews from rated reviewers and bloggers including one on Amazon USA which said, ‘Very well developed characters, nicely painted scenes and exceptionally clean editing make this a book a joy to read.’ Now if that isn’t a testimonial, what is?” Pete Trewin author of Not Without Risk.
See our Frequently Asked Questions page for honest answers to questions we’ve been asked.