Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Merge Publishing we hope can answer. You can also contact us with your questions on our query form.
What type of publishing company are you?
- Merge is a hybrid publisher. We consider submissions by the content. An editor will review your work and if it’s a good match, we’ll offer to publish your work with a traditional contract or a shared cost inclusive contract. This is a relatively new way to publish and an alternative to do-it-yourself or big publishing companies. We offer author assist programs to help with design, marketing and branding to help an offer grow their readership and exposure for their work.
Are there any fees?
- There is no cost to submit your work for consideration. Since we are a small press and do NOT accept every submission, we need to ensure quality and that means there is compensation needed when a book is accepted into the second stage of our three-step-process for publication. This is done by a team of talented beta readers and editors who make sure your work will attract the right readers. Coupled with extensive research for your target audience and correct marketing, this ensures your book’s success.
Are you accepting new authors?
- Yes, we are. On our website we accept queries and will decide to see your work/project from there. We have test readers who will evaluate sample chapters, or entire books before we decide to publish. We may publish more books than we anticipate, but we plan on publishing quality vs. quantity.
How will you market books when they publish?
- Marketing is a 24-7 job. This entails always looking for opportunities to promote our authors. Whether it’s getting new book reviews, interviews, book signings, etc. We offer an extensive marketing plan for authors and always welcome collaborative efforts to increase awareness.
- Every book marketing effort includes a book launch, press kit, and news release to major book reviewers across America, including bloggers, librarians, and an extensive promotion with Amazon, Goodreads, and social media.
- The author is also encouraged to assist with marketing to help build their own brand with book interviews, book signings and appearances at conferences and book stores.
- Some of the marketing includes:
- Press release to top major book editors of newspapers nationwide
- Distribution of news release to Google News and/or Yahoo News
- Early review submission requests to national publications
- Accessible exposure to professional readers, reviewers, librarians
- Bookmarks, postcards, and/or posters, flyers
- Notify list of bloggers who review books
- Interviews with other writers on their blogs
- Interviews with radio, TV, or newspapers, or web
- Goodreads platform publicity and/or ads
- Merge website itself with SEO targeted keywords
- Guest Blogging on other sites
- Press Kits
- Video Trailers
- LinkedIn and LinkedIn Groups to focused readers
- Google Plus, and Google Plus Hangouts and Hangouts On Air (Live shows)
- Facebook ads and campaigns
- Twitter campaigns and postings with #hashtags on genre
- Book exposure at Trade Shows, book expos, etc.
- Books at a table at shows, festivals, and book events (availability)
- E-blasts newsletters within our network
- Book signings at local or other bookstores, libraries, and other venues
- Amazon promotions
- Facebook, Pinterest, and/or Twitter campaigns
- Book groups
- Access to a list of Book Awards
Marketing is a combined effort, and since every book is one of a kind, some may have to be marketed differently. We are more than happy to exchange ideas with the author and editor to develop a book marketing strategy that will work best with each project.
Will booksellers carry printed books?
- We plan on having some independent stores carrying some of our titles, depending on a store by store basis. The author can always set up to sell his or her own books to sell by creating their own distribution list for printed titles. Wholesalers are always welcome to contact us directly to carry our titles.
- We also publish titles with Lightning Source, owned by Ingram, so booksellers such as Barnes and Noble and other stores can order the book directly.