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WHAT IS A HYBRID PUBLISHER?

In short, a publisher utilizing an author-subsidized business model for the majority of its business.

Hybrid publishing companies behave just like traditional publishing companies in all respects, except that they publish books using an author-subsidized business model, as opposed to financing all costs themselves and, in exchange, return a higher-than-industry-standard share of sales proceeds to the author. A hybrid publisher makes income from a combination of publishing services and book sales.

DOES VISUAL ADJECTIVES ACCEPT FINISHED MANUSCRIPTS?

Visual Adjectives will accept unsolicited manuscripts from authors, previously published or not. Everything does not have to be perfect, but strive to maintain excellence so that we can see what type of product you have and how it can be used.

 

We have many people that create products meant for a certain audience or genre, but it is found to be better suited for another. We have some that are quite the opposite. Many of us enjoy having a team of interested people helping to develop our worlds, stories, and ideas. Once we know what you have, we can work with you to push it in the direction that you envision. 

 

Please allow 4 – 6 weeks for review. Every effort will be made to expedite this process and to give each project our fullest attention.                                                                                                                                                            

 

Visual Adjectives accepts simultaneous submissions provided that the author or agent makes this clear in a cover letter and immediately informs us if and when another publisher has tendered an offer or has accepted the work for publication.

DO YOU OFFER ADVANCES?

We do not currently offer advances on royalties.

DOES VISUAL ADJECTIVES PAY ROYALTIES?        

We pay royalties on monies received from sales in all outlets. Royalties are paid on a calendar quarter basis.

WHAT SERVICES DO VISUAL ADJECTIVES PROVIDE?

REVIEW SERVICES
Critiquing Services, Guaranteed Reviews, Manuscript Assessments, Technical Reviews

 

AUTHOR SERVICES
First-Time Authors, E-Book Publishing, Publishing Packages

 

EDITING SERVICES
Editorial Services, Ghostwriting

 

PRODUCTION SERVICES
Concept Service, Illustration Service, Full Service packages, Individual Services

 

MARKETING SERVICES
Book Trailers, Interviews, Podcasts, Social Media Marketing/Management, Web Site Design/Management, Workshops

WHAT IS A MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT?

A reading and analysis of a 5-page synopsis of your work with critical feedback and proofing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

WHAT DOES A CRITIQUE ENTAIL?   

A critical analysis of your incomplete work. Using a 5-point rating system, the work will be evaluated on its Core Concept, World Building, Character Development, Presentation (Storytelling). The Critique helps you stay on track to the goal of appealing to your target market.

WHAT DOES A TECHNICAL REVIEW ENTAIL?

A comprehensive review of your completed book. Using our Rating point system and based on Genre. Your work will be scored in a critical analysis of the Core Concept, World Building, Storytelling and Product Presentation of the complete work.

WHAT IS A GUARANTEED REVIEW?                                      

Rather than sending your book out into the world in hopes of receiving a review, Visual Adjectives offers a guaranteed review of your book that provides honest feedback that you can then either use to promote your book or to improve in your future writing endeavors.

WHAT ARE THE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR A BOOK?

1. Upload your finished manuscript as a Word document (either .doc or .docx) only.

2. Include a cover/query letter containing:

  • First and Last Name (and pseudonym if applicable)

  • Mailing Address

  • Phone Number

  • E-mail Address

  • Web Address (if available)

  • Submission Title

  • Genre

  • Word count

  • Target market/Intended audience

  • Brief story summary/ synopsis/ Table of Contents

3. The first five consecutive chapters.
4. Photos or illustrations.

 

All pages must be:

  1. Double-spaced.

  2. Times New Roman or similar 12-point font.

  3. Left justified.

  4. 1-inch margins on all sides.

  5. 0.5-inch indentation at the beginning of each paragraph.

  6. Letter format (not A4 or international).

  7. Pages consecutively numbered throughout. Chapters not numbered separately.

  8. Numbering begins on the cover/query page in the upper right corner.

  9. Header on every page containing title, page number, author name and contact information.

 

  • No footnotes or end-notes in your manuscript.

  • All electronic comments (track changes) and corrections between authors have been removed (not just turned off).

  • Proofread your paper carefully before submission (or use a copy editor if necessary).

  • When submitting by e-mail, your subject line must include author name and title of the manuscript. A maximum of 1-2 sentences introduction in the e-mail body. If your file is too large to submit by e-mail, you may send it as separate files, or send to our mailing address.

Electronic submissions will be responded to via e-mail. You will receive an e-mail notification confirming receipt. For submissions sent via regular mail, include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope). Do not send your only copy.

WHAT ARE THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR A GRAPHIC NOVEL OR COMIC BOOK?

1. Title page:

  • Include names of all creators (Art, Lettering, Inking, Pencil, etc.)

  • A preview image, if possible, on the title page. Either the main character or perhaps an important setting.

2. Overview: One to two sentences of the overall concept, followed by a longer description of what the story is about. Similar to the Blurb on the back of a novel, to whet the appetite of the reader without giving away the entire plot.

Include format and delivery information:

  • The estimated number of pages

  • Trim size

  • Target audience

  • What exactly you’ll be delivering to us (need someone else for lettering or artwork? Please be clear on this.) Also include comparison titles so that it shows where your book should be in the market. Please stick to recently published works in a similar genre to your own.

3. About the Creator(s):

  • Tell us about yourself and your fellow creators, if any. Include a short bio, website and/or portfolio links, social media links and any previous publications.

4. Character and Setting Descriptions:

  • Focus on the main cast of characters- their personality details and physical traits. One paragraph per character is sufficient.

  • If the story is a science fiction, fantasy, or historical setting. Please include some of that information as well. Illustrations would be a welcome addition.

I DON'T NEED A FULL-SERVICE PACKAGE. ARE INDIVIDUAL SERVICES AVAILABLE?

Visual Adjectives offers a full range of services that can be purchased individually. Only want proofreading? Only Copy editing or Line editing? All of these and more are available on our services menus.

WHAT ARE YOUR WORKSHOPS?

Our workshops help you either learn or refine your writing skills.

 

Division One - Writing

Session One - Introduction: Defining Thought

  • Course 1 - World Building

  • Course 2 - Character Development

  • Course 3 - Plot Structure

  • Course 4 - Perspective and Pacing

 

Session Two - Advanced: Describing Creation

  • Course 5 - Introductions, Transitions, Climax and Resolutions

  • Course 6 - Supporting Cast and Minor Characters

  • Course 7 - Dialogue

  • Course 8 - Action Scenes and Modus Operandi

 

Division Two - Production

Session Three - Scribe: Telling Stories

  • Course 9 - Rewrites and Self Editing

  • Course 10 - Professional Editing

  • Course 11 - Book Image

  • Course 12 - Publishing Process

 

Session Four - Professional: Illustrating Concepts

  • Course 13 - Step by Step to Authorship

  • Course 14 - Step by Step to Publishing

  • Course 15 - Step by Step to Design and Layout

  • Course 16 - Step by Step to Distribution

 

Workshops may be purchased by Course, Session, Division or in Total.