As a prospective author you probably find yourself in one of several situations: 1) you have a desire to write a book, but don’t know just what to write about or how to go about it; 2) you have a specific topic in mind, and may have done some work on it, but have not yet completed it; 3) you have finished compiling a book and are looking for a publisher, or 4) you published a book in the past that is now out of print, and you are looking for a publisher to reprint it. In any case, your best way to go forward is to publish the book yourself. Our experts will help you through the process, making your experience enjoyable and not an ordeal.
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Huron Press is designed for the veteran, helping turn your experiences into a cherished possession for your friends and family. If you wish to offer your book for sale to the general public, we can arrange that for you.
A MATTER OF INTEREST
The subject matter of interest to us is naturally determined by the market we serve. In general terms, we are interested in materials on American history, local history, and genealogy, including non-fiction narrative works and compilations of source records from the earliest time period down into the early 20th century. Since the market for genealogical materials tends to increase geometrically as one moves back in time, the earlier the time period the better when dealing with genealogical content. We have a limited market for genealogical material pertaining to the period after the Civil War, and rarely publish genealogical material pertaining primarily to the 20th century. Historical material, on the other hand, is not as sensitive to time constraints, and we publish some such materials dealing with the time period down to the middle of the 20th century.
Among possible genealogical topics, early source records tend to be best, followed by genealogical compilations covering many early settlers in a given area, single surname genealogies, multiple surname genealogies, and lineages, in that order. A biography of a single person would have poor prospects in most cases unless the person was one of some historical significance. When it comes to historical and genealogical source record compilations, the availability of the source is a key factor. For example, early newspaper abstracts are in much more demand than census records because the latter are readily available online and easily searched in comparison with newspapers.
If you do not have any definite plans as to what you want to write about, please write to us expressing your interest and describing your experience and training. We will work with you to help you select a topic of interest to you which is also one we feel we could effectively publish and market.
If you have a specific topic in mind, but have not finished the work, please send us an outline, sample chapters, table of contents, and any introductory material you may have. Please describe your plans for completing the book, so we may have a clear idea of the finished product. Your estimates of the final size of the work and its potential market should also be included, as well as your resume of experience and training relating to the subject matter. We will respond with our evaluation of your project.
If you have completed an early draft of the whole work, please respond as per Case 2 above. If we like your proposal, we will respond with a request to see a final draft.
If you have published a book that is now out of print, and which you think we should reprint, please send us a copy of the book and a synopsis of its printing history.
We reserve the right to reject any material which may be of an offensive or criminal nature.
If sending a paper copy of the manuscript, the text should be printed on one side only of white, 8½”x11” ordinary bond paper. It is important that all pages are aligned within the same margins and that the ink coverage is uniform on all pages throughout the book.
Each page should be in the form of The Chicago Manual of Style” which provides format other editorial details.
Number of Pages – The maximum number of pages per book is 640; however, we recommend that you actually have no more than 500 pages per volume.
Existing Book – If we are going to reprint your existing book, you will need to provide us with a clean copy of the book to use in the process. We may re-typeset the title and copyright pages, and possibly add an errata page or new index, but the bulk of the book will be a facsimile reprint of the book you provide – possibly with some reduction or enlargement to accommodate our basic page sizes. The book you provide will be completely taken apart in order for us to reprint it, and it is not possible to rebind it. It is only useful for possible later reprinting and is retained by us for that purpose.
Cover Design – Normally, we design the covers for the books we publish. You are welcome to provide your own artwork for the cover and/or the interior. We can use your artwork and typeset the copy for the front and back covers and the spine, or you may provide us with the camera-ready cover, with the copy typeset around your artwork.
We print the copyright notice on the back of the title page along with other publishing data. Copies for submission to to government are submitted on your behalf. The author retains the copyright of the contents of their book. If you wish to register the copyright, you may obtain information about the law, registration form, and fee from the Register of Copyrights.