Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Got questions? Here are the most common questions and answers about manuscript submissions:
Do you accept unsolicited manuscripts?
Yes, we accept unsolicited manuscripts, and we review all submissions within 30-60 days.
What if I don’t have an agent?
No problem! Most of our submissions are from unagented authors, in addition to accepting submissions from literary agents. If we do a deal with you directly, you’ll be able to keep your full share of our generous royalties.
How much can I earn with Spectrum Audiobooks?
At Spectrum Audiobooks, we believe in creating long-term partnerships that are good for you and for us. Our goal is to help you earn a greater income from book sales. Our standard royalty share is 75% after fees. Fees may include:
- Narrator PFH
- Editor/Proofer PFH
- Engineering PFH
- Cover artist flat fee
We can customize your deal as a royalty share, a PFH or a hybrid structure.
How much does it cost?
We’re a no-fee independent press. That means we never charge a fee to publish books. We earn our profit when we sell books for you.
Your book will have certain unavoidable production costs that include certain PFH only narrators, cover artists, editors, etc. We do not accept self-recorded authors unless you have a substantial amount of experience in public speaking. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Video trailers do have a flat fee cost unless you choose a custom option. They are $100 if you are signed with us and $299 if you want one alacarte.
Do you guarantee you will publish my book?
No. Even if you meet all the guidelines on this page, we review all submitted manuscripts and decide on a case-by-case basis if it makes sense for us to offer a deal to the author.
If we find the author or manuscript is not yet ready for publishing, we will make specific recommendations on how you can improve your writing and the marketability of your book.
Authors who are receptive to constructive criticism are welcome to resubmit their manuscripts for consideration after making editorial/cover art changes.
Got More Questions?
Contact us using the form to submit your query letter or ask a question, or simply email us at authorSAB(at)gmail(dot)com. You may also want to read our Publishing FAQs.
Note: After we receive your query letter, we will respond, and you may then submit your manuscript via email. Please ensure your manuscript is ready to review in Microsoft Word (either .docx or .doc format) or PDF, so that our editors can track changes while they make comments and edits on your manuscript.