What if FSP doesn’t accept your manuscript for publication or you have chosen to self-publish your book? We recognize there are talented writers who may not choose the route of traditional publishing. We also offer a wide range of services to aid those who choose a more independent path but are overwhelmed by the strict guidelines of self-publishing companies. Please see our Services page at First Steps Publications for more information.
Please understand that writing is a business, and you should be willing to spend a significant amount of time actively promoting your work. We don’t believe that authors should have to shoulder all of the responsibility of publicizing their work. We are committed to bringing as much exposure to our authors’ books as we can. Social media; brick and mortar bookstore; library as well as online distribution; book shows are a few of the ways in which we promote our authors’ books. We also provide ongoing marketing advice and assistance to our author team.
All work must be original, and not have appeared elsewhere unless all rights have reverted back to the author.
Who owns the Copyright?—Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form—digital, handwritten or printed. FSP will retain copyright to your work once we agree to publish it. If for any reason we should part ways, FSP will revert the copyright back to you. However if you wish to keep the copyright yourself you will need to obtain a copyright for your work from the US Copyright Office. This will not preclude the publication of the work, but publication prior to confirmation of the copyright may make enforcement more difficult if there is any need for that.
You will find working with us to be a pleasant and educational experience. We understand you will have questions about the business and we understand that you are putting your “baby” in our care and we are happy to provide you with professional and personal attention every step of the way.