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Manuscripts is an award-winning publishing platform for modern authors. There are four main characteristics of a modern author: modern authors own their work, build direct relationships with their readers/audience, leverage coaching and expertise, and create positive economic outcomes from your work.

Our mission, to elevate stories of the under-heard and to help new authors, creatives, and writing professionals expand their readership to new audiences. Through our process 40% of the titles we publish are considered creative works, including genre fiction.

 

We have a proven community-driven process that provides you with the team and the system you need to write, publish, and launch your book. You will participate in live instruction, workshops, and community office hours to connect with your fellow authors who are also publishing their books alongside you.

We will empower you at each stage of the book writing and publishing process, as both the creator and owner of your work. When you publish, you will have a book indistinguishable in quality from any traditionally published book—all while retaining 100 percent of the rights and royalties.

Our process is grounded in what we call “creation-based learning." The goal of our process is to show you all aspects of publishing—prelaunch, revisions, cover design, layout, marketing, and printing. We will make you an equal partner in the publishing of your book, and your publishing team will give you the coaching and the tools to succeed at each stage of your publishing and launch journey. Our process is community-driven, which means that we integrate community engagement in every aspect of the publishing journey. We will help you design a system to activate your true fans, and grow your audience and platform.

  • Helping you presell your book, tickets to your book launch event and book signings. We describe this process as "winning opening weekend." Our presale model is designed to help you to both build your audience and fund the production and launch of your book so you can create real economic value and have a profitable book upon release. If you are unable to fund the launch of your book through our presale model, you will have the option to refund your preorders or fund the remaining production costs

  • Creating engagement through early beta reader feedback and word-of-mouth recommendation during revision and production

  • Developing a launch strategy around the release of your book

  • Learning from alumni mentors, including participating in post-launch programs and our online community platform

Reader-centric Approach

Our books are designed and published to help readers learn, imagine, and dream. We encourage our authors to publish with readers in mind so that their stories can be the catalyst for positive change in their readers’ lives. You never know who needs to hear the story you have to tell and what kind of impact your words can have.

Publishing With Readers in Mind

Attention-Grabbing Books

From the front cover to the back, our books are designed to reflect the essence of the story and hook readers from the get-go. Our talented design team works with you to create the very best cover for your book, keeping in mind your distinct vision, your book’s niche genre, and market trends.

Stories, Characters, & People With Purpose

We work with authors to develop books that matter — introducing them to people, characters, storylines, and words that impact readers in real and deep ways. We employ some of the world's best storytellers as editors and have developed a unique approach to editing support that blends the science of story and structure with the art of emotion.

Connecting Ideas & Communities

We work with authors to develop books that matter — introducing them to people, characters, storylines, and words that impact readers in real and deep ways. We employ some of the world's best storytellers as editors and have developed a unique approach to editing support that blends the science of story and structure with the art of emotion.

Because we believe that stories have a global impact, we encourage and coach our authors are to develop a strategy that involves donating a portion of book profits or royalties to community organizations and local issues. Books can and should be a force for social good—both in the ideas they present and stories they tell and in the financial impact of profits and book sale royalties. Our authors in the New Degree Press program have donated profits to food banks, community organizations, scholarship funds for schools, and more.

We bring a unique approach to the editorial process utilizing new strategies across neuroscience, big data, and machine learning to identify keys to a successful book for any authors and an award-winning editorial team in which each of our editorial departments has, on average, at least a decade of experience in publishing, writing, production and design, and marketing.

 

You will publish under our Manuscripts Fiction imprint—Manuscripts Press.

Manuscripts is a Certified B Corporation. Transparency and creating a positive social impact are at the core of our business model. Our community-driven process is designed to empower all authors publish and launch their book—regardless of their background.

 

We champion Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and are committed to making publishing accessible in all of its forms: financial, accommodation, and coaching. Approximately 40% of the authors we publish identify as BIPOC, compared to roughly 10% in traditional publishing according to the New York Times. We believe more must be done to elevate creatives and writing professionals of all diverse backgrounds, especially from within marginalized communities.

Authors who publish with Manuscripts have access to live instruction, one-on-one coaching, and peer author community to support and provide accountability at each stage of publishing—revision, editing, and launch phases. We foster a passion for writing and storytelling in each of our authors, and help them create a positive social impact and help them go from part-time storyteller to professional writer or full-time creative.

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