Nancy Grace’s new Hailey Dean mystery novel Murder in the Courthouse has only been out since Tuesday, but she’s hit the ground running since then with media appearances and book signings, and she’s only just getting started:
It has been a pleasure working with BenBella Books. Glenn Yeffeth, the Publisher, and his entire team have done an outstanding job editing, promoting, and distributing my books, The Miami Mediterranean Diet and The Great American Heart Hoax. I highly recommend BenBella Books and I give them a 5-star rating!
Michael D. Ozner, M.D., FACC, FAHA
Dear Potential BenBella Author,
Thank you for taking this time to learn a bit more about BenBella Books acquisitions. This letter tells you everything you need to know to submit your project to BenBella Books.
BenBella Books is a publishing boutique that publishes 30 to 40 books a year, is very selective in what it acquires, and works with great diligence to publish each book to its maximum potential.
We are actively acquiring strong nonfiction manuscripts. We are not looking for fiction at this time.
Our approach to publishing is very straightforward:
We strive to be the publishing partner of choice for the author looking for a personalized, careful, and marketing-focused approach.
First and foremost, BenBella is a publisher that places a strong value on marketing. We are strong marketers, and each of our books has a customized marketing plan and approach. Publicity is key for most of our titles, and we – and our authors – work hard at it. We have a strong team here, and we (or our authors) often bring in strong outside publicists as well. You can see a list of our recent press hits in our Press Room; you’ll see our books get a lot of publicity.
Our marketing extends well beyond publicity, and we work with each author to design marketing initiatives to support each title, extensive mailings to a list of important influencers and/or creative social media campaigns.
We expect our authors to actively support the marketing of their books, both at the time they are published and in the months (and years) thereafter. Towards this end, we work closely with our authors to educate them in book marketing approaches, including bringing in outside experts and trainers to work with our authors.
Together, BenBella and I have published three bestselling cookbooks. It is the collaborative effort―that partnership between publisher and author that is unique to BenBella―that has allowed my books to be so successful. I am not a faceless author to BenBella. We work closely as both colleagues and friends. My books are also not forced into some corporate mold. My thoughts and opinions are respected. My books are MY books and I know I would not be given as much creative input elsewhere. We have grown together and I am delighted to be publishing another three books with BenBella.
Lindsay Nixon, author of the bestselling Happy Herbivore series
The success of a book is often a result of a good match between author and publisher. Every publisher is better at some things than others. So please consider the types of books we publish as described below and whether we are a good fit for your project before pitching us.
BenBella is open to looking at any non-fiction proposal, but we’re particularly excited about books that have one or more of these characteristics:
BenBella Books has far exceeded all expectations I’d had based on comments from other authors I know. They have been very accommodating with needs that have arisen and clearly understand the bigger business picture involved with publishing. All staff with whom I’ve come into contact have been outstanding and I look forward to working with them on other projects in the future.
Duke Johnson, MD, author of The Optimal Health Revolution
Pitching BenBella is easy. In the initial pitch, we are looking for three things:
This initial pitch should be only a few pages long. If it’s appealing, I’ll get back to you with a request for more information.
I look forward to hearing from you!