Partnership Publishing (Short Run Digital Printing)
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Three of the major benefits of partnership publishing are that you, the author, have a say in each step of the production along the way, your book is normally published within eight months* of receipt of a finished manuscript and you maintain 50% of net profits. whereas in a traditionally published program, the process could take two to three years, you lose editorial control and you only earn a 8-12% royalty.
This program is designed for books up to 200 pages** that have a full color cover and black and white text throughout. If your book has color illustrations or text, contact us for a quote on custom printing. Please send us a description of your book to see if it qualifies for this program. We do not accept books of the following nature: pornography.
* Expedited services available - ask for a quote.
** Additional fees apply for books over 200 pages.
Manuscript Evaluations are available. Because books vary considerably in their size and complexity, the fee for an evaluation can vary considerably. A portion of this fee can be fully applied to any work we are hired to perform.
We reserve the right to accept or reject any manuscript. Please do not submit a manuscript without prior approval.
Media Kit Development:
To generate maximum exposure for your book, you must grab the attention of the media who will promote it. Gaining the media's attention in a world where they are inundated with requests for coverage requires creativity and skill.
Five Star will design and produce a dynamic media kit that garners attention. Our exciting designs and marketing copy grabs the attention of editors and producers and often results in interviews and/or book reviews. Our media kit consists of:
Publicity and Marketing:
- A one-page news release
- An author bio sheet
- A fact sheet for interviewers
- 25-word/50-word/100-word descriptions of your book that serve as blurbs or for copy for search engines
- A media/sales postcard
- Custom mini-website and domain name purchase
- Printing of 20 Advance Review Copies to be sent to select members of the media, according to the topic of your book and follow-up.
- Pitch 50 top newspaper, radio, and magazine editors and producers and follow-up. Five Star agrees to pay for the printing of media requested review copies and the author pays for actual shipping charges.
- Full featured listings (where appropriate) at www.AuthorsandExperts.com, www.SchoolBookings.com, eStarPublish.com and www.FiveStarPress.com.
- Marketing and promotion on the Internet.
- Localized event coverage when the author travels.
Our fees are in line with the high quality, professional services authors have come to expect with the Five Star name. Smart authors know award-winning book production and high performance publicity campaigns require an adequate budget and paying for less only nets a less than satisfactory outcome. Pay for the best and get it with Five Star Publications.
- Write, design and print bookmarks, posters, flyers, banners, retractable banners, postcards and promotional items, etc.
- Submit your books for possible books awards - entry fees are separate.
- Create a logo / letterhead package.
While Five Star cannot guarantee specific public relations placements, our track record speaks for itself. Our skilled efforts have resulted in coverage in prominent media, including TVLand.com, CNN.com, BBC London, CBC Marketplace (Canadian Broadcast System), 60 Minutes, FOX News, Ladies Home Journal, The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, Penn & Teller, AARP, Phoenix Home and Garden, the Associated Press, US Air magazine, Publishers Weekly, Choice, Small Press, Library Journal, School Library Journal, The Denver Post, The Arizona Republic, Florida-Times Union, Canadian Jewish News, NEA Today, the Midwest Book Review, C-Span2, Book TV, the Howard Stern Show, Playgirl Magazine, the Dr. Toni Grant Show, Booklist, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, New Mexico Magazine and many more.
Please visit the following links to view samples of books that have participated in our Partnership Publishing programs:
Several of our books have recently won national awards:
2012 USA Best Book Awards for Best New Children's Book: Non-Fiction
2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards 1st Place for Biography-Arizona and New Age Categories
2012 IBPA Silver Award in the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Awards
2012 Eric Hoffer Award 1st Place for Spiritual Books
2012 One Book, One Community Selection
2012 ONEBOOKAZ for Kids Selection
2012 London Book Festival 1st Place for Spirituality
2011 Southwest Books of the Year Best Reading selection
2011 USA Best Book Awards Winner for Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Non-Fiction
2011 London Book Festival Winner for Genre Based Books
2010 Paris Book Festival 1st Place in How-To Category
2010 LA Book Festival
2010 London Book Festival
2010 Premier Book Awards Best Young Adult Novel of the Year
2010 Spirit of the Old West Alive Award
2010 National Indie Excellence Awards!
2010 Eric Hoffer Awards finalist in Cookbooks
2009 Book of the Year Awards Finalist
2009 ForeWord's Book of the Year Awards Silver in Fiction
2009 London Book Festival 1st Place Teenage/Young Adult
2009 Hollywood Book Festival 1st Place
2008 Moonbeam Children's Book Award for Best First Book
2008 Carter G. Woodson Award Winner
2008 Reader Views Literary Award for Best Children's Book (ages 7 and older)
2007 AAA India Excellence Finalist for History
2007 National Best Books for History: Military
2007 Glyph Award for Best Popular Fiction
2007 Glyph Award for Best Gift Book
2007 National Parenting Publications Award - Honors
2007 National Parenting Publications Award - Honors
2005 Glyph Awards (ABPA) Best Humor Book
The ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award
NFPW - 1st Place Books - Inspirational
NFPW - 1st Place in PR
AACE Citations for Career Education Initiatives
National Association of Independent Publishers - Excellence of Content
Our marketing materials have also won several first place awards. We are honored to announce that Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications based in Chandler, Arizona, has been named "Book Marketer of the Year" by Book Publicists of Southern California. [more]
"I've been a professional editor for more than 35 years and an author of children's books for more than 20 years. I've self-published, worked with large traditional publishers, and with smaller companies. Doing partner publishing with Linda Radke and Five Star Publications is one of the best decisions I have ever made as a professional writer and author. Her enthusiasm is infectious. She knows her business...WELL!"
~ Conrad J. Storad
Author of more than 40 science and nature books for children and young adults
"Hi Linda, I just finished the newsletter and congratulations on all the awards! It says a tremendous amount about Five Star! Oh, Linda, why didn't I take your advice and how I wish I would have published Lilly with you! I went with a different publisher. At first, I was very happy with everything. But now that the project is done, the check is long cashed, I have 3k copies of a book sitting in a warehouse. I have great success when I get out of work and make some school visits but other than that...
"The publisher listed me with Ingram, great but not what they said they would do...present to book buyers etc. Barnes and Noble turned me down for in store distribution, has me on the website, Amazon, etc. is all listed.
"My problem and question to you...do you have any suggestions for selling this round of books? I am looking perhaps to wholesale them to someone. Just to cover my expenses. I'm sure this is the age old questions, how do we sell them, but wondering if you know of any liquidation avenues.
"I feel terrible asking you for help, my publisher should be helping me! Any advice? Thank you!"
Author of The Lilly Adventures!
"Last year Larry Corbett and I went through an extensive process to select a publisher for our book. We talked with fifteen and selected Five Star for many reasons. First, Linda's personal attention to detail and introduction plan. Second, her efforts to ensure a high quality edition and a very clear message to potential readers. Third, Linda's personality of "can do" attitude and great customer satisfaction. Fourth, her most cost-effective printing and editing effort.
"Months later we are delighted with our choice. Linda continues to meet or exceed all of our expectations. I am eager to enjoy the results of our partnership with an outstanding person and publisher."
My best regards,
Former Chairman and CEO
Want to know what other folks have had to say about working with Five Star during the past twenty years? Please visit our testimonial page.
Once you contact us, we'll be pleased to provide a proposal tailored to your specific project. Since every project is different in scope and needs, your time frames and costs will be handled on an individual basis.