Publish your book with us

Introduction to our publishing service

Since 1999, we have published many New Zealand non-fiction print books, mainly on progressive/liberal Christian, social justice, history and pacifist topics.

We now also produce and help you to market eBooks and print books in fiction (novels and poetry) and all non-fiction genres.

We can produce small print runs via print-on-demand through Printing.com in New Zealand and Amazon subsidiary CreateSpace in the USA.

How publishing with us works

  1. The author creates the book contents and emails us the manuscript to assess.
  2. We agree costs with the author and sign a publishing contract with them.
  3. We then work with the author to produce a saleable book (in print and eBook formats) and to list, promote and sell it.
  4. The author pays us a fee to get the book ready to release – payable when the author approves the book for printing/release.
  5. The author can buy print copies from us to sell. This how our authors make the most money from their books.
  6. We pay the author 25% of net sales proceeds of books we sell.

Preparing your manuscript

We expect authors to present us with well-worked text, i.e. please do not send us your first draft.

  • We suggest that you print out your manuscript and read it aloud to yourself, marking up edits by hand as you go. Issues that you don’t see when reading on screen often become apparent when reading a printout.
  • Think about sentence construction – keep it simple and logical. Break long complicated sentences into shorter sentences.
  • Get at least one other person, whose opinion you value, to read your manuscript and give you honest feedback. Make any changes that arise from this process.
  • Spell check all your text. We prefer you to use New Zealand English as the language in your spell checker.

Starting from this solid base, we can then work with you to copy edit and polish your text ready for publication.

Submitting your book idea to us

We welcome proposals for new fiction and non-fiction eBooks in any genre.

We are also happy to discuss re-releasing as eBooks, books previously published in print.

Send us your manuscript in Microsoft Word format by email to books@pgpl.co.nz, with details of your book including:

  • A one or two paragraph summary of the content
  • Your expertise in the subject area covered by the book
  • Target markets – Who do you think will want to buy your book?
  • Selling points – Why people will want to buy your book?
  • How you will be able to help us to promote your book – Your professional and personal contacts, your social media presence etc.

More about our fees

If we accept your book for publication, we will charge a fee of NZ$500 (minimum) up to about $1,000 for getting your book ready to publish. A higher publishing fee may apply for longer or more complex books.

The fee covers:

  • Editing your text
  • Cover and book interior design
  • Formatting as an eBook
  • Formatting as a print book
  • Listing your book online on our website, at Amazon.com, Kobo.com, Smashwords.com, Wheelers NZ ePlatform and other places.

We will share the sales proceeds (net of GST and other taxes, printing costs, retailer margins, and freight/postage) with the author. Authors get 25% of net sales proceeds of books we sell.

More about our publishing process

eBooks

  1. Author provides text ready to be formatted.
  2. PGPL supplies separate ISBNs for each eBook format required (ePub, Kindle and PDF)
  3. PGPL designs an effective cover and formats the text into an eBook.
  4. PGPL supplies a draft design in PDF format to the author for comment and approval.
  5. PGPL and the author then work through edits and changes needed until the author is satisified with the cover and the text, and approves the book for online listing and release.
  6. PGPL lists the finished book for sale on Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, Wheelers NZ, and www.pgpl.co.nz
  7. PGPL sends a catalogue entry and sample ePub copy to Legal Deposit at National Library.
  8. The author works with PGPL to market and promote the book.
    NB: Authors do not sell eBooks directly themselves.
  9. In consultation with the author, PGPL will decide pricing for the eBook. Pricing should be equivalent across markets, e.g. if selling for US$5.99 on Amazon and Smashwords, sell for about $8.99 in New Zealand.
  10. PGPL pays the author 25% of net cash sales proceeds received for books we sell. In calculating the net proceeds, PGPL will deduct:
    • the re-seller’s margin (e.g. 30-65% for Amazon, 20-30% for Smashwords)
    • US withholding tax at 5% of royalties due from the re-seller
    • NZ GST on sales in New Zealand
    • Freight/postage

Print Books

  1. Author provides text ready to be formatted.
  2. .PGPL designs an effective cover and formats the text
  3. PGPL supplies a draft design in PDF format to the author for comment and approval.
  4. PGPL and the author then work through edits and changes needed until the author is satisified with the cover and the text, and approves the book for printing.
  5. PGPL assigns a NZ ISBN and sends the book to Printing.com in Wellington to print.
  6. PGPL submits the design to CreateSpace and gets them to allocate a US ISBN (which means they can promote the book to more wholesalers and library suppliers overseas, than if only a NZ ISBN is used.)
  7. PGPL orders the first batch of print copies, from Printing.com in NZ. (Allow three weeks.)
  8. In consultation with the author PGPL will decide pricing for the book.
  9. The author works with PGPL to market and promote the book to library suppliers, shops and other contacts.
  10. PGPL receives books for sale and processes orders.
  11. The author may buy an initial batch of copies at a lower than usual cost, either so they can hold a launch function or sell the book direct to friends and contacts themselves.
  12. PGPL sends a catalogue entry and 2 copies to Legal Deposit at National Library.
  13. PGPL lists the finished for sale book on www.pgpl.co.nz, Amazon and CreateSpace, and tells NZ library suppliers, libraries, selected shops and customers about the book.
  14. PGPL will provide the author with 3 free print copies.
  15. After buying an initial batch of books at an agreed price, the author may buy extra copies from PGPL at any time at the wholesale price, i.e. the price charged to bookshops and library suppliers.
  16. PGPL pays the author 25% of net cash sales proceeds received for books we sell. In calculating the net proceeds, PGPL will deduct:
    • the unit cost of printing copies of the book
    • the re-seller’s margin
    • US withholding tax at 5% of royalties due from the re-seller
    • postage/freight costs
    • NZ GST on sales in New Zealand

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