You’ve read about the green signals and pitfalls to watch out for in general while deciding to choose an academic publisher. (If you haven’t, you should read Tips for Choosing an Academic Book Publisher). Now, you might want to publish with us and are wondering what’s the next step—what are the benefits of publishing with Vibrant Publishers? Or maybe you want to know why you should choose Vibrant Publishers over traditional or self-publishing. Whether you are a first-time author who will need guidance through the entire process of publishing, a seasoned author, or someone looking out for the right publisher, this blog is for you.
#1: Developmental Support
At Vibrant, we work with the author from start to finish to ensure that their work is fine-tuned to achieve the best results. Our editors discuss ways to improve the material and advise the authors on the type of content that the potential readers would like to see. That’s why, even if you’re a first-time author, you don’t have to be daunted by the process of writing—we’ll guide you through the entire process in a step-by-step manner.
#2: Flexible Timelines
Publishing in any field, whether it’s academic or commercial book publishing, is a lengthy process with several procedures involved. But with continuous and ongoing support from the publisher, this process becomes significantly easier for the author. At Vibrant Publishers, authors are provided with all the support they need, whether they’re writing the book from scratch or already have a full manuscript prepared. We’re very flexible with our timelines and understand that delays are sometimes inevitable. That being said, our timelines are carefully planned keeping in mind the author’s commitments and most authors are able to finish well on schedule.
#3: Peer Review System
Peer reviews are what refine a book from its status as an initial draft to a complete manuscript. Peer reviews might come from professors specializing in the same domain as the author, industry experts who have years of practical experience in their field, or subject-matter experts with in-depth knowledge about the topic. They review the author’s draft and suggest improvements for clarity, topics that should or should not be included, and assess the contribution the work will make to the field. We have excellent peer reviewers who provide impartial and useful advice to authors. Additionally, every book is submitted for review at least 4-5 months before publication, to professional reviewers like Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal.
#4: Editing the Book
As an author, your work might appear perfect. But it’s necessary to fine-tune the material so that the final version is a complete, informative book. Editors can add value to your work by providing suggestions for improvement, style of writing, and grammatical corrections. Our editors work with the author to ensure that their book contains the right tone, content, and direction, as well as language that is easy for readers to understand.
Marketing is an important aspect of the publishing process and in many cases, it starts even before the book is released. Although our focus is academic publishing, our books are not limited to a specific market. We target multiple audiences for our books through press releases, email campaigns, and social media. We publish through online and offline distribution channels like Ingram, Smashwords, Kindle, and Baker and Taylor, and reach out to more than 10,000 libraries across the globe. We also connect with professors worldwide, who have adopted many of our books for their courses. As you can see, our marketing efforts have an extensive reach.
#6: Sourcing Images and Illustrations
If you’re wondering about where the images and illustrations for your book come from, we’ve got you covered. Unlike publishers that ask you to source images and obtain copyright permissions yourself—or pay a fee for the same—we don’t ask the author to take on the hassle of obtaining images. You can focus on transferring your knowledge to the paper and we’ll take care of the rest.
Our books follow a very compact, attractive layout, which makes it easy to read and absorb the material. Once again, we don’t require the author to format the book—we do it ourselves. The kind of layout that we’ve come up with for our books, ensures that you’re not just reading through pages of information but are enjoying the journey of learning.
Image caption: Take a look at our book, Winning Strategies for the ACT, before and after formatting the content.
#8: Scholarly Reputation
As a first-time author, professor or industry expert, having a book published will boost your academic reputation as a scholar. You’ll gain from having your work published with us—the industry recognition your book will receive from peers and professionals will help you establish your reputation as an author. Ultimately, your work might even win awards—we submit books for the IPPY Awards, IBPA Awards, Eric Hoffer Awards and many more, depending on the category of the book.
Publishing a book is not an easy feat, but with our extensive support and guidance, the process becomes an enjoyable learning experience instead of a hurdle. We are committed to publishing the best textbooks, test prep material, and interview preparation books for students, professors, and professionals, with a human touch that personalizes the experience of publishing. It’s not just the initial months of publishing that we focus on—you can expect a lifetime of support, whether it’s in terms of marketing, reach, promotions, or new editions of the book.
At Vibrant Publishers, we’re always on the lookout for good authors to deliver quality academic content. If you have a book proposal in mind and would like to contact us, fill this form. If you want to understand the important aspects of publishing, see Tips for Choosing an Academic Book Publisher.