The ideal system for published authors:
uses the latest "Print on Demand"
(POD) book publishing technologies to bring back out
of print books, and to publish new books in partnership
with professional authors and publishers.
- Bring back out-of-print titles at no expense;
- Test market new works quickly and economically;
- Make books widely available to order from major book trade channels;
- Keep high quality books in print almost indefinitely!
We specialize in previously published nonfiction with a clearly
Previously published books have the advantage of prior "vetting"
(review, acceptance, editing, etc.) by the original publisher.
Naturally, new works do not. For this reason, acceptance of
previously unpublished manuscripts by UP is limited; most are
short nonfiction works with a bare minimum of artwork or graphic
New fiction, poetry and books for children may also be considered,
provided that the manuscripts are exceptionally clean and simple,
with a realistic marketing plan.
We expect our authors to be actively involved in the promotion and
marketing of their books, and our terms favor those who are.
While UP has broad distribution in mainstream publishing industry
channels, we emphasize sales made at live events, author Web sites,
and in specialty markets beyond bookstores and libraries, where
the direct involvement of authors is crucial.
UP does not publish vanity press or hate material of any kind,
nor books with expensive or novelty production requirements,
such as large-format "coffee table" photo books, CDs, pop-ups, etc.
We specialize in mainstream 6x9" trade paperbacks and hardbacks,
with full-color covers and B&W interiors.
public speakers enjoy extra benefits, as well as books by
scholars, experts, coaches and others with broad exposure to
Please see our
site map for additional information about submitting a book for
Below are just a few examples of widely published authors who are
currently published by UP, listed in alphabetical order.
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Author of The U.S. Constitution for Beginners (illustrated by
Pulitzer prize winner Joel Pett); Preach Liberty (Four Walls Eight Windows); Nonprofit Litigation (John Wiley & Sons) and three UP titles.
Lawyers, Law & Social Change
Joseph A. Harriss
Veteran foreign affairs journalist for TIME Magazine (Paris Bureau), The New York Times, Dallas Morning News and others.
The Tallest Tower|
(formerly from Houghton Mifflin)
Michael S. Josephson
Founder of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Initiative, he is among the world's most respected ethicists, and hosts a daily radio program in Los Angeles, broadcast nationally and internationally.
The Power of Character|
with Wes Hanson
Louise Roberts Sheldon
After 12 years with LIFE magazine and three years as Associate Editor of Smithsonian, Sheldon moved to Morocco where she corresponded for UPI (Paris), The Christian Science Monitor and others.
Arnold S. Trebach
A professor, attorney and author of The Heroin Solution from Yale University Press, Trebach has been widely praised by The New York Times, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and other major media.
The Great Drug War|
(formerly from Macmillian)
A Case History:
In 1984, Mangan Books published
Let the Tail Go with the Hide by Teresa Williams Irvin,
with an introduction by Tom Lea, author of The Wonderful Country
and The Brave Bulls.
"Iíve already started to read it, and am enjoying it immensely," wrote Ronald Reagan in
1985. "Williams brings to the fore the vividness of life in a rough-and-tumble time with
color, humor, and drama," said The Arizona Republic.
The first edition was a leather-bound showpiece, with a real silver peso on the cover of
each book, and sold out years ago. Yet because the subject holds enduring interest in the history
of the American southwest, the author continued to receive requests from teachers,
students, librarians and researchers, year after year.
Unfortunately, copies were hard to find (and very expensive, thanks to the
peso on the cover!) until UP released a POD paperback edition in 2001.
Now the book can remain available almost indefinitely, at a modest price of
$15.99, even in small quantities.
Why Professionals Choose UP:
We price our books to be competitive with traditional books.
For example, our minimum cover price for a 200 page 6x9" trade
paperback is $13.99, compared with $15 to $20 or more from many
competitors. UP does not believe in charging the public (or you)
higher prices for POD books.
UP has dual distribution with Ingram and Baker & Taylor, the world's
largest wholesalers. UP offers a liberal return policy to retailers
through B&T. Most POD publishing companies will not accept returns at all,
but UP can... because we are selective.
UP pays royalties of at least $1.50 from retail book sales, and authors
earn substantially more when they accept orders directly from the public
at live events, their own Web sites, etc.
We aren't looking for the next Harry Potter; we want books with enduring
appeal to readers, even in modest quantities. Join our family of publishing
partners, and help us strive to make any good book, new or old, widely
available for years to come.
Who should use the UP system?
- If you are the author of a previously published book whose
rights have reverted to you,
bring your book back to the reading public with UP.
- If have a promising but unproven new
book, use our system to test market with minimal
investment or economic risk.
- If you are a popular author,
why let your current publisher retain 90% (or more) of revenues
from your work? Instead, publish with UP, and earn more
income per book.
What kind of material is NOT suitable for the UP system?
- Books about dated subjects with limited shelf life;
hate material of any kind; vanity press material;
books with frontal nudity or explicit sexual content.
- Books that do not contain enough material to fill at least 100 pages
after typesetting. This is normally at least 10,000 words, except for poetry and
illustrated books. We need a minimum of 100 pages in order to bind our
- Books that contain more than 400 pages after typesetting,
about 120,000 words.
- Books that require color other than the cover.
While our books have glossy, full color covers, interiors are
B&W only. We hope to have color capability for interiors next year.
- Books with alternative bindings, dust jackets, odd trim sizes,
special inserts, CDs, audiotapes, etc. UP produces mainstream trade
paperback and hardcover books in industry standard trim sizes. We
do not produce specialty or novelty items that require customized
- Books in languages that require extensive use of non-English
characters. English, French and Spanish are available now.
We are already working on other languages.
- Books (printed or electronic) released by any company termed
a "vanity press" in Publishers Weekly or other authority
of our choice.
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