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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my manuscript is ready enough to submit it for review?

At Cawing Crow Press we believe that all books have potential to be published if the author is willing to put in the time and work that is 

required for doing good revisions. Bearing this in mind, we realize that many manuscripts can be lacking in things such as good grammar, 

poor organization, stylistic issues, and other things that typically cause the work to be rejected without proper consideration. However, we 

believe that through a process of writer/publisher interaction most of these manuscripts can be brought up to an acceptable level where 

they can be accepted for publication. The simple answer to your question is, if you have written a book that has a story line, and you feel 

good about it then you should submit it to us

What happens if my manuscript gets accepted for publication?

First and foremost, congratulations would be in order because you would then be a contracted author on your way to having a published 

book. However, acceptance for publication does not mean that your book is ready to be published that day. There are steps that must be 

taken in order to get your book ready for publication these include, but are not limited to:  Content revision if necessary, layout and design, 

cover design, and copy-editing. 

 What types of comments will I get to improve my book?

In the submission process we are not looking for the book to be ready for publication—this is a whole other process—but, rather  we are 

looking for a story that reads through nicely and that is written well enough to go on to the next round for publication. 

This being said, you will get  comments that suggest ways to improve on issues with your writing that covers areas like:

Character: Are they real? This includes things like how they are described, what sort of background do they have, can the reader connect 

with the protagonist and minor characters, will readers sympathize with him/her, are they believable and not stereotypes, are they passive 

or active.        

Plot: Is the conflict in the plot sufficient? Are these conflicts internal and external? How soon does the actual story begin? Will it grab the 

reader? Is there enough tension in the story to keep the reader engaged? Is every scene necessary to the overall story?        

Style: Does the author show things to the reader or tell them, and does it work in this instance? Is there enough of a mix of action, dialogue, and 

narration? Is there a good sense of setting in the story and its scenes?    

 Will I be able to contact you to discuss the comments or revisions?

Yes, we are always available to discuss the comments we make. We want you and your work to find a home with Cawing Crow Press, and we will work 

with you to realize that vision. 

Is this a vanity press?

No!  We do not charge you to publish your book, not even a setup fee! 

This term seems to be getting used quite a bit in literary circles. However, a vanity press, by definition, is one that publishes any book for which an 

author is willing to pay the price for.  These firms not only charge to produce the book, but they also charge large sums of money for other services 

like editing and many other necessary parts of the publishing process. These services can cost thousands of dollars and often times don’t lead to a 

quality book being published. 

How long will it take to get my book published?

Typically, it should take no longer than six-months from the time of acceptance in the  publication system for your book to be published. This can get 

done in as little as a month it all depends on the path to publication you get accepted to,  level of edits/revisions needed, and the speed at which they 

are completed. This is a team effort and once your are accepted for publication you become an integral part of the team.  

What is your royalty structure?

We pay you 70% royalties on all profits from the sales of your books.  All royalty payments are made biannually  and directly to you either by check or 

through Pay-Pal.

 Will I get an advance?

No, we do not give author advances. We feel that we offer a generous enough royalty plan that allows you to potentially get more money from the 

sales of your books than you would with an advance and a smaller royalty rate.   

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Cawing Crow Press
Your Partner in Publishing

Frequently Asked Questions

ow do I know if my manuscript is ready

enough to submit it for review?

At Cawing Crow Press we believe that all books have 

potential to be published if the author is willing to put in 

the time and work that is required for doing good 

revisions. Bearing this in mind, we realize that many 

manuscripts can be lacking in things such as good 

grammar, poor organization, stylistic issues, and other 

things that typically cause the work to be rejected 

without proper consideration. However, we believe that 

through a process of writer/publisher interaction most of 

these manuscripts can be brought up to an acceptable 

level where they can be accepted for publication. The 

simple answer to your question is, if you have written a 

book that has a story line, and you feel good about it, 

then you should submit it to us

What happens if my manuscript gets 

accepted for publication?

First and foremost, congratulations would be in order 

because you would then be a contracted author on your 

way to having a published book. However, acceptance for 

publication does not mean that your book is ready to be 

published that day. There are steps that must be taken in

order to get your book ready for publication these 

include, but are not limited to:  Content revision if 

necessary, layout and design, cover design, and copy-  

editing. 

 What types of comments will I get to 

improve my book?

In the submission process we are not looking for the 

book to be ready for publication—this is a whole other 

process—but, rather  we are looking for a story that 

reads through nicely and that is written well enough to 

go on to the next round for publication. 

This being said, you will get  comments that suggest ways 

to improve on issues with your writing that covers areas 

like:

Character: Are they real? This includes things like how 

they are described, what sort of background do they 

have, can the reader connect with the protagonist and 

minor characters, will readers sympathize with him/her, 

are they believable and not stereotypes, are they passive 

or active.        

Plot: Is the conflict in the plot sufficient? Are these 

conflicts internal and external? How soon does the actual 

story begin? Will it grab the reader? Is there enough 

tension in the story to keep the reader engaged? Is every 

scene necessary to the overall story?        

Style: Does the author show things to the reader or tell them, 

and does it work in this instance? Is there enough of a mix of 

action, dialogue, and narration? Is there a good sense of 

setting in the story and its scenes?    

 Will I be able to contact you to discuss the

comments or revisions?

Yes, we are always available to discuss the comments we 

make. We want you and your work to find a home with 

Cawing Crow Press, and we will work with you to realize that 

vision.

Is this a vanity press?

No!  We do not charge you to publish your book, not even a 

setup fee!   

This term seems to be getting used quite a bit in literary 

circles. However, a vanity press, by definition, is one that 

publishes any book for which an author is willing to pay the 

price for.  These firms not only charge to produce the book, 

but they also charge large sums of money for other services 

like editing and many other necessary parts of the publishing 

process. These services can cost thousands of dollars and 

often times don’t lead to a quality book being published. 

How long will it take to get my book

published?

Typically, it should take no longer than six-months from the 

time of acceptance in the  publication system for your book 

to be published. This can get done in as little as a month it all 

depends on the path to publication you get accepted to,  level 

of edits/revisions needed, and the speed at which they are 

completed. This is a team effort and once your are accepted 

for publication you become an integral part of the team.  

What is your royalty structure?

We pay you 70% royalties on all profits from the sales of your 

books.  All royalty payments are made biannually  and directly 

to you either by check or through Pay-Pal.

 Will I get an advance?

No, we do not give author advances. We feel that we offer a 

generous enough royalty plan that allows you to potentially 

get more money from the sales of your books than you would 

with an advance and a smaller royalty rate.