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As of 2008, we only accept manuscripts offered for publication
on a CD or as a 2-page outline of the proposed book. At this time,
we do not accept any hard-copy (hand written, typed or computer
printed) manuscripts. Any materials sent to us will not
be returned. Please send an email of the outline of the
book to: email@example.com
AUP is not interested in publishing any fiction or children’s
books at this time. Also, we really don't do Health books, etc.
Please see the Adventures Unlimited Press catalog for the kind
of eclectic books we do.
Books need to be at least 200 pages, and the more illustrations,
the better. We are unlikely to publish any books that don't have
Also, we only consider books twice a year: once in the fall and
then again in the spring. We do about 12-14 books a year, but some
are reprints of public domain books, etc. So more like 9 to 10
new books a year. About half per spring and half per fall release.
Also, occasionally, authors pay us to get a book out.
Authors are paid royalties on the books we publish twice a year,
in January and July. Royalties vary from book to book but are generally
10% of our actual receipts for sales of the book. A sliding scale
such as: 7% of total receipts for the book for sales of 1 to 9,999
copies; 9% of total receipts for the book for sales from 10,000
to 19,999; etc., can be considered. As noted, royalty payments
are usually based on what AUP sold the books for rather than the
cover price. In practice most copies of a book are sold at a 40
to 60 percent discount to bookstores and distributors so a 10%
royalty would net the author about 5% of cover price. Our primary
distributor is SCB, one of the nation's largest, so your books
will be placed with Amazon.com and in major chain bookstores like
Barnes & Noble and Borders.
If your manuscript falls within these broad guidelines and you
are unable to send us an email, please send a cover letter and
outline or CD to:
Adventures Unlimited Press
PO Box 74
Kempton, IL 60946
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We also sell a large number of books in our catalog that we did
not publish. Books we didn't publish are only sold via our website,
catalog and bookstores and are not distributed via SCB. Most of
these are discontinued or remaindered books from other publishers.
We do sell some self-published books, if they fit into our catalog
and we think they would sell. We do not accept any fiction or channeled-type
books. Normally, the author must submit a sample book to the Publisher,
David Hatcher Childress. After awhile, often several months, he
will decide whether we will sell it. Our terms for distribution
1. Books are essentially on consignment. If we can't sell them,
we will return them, paying for the ones we sold.
2. We ask for a 55% discount on the retail price.
3. The author must get the books to us at his or her own expense.
They can either be dropped off personally in Kempton, or sent via
4. We pay for 20 copies, or a box, and then order more.
If you would like your self-published book considered for listing
in our catalog, please send a copy to:
Adventures Unlimited Press
P.O. Box 74
Kempton, Il 60946