About Compass Books
Compass Books focuses on practical and informative ‘how-to’ books for writers. Written by expert authors who also have extensive experience of tutoring at the most popular creative writing workshops, the books offer an insight into the more specialized niches of the publishing game.
For authors: We accept unsolicited manuscripts. Please go to Author Inquiry and fill out the form. We offer traditional publishing contracts with royalties, and occasional subsidy contracts. We have an extensive Author Guide which explains all that an author needs to know about publishing books. Our sales teams sell to all chain and independent booksellers in the UK, USA, and English-speaking territories worldwide, plus online retailers. Our umbrella company is John Hunt Publishing Ltd.
ABOUT JOHN HUNT PUBLISHING
An independent publisher with sales teams worldwide welcoming new authors and unsolicited manuscript submissions.
For our authors we provide an automated production system, forums, a marketing database with over 40,000 contacts and other online tools to produce and market each book. We partner with our authors on marketing, reaching all the traditional bookstore markets for print books, worldwide, and all online retailers.
Everything is based on transparency. Authors can see everything that’s going on, including monthly accounts. They have access to our contacts database, can add to it, can even get involved in the business. Most of the people working here came into it as authors.
And it doesn't get any more transparent than this: below you will see a real-time snapshot of the data in our system. The numbers are just presented here to demonstrate the kind of company we want to be... where authors pool resources because we are stronger together.
- 1,818 BOOKS PUBLISHED
- BOOKS IN PRODUCTION
- 335 BOOKS IN THE PIPELINE
- 1,953 AUTHORS
- 17% AVG. ROYALTIES PAID
- 45,025 MARKETING CONTACTS
- 80,000 SOCIAL MEDIA REACH
- LIST SUBSCRIBERS
- 2,991 ADVERTISEMENTS RUN
- 3,197 ARTICLES PUBLISHED
- 1,686 INTERVIEWS ARRANGED
- 1,964 EVENTS ORGANIZED
- SPECIAL OFFERS
- RIGHTS CONTRACTS
- 5,431 REVIEWS PUBLISHED
Explore our publishing program
SUBMISSIONS: Find out what we're looking for in a proposal.
OUR PUBLISHING PROCESS: The full text of our publishing user manual, so you know exactly what you're getting when you publish with us.
EDITORIAL SERVICES: Learn about additional services we offer to help develop your manuscript.
PUBLICITY SERVICES: Find out how you can ramp up sales by purchasing extra publicity for your book.
WEBSITE SERVICES: Set up a fully integrated website in minutes using our in-house website platform.
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A no-fluff guide to making college affordable
How to create the best first impression
How Fiction is Written and How to Write it
A guide to structure and plot
Travel Writing Step by Step
Creativity, imagination and the Writer's Quest
Using photos to sell more of your words