BenBella Books

Dear Potential BenBella Author,

Thank you for taking this time to learn a bit more about BenBella Books acquisitions. This letter tells you everything you need to know to submit your project to BenBella Books.

BenBella Books is a publishing boutique that publishes 30 to 40 books a year, is very selective in what it acquires, and works with great diligence to publish each book to its maximum potential.

We are actively acquiring strong nonfiction manuscripts. We are not looking for fiction at this time.

Our approach to publishing is very straightforward:

  • We are a marketing-focused house that prides itself on creative and diligent marketing of our titles. We have a team of seven full-time marketers for our relatively small list of titles, and we work with a range of top-notch outside publicists, as well.
  • We pay relatively modest advances ($5K-$10K) for most books, but for books we really want we pay extraordinarily high royalties, either in the form of dramatic royalty escalators or profit-sharing. For all of our books, we pay standard big-house royalties or better, including full royalties on most special sales and author sales.
  • We operate in a true partnership model, providing our authors with a level of collaboration, flexibility, and partnership that is rare in the publishing industry.
  • We have superior distribution through Perseus Distribution. Perseus is the largest independent distributor and is a top-20 publisher nationally. They have a strong and significant sales force in every area of distribution, including national accounts, field, mass merchandisers and clubs, special sales, and gift sales. They provide strong distribution worldwide.

We strive to be the publishing partner of choice for the author looking for a personalized, careful, and marketing-focused approach.