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Author Resources

The Author Resources below are an invaluable source of information for new and current authors that outline the steps in working with us on a book project. From submitting a proposal, to identifying contacts for specific subjects, to working with our Author Center for administering and submitting your manuscript, to marketing your book, these guidelines will introduce you to the system in place for authors working with ABC-CLIO, LLC, and its various imprints. The guidelines also cover permissions, royalties, tax forms, and other important elements of the process.

Become an Author

ABC-CLIO is always looking for accomplished writers with something important to say to one of our many audiences. And there are a number of ways you can participate in a publishing project, from writing a stand-alone book to editing multi-volume sets to contributing encyclopedia entries to expressing your views in an opinion piece for one of our electronic databases.

ABC-CLIO has four unique imprints (ABC-CLIO, Greenwood, Praeger, and Libraries Unlimited) that serve three major library segments: student reference, scholarly audiences, and librarian professional development. Each of these different segments includes students, teachers and professors, lay readers, librarians, and administrators. In addition, we publish for professionals in business, the nonprofit world, politics, the security industry, health, law, and more.

Below are brief descriptions of each of our imprints, complete with links to information to help you create and hone a proposal for the appropriate editor.

ABC-CLIO/Greenwood

ABC-CLIO and Greenwood are widely recognized for high-quality, authoritative reference scholarship and innovative coverage of history, humanities, and general-interest topics across the secondary and higher education curriculum. With award-winning publishing programs in Military History, American and World History, Race and Ethnicity, Popular Culture, World Cultures and Geography, American Government, Contemporary Issues, Economics, Religion, and now Health and Wellness, the reference collections of the ABC-CLIO/Greenwood imprints continue to answer students’ and educators’ needs for factual and objective foundations in these subject areas. We provide context, perspectives, and ready reference to students, scholars, and the general public.

At any point in time, we have in process hundreds of reference publications, created with the participation of thousands of scholars and teachers worldwide who work with us as encyclopedia editors, authors, writers, and contributors. They join committed teams of editors, librarians, media researchers, designers, programmers, and production staff to publish more than 100 books annually. These teams also collaborate on a variety of research databases for secondary and higher education curricula. Over the past 50 years, our publications have played a significant role in scholarship, learning, and the advancement of knowledge.

Our titles range from in-depth multi-volume encyclopedias to more concise handbooks, guides, document collections, and biographies, used in high school libraries and classrooms as well as media centers, college and university libraries, and public libraries. Our reference print program also feeds directly into our complete list of databases for each subject; this consolidation of printed books and electronic databases is the cutting edge of reference publishing.

We welcome interested writers from the university and education communities as contributors, planners, editors, and authors. Participating educators and scholars come from varying backgrounds, but most are characterized by outstanding credentials in their particular fields and a drive to make their special subjects more accessible and understandable.

Write for ABC-CLIO/Greenwood

Praeger

Praeger publishes books that examine and analyze the issues of the day, with special emphasis in current events and social issues, politics, business, psychology, health, pop culture, religion, military history, and security issues. These timely books serve the needs of general readers, professionals, and scholars alike by providing the best of contemporary analysis and professional information to the widest possible audience.

Write for Praeger
Libraries Unlimited

Libraries Unlimited serves the needs of the library profession through high-quality publications for library and information science students and faculty; public, academic, and school librarians; media and technology specialists; and teachers. Libraries Unlimited publishes library science textbooks, information science materials, bibliographies and reference books; professional guides and resource books; and practical handbooks, monographs, and manuals for library educators, practicing librarians, and media specialists. Libraries Unlimited also publishes a variety of publications beyond books, including Library Media Connection and School Library Monthly.

Write for Libraries Unlimited

For Current Authors
Royalties FAQs
Where can authors contact ABC-CLIO regarding their royalty statements?

Email royalties@abc-clio.com. This email address is printed on the statements that the authors receive.

Will authors receive a statement regardless if they are due monies in accordance with their contract?

Yes.

Why are the indexing charges deducted from my royalties?

Unless negotiated otherwise, the author is responsible for the indexing. If the index was not completed by the author, then the expenses incurred by ABC-CLIO will be deducted from royalties.

Why does my statement indicate that I am due money but no check is included?

Per our contracts, payments will not be made for balances under $100. The balance owed will be rolled into your next royalty cycle, and will be added to any additional royalties earned.

How can authors obtain the definition of terms that appear in the royalty statement?

Definition of Terms

How can authors update their addresses and submit W9/W8 forms?

Authors should update their addresses and submit W9/W8 forms using the Author Center. Click Here to log in to the Author Center.

 

Permission Requests

Permissions requests are processed through the Copyright Clearance Center. Processing times vary, but requests typically require one to six weeks. Please do not submit duplicate requests. Submit a permissions request

For university repository and film permissions, please submit your inquiry to: rights@abc-clio.com

Author Center

The Author Center is a tool that was developed to streamline the exchange of information between authors, editors, and the ABC-CLIO Books team. Taking a few minutes to tour the website using this simple guide will help you learn about the information that is available to you in the Author Center and the tasks you should complete.

Click Here to login to the Author Center. 

Marketing Tips for ABC-CLIO Authors

Congratulations on taking the next step in publishing your work! Click here to learn about simple marketing tricks to increase your publication’s exposure.

Purchasing Books for Personal Use or Events and Appearances

For Personal Use

Authors or contributors purchasing their own book for personal use will receive a 40% discount plus shipping and handling. Sales tax will be charged, if applicable, for the state where the shipment is sent.

For Author Events and Appearances

ABC-CLIO encourages authors to arrange book-signing events, speaking engagements, and other appearances on their own. ABC-CLIO does not solicit appearances on the author’s behalf.

Because publication dates are subject to change, it is inadvisable to plan any events within two months of the book's scheduled publication date without first checking with your editor.

Ordering and Sales Policy

Books for events are discounted 40% off the list price. A 9% shipping and handling fee will apply. Sales tax will be charged, if applicable, based on the state of the event.  Books for events are not sold on consignment; prepayment is required   MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express are accepted.

The host organization (conference bookstore, bookstore, or lecture location) must contact customer service with the book order no later than two weeks (four weeks if outside the US/Canada) prior to the event.   Please fill out and submit this online form and customer service will contact you to complete the order.

All inquiries and orders for personal use and events should be sent to:

Email customerservice@abc-clio.com

Phone: 800-368-6868 x 312
Fax: 805-685-9685

Return Policy

Undamaged, re-sellable books (i.e., not signed, bent, or broken; no ripped pages, etc.) can be returned within 60 days of the purchase date. Click here to review our return policy.

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