Introduction to Deep River Books Welcome! We are glad you are evaluating Deep River Books as a place to submit your manuscript for publishing consideration. Our Partner Publishing programs are designed to mentor new, emerging and/or relatively unknown authors. If your manuscript is approved by our editorial review team, we will do everything in our power to help you make your book a success. Read on to glean a good understanding of how our Partnership Program works. 1. It starts with a talented author Great books start with a manuscript that has excellent content and a crisp, clear writing style. We provide honest feedback on whether we believe your book is polished enough to become published. Often, as authors, we become so consumed with our manuscript that we fail to view it objectively. A good manuscript still needs a great editor to make it worth publishing. Our editorial team is one of the finest in the industry. 2. Award-winning Cover Designs Many books go unread because the reader was never enticed to pick up the book. A compelling cover is essential to success. “Never judge a book by its cover” may be true when referring to people, but in publishing, “Books are only as good as their covers.” We work with award-winning cover designers specifically selected for the unique message of your book. Our cover designers are required to read your manuscript before they begin the design, so that the cover has the right feel for the message contained inside. 3. Powerful Distribution Even the best books need a dedicated sales and distribution network. Without this component, your book would never get the distribution it deserves. Our unique DRB GlobalConnect system partners with the leaders in the publishing industry to assure that your book is available to all online and brick & mortar stores in the English speaking parts of the entire world. 4. “What Else Should I Know?” You should know the people you are choosing as a publishing team. They should be people with extensive publishing experience…people with integrity. They must have the personal contacts and professional background to help your book succeed. They should understand you as an author, not just a customer in a long line. Read the Endorsements from our Authors. Bill and Nancie Carmichael are the former publishers of Virtue and Christian Parenting Today Magazines. They are the authors of 15 books, published by major Christian publishers such as Tyndale, Thomas Nelson, Harvest House, Baker, Howard, Moody Press, Crossway and more. Bill is a former member of the board of directors of the Evangelical Christian Press Association (ECPA), and Nancie serves on the Board of Regents at George Fox University. They were recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Vanguard University for the Publishing Careers. They are also popular seminar and conference speakers. They have over 35 years of publishing and writing experience to bring to your project, along with the expertise from their team. Most unpublished writers do not get the consideration they deserve from publishers, simply because most of them are flooded with thousands of book proposals and unsolicited manuscripts. Because of the significant risk/reward of the industry, the publishers play it safe and opt to go with proven writers. They simply don’t want to (or can’t) take the risk on new writers. As a result, some new authors get caught up in “vanity” or “self-publishing.” These companies may help “print” a book, but offer little to nothing in editing, creative design or distribution. When an author decides to self-publish in this manner, they often come away with a poorly designed, poorly edited book with no distribution plan. They are left to sell what they can to those in their own sphere of influence and the rest of their books gather dust in their garage.