FAQ

We realize authors who are querying have some burning questions they want answered before committing to a contract. Below you will find questions asked by authors who have queried us and the answers we gave them.

  • Do you have a contract I could look at?
    • While we don’t send out our contract unless an author is wanting to sign with us, many of the most common questions may be answered via our queries page. We apologize for the inconvenience but are more than happy to answer any questions an author might have regarding contract terms.
  • What is the editing process like? 
    • Our editorial process is simple. Upon receipt of a signed contract and questionnaire, we give the author another few months to send their book to beta readers, do last minute edits or revisions and then send the finished book back to us. A self-edits sheet to help with editing is sent along with a few other documents to make editing easier. We then reach out to one of our editors who goes through the book with a fine toothed comb. This includes copy-edit, line-editing, etc. Once we get that back, we send the book block back to the author to make the necessary edits. During the process, we are busy working on getting the cover (if you don’t bring the author doesn’t bring their own designer), blurb, etc set up to send to our reviewers. Once the author gives us back the book, we will initiate the formatting phase, then proofreading. 
  • Does FyreSyde have a distributor? If so who? 
    • We use Ingram as our primary distributor. However, after the book is released, we submit the author’s book anywhere we can get our hands on. Places like Smashwords, Draft2Digital, Bookbub, etc are all venues we look to have the book placed. This includes our attached mobile bookstore. Another way we distribute books is via live shows where we are looked for by readers who know our name throughout the Dallas / Fort Worth area. This makes us a different kind of hybrid publisher since a large amount of our distribution also occurs on foot.

  • Does FyreSyde invest in a print run or is it print-on-demand? If print-on-demand, who is the provider? 
    • We are largely print on demand via IngramSpark and KDP.

  • Does FyreSyde send out ARCs or review copies? If so, on average, how many? Would FyreSyde submit my book to media outlets? If so, which? Does FyreSyde follow up once a book has been submitted? 
    • We do indeed handle ARC distribution through various methods. This can include uses of BookFunnel, giveaways, and provision of eGalleys for authors to distribute to reviewers they seek out. We seek to get the author’s book where ever we can. This can include media outlets like Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, various libraries and of course those available through Ingram’s distribution program which possesses a vast reach of its own. On foot and online we reach out to independent bookstores to see if they are willing to carry the author’s books on their shelves, which can be the prelude to getting the books on larger retail shelves. We will mention we always encourage our authors to reach out to areas of their own home town to get their books in front of readers. While FyreSyde does periodic promotions of our authors’ titles, we always tell our authors they are their strongest marketing tool. We will help our authors get their books into the hands of readers, but ultimately, we recommend our authors to be willing to do the same.

  • I haven’t had much success via your website finding very many titles that have been actually published by FyreSyde from multiple authors. Can you give me some insight into why? 
    • FyreSyde began as an independently published brand by Blaise Ramsay. However, it soon became something more and opened its doors to submissions little over a year ago. As with any business, it takes time to grow a presence and an authorship. Our authors are also working on their manuscripts which go through a rigorous publishing process to make sure novels are strongest and most professional they can be. We will be releasing three more titles this year alone with an forecast of anywhere from four to six next year. In light of COVID, things have been slowed down due to the reception of physical copies by reviewers.

  •  Can you clarify what kind of support you provide for your authors regarding marketing and publicity? Can you steer my in the direction of any professional editorial reviews on books you have published? 
    • FyreSyde was born from Indie authors so we know how hard it is to market. There is very little we won’t do to help market our authors’ titles. As mentioned earlier, we run periodic campaigns (every 3, 6 and 9 months) to garner interest and nurture sales. We take advantage of writer’s lifts on Twitter to get our authors followers and work hard to get their books in front of as many people as possible. Our authors now have had us reach out to podcasts for them, seek reviewers, and set up book blitzes, blog tours and full service PR packages for their launches. While we do pitch higher end reviewers, we don’t guarantee they will be willing to review titles and always encourage our authors to seek their own reviewers. As of this moment, most of our reviews have been from the courtesy of bloggers on our growing blogger list. This of course is bound to change the longer we are in business and working with aspiring authors. Our authors are introduced to podcasters and radio show runners that we know personally and who are more than happy to offer our author’s spots on their shows. Otherwise, we will reach out to podcasts the author may be interested to get involved with to help bolster their chances.

  • I don’t see a very big social media presence. Can you give me some insight into why? How do you discuss new releases? 
    • We are a strange publisher since most of our presence happens to be offline. Each year we attend shows where we are known to sell out of all of our stock. We are well known in the Dallas / Fort Worth convention and book show scene. Often times, this does undercut our budget for online marketing, however, we attend multiple chats and events such as NaNoProMo where we have become a familiar face. We use our email list to announce new releases as well.  In light of COVID, we have shifted our marketing plans to include more online marketing including our the use of ads and virtual book launch parties. We also help plan live book launches. New releases are discussed in a variety of ways. We schedule a cover reveal up to three or four months prior to release where we provide links to our ARC sign-ups. This is followed up with two phases of marketing for your book release including the use of ads, a book blitz and a blog tour. With our latest release, we have added new ways of getting people aware of our new release. Other attempts include garnering pre-release reviews to aid in gathering ARC readers and mailing out physical copies to larger reviewers. We also provide our authors with a resource so they can seek out their own reviewers. Again, we are glad to do what we can and provide as many resources as we can but we also rely on a cooperative marketing initiative with our authors.

  • What efforts are made by FyreSyde in reaching readers directly? Email newsletter? Others? 
    • We are firm believers in email lists. We have our own newsletter we send out monthly to keep our readers aware of what is going on. We have a blogger list that continues to grow, who we reach out to when it comes time for a new release. We even go as far as to help our authors build a list if they have trouble doing so. Readers are also reached via our vast offline network where regular attenders come to us and ask when we are releasing a new title. This is a resource we have seen to be more effective than any online marketing. We go to libraries face to face and hand them copies of books, put books in little free libraries and have been known to leave copies for people to find.

  • Does the FyreSyde assist the author with any efforts or materials that might be used to market to readers, such as book events/signings, bookmarks and postcards, and so on? 
    • We have been known to pay for radio shows that require the author to do so. Since we do so much marketing, we do not provide any extra budget for live events or extraneous materials. What we do is help with discounts as much as we can from our list of partners we worked to garner. As we are author run, there is always the chance you, the author, can request for us to forgo a certain event (ie cover reveal, etc) to help get a hold of extra materials.

  • Is the contract a “life of copyright” or fixed-term contract? 
    • Our contract is a three year time span. The author has the opportunity to terminate early but there is a fee that will be incurred. If at the end of three years, the author wishes to end their contract with us, all rights revert to the author. 

  • Talk to me about how FyreSyde handles the copyright of the books they publish. Also, has FyreSyde been accepted into the CIP Program with the Library of Congress?
    • We are not involved with this program yet but are looking into it in the foreseeable future.

  • How long has FyreSyde been in business? How many books has it published? Is there a list of titles? 
    • FyreSyde itself has been in business since 2017. As mentioned, it started out as an imprint for a single author. However, since then, FyreSyde has since branched out to include the authors we have now. As of now, it has published three titles: Blessing of Luna, Bane of Tenebris, and Beneath London’s Fog, with a fourth, Sleeping With Shadows, fifth and sixth set to release this year. Next year we are looking at raising that to four to six. Our growth is gradual to make sure we are able to follow through with our original mission statement.

  • Would FyreSyde be willing to give me a book sample so I can compare its work to a larger publisher? 
    • We do not usually provide “sample” copies for side by side analysis. Special occasions have been made during new releases because of ARC distribution.

  • Does FyreSyde use a cover artist or company or will I be responsible for the design? 
    • We handle book covers by a couple different designers. The author is, of course, welcome to bring their own if they have one they like. We will handle expenses as long as they are reasonable.

  • What formats will my book be available and what cost per format? What is the author discount? 
    • An author’s book will be readily available in paperback, mobi, epub and PDF. We set ebooks at approximately  2.99 – 4.99 a piece. Paperbacks are dependent on the number of pages and how much it costs us to print. The author is provided two complementary copies. Discounts are dependent on how many books the author wishes to purchase. For example, for 0 -24 books, you will receive a 25% discount. We of course take into the account of the author’s wishes regarding pricing since we are primarily author run. 

  • Does FyreSyde print on net receipts or net margin? How are royalties paid—quarterly or yearly? 
    • We release payment twice a year. More details on this can be found on our contract. Royalties may be found on our queries page.

  • Is FyreSyde a part-time publisher or is this the primary business? 
    • It is a full-time publisher.

  • How long will it take to publish? 
    • The moment an author is on our production calendar, we shoot for 15 -18 months. This is to allow us to reach out to larger reviewers, fine-tune and build pre-release buzz. The plus side of us being so small is we can release your titles rapidly and simultaneously if needed or wanted.

  • What level of communication would you say you have with your authors?
    • Very close. Our authors talk to us via Hangout, Twitter Message, Facebook, Instagram, Email and if they want, a live meeting with us to discuss any concerns or ideas they might have.

  • May I have contact information for several of your authors so I may ask privately about their experience with FyreSyde? 
    • Our author’s contact information can be found via their social media on the author portion of our website. We do not give their information out without consent.