Frequently Asked Questions for authors and potential authors

Does Red Bird charge a reading fee? 
No. All of us here are Red Bird are writers, too.  We understand that reading fees can be a financial barrier to publishing and we want to be accessible.  If you find value in what we do, donations are welcome and appreciated.   

Does Red Bird accept simultaneous submissions?  
Yes. Red Bird accepts simultaneous submissions.  If your manuscript is accepted for publication by Red Bird and you choose Red Bird Chapbooks as publisher of your chapbook we ask that you inform any other publisher considering the manuscript that you have a publisher and withdraw your manuscript from their consideration.

Does Red Bird accept manuscripts from authors living outside the United States?  
Yes. Red Bird publishes chapbooks from authors all over the world.   

My possiblity has been accepted with another publisher, what do I do?  
If Red Bird is considering your manuscript and it is accepted by another publisher, we ask that you notify us right away via email to withdraw your manuscript from our conisderation. Please include your manuscript genre and title in the email.  

Can I include previously published materials?
Previously published poems, stories, essays, excerpts may be included in your manuscript. If your manuscript is accepted, you will be asked to provide an acknowledgements page listing when and where each item was published. You must retain all rights to the material you are asking Red Bird to publish.

Will I retain rights to the materials included in my chapbook?
Yes. You will retain all rights to the material within your chapbook. Red Bird reserves rights to the cover design and chapbook layout.

Is there a fee for editing and design of my chapbook?
Red Bird works on a volunteer basis.  At this time there is no fee for editing, printing, or assembling the chapbooks. This is our way of ensuring affordable chapbooks are brought to the attention of the reading public.

Will my chapbook or pamphlet have an ISBN Number?
No.  Red Bird does not provide ISBN numbers on our collections.

How is my chapbook bound?
Red Bird chapbooks are assembled by hand, typically with hand sewn bindings.  A few of our book forms use adhesive bindings or a combination of sewn and adhesive bindings.  Examples of these are multiple-signature books and our star books.  

How many copies of my chapbook will be printed?
Red Bird Chapbooks will publish the initial edition of 100 copies of your chapbook.  This is a minimum edition size. We will consider larger edition sizes if requested. All first-edition chapbooks include the Red Bird Book Bird for the year and are individually numbered.  If there is need, a second printing may be arranged. We have several authors for whom we have now printed subsequent editions of their chapbooks.  Subsequent editions are noted accordingly on the publication page.  

Will I receive contributor’s copies of my chapbook?
As author you will receive 5 complimentary copies of the chapbook.  Additional copies can be purchased from Red Bird at a reduced author price.    

Will I receive payment for sales of my chapbook?
Yes.  All monies collected by Red Bird from sales of chapbooks will be divided between the authors and Red Bird.  Details regarding percentages paid to the author and retained by Red Bird are specified in your publishing agreement.  Red Bird's portion of the sales proceeds are used to offset costs incurred in producing chapbooks.  A detailed statement of sales will be sent to each author on a quarterly basis along with payment of monies earned. 

Where will my chapbook be available for sale?
Red Bird Chapbooks will have your chapbook or pamphlet available for purchase on our website.  We will also promote your chapbook on social media sites, at readings and book festivals, and at local independent bookstores. We encourage our authors to promote their chapbooks in the same manner in their locality.  

When will my chapbook be published?
Once your chapbook is in production the timeline for publication will be dependent on your participation in agreeing on a format, correcting, and approving at least one proof, approving the final version of the chapbook and signing our publishing agreement.  Chapbooks will be scheduled for design, layout and printing in the order they finalized.  Additional details are specified in your publishing agreement.  

Can my chapbook be reprinted by another publisher?
No. Your chapbook may not be printed by another publisher without significant and obvious change to the cover and contents. Red Bird asks when selections from the chapbook are republished that Red Bird Chapbooks is acknowledged as first publisher.

How is the cover image and chapbook layout determined?
The shape, size and binding style of each chapbook is determined on an individual basis.   

Authors are asked to complete and return a brief design survey.  Our designers review these surveys and read each manuscript to determine the best layout, cover and other design considerations. 

The goal of the cover is to enrich the material within and at the same time intrigue the potential reader to open the chapbook. Covers are meant to engage the reader, and enhance the text.  While authors will be given an opportunity to comment on the cover of their chapbook Red Bird reserves the rights to make all final cover decisions.

Can I provide my own artwork for the cover?
Artwork by the author or by an artist the author selects may be considered.  If an outside artist's work is used, it is the responsibility of the author to obtain all permissions and pay all costs for the use of another person’s art. Cover art is credited on the publication page of the chapbook. Our designers discourage the use of personal photographs on the cover of the chapbook. We also discourage authors from designing their own covers. 

Will I be able to review what my chapbook will look like before it is printed?
The design process is iterative.  Once the chapbook layout is completed a proof copy is provided to the author. The author is asked to examine the text carefully – noting any errors in line spacing, missing text, and punctuation, grammar, and spelling errors. Typographical corrections to the text can be made at this time, but those changes cannot change significantly the manuscript as it was agreed upon by the author and editor.  Authors are asked to note changes on the proof and return it to us.  Requested changes are reviewed and, if accepted, are incorporated into a subsequent proof.  The cover design is typically provided with the second proof.  The author must approve a final physical proof of the chapbook before printing will begin.