Publishing with Us

We don’t want to be everyone’s publisher.

Life is too short to enter into agreements with nervous, childish, or scary people. We all want relationships that are mutually beneficial and enjoyable.

So, here is the path to exploring the possibilities between you and Cool River Pub.

  1. Send a book proposal to us. No, we don’t have a format. But, your proposal should tell us:
    • Title of your book… Is Joel Osteen the Antichrist? Hang Gliding Drunk and Naked.
    • Summary. May be a paragraph or a page. Less is better. Give us a good grip on your material.
    • Length. Tell us how long it is now (in pages or word count) and how long it will be when finished.
    • Author bio. Tell us who you are, what else you’ve written, and when you expect to be paroled.
    • Who is your audience? If you don’t know, that’s fine.
    • Potential endorsements (who could write a glowing testimonial for your book). Do you know Natalie Portman? Tiger Woods? Oprah’s gardener?
    • Include 2 chapters. Your best. Dazzle us with your mind. Thrill us. Make us cry like a rainstorm. Or make us laugh till we’re hospitalized.
    • And of course don’t forget to give us your contact information. And, perhaps your parole officer’s.
  2. Or just tell us that you need help writing your personal story.
    • It’s OK that you don’t have any idea how to do this. We will make it simple and clear.
  3. We will respond within 10 days (usually 2 or 3 days)
. We will ask probing questions. After that, we may invite you to publish with us. If we want you, we will give the financial details of the project.
    This may be the beginning – or the end – of the road for you or us. If it looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship, we will go to step 3.
  4. We will give you a contract. Ask any question. Challenge anything. Walk away. This is an offer you can refuse. If or when you agree, you will join our other amazing authors as part of Cool River Fun

Now you’re a Cool River Pub Author and the real fun begins…

The Cool River Pub process of taking your manuscript to print follows a tried-and-true publishing process, and in just a short time your creative musings and hardwork will be realized in a published book.

  1. Send in the goods. The first step for a Cool River Pub author is to send in the signed contract and the first installment of our financial agreement, and then send us your finished manuscript when you are happy with it (If you want us to edit your book, ask. But that is a separate agreement).
  2. We will shape it into a book. Cover design ideas. Chapters. Sub-headings. Call-outs. ISBN number. Whatever. We will submit our draft back to you.
  3. You will gather endorsements from Bill Gates, John Grisham, Oprah… Send them to Cool River. We’ll be glad to give you the best way to approach them.
  4. The Review process begins. We will deliver a cover and complete interior for your approval or challenge. We’re easy to work with.
  5. Upon your eventual agreement with everything, we will send your book to the printer. That is when you will pay the balance of our agreement.
  6. Cool River will launch our marketing efforts. From SEO to Amazon to Facebook to a billboard we won in a poker game (located near Medicine Lodge, Kansas).
  7. The books will be delivered according to your instructions.
  8. We continue our friendship.

At The Writing Table:

  • Mary Sue Hermes, the illustrator of Daddy, Help Me, has also illustrated numerous other children’s books (including Ken Harvey’s “Life in the Fridge” series). Mary Sue and her husband, Jerry, live in Sterling, Virginia.

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  • Morris Chapman is a widely respected and loved songwriter, worshiper, recording artist and minister.

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  • Ken Harvey Ken Harvey President and CEO,
    JAKA Consulting Group

    Now retired from professional football, Ken Harvey is also the author of numerous children’s books. Ken, his wife Janice, and their two children live in Northern Virginia.

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  • Glen Roachelle Glen Roachelle President,
    Gate Ministries

    Glen Roachelle, the President of Gate Ministries, is a widely respected pastor, conference speaker, and consultant. The Wind and the Whisper is his first book. Glen and Roberta live in Middle Tennessee.

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Overheard at the Pub…

The adjective “planetary” describes a problem in such a way that it cannot be solved.

Wendell Berry
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