Frequently Asked Questions

What is Library Partners Press?

Library Partners Press is a “library publisher” and proud member of both the Library Publishing Coalition and the Independent Book Publishers Association. LPP offers publishing and distribution services to content creators looking to have their works collected and preserved and protected by libraries post-publication. We are a “hybrid-indie” small press, using various print-on-demand and digital platforms to mutual advantage, and managing both a frontlist and backlist of print and digital monographs and other publications.

What types of projects do you work on?

We help people publish books, articles, and other scholarly or popular or literary works in print and digital formats. (We can also help build websites for people who publish.) In terms of content, we can work with a wide array of content creators in disciplines ranging from the humanities and social sciences to STM.

What are some examples of LPP projects?

  • Print and digital books
  • Open access digital works
  • Digital journals and journal articles
  • e-Newsletters
  • Textbooks
  • Creative/literary/experimental/enhanced works
  • Pre-publication releases
  • Print and digital coursepacks and supplemental materials
  • Open educational resources (OERs)
  • Conference and symposia proceedings
  • Transforming rare manuscripts and out-of-print / out-of-copyright works into accessible books and ebooks

Will my project become a WFU Press publication?

No. Library Partners Press is a publishing services provider administratively (and otherwise) separate from the mission and scope of the Wake Forest University Press. LPP projects do not go through WFU Press’s standard peer-review and editing processes. Depending on your project and your publishing goals, it may make sense for a “proper” university or traditional press to publish and distribute your work.

Who will be the publisher of my book?

LPP typically works with academic departments, libraries, or centers/institutes, helping their constituents to publish scholarly or semi-/quasi-scholarly work. These entities often select the works to be published and guide early processes such as peer review, editorial oversight, and clearing third-party permissions. If you are an individual with a project, you may first consider if there is a logical institutional partner on your campus (or elsewhere) who could be named the official “publisher.” (We are happy to advise.) But if you don’t have a campus partner, or another publishing provider, Library Partners Press may be a logical publisher/distributor, depending on the scope and intended audience of the work. Please complete a Library Partners Press Project Description form to begin that conversation.

What kind of work can LPP do for me?

LPP currently offers services in three broad categories: 1) editorial, design, and production; 2) sales, marketing, and distribution; and 3) library cataloging and acquisitions. We can help you with all of these services or we can just handle one service as needed. We also advise on best practices, distribution and marketing, and other publishing strategies.

Who owns copyright? Is there a contract? Do LPP authors get paid?

You will most likely control copyright, as the author. You can also choose to pursue open access licensing. We can advise you on intellectual property issues and options when we know more about your project. You may find a copy of the standard contract here. And yes, LPP authors do routinely receive commissions/royalties from sales revenue.

How much do your services cost?

Library Partners Press is not funded in such a way as to offer services free of charge, but “prices” are often negotiable. Some content creators feel strongly about open access. Others are more concerned with keeping costs to their audience low while generating some income for sustainability. We support publishing models that can work for a range of missions and budgets. For cost estimates, you may find a copy of a non-standard rate sheet here.

How do I get started?

The first step is for us to collect information about your project and your goals. Please submit a project description form here, and we will follow up to discuss publishing strategies.