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Schiel & Denver FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
  • Who are you?
  • Is this vanity publishing?
  • What happens if my manuscript is shortlisted for publishing?
  • Will my book be available from bookstores on a returnable basis?
  • Do I own all the publishing rights and copyright to my book?
  • How will my royalties be calculated and compare to other major publishers?
  • How to open a trade account with The Schiel & Denver Book Group
  • Can I email a Schiel & Denver author/copyright holder?
  • Advance Reading Copies and Bound Galleys
  • Manuscript Submissions Policies
  • Consumer Returns
  • Employment
  • Requesting permission from Schiel & Denver authors
  • Quoting Copyrighted Material
  • Purchase Orders
  • Where to Send Payments (Lock Box Addresses)
  • What is the minimum allowed age for an author to publish their book?
  • I live in the countryside. Will my local bookstore be able to stock my book?
  • Q. Are you the same Schiel & Denver as the Schiel & Denver Book Publishers in Houston?

    A. Yes and no. We are The Schiel & Denver Book Group based in the UK and share the same name and owner as Schiel & Denver Book Publishers in the US. We do not however, necessarily publish the same books as our North American sister division. We are independent divisions which come together on many projects but also have our own unique publishing lists. For instance, our U.S. division publishes children's books under the Heirloom children's book publishing Imprint.

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    Q. Is this vanity publishing?

    A. No. At Schiel & Denver we clearly set out our terms of agreement and engagement. All Schiel & Denver's authors retain ownership of both the copyright and publishing rights to their books; our authors exercise full editorial and creative control over the book publishing process, and benefit from our high-touch customer care that ensures the publishing experience from editing to bookshelf is enjoyable and risk-free.

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    Q. What happens if my manuscript is shortlisted for publishing?

    A. Firstly, one of our inhouse publishing consultants will make contact with you to request submission of your full book manuscript for our review committee to consider for publication. Thereafter, if your manuscript is accepted for professional publication, you will receive a formal publishing offer from The Schiel & Denver Book Group.

    As is standard in today's commercial book publishing process, the international ISBN book publishing service will be conducted exclusively by The Schiel & Denver Book Group; most of what will be required from you can be done from the convenience and comfort of your own home. If, however, your book is selling particularly well either in the UK or U.S. reading markets, or looks as though on publication it might become a substantive bestseller with the book buying public, The Schiel & Denver Book Group will need to despatch a professional book publicist to your home.

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    Q. Will my book be available from booksellers on a returnable basis?

    A. Yes. Every Schiel & Denver title can be stocked by leading and independent booksellers because we agree to accept returns - low value 'self publishers' usually make their authors' books non-returnable, immediately failing to comply with what is simply the normal trade convention of our centuries old book publishing industry.

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    Q. Do I own all the copyright and publishing rights to my book?

    A. Yes, with Schiel & Denver, our clients own all the primary and subsidiary publishing rights (i.e. film, TV, theatre, foreign and radio rights) to their work, exercising full editorial and creative control through an explicit, fair publishing agreement based on English law.

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    Q. How will my royalties be calculated and compare to other major publishers?

    A. In the interests of transparency, at Schiel & Denver, all book sales are calculated by our distributors and monitored by Nielsen Bookscan, a division of the global Nielsen Company, which independently acquires information on the sales of all ISBN titles at point of sale cash registers across bookstores in Europe and North America. The company pays our authors an above the industry-standard royalty rate of 25% of the cover price on both hardback and paperback copies sold, which is equivalent to about 75% of the net receipts. Commercial publishing offers authors between 7- 10% (including literary agents' fees) with international bestselling authors like J.K. Rowling receiving around 12.5%.

    The Schiel & Denver Book Group pays royalties annually, and if a book is selling well and requires a reprint, we don't shy away from bearing the full cost of reprints to ensure that our clients can continue to meet readership demand and collect royalties. Schiel & Denver is one of the few independent UK book publishers which has the supply chain infrastructure to handle a modern bestseller.

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    Q. Opening a trade account with The Schiel & Denver Book Group

    A. If you are a bookseller or retailer wishing to apply for an account with The Schiel & Denver Book Group, our Inside Sales Department will be happy to assist you. They will provide information about new and backlist titles, current special offers, Co-op Advertising and discounts. You may reach them at +44 (0)844 54 99 191 Ext 3 or, alternatively, by emailing:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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    Q. Can I email a Schiel & Denver author/copyright holder?

    A. No, not unless they have publicised their email address on their own website. We are unable to forward emails. To contact the author you will need to write to the address below.

    'Author name' c/o
    The Schiel & Denver Book Group
    PO BOX 6300
    London W1A 2ES
    Great Britain

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    Q. Advance Reading Copies and Bound Galleys

    A. Advance Reading Copies and Bound Galleys are issued to a limited distribution prior to a book's publication to facilitate the reviews and media coverage that announce the title to the book buying public. Therefore, please do note that the interior text may differ from the published version and should not be cited or quoted for scholarly purposes. Under no circumstances should Advance Reading Copies and Bound Galleys be offered for sale or catalogued into a library collection for circulation or reference.

    Please note that we do not send advance reading copies to individual consumers.

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    Q. I want to submit my manuscript to be considered for publication, how should I go about doing this?

    A. Unlike most traditional and mainstream book publishers, The Schiel & Denver Book Group does accept unsolicited manuscript submissions without the need for a literary agent. We do however receive a vast number of unsolicited submissions, therefore please be patient in waiting for a response from our review committee and follow the advice given here.

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    Q: Consumer Returns

    A: The Schiel & Denver Book Group cannot replace books, or provide replacement parts for books that were purchased through a reseller. We expect the individual resellers to assume responsibility for dealing with faulty products in accordance with their own returns policies. We suggest that you return the product to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange within 30 days.

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    Q. How do I get a job in publishing?

    A. There are a number of publishing courses at all levels. Oxford Brookes University has The School of Art, Publishing & Music; often book publishers also take on people to do work experience which is a great way to get inside and learn the ropes - contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for intern opportunities.

    The Schiel & Denver Book Group may, from time to time, post employment opportunities on the Site and/or invite users to submit resumes to it. If you choose to submit your name, contact information, resume and/or other personal information to Schiel & Denver in response to employment listings, you are authorizing Schiel & Denver to utilize this information for all lawful and legitimate hiring and employment purposes.

    Schiel & Denver also reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to forward the information you submit to its parents, subsidiaries and affiliates for legitimate business purposes. Nothing contained on this website shall constitute a promise by Schiel & Denver to interview, hire or employ any individual who submits information to it, nor shall anything on the site constitute a promise that Schiel & Denver will review any or all of the information submitted to it.

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    Q. I would like to use some material from one of your titles in my publication.  What do I need to do?

    A. Explicit written permission is required for use of any material published by The Schiel & Denver Book Group in the UK. You may address enquiries to:

    The Schiel & Denver Book Group
    PO BOX 6300
    London W1A 2ES
    Great Britain

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    Q. I would like to use some of your material on my website. What do I need to do?

    A. The same rules apply for electronic media as for traditional publications. Please make careful referral to our Rights & Permissions Section for full details.

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    Q. I am a UK retailer. How can I order books?

    A. Our books are distributed by Gardners, Bertram THE and Ingram Book Group.  If you would like to place an order then please do so through these distributors, or our PubEasy portal.

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    Q. Where to send payments (Lock Box Addresses):

    A. The following addresses given below are to be used when sending payment. The company prefers cheques which should be made out to 'Schiel & Denver Publishing Limited', however we do accept all major UK credit and debit cards.

    For security reasons please note that The Schiel & Denver Book Group will never ask you for any form of financial details through third parties; nor do we charge a fee at any stage of the manuscripts evaluation process.

    The Schiel & Denver Book Group
    PO BOX 6300
    London W1A 2ES
    Great Britain
    Telephone (switchboard): +44 (0)844 54 99 191
    Fax (secure billing): +44 (0)844 507 0985

    UK Credit Card Charge Authorization Form

    Commercial, trade and author bank transfer details:

    Account Name: Schiel & Denver Publishing Ltd
    Sort code: 20-96-37
    Account Number: 33857093
    IBAN: GB71 BARC 2096 3733 8570 93
    SWIFTBIC: BARCGB22

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    Q. What is the minimum allowed age for an author to publish their book?

    A. The company does not consider any submissions from anyone under 21 years of age.

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    Q. I live in the countryside. Will my local bookstore be able to stock my book?

    A. Yes, as well as supplying all major stores, The Schiel & Denver Book Group distributes to local and independent bookshops both in the UK and U.S.

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