Posted by: nancyisanders | March 20, 2009

Book In A Month Club: Capstone Press

I hope you’re having fun this month. It’s keeping us hopping on our toes. But don’t you feel like you just might be able to land a book contract after sending in all these queries? Time will tell. Be sure to let us share your joy if you hear back from a publisher! You don’t have to give us any of the details–just let us know you’ve been asked to submit a proposal, too! Then we’ll give a hip, hip, hooray for you, too.

Here’s another publisher we’ll explore today: Capstone Press. Print out this post as a guide to follow along the various steps. Copy and paste the links into your browser and explore their website.

Captstone Press:
Submissions Guidelines:

Go to the link I provided and read their Submissions Guidelines. The first thing we see is that Capstone Press is a work-for-hire publishing company.

Do you know what that means? Basically, it means that they assign a book for you to write. Since the book is originally their idea, they own all rights to it. They pay you a flat, one-time fee.

If you agree to the assignment and sign the contract, then they give you a deadline. The work-for-hire publishers I’ve worked with usually assign short deadlines—between 6 weeks to 3 months to write a picture book…sometimes even shorter. Payment usually comes within 30 days after the deadline when you submit the completed manuscript. Work-for-hire publishers I’ve worked with can pay from $500 to $3000 for a picture book. More for a longer book.

The benefits of writing a book for a work-for-hire publisher include the fact that you can actually get paid fairly quickly—unlike royalty publishers where you can write a picture book and not get paid royalties for 3 years after the book is finally published. The disadvantages of writing a book for a work-for-hire publisher include the fact that they own all rights. If you opt to do this, just be sure not to write about anything that you want to keep the copyright.

I like to have a balance of several work-for-hire book contracts with several royalty book contracts each year. It gives me cash in hand while waiting for royalty checks to build up and start rolling in. I’m just careful not to write about topics I’m passionate about since I’m signing away all rights.

If you’d like to try your hand at writing work-for-hire books, then consider Capstone Press! Book Markets for Children’s Writers 2008 says they published 300 books last year. That’s a lot of possible opportunities!

Click on the links to their various series until you find two or three that you think, “I could try to write a book like these!” Then follow their guidelines and contact them. Fiction writers follow the link and e-mail the editor. Nonfiction writers use the postal mail to send in a resume, cover letter listing the series you’re most interested in, and up to three writing samples. Have fun!


  1. Thanks for the info. I might give Capstone a try myself.


  2. Good! It seems like there’s so much possibiity with this publisher. -Nancy

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