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Whisper’s Frequently Asked Questions

Here, you’ll find our Q and A. This section covers the most common questions asked. If you’re still unsure, please contact us.

Traditional or self-publishing?

The choice remains with the author. We are able to help with either. Traditional publishing with complimentary services as standard or a comprehensive range of solutions to assist with self-publishing.

How do I get my book published by Whisper Publishing?

That’s easy! Follow the instructions in our submission guidelines.

Do you accept unsolicited manuscripts?


How long does it take to publish a book?

The length of time between submission and publication depends on:

  • Date of submission of the manuscript
  • Length of review stage
  • Work required to bring the manuscript to publishing standard

How much does it cost to have my book published?

We are not a vanity publisher and do not charge for the publishing process. We also work with our authors to shape a promotion and marketing plan to assist. However, we are not a large publisher and do not provide advances. In today’s market, and in  line with other publishing companies, we advise our authors to devote time and effort in the promotion and marketing of their work. Although not guaranteed, being proactive could result in a better chance of success.

Do I need an agent?

No. At Whisper Publishing we work directly with our authors, nevertheless, we are happy to work with an agent if you have one.

Who has the copyright?

Our authors keep the copyright of their work.

How do I know if you have received my submission?

You should receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. If you don’t, contact us here.

When will you get back to me with your decision?

Once we have your submission, we aim to assess within eight weeks. Please, be patient. This time frame is flexible based on the number of submissions we hold for review. We will respond with our decision once a review has taken place.

If you like my manuscript what will happen?

We publish a select number of manuscripts each year. If we choose yours from a short list, a member of the Whisper team will contact you. This includes the before and after publication elements. We work with our authors to ensure they are happy with any proposals put forward before issuing a publishing agreement.

Are there any genres you don’t accept?

Yes. Please read our submission guidelines for further details.

What royalties will I earn?

We apply a fair royalty structure and offer a decent percentage to the author. Our licence structure is also competitive – contact us for further details.

  • Digital copies (eBooks) – 55%
  • Printed copies – 35% (less returns)
  • The proceeds of any licence granted to another publisher to release a reprint edition of the work – 50%
  • Film/TV rights – 90%

How do I request a review copy?

Please contact us.