Authors FAQS

What does APL publish?

We are general and educational publishers. We publish children books, fictions and textbooks for primary to tertiary levels and general reading.

How do I get APL to publish my book?

APL accepts both solicited and unsolicited manuscripts from writers. Solicited manuscript is where we commission authors in the areas of interest to write a manuscript for publication. This is done generally in the area of textbooks or books of topical interest. Unsolicited manuscripts are publishing proposals from writers requesting to go into publishing agreement with us.

On the solicited manuscripts, writers in the areas of interest are approached to submit synopsis chapters for discussion and assessment. On the unsolicited manuscripts, the prospective author has to prepare a two page synopsis, typed double-spaced on one side of the A-4 sheet and forward a hard or soft copy to our editorial department for assessment.

When will our books come out?

Manuscripts received from writers go through thorough editorial processes. Usually, it takes between six months to a year to come out depending on the area the book covers. E.g. Textbooks takes longer to prepare than supplementary readers.

How much is my royalty as an author and when do I get them?

Where APL bears all expenses in relation to the manuscript after publishing, the author is paid royalty between 10 to 15{33e3f96906f1f35fc1ae468fed5dae349410ce9cd45bc01a718f154de74fdf93} of total net sales after annual audit which is in May.

What is the initial print run?

APL normally runs an initial print run of five thousand (5,000) copies. However the figure varies based on the market viability of the book.

Are you into partnership with other publishers?

Yes, APL is in partnership with other publishers like Sam-woode Ltd. of Ghana, Dreamland, India, S.Chand, India and Laxmi Publications of India.

What is the distribution channel like?

We have three main distribution channels.

APL distribute through agents to retailers and finally to the end users.

We wholesale to bookshops and institutions generally but also take care of some individual customers depending on location and time of need.

Our titles are also distributed by African Book Collective on ‘print on demand’ basis.

Are you into any form of e-publishing?

Yes, we are into partnership with and African Book Collective in the publication of e-books through

What happens to my books after production?

APL does not only publish your books, we see it as a need to bring the book and the people who need them together. We publicise and promote your books to the local and international market through advertising, book review, book launch, displaying them at both international and local book fairs and exhibitions, sending copies to national libraries and other institutions, etc.

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