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BluewaterPress LLC

BluewaterPress LLC is a small publishing company dedicated to the idea of providing interesting, informative, and motivational reading for our clients. Books available from BluewaterPress LLC will include exciting non-fiction, inspirational self-help, educational manuals, novels, and more. Additionally, BluewaterPress LLC will supply an array of copywriting services to firms and businesses in need of fresh, on-demand copy, as well as photographic services.    

One of the primary goals of our company is to help others along the way in this thing called life. We hope to do this is by providing publications and other media designed to help people figure out what is going on in their lives and how to improve themselves. We will process a variety of texts, fun reading, music, calendars, and a variety of “how to” manuals. We wish not to limit BluewaterPress LLC to only a few fields. From this website, readers will find publications on everything from cooking to flying to inspirational living to travel to spiritual development. The list is truly unlimited.

BluewaterPress LLC does not charge for publishing projects. We are not a vanity printing press. Only after careful consideration, we will select projects based on our belief they will do well in the market. If an author has written a solid book and it keeps us awake at night turning pages, it is a pretty sure bet it will do well on the market.

Book Submission Guidelines

For those who wish to submit a book for consideration, here is what we ask. Please submit your idea to us via email. Please send your query to editor@bluewaterpress.com and we would like to request the following:

For submissions, please include the word "query" in the subject line of your email. If you do not include "query," there is a good chance our spam filters will be mistake your email for spam and remove it before we even have a chance to look at your work. Attach your sample chapters, summaries, and any other text to the original email as a Word or RTF file in a single document. If your work is infected with a virus or malware, our virus software will automatically remove the email and file immediately and we will have no record of receiving your request.

When you submit your idea, please make certain the work is clean. It should reflect your very best writing and be free of grammatical errors, typos, homophonic or other problems. Remember, you are competing with many writers; to stand out from the crowd, you must be the best.

What we would like to see in order to assess your project is:

  • A synopsis or summary of the story.
  • Two or three sample chapters.
  • A statement about your target audience.
  • Your ideas for your visions for your cover.
  • A statement of your intentions and methods involving the marketing of your project.
  • Your estimate of how well your book will sell and why.
  • For non-fiction work, please send your résumé or statement about your expertise in the subject matter.

Manuscript Mechanics

If able, use Microsoft Word as your word processing platform. If you do not have access to MS Word, please save your manuscript in an RTF file. Grammar should be clean and reflect the writing style or voice of the story. If you are a new author with doubts about your manuscript, there are many editorial services available capable of grammar and spell checking, content checking, and more.

  • Paper size - standard 8 1/2 x 11-inch page.
  • Right margin 1 1/2 inches, all other margins 1 inch.
  • Font - Courier or Courier New, 12 points.
  • Indent paragraphs 1/2 inch.

Here is another important consideration about paragraphs. Many people use a carriage return for each line. This creates a new paragraph and inserts code that makes a manuscript unusable. You should only use the hard carriage return between paragraphs, not for each sentence. Also, in starting a new paragraph, do not use the “Tab” key to get the ½ inch indentation. Make sure your rulers are on and visible and then move the top index triangle to the ½ inch mark. This way, when you start a new paragraph, the cursor will go to the exact place it needs to for you to begin the new paragraph.

Please do not try to format your manuscript "to look like a book" on your computer screen. This inserts code into the file that makes it difficult for us to remove, which may cause us to abandon your project. Simply start typing your story at the beginning starting with the chapter name/number; you may start chapters on new pages or use page breaks.

A Few Rules for Manuscript Management

Like everything in life, there are rules you can follow to get ahead in writing. Here are six suggestions for new writers many editors and publishers have found helpful. Those who write keeping the following suggestions in mind enhance their chance for a publisher accepting their project.

If you have been in the writing business for a while, you probably already know the following. For those of you who are just starting out, these suggestions may help you in starting your writing career.

Suggestion Number One - Send your manuscript only when asked. Only send your entire manuscript when directed by the publication. If you do send your manuscript, send a copy. This is important: never send your original, especially if it is the only copy you own

Editors understand you are anxious to find a publisher. They know you want to see your work in print. For an editor to make a judgment call on your book, they need only to see a synopsis and two or three sample chapters. If they require more information for a decision, they will contact you to request it. If they think your book is going to make money, they will be in touch. For magazine articles, you should query the editor with a letter.

 Number Two - Enclose an SASE. This is very important. If you choose to send a hard copy of your manuscript and you want it returned, you must supply editors or publishers with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Small businesses cannot afford to return the many manuscripts received. For instance, to return 50 to 100 manuscripts at an average cost of $2.50 to $4.50 per manuscript could cost as much as $450. This is quite a monthly expense; most small businesses cannot afford to budget such costs.

In conjunction with number four below, one of the very best and fastest ways into print is by using the technology of our time. In other words, rather than mailing your entire manuscript in paper, put it on computer disk and mail that instead. Better yet, you can attach it to an email and send it over the Internet. Keep in mind that one computer disk is a lot lighter than an entire manuscript. It also has the added advantage of being in a format ready to work by the editor.

To repeat, if you want anything returned from any publisher or editor, you must supply the return postage.

 Number Three - Use Media Mail Rates. When using the post office to mail material such as a manuscript, tell the clerk it is a book and request, “media mail” rates. The rate for media mail is considerably less than first class.

 Number Four - Get Microsoft Word. This is the 21st Century; try to use a computer and common software for your writing. Most organizations use Microsoft Word for their writing and editing needs. Remember that editors are very much like electricity – they are going to take the path of least resistance when it comes to work. If your project is handwritten or typed on paper, it becomes difficult to process, which reduces the likelihood of BluewaterPress LLC accepting your piece for publication. Right or wrong, this is the new norm.

Typewriters or the use of pens, pencils, and paper makes converting a book into a very long process. This equates into time, which of course, equals money. Keep in mind that publishers are interested in saving money. 

If you do not have a computer with Microsoft Word but are using a computer, you can save your work in rich text file format (rtf). Word and other word processing programs can convert .rtf files into a useable format.

Number Five - Sell, Sell, Sell. Continue selling your project. It is not sold until you have either a check for a magazine article, or a contract for your book. Be careful of knowing your market. Some editors and publishers will not consider a simultaneous submission. If they do accept simultaneous submissions, continue to market. Keep in mind it is sometimes a long time between a submission and an answer.

 Number Six - Market yourself. This is easier said than done: do not become discouraged. Believe in yourself and in your work. Continue to market your projects. When your magazine article or book returns from an editor, go over your manuscript again proofing for any mistakes, and then mail it out to another publication. Also bear in mind you may or may not receive any feedback from an editor. If an editor offers constructive criticism, take it to heart and use it to improve your writing.

Guidelines Regarding Intellectual Property Rights

So, you’re working on the world’s greatest manuscript. You are absolutely certain the first editor or publisher who has the great fortune to read your tome will offer you the world for the right to publish.

Your inspiration may have come from a song, a play, part of another book, or quote. So you took the idea and ran with it. You have spent a couple of years, a lot of ink, and a few reams of paper to birth this great American novel.

Whoa! Hold on there, pardner!

You can’t actually do that. That song, play, passage from a book, or quote is someone else’s intellectual property. In order for you to use their intellectual property, you are going to have to obtain permission from those who hold the rights to that property. You actually have to ask for permission to use their work in the body of your work. Unfortunately, those permissions usually come at a price.

Yes, more than likely the copyright holder will ask that you pay a fee to use his or her work in your project. It is only fair; after all, they originally produced the work to make money. Keep in mind that as the author of your book, the burden for obtaining and paying for permissions falls squarely on your shoulders. Publishers will not do your legwork for you or pay the fees.

Before you submit a project idea which includes other people’s intellectual properties, you should already have the permissions in place, the fees paid, and hardcopy documentation for the publisher’s perusal.

This is not to say you cannot use quotes and songs in your project; you can, but in order to use something from another source in this manner, it must be a part of the public domain.

For more information on this subject, go to your favorite search engine on the Internet and use the search terms permissions, copyright, and intellectual property.

Guidelines For Writing About People

When it comes to writing about people, this is another area in which you must exercise caution. If you are writing about people, you should probably have their permission to do so. If the person you are writing about is a private individual and you write something derogatory, you may find yourself in a lawsuit. Different rules apply to public individuals. The trick is to know the difference between public and private.

If you are writing fiction about characters completely made up in your mind, make certain they truly bear no resemblance to anyone alive. You should be able to make that claim you often see in the beginning or at the end of a movie: the characters and events in this story are completely fictional and any resemblance to living persons or events is purely coincidental.

If you do a little research on the author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, you will find she enjoyed great success with her book, The Yearling. It was made into a major motion picture starring Gregory Peck. After her success with The Yearling, she wrote about her friends and neighbors in the sleepy little town of Cross Creek, Florida in her book, Cross Creek. Her neighbors did not receive this manuscript well. It is an interesting story every writer should take the time to read.