Cranthorpe Millner Publishers is an independent publisher based in Cambridge. Our first big title was Shaun Wallace’s autobiography, Chasing the Dream, which we published October 2018, and now we have a catalogue of just over 50 authors, though our aim is to stay small, releasing between 20-40 titles per year. Strong, positive working relationships with all of our authors is at the core of everything we do. One of the most important things for us when deciding which authors we would like to work with is the author themselves; a strong manuscript is one thing but the author needs to be proactive, energetic and enthusiastic. Hard work is key; complacency is the death of any manuscript.
The traditional, one-route-only option – that idea of getting published ‘properly’ – has disappeared, and we say good riddance. There are so many different options for authors now which can only be a positive thing. And that’s where we come in.
Cranthorpe Millner operates a hybrid publishing model. This means, should an author pass our editors’ strict filtering system, we can offer different kinds of agreements depending on the author and the manuscript. With some authors we work under a ‘traditional’ model, whereby we cover the full cost of publication and the author is offered industry standard royalties (8-10%). To some authors we offer what we call a partnership or contributory agreement, whereby the author is asked for a financial contribution so that we may share the risk and enter into a partnership together to publish the author’s book. In this case, the author receives around 60-75% royalties.
We endeavour to respond to every author who submits a manuscript to us within three weeks. Should we wish to work with you, you will be contacted by our Acquisitions team to discuss the terms we would like to offer you. Please note, all of our authors receive: