Ballast Books is a one-stop shop.
We handle all aspects of production: Editorial and manuscript development (full ghostwriting to basic copy-editing); book design (cover, jacket, interior); marketing and PR; and world-wide distribution.
Book Development & Editing
We begin working with authors at all stages of the writing process: Have a book idea but not the time or ability to write it? Let one of our talented ghostwriters draw the story out of you and write the entire manuscript. Have a completed manuscript? Rough draft? An outline? We’ll provide the proper level of editing and work with you until the manuscript is perfect and ready to publish.
We work with some of the most talented designers in the industry. Our design process is collaborative and extensive, relying on your input and feedback until we’ve created a book cover and interior layout that will jump off the shelves.
Hardcover with dust jacket, softcover, even photography books: Our titles are printed at the top facilities in North America and the world. Our titles are formatted for eBook and audio as well, so no matter how your reader consumes books, yours will be available.
Distribution and Fulfillment
No “hoping” your title gets picked up by bookstores—you’ll have a dedicated sales team pitching your title to book buyers. Our distribution team has established relationships with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, large retailers like Costco, Target, Walmart, etc., independent bookstores and specialty retailers like Brookstone and gift shops. We’ll create a custom plan to focus on the geographies and retailers that will move the needle for you.
Marketing and PR
Ballast has a large in-house marketing and PR team that will work with you to create a custom plan. These plans can include items like book reviews, press and media tours, book awards, author website, electronic press kit, blog tours, events and signings, public speaking, social media content and campaigns, and accessing the Ballast network.