Sue Ann Painter

Sue Ann Painter

Sue Ann Painter has master's degrees in art history and American history from the University of Cincinnati, where she taught both subjects. She is a published author, and has won state and national awards for local government and community history projects. While director of community development and marketing for the Cincinnati History Society, she participated in the development and directed the marketing of more than a dozen important books on local history.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 16:13

Writing for Publication

Welcome, writers and readers to Cincinnati Book Publishing's new blog. CBP staff and authors will be joining forces to bring you the best writing and marketing tips and publishing trends. 

First, a few words about me and our company.  I am an author, editor, and publisher with training and publications in American art, architectural, and political history. I fell in love with the publishing process and became enthused about reviving the Queen City's reputation as a publishing center. In 1992, I began my own consulting firm to manage fund-raising, writing, and publishing projects. Cincinnati Book Publishing grew out of that entity. Today, I manage the editorial department, while Tony Brunsman skillfully manages book design, production, and marketing. 

As executive editor for CBP, I field most inquiries about our editing and publishing services.

I find many would-be authors are frustrated with the traditional writing and publishing process.  Too many think the traditional process is rigged for insiders.  And, in some respects, that assumption is correct.

Traditional publishing with one of the "Big Five" New York City publishers is open primarily to authors with a successful record of published works and sales of 10,000 or more copies per title. While book sales are strong, economic pressures and volatility in the U.S. marketplace have dampened risk-taking among traditional publishers. The big houses will not accept unsolicited manuscripts; a prospective author must first contract with an agent who will sell the project to a publisher.

Securing an agent is not an easy task. The usual route is to submit a prospectus with a query letter, and many authors query for years without success. Consequently, talented authors with specialized knowledge or a good story to share are often rejected by traditional and academic publishing houses. As a result, many professionals and amateur writers are electing to self-publish with the assistance of companies like CBP. 

Cincinnati Book Publishing assists authors who plan to self-publish a book or submit their manuscript to a traditional national or academic publisher. CBP provides professional editing, design services, and counsel to authors. We also function as a publisher of quality books for those who want local, personal attention. Many authors choose to remain with CBP in order to personally oversee all aspects of production and publication. They retain ownership of the inventory and copyright, and receive all royalties from sales or gift proceeds to a favorite nonprofit.

At Cincinnati Book Publishing, manuscripts are reviewed before acceptance. Books must be professionally edited and designed to be published with our imprint. We do not offer print on demand, our minimum requirement is a press run of 250 copies for digital printing, and 1,000 for offset. We use local and regional printers and binders, whose work we know and trust. There will be no ink-smudged pages or failed bindings with CBP.

With CBP, the merit of the manuscript and the quality of the publication are priorities. We are not a vanity press like online print shops, which accept any and all submissions. We have a formal submission process, which begins with a query letter or interview. Like the NYC biggies, we will require a finished manuscript of significant merit and any illustrations in digital form before beginning the editing process. Materials will be subjected to a rigorous review by our editorial staff.  If a manuscript is accepted for publication, CBP insists on copy editing, design, and proofreading, just like the NYC houses. The key difference is that CBP's business model relies on client fees rather than publisher book sales for revenue. With CBP, the author or sponsor earns 100% of sales proceeds. Authors who use their business books for seminar materials or sell the work direct to students or conference attendees usually recoup their investment within six months and realize profits within a year. Popular presenters have made more than $20,000 on a single print run, and some are on their third or fourth printing.

CBP does not offer slick print packages to sell services. Quoted fees and expenses depend on book size, paper stock, binding, complexity of design, and the number of copies.  Each book we do is custom, and our project managers treat each one with the level of care the author took in composing it. Our goal is to make your book a work of art, and our objective is not to be the cheapest but the best. I enjoy talking with fellow authors, and am available for a free introductory consultation.


Sue Ann Painter 

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 12:22

Submission Guidelines

Thanks for choosing CBP!

Below you can find more information about CBP's process, and how you can make your book a reality with us.

Cincinnati Book Publishers (CBP) is a subsidized press, which means that the author or sponsor organization covers the cost of publication with a flat, upfront fee, and receives all income from book sales. Clients also retain the rights to their manuscripts and own the inventory.


Cost is determined by the number of pages in the book, complexity of design, print and binding options, and the total number of copies. Publication for an average print book typically costs between $3,000 and $10,000.


Cincinnati Book Publishers accepts manuscript submissions at all times. To publish your completed book with CBP, email the following materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The author should write a one-page query letter, which includes the book title, synopsis, word count, genre and target audience, and a brief author biography. This cover letter is submitted alongside a sample chapter of the manuscript. All files should be submitted in .doc, .docx, or .pages format.


All submissions should be proofread, spell-checked, and presented in a professional manner. Authors should be sure to include all relevant contact information, as well.


CBP cannot accept manuscripts that are incomplete, handwritten, or in typescript. All submissions must be digital.


CBP will notify the author or agent by email within 2-3 weeks about the status of their submission. If the manuscript is accepted, an editor will request a full-length manuscript.


CBP can provide both content and copy editing, if necessary, and will work with the author to create the design and format of the book, as well as a promotion and marketing plan.


The author is involved throughout the editing and publication process, and must approve and accept all concepts and final changes. CBP has expertise with first-time and veteran authors, and is ready to make your book a reality.


For more information, call Sue Ann Painter at 513-304-3633 or visit our FAQ Page.


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