FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Will you publish my book about [insert topic of your choice]?

Please review the About Us section of this website. We typically only publish works related to our mandate. We are not a print-on-demand company or a vanity press. The only way to find out for sure if we would consider publishing your work is to submit a manuscript.

How come authors don't make more money? Shouldn't I just self-publish my work, rather than giving a piece of my profit to you greedy publishers?

There is usually a big difference between a self-published book and a professionally produced book. A lot of time and effort goes into turning a manuscript into a successful book. Editors, publishers, art directors, marketers, salespeople and production managers are all part of this complex process. We are all in this business because we love publishing, not because we expect to get rich. We believe authors deserve to be fairly compensated for their work. But the reality is that profit margins are slim in the publishing industry. If you are writing a book primarily for the money, you may want to consider some other line of work.

I sent you a proposal, but I haven't heard back yet. Why not?

It may take us awhile to read your submission. If you have been waiting for more than six months, feel free to give us a call to make sure we received your work: 403-271-3145.

Where can I get a copy of Gillean Daffern's Kananaskis Country Trail Guide?

This book is currently out of print. Many of the Kananaskis trails have undergone significant changes in recent years, and it takes time to compile accurate, up-to-date route information. Watch for a new edition.

Are you affiliated with Johnson Gorman Publishers?

No. We do have a Don Gorman at RMB, but this is pure coincidence. He is not the Gorman of Johnson Gorman Publishers.

I am an editor/proofreader/designer/photographer and I would like to work with RMB. Where can I send my résumé?

Editors and proofreaders, please send your résumé to don@rmbooks.com. Designers and photographers, please send your résumé and a link to your portfolio (or a PDF of a few sample pieces) to chyla@rmbooks.com.

Please note that we may not reply to your queries unless we are seeking immediate help. We will, however, keep your information on file. If we begin working on a project that we think you would be well suited for, we will contact you.

I work for a printer. How can I get RMB to print with us?

We would like to hear from you if you can offer the following: a range of FSC-certified or 100% PCW floor stock, knowledgeable prepress department, in-house binding, accurate colour, reasonable prices and a Canadian location. Please contact chyla@rmbooks.com.