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Very honestly, we are not here to make money. Sure, we don't want to throw money down a hole or go bankrupt but most of us do just fine being awesome at our design and tech jobs. At the end of the day, Frontlines has 3 main goals:
Once you become an approved author, it goes like this:
I’m Shawn Borsky, a designer and industry professional. This my newest brain-child. Frontlines is a small book publisher with a specfic focus.
The idea is pretty straight-forward. Simply, there is a need for short, straight-up books about how we really get work done in design, programming, start-ups, animation, UI, well...you get the idea.
Personally, I love other book publishers like Happy Cog's A Book Apart. However, I feel that even as amazing as A Book Apart is , there is a large number of designers and programmers that still get left out in the cold.
I have been successful in applying my skills in the design industry. I learned hard lessons and got tremendous help from many people who were down in the trenches with me.
I don’t think you need to be a rockstar to be a fantastic professional. For up-and-coming professionals success in the digital and tech world certainly seems daunting and unfair. Often too many design resources can
leave you feeling overwelmed and lost in a sea of information. I have been there: A passionate and hungry designer craving someone to just sit down and explain what I really needed to know.
I want to help these people like my younger self... but in an easy, short and afforable book form. Frontlines is an incubator and resource for practical, hands-on, battle-proven design and tech education. I am looking for anyone who is a seasoned professional with a solid track record to write short, easy to read books and exactly how they excel in their craft.
I believe in this idea to an insane degree.I am personally putting much of my savings and expertise to work in getting these books produced and into paperback and e-book form; as well as marketed and shipped.
We do our best to be transparent, here are a few common questions:
What does it take to become an approved author?
1. You need to demonstrate that you have a strong track record and are an active and respected professional in your industry sector. We are looking for credible sources: Client Recommendations, Zerply Endorsements, previously published writing and LinkedIn Recommendations are ideal. Although, previous writing is not a requirement.
2. You need a book idea that can teach a tangible and practical concept or skill-set from your industry.
What topics are you looking for?
As long as your work falls within the creative and technology industry sectors, we want to publish some kick-ass material on it.
Some sectors that we already have in the works are:
How long are Frontlines books?
We are aiming for lengths between super-short to brief. Our target page counts for most of the books are 60 to 80 pages max.
We are focused on making books that teach you something and get you back to work. In our opinion, super long education books are a problem.
Does Frontlines care about my cover or layout?
Yes. We require you to use our book layout template and follow our cover style guide. In general, we will be handling your cover design and layout.
Currently, our cover style guide requires a piece of old propaganda art ( or custom art) and the solid color key of the industry sector.
Unfortunately, we cannot make exceptions. Book printing ain't cheap and keeping it consistent will allow us to keep costs down and distribute books quickly.
As a note, we respond to each an every person who submits to become an author with us. We are small and passionate. Thanks in advance for your interest.
What we are looking for:
Ready to Apply:
Send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org