Recognizing the impact of the submission and publishing processes on the environment, CreativeByline.com offers writers a chance to make a difference--and be rewarded for it, as well. For each manuscript submitted between April 25 and May 2, Creative Byline will donate $3 to the Arbor Day Foundation's Trees for America reforestation program. The writer submitting the manuscript will receive a 33-percent discount on the submission fee.
"We at Creative Byline certainly believe it's worthwhile to produce books," says Brad MacLean, founder and CEO. "But we encourage people to take advantage of opportunities to use technology to minimize consumption of natural resources when it's not adding value. The manuscript submission process, to us, is an example."
The U.S. is the world's largest producer and consumer of paper, using 8 million tons or more of office paper alone each year. The mind-boggling numbers of 3.2 billion reams and 178 million trees can be translated into individual impact: Each ream of paper used requires about 6 percent of a tree.
The Creative Byline website equips writers to submit manuscripts digitally for a modest fee -- $19 for full-length manuscripts, $9 for children's picture books. Writers can find editors with specific interests, submit directly to them, and get a response much more quickly than through the traditional, paper-and-snail-mail-based process.
Three well-known publishers are signed on to Creative Byline: Dutton Children's Books, St. Martin's Press, and Tor/Forge. Their editors can provide descriptions of what they're looking for now and rely on Creative Byline's expert readers and process tools to save them time in reviewing manuscripts.