Frequently asked questions

  1. Do you charge the author or illustrator for publication?
    NO. We are NOT a vanity publishing company.
  2. Where are you located? How do I contact you?
    1024 Iron Point Rd Suite100-1478 Folsom, CA 95630 916-897-1670 You can also use the email form below.
  3. What do you mean by working one-on-one?
    We are committed to creating books without taking control from the hands of our authors and illustrators. We're a team.
  4. Do you do the marketing and promotion?
    Yes, we do the majority of the marketing and promotion. This includes sending copies to reviewers and award committees, based on the type of book. We do ask that our authors and illustrators have a website, Facebook, or some sort of social media to promote their work.
  5. Where are your books distributed?
    Our titles are made available to tens of thousands of retailers, libraries, schools, internet commerce companies, and other channel partners, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo (Canada), and other book retailers and wholesalers across North America.
  6. Who prints your books?
    Lightning Source & Ingram Spark
  7. Do you use Createspace?
    For certain books in certain circumstances, this is sometimes done in correlation with Ingram Spark.
  8. What book formats do you use?
    We publish Hardcover, Softcover, and E-books. We also publish selected books printed in a special font for people with dyslexia in order to promote a love of reading even if it is a struggle.
  1. Do I need an agent?
    NO, but if you have one, we will work with them.
  2. Do I need an illustrator?
    No, we will match your work to the illustrator we feel is right for the project.
  3. Do your authors or illustrators pay for anything?
    You do not pay me for doing anything. You will pay for you own copies of your books at a discounted rate.
  4. Will I need to edit my work if it's accepted?
    This depends on the book. We find that the picture books submitted to us do not require extensive editing in most cases. MG and YA, however, usually call for edits. We evaluate each book on an individual basis.
  5. How do you compensate your authors and Illustrators?
    Each contract is individually negotiated. We do NOT offer work-for-hire contracts.
  6. When will I get a decision?
    Picture books: As early as two weeks, but up to six. MG and YA: Allow up to 6 weeks, sometimes longer. If we like it and it fits, we will extend a contract.
  7. Are you a PAL Publisher with SCBWI?
    We are working to be set up as a PAL. Our founder is a personal member of SCBWI and believes in the value of this organization.
  8. What if I have other questions?
    Please use the form below.

Artists Testimonials

MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing has been a pleasure to work with. Tannya Derby is an informed editor who understands the process of involving the writer in the process of book production. I don’t illustrate stories so I was dependent upon Tannya to provide the artists my two picture books. Matching the text to beautiful illustrations is key to the overall presentation of a book. The artists she selected are true professionals and their creative styles worked perfectly with each of my texts.

From the negotiations of the contracts to the editing to the final proof, Tannya’s professionalism has been of superior quality. An editor-writer relationship is critical in publishing a book.  Tannya not only provides opportunity for text revision, suggestions, and approval of the finished book, she is pleasant to work with.
I have been fortunate to have two books published by MacLaren-Cochrane, and I’m thrilled with both. Hats off to Tannya and MacLaren-Cochrane!

- Nancy Kelly Allen - author of  "Gone Cuckoo" & "Hiram's Gift"
    
Working with Tannya Derby at MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing is an absolute pleasure. Not only does she help bring picture books to life, Tannya lives the books she publishes. Her enthusiasm for the story, text, characters and illustrations is apparent in all Tannya does…and she does it all, all hours of the day and night. Tannya is receptive to every email and phone call, addressing concerns big and small among her authors and illustrators. As a result she knows the intricacies of each picture book and offers great insight as her authors and illustrators build their brands. Tannya’s industry acumen and art design knowledge plays a leading role in the success of the picture books she publishes. And yet Tannya is always willing to learn more to further an author or illustrator’s work.
 
- Jenna Hammond, author of “Downward Mule”
    

Awesome is a word that springs to mind when working with Tannya.
Her professionalism and friendly attitude make it an absolute pleasure to deal with her. She has a talent for spotting up and coming artists and writers, and gives them room to grow whilst offering them support and encouragement. I cannot thank her enough for making my job even more fun to do.

- Steve Page, Illustrator of "Downward Mule", "Crazy Crab", "Bath of Least Resisitance", "Washburn" & " Wrinkel in my Socks"
    
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