Do you have a story to tell?

Whether you’re penning your first novel, crafting a vibrant travelogue, or exploring some intriguing aspect of Southeast Asian culture and history, we’re here to help bring your vision to life. At KM Books, we specialize in creating visually beautiful publications in English, both fiction and non-fiction, that resonate with readers worldwide.

Our Mission

We want to amplify the voices of Southeast Asian writers and those who tell stories about this diverse and culturally rich region. Whether you write in English or dream of seeing your work translated, our team is dedicated to guiding you from the initial spark of an idea to a beautifully published book. 

Every author’s journey is unique, and we’re here to support you, every step of the way.

We would love to hear about your book idea and discuss how we can collaborate to bring your story to life.

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We offer comprehensive publishing services tailored to your unique journey:

1. Idea Development: Have an idea but not sure where to start? Our editorial team can help shape your concept into a compelling narrative.
2. Manuscript Guidance: From first draft to final manuscript, we provide feedback, editing, and support to ensure your unique voice shines through.
3. Translation Services: If you write in a language other than English, our expert translators will faithfully bring your story to an English-speaking audience.
4. Design and Layout: Our designers are skilled in creating visually stunning books that complement and enhance your narrative.
5. Publication: We make your book available in both print and digital formats.
6. Marketing, Launch, & Distribution: From book tours to social media campaigns, we identify effective strategies to get your book noticed. Our network of distributors can make your book available in both traditional and online bookstores worldwide.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Ask us anything! If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, we encourage you to reach out to us directly.

What types of books does Kabar Media Books specialize in?

Our focus is on stories from Southeast Asia or about the region, written in English or translated into English. This includes genres like travel, culture, history, contemporary and historical fiction, biographies, memoir and more. We are also interested in previously published books that could be translated into Indonesian.

I’m not a native English speaker. Can I still submit my manuscript?
Absolutely! At the moment, we can review manuscripts with an identifiable Southeast Asian theme in the following languages: English, Indonesian, German, French, Spanish. We are also interested in manuscripts on other themes that have the potential to be translated for the Indonesian market.
How does the submission process work?
You can start by sending us a summary of your book idea or a sample of your manuscript through our email address. Our editorial team will review your submission and contact you to discuss the next steps.
Do you offer editing and proofreading services?
Yes, we provide comprehensive editing and proofreading services. Our team will work closely with you to refine and polish your manuscript while preserving your unique voice and style.
Can I be involved in the design and layout process of my book?
Definitely. We believe that authors should have a say in how their book looks and feels. Our design team will collaborate with you to ensure the final product aligns with your vision.
What is your policy on royalties and rights?

We offer competitive royalties and a transparent rights agreement. Specific terms will be discussed in detail once your manuscript is accepted for publication.

How long does the publication process take?
The timeline varies depending on the complexity of the project, but typically, it takes 12 months from manuscript acceptance to publication. We ensure every step is taken with care and quality.
Do you help with marketing and book launches?
Yes, we offer marketing and launch support tailored to each book. This includes book tours, social media promotion, press releases and more, to ensure your book reaches the widest possible audience.
How can I get my book distributed?
We have a network of distribution channels to ensure your book is available to readers worldwide, both in print and digital formats.
How are the books funded?
We work closely with authors to find the best ways to fund the publication and marketing of their books. Some publications are entirely or partially funded by the author, some use hybrid sources of funding, and some are backed by us. If you don’t feel financially secure enough to fund your own book, we understand – you’ve been busy writing! If it’s a manuscript we’re passionate about, we’ll find a way.