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1000 DELIGHTS - 1000delights.com. December 2005 update: I understand they are now defunct. The site now requires a password for access. That would be weird for anyone trying to buy and sell books. April 2021 update: Defunct link disabled.
A1ADULT EBOOKS - www.a1adultebooks.com. A self publisher: the author prepares all the files himself, uploads them free, and they appear immediately in the catalogue. Material is mostly adult, but no under-18 sex, no animals or killing, but rape, torture, and incest are allowable. They take 35% commission on sales. A new book is a "featured product" for two weeks, the most recent being #1, the next most recent, #2, and so on. Sales are said to be small, though. I looked at the site, and some of those covers are graphic; there's no doubt about the nature of the books. Royalties are 60%, I presume of the cover price, paid in 14 days. April 2007 update: information from the publisher is that they offer both a publishing and self publishing service. All the books listed with them are done straight; self published books are handled by their authors. Whichever way it is done, the author gets 65% of the sale price, though things like credit card fees reduce this; the publisher actually takes only 10%. Payment is monthly, within 14 days. The proprietor feels that my prior report of small sales is ignorant, but did not provide informed figures. June 2007 update: A very favorable report that they have sales confirmation emails and online stats that match. It seems that this is not necessarily the case elsewhere. This says their royalty rates are 65% of sale price without credit card deductions. "They are friendly, informative, always willing to help and above all they pay out every month." February 2008 update: They certainly have an array of hard-core erotica, but this time I could not find information on submissions or terms for writers. I like to verify such things on my updates. June 2008 update: the publisher let me know where the terms are listed: under pubsell.pho. Still 65% on direct sales, 40% when sold via affiliates. January 2010 update: I'm not into BDSM, but those pictures are really hot: very full bare breasts, wide open beavers, etc. January 2013 update: I was again unable to discover terms, but they must be buying, because there's a slew of hot bondage books.
AARBOOKS PUBLISHING - www.aarbooks.com/. January 2013 update: This time I got Google ads, so I guess this publisher has folded. April 2021 update: Defunct link disabled.
ABERDEEN BAY - www.aberdeenbay.com/. This is a traditional, mainstream, independent publisher that asked to be included in this listing. I try to cover electronic publishers, but will add others as they come to my attention if they seem to represent a viable market for writers. "Quality is our top concern. If your manuscript is truly outstanding, then we will publish your work regardless if you are a published author or not." They like to cultivate long-term relationships with their authors by providing them with dedicated editorial and marketing assistance. So this would seem to be a good place to be, if you have a good enough book. I was not able to learn much from their site, however. January 2010 update: site can't be found. They may be out of business. July 2011 update: I was informed that their address has been modified, so I have modified it accordingly. They are still in business. January 2013 update: They no longer accept unsolicited submissions. January 2014 update: But if you submit a detailed query, per their instructions, you may get an invitation to submit. This seems complicated, but fair. January 2015 update: connection was reset. October 2017 update: they now charge a one time non-refundable fee of $9 to perform virus scanning. This may be legitimate, considering the havoc wrought by internet viruses, but it does put them in the category of pay-to-publish.
ABLE MUSE REVIEW -- www.ablemuse.com. I received an announcement that the inaugural print edition of the winter 2010 edition of this magazine is now available. They publish poetry, fiction, essays, art & photography, and book reviews. November 2017 update: They are announcing the winners of their 2017 Book Award.
ACCLAIM PUBLISHING - www.acclaimpublishers.com/. "We specialize in small quantities of books at a very reasonable price." They do some marketing at their site, so I'm listing them as a publisher rather than a service, though it's a close call. February 2007 update: page not found. April 2004 update: I am advised that they remain in business, but their page may become unavailable if they get too many page views per month. This is the sort of fecal matter the little guys sometimes have to eat. February 2009 update: I got the unknown host message. January 2010 update: Still not found. January 2011 update: They are there, but seem to be a generalized search site that does including publishing. January 2012 update: now they relate very much to self publishing. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
ACCURANCE GROUP - www.accurance.com/. "You have poured your heart and soul into your book. In these hard times it is a shame to not be able to bring life to your project because of the soaring costs of professionally preparing your manuscript for immediate publication and the need to conserve money. We're not going to let that happen to you." Their publication package is $239. They also offer editing and proofreading, audio Book Creation, and Interactive Web Portals creation for your book. August 2009 update: now their publication package is $280. November 2009 update: they say their prices will rise in mid November, so act now. December 2009 update: they have "The Whole Nine Yards Package" for $759, a hundred dollars less if you get it by November 15. It includes editing, formatting, a cover, ISBN, setting up a publishing account with Lulu or elsewhere, setting up for orders, shipping and royalty payments, and a copy of your new book. April 2011 update: a notice from the publisher says that if you anticipate publishing 30 titles this year (I presume this means publishers rather than individual authors) you can add $10,000 - $20,000 to your income by partnering with them. Also that now they do ebook conversion services for all the platforms. May 2011 update: An email from the publisher asks rhetorically "How can I reduce my costs and make my operations more efficient and still retain total control over every phase of my projects?" Well, Accurance will be glad to help you do that. All you have to do is ask them. June 2011 update: An email flyer reminds us that they can do all ebook formats in one package. January 2012 update: Now their packages range from ECombo at $349 to The Whole Nine Yards at $999. January 2013 update: now a plug-in is required, so I can't update. January 2014 update: No plug-in required this time. They have an array of self publishing services.
A CRITICAL MASS - December 2007 update: Now I am told it goes to a portal potty. That is, a site it may be dangerous to visit.
ACTION TALES - http://actiontales.com/. See ForemostPress.com
ADAMS PRESS - http://www.adamspress.com/. A print self publisher. Minimum quantity is 100 copies. No information on costs. April 2021 update: Defunct link disabled.
ADBOOK PRESS INC. - www.adbookpress.com/. I received a flier on this, so am listing it without further verification. It is evidently a self publisher whose total package is $699.00 April 2021 update: Defunct link disabled.
ADELAIDE BOOKS - http://adelaidebooks.org. I received a query about this one, so am listing it. They are an imprint of the Adelaide Literary Magazine, and were founded in July 2017. Their aim is to facilitate publishing of novels, memoirs and collections of short stories, poems and essays by contributing authors of their magazine. They publish Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and list sub-genres of LGBTQ, Literary Fiction, Serialized Fiction, and Translation. Hardcover, Paperback, E-book. Novella, short story collections, essay collections, novels, and poetry collections. They suggest that publishing a book is the best way to achieve immortality. May 2019 update: A writer had a problem, and I sent the publisher a polite query. I received a furious response, misrepresenting my query and demanding “How dare you, Sir! Who do you think you are?!” But then he immediately addressed the problem, so I didn't have the pretext to acquaint him with the impolite side of my nature. Some other time, perhaps. September 2019 update: In my May 2019 update I said the proprietor, after blowing his top, immediately addressed the problem. I stand corrected; it seems he did not follow up. The author on whose behalf I queried before was not unique; others have reported on this editor's demands for immediate commitment, requirements for buying copies, avoidance of answers, and short fuse when queried. Editing of published books seems sloppy. Requiring authors to buy as many as 45 copies, though that is not specified in the contract, is a warning signal; it suggests that the publisher makes its money from these forced sales to authors rather than from the regular book market. So beware; this publisher is likely mischief. October 2019 update: In addition, the publisher accepted money for the purchase books that were then not published. There have been no refunds I know of. April 2021 update: I am told that Author's Forum on Facebook has lots of horror stories.
ADVENTURE BOOKS - www.puzzlesbyshar.com/adventurebooks/. No longer publishing.
ADVENTURE BOOKS OF SEATTLE - www.adventurebooksofseattle.com/. An author received such a remarkably candid and informative response that he was quite favorably impressed despite being rejected. January 2010 update: All submissions are closed until November 1, 2010. January 2011 update: Since that date is two months past, I suspect they are not paying close attention. January 2012 update: Now they seem to be more current, but remain flooded with submissions. January 2013 update: Submissions are currently closed, and when they reopen they will be limited. January 2014 update: Still closed. January 2015 update: This time I could not find any submission information.
AGORA - www.internationalagora.com/. January 2013 update: The domain is for sale. April 2021 update: Defunct link disabled.
ALEXANDRIA DIGITAL LITERATURE - www.alexlit.com. January 2014 update: Now they are Alex Lit, a literature discussion site.
ALL ROMANCE BOOKS - www.allromancebooks.com/. January 2011 update: It has become a general search site relating to publishing. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS - www.allromanceebooks.com/. Not to be confused with the defunct publisher above. This is a distributor, listed in the Services section. July 2011 update: Do check there for their summer short story contest with first prize $1,000. February 2018 update: I learn that this site closed a while back. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
ALPHA WOLF PUBLISHING - www.alphawolfpublishing.com/ This is the reaincarnation of iEnovel, which shut down in 2011. January 2014 update: Alpha Wolf is changing to Solstice Horizons, an www.solsticehorizons.com. This website will be gone soon. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
ALTPUBLISH - www.altpublish.com/. I received a flier, from which I quote and summarize: WRITERS: Are you looking to get published at NO COST & NO RISK? Their full service includes everything you need at no cost to you. DON'T GET DECEIVED BY OTHER PUBLISHERS AND THEIR “DEALS.” Avoid Vanity Press types, get honest feedback at zero cost and zero risk. They make their money from sharing your royalties, so if you don't get sales, they don't get paid. This sounds like traditional publishing. They have sections of topics of interest to writers. However, we could not connect to their links. Maybe they just hadn't set them up yet. Caution. April 2021 update: The link leads to a different site: http://booksnpieces.com/A/.
AMBER QUILL PRESS - www.amberquill.com. February 2016 update: they seem to have shut down. April 2021 update: The link remains active.
AMERICAN BOOK PUBLISHING - www.american-book.com/. January 2014 update: Serlver Not Found. April 2021 update: Defunct link disabled.
AMIRA www.amirapress.com/. “At Amira Press, our mission is to provide an experience so far out of the ordinary, that our readers will look to stay lost forever in the worlds our writers have created for the reader's enjoyment." I'd call that a worthy dream. They publish all genres except children's stories, and are especially interested in Captive Romance, Interracial Romance, and Sensual Romance/Erotica in Science Fiction, Paranormal, Fantasy, and Western, with the usual restrictions. Royalties are 50% on ebook downloads and 15% on print book sales. They respond to queries within two weeks, and within 90 days for full books. Lengths range from 15,000 to 85,000 words. December 2008 update: a favorable report of good editing, prompt responses, and on-time payment. February 2009 update: They are open only to Romance and Erotic submissions. An author is happy with their editing and timely royalties payments. January 2011 update: They are open to sensual and erotic submissions only. January 2014 update: Still limited to sensual and erotic. January 2015 update: At this time they are not accepting new, unpublished or self published authors, unless the latter also have been published by an established publisher.
AN AUTHOR'S DREAM - www.anauthorsdream.com/. January 2015 update: Server Not Found. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
ANGIE'S DIARY - https://angiesdiary.com. Online magazine, featuring original stories and essays, along with staff-written blogs on politics, technology, art, and pop culture. May 2015 update: The connection is gone. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
ANOTHEREALM - www.anotherealm.com/. This is a monthly e-zine, publishing two full length (up to 5,000 words)stories a month, for which they pay $25 for electronic rights only. They read and decide on all stories by October 31, to be published the following year. They also have "Flash Fiction" stories limited to 1,000 words, no pay, accepted year round, and contest stories based on contest topics, no pay, every two months. Obviously no place to get rich, but this could be good for talented beginners who need exposure. Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror; no pornography. February 2008 update: I read one of their stories, about a peeper on the beach. Nice surprise ending. February 2009 update: News of a lawsuit against them, apparently one of a number filed by Barbara Bauer, who objects to being called a scam. One source says "Barbara Bauer, named as one of the publishing industry's 20 worst Literary Agents, has sued over 19 bloggers and website administrators for allegedly defaming..." Another item says her lawsuit against Wikipedia was dismissed. Apparently this has been going on for a year or so; that's all I know. January 2010 update: But they are still there, with no hint of a problem on their site. January 2012 update: Still no indication of problems on their site. But be wary. January 2014 update: The site remains in good order.
ANTELOPE PUBLISHING - www.antelope-ebooks.com/. January 2012 update: Site is all in Chinese/Japanese symbols. January 2015 update: Now the domain may be for sale. April 2021 update: Defunct link disabled.
A PAGE 4 YOU PUBLISHING - www.apage4you publishing.com. This was called to my attention as an apparent rip-off outfit. Their physical address turned out to be fake and they seem to be completely non-responsive once they have your book. February 2006 update: I got the "unknown host" message.
APHRODITE'S APPLES - www.aphroditesapples.com/. January 2014 update: And the domain is for sale. April 2021 update: Defunct link disabled.
APHRODITE UNLACED - www.aphroditeunlaced.com/. January 2015 update: Now the site can’t be found. April 2021 update: The link remains active.
ARCHWAY - www.archwaypublishing.com Simon & Schuster have partnered with Author Solutions to create this self publishing service, ranging from $1,599 for children's books to $1,999 for the standard publishing package. It can go as high as $25,000 for special treatment. I don't have the site address yet; when I Googled it I got over nine million responses, so the correct one is surely there, but I lack the time to check them all. August 2013 update: Got it now. January 2014 update: I checked their listing of the top ten mistakes writers make, but it didn't list them, just gave a connection for you to watch a 35 minute recording. Ah, well.
ARCTIC WOLF PUBLISHING - www.arcticwolfpublishing.com/. January 2015 update: All I got was a black screen. My guess is that they have folded. April 2021 update: The link remains active.
ARIZONAL PUBLISHERS - I received a solicitation from them with only an email address of an assistant editor, Evelyn Obazu. "We are interested in your book "The Magic Fart"; this is because the book is popular here and demand is rising here in Nigeria." Well, no sales of that title have been made in Nigeria, and I doubt that any legitimate publisher would want to start with such a title. So I suspect this is another Nigerian scam masquerading as a publisher.
ART BOOKBINDERY - www.artbookbindery.com/. This is a self publishing company, specializing in ultra low short run, print on demand. If you produce 50 copies of a 200 page book, it costs $11.50 per book, plus postage; the cost drops with larger orders. The process normally take 3-5 weeks, and the author keeps all rights. February 2008 update: Fill out a form for information on size of book, number of coupes to be printed, etc., and they'll give a quote. This is reasonable, as books can vary considerably. January 2010 update: not found. January 2011 update: Now it's there in good order. January 2014 update: Still there. April 2021 update: Defunct link disabled.
ARTEMIS PRESS - www.artemispress.com/. This is a feminist and lesbian publisher, currently accepting submissions in all categories, fiction and nonfiction, presumably relating to lesbianism. Royalties are 30% of the download price, and 15% on POD editions. One year contract for electronic rights, renewable, and it has an auditing clause. They welcome the opportunity to work with new writers. See also MOONLITBOOKS and GLB for gay/lesbian markets. Allow 3 to 6 months for reports. February 2007 update: 30,00 to 200,000 words: chances are your book will fit. February 2009 update: Now the wordage can be as low as 100. But they are no longer accepting unsolicited manuscripts. January 2010 update: They remain open for submissions of all lesbian types. January 2011 update: Now their titles are available on Kindle and similar. January 2013 update: They are remodeling; check back with them soon. January 2014 update: Ditto. January 2015 update: After about 15 minutes I gave up trying to load the site.
ARTS COLONY PUBLISHERS - firstname.lastname@example.org. HiPiers received an email on this, and there does not seem to be a Web site, just the email address, so I have not checked it. It says you can self publish your book with light editing for $2500, or with heavy editing for $4500, and $400 for cover and inside design, plus the actual cost of printing. This does not seem cheap, but that may depend on how much you need editing.
ASCENT ASPIRATIONS - www.ascentaspirations.ca/. I received an email notice about this. It's a quarterly magazine. "We are dedicated to providing a venue for established and aspiring writers and artists. David Fraser, editor, Ascent Publications." It specializes in the darker shades of short fiction in all genres, and poetry with an edge. There are several supplementary pages for an anthology, writer's resources, writer's sites, affiliate authors pages, and AA Publishing Page. Their word limit is 2,000 words and dropping. February 2006 update: I received an email from them indicating that they are still going strong. August 2006 update: their newsletter says they have two anthologies and a contest going. August 2007 update: They have upgraded their links pages for their magazine publishers, writers' associations, resources, publishers, writers' courses, contest sites, and writer's home sites. February 2009 update: Submissions are now being considered for the May 2009 issue. They are unable to pay at this time. July 2009 update: many local, national, and international events are posted here. They have a Fall 2009 Print Anthology Contest. January 2010 update: not found. January 2011 update: they became in August 2009 a monthly electronic journal, but once or twice a year they produce an anthology. A reading fee is required. October 2011 update: They have decided to form a partnership publishing company with writers. I think that means self publishing. December 2012 update: There is an annual print anthology, now looking toward Spring 2013, and many other things of interest. January 2014 update: Now it's the Summer 2014 Anthology Contest. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
ASPEN MOUNTAIN PRESS - www.aspenmountainpress.com/. January 2012 update: They are temporarily suspending operations. January 2013 update: Rights are reverted to authors. January 2014 update: And they're gone. April 2021 update: Defunct link disabled.
ASSOCIATED CONTENT - January 2014 update: This time the link took me to Yahoo Voices, a different kind of site. April 2021 update: Defunct link disabled.
ASSOCIATED CONTENT - www.astraeapress.com. This was founded in 2010 when the proprietor saw the need for a non-erotic e-publisher offering wholesome reads with the quality of mainstream romance. They work one on one with the cover artist, pay 50% royalties (40% on third party sales), have print available for 50,000 word books, and have an agent for foreign rights and audio. They try to provide books at a cheaper price to meet anyone's budget. “Direct communication between owner, editors, cover artist, and authors. No middleman here!" January 2014 update: I found book listings, but no indication that they are looking for authors, and the site is copyright 2011.
ASYLETT PRESS - November 2011 update: They have shut down, citing health problems. April 2021 update: Defunct link disabled.
ATLANTIC BRIDGE PUBLISHING - www.atlanticbridge.net/. February 2021 update: I heard from Mike Feury, co-founder and co-owner. He tells me that they traded mainly as Liquid Silver Books from 2003 on. He left them in 2013 but co-owner Linda Eberharter continued. She died in 2019 and her family had no interest in keeping the business going, so it is now defunct. He still owns the two domain names. It's too bad; it was one of the better publishers. April 2021 update: Defunct link disabled.
@VENTURE - see Services section
AUDIBLE - www.audible.com/. These are recorded books, and they have a slew. But I was unable to find any indication that the novice writer is welcome here. I suspect that first you publish your book and become established, then they'll consider recording it.
AUDIO SHORT STORIES - www.AudioShortStories.com. January 2013 update: now it's in Chinese symbols. April 2021 update: Defunct link disabled.
AURORA SHOWCASE - www.aurorashowcase.com. Gone.
AUSTIN MACAULEY PUBLISHERS - www.austinmacauley.com/. Beware: this site sets cookies. Based in London, with offices in London, New York, and soon Australia, founded in 2006. This is an independent trade publisher rather than an electronic one which I am listing because it was called to my attention and should be of interest to aspiring writers. “Our publications range from historical romances to celebrity autobiographies; from illustrated children's tales to in-depth technical manuals; from hard-hitting thrillers to meditative poetry." They also seem to be interested in some self publishing, depending on their judgment of the manuscript.
AUTHORHOUSE - www.authorhouse.com/. February 2009 update: The Authorhouse/iUniverse complex has bought the remaining large independent self publisher, Xlibris. April 2009 update: I am simplifying the entry, as past history is surely irrelevant as the new order works out. January 2010 update: Or maybe not. Authorhouse remains as its own imprint.
AUTHOR REPUTATION PRESS - https://authorreputationpress.com. I received a solicitation from them to publish my self published novel Volk. I am not looking for another self publisher for that one, but this may be a useful service for other writers. They offer 80% royalties, you keep your rights, and they offer a wide array of publishing and marketing services.
AUTHOR SOLUTIONS - The umbrella name for the huge self publishing complex that includes Authorhouse, iUniverse, Trafford, Xlibris, WordClay, and is involved in Harlequin Horizons. June 2012 update: they are now looking for a buyer. They are not in financial trouble, it's just that the investors feel they have done what they can with this complex and are ready to move on. My guess is that their family of imprints will not be affected. They say they have published 170,000 titles from 140,000 authors. This dwarfs the efforts of commercial publishers. January 2013 update: they are now owned by Penguin.
AUTHORS WANTED - http://authorswanted.com/. January 2015 update: It has become a search site. April 2021 update: Defunct link disabled.
AVENTINE PRESS - www.aventinepress.com A self publisher. Their basic package is $349.00, with additional fees for add-on services such as hardcover publication or a custom cover. They also have a marketing program for $995. Royalties are 80% of the net moneys received, which is very high. February 2008 update: Now their basic package is $399. January 2014 update: Notice that they will be out of the office during the holidays, but the site remains in good order, for information.
AVID PRESS - www.avidpress.com. Gone.
AWE-STRUCK E-BOOKS - www.awe-struck.net. October 2020 update: folded, along with Mundania Press.
AYDY PRESS — www.members.shaw.ca/aydy/. I was sent a warning about this one, which apparently took over from the defunct Treeside Press and has not been good about issuing statements or returning rights. I looked it up, but got a blank screen. January 2015 update: Ditto. April 2021 update: Defunct link disabled.
BABCOCK PUBLISHING - www.swiftsite.com/pleasures/books/index.htm. I was told this is a subsidy publisher (vanity press) that claims to be up to 50% cheaper than others, and that it advertises that it provides full services. They say that there are three classes of publishers: Major, that won't even read unknown writers, Subsidy, that charges you $10,000 and up with no guarantee that you'll succeed, and Babcock at 40-50% less than regular subsidy. Okay, that means $5-6,000 and up, and they give absolutely no email quotes. They accept no downloads or floppy discs manuscripts. You can probably do better faster and much cheaper at one of the self publishers. February 2006 update: "We give absolutely no e-mail quotes! Manuscripts should be submitted in 'double-spaced' hard copy only!" I think they should get with the times, if they really want new business; even dinosaur-age traditional publishers are starting to accept electronic manuscripts. January 2015 update: They describe three types of publishers: Major, which won't give an unknown writer the time of day; Subsidy, who publish anything for #10,000 and up; ansd Babcock, the happy medium. Just so you know their list is incomplete. There are small press publishers, many self publishers, and a host of electronic publishers, as this listing shows. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
BAD PRESS - badpress.infinology.net. January 2014 update: Gone.
BAEN BOOKS - www.baen.com/catalog/category/view/free-library/id/2012. This is a traditional publisher, offering a number of titles for free downloading, trusting that this will in the end generate more sales. I'll be interested to see if that works. October 2010 update: A negative author report. I gather the author queried, got a request, and submitted the book. After two years they admitted it was lost in the shipping/receiving department. They finally found it and said it had been palletized [I think this means processed for handling] and sent to a junior reader in Texas, who had it for 6 months and apparently never reported. Return postage had been included, but the book was never returned. There is no evidence that an actual editor ever saw the book. I had my own experience with this publisher years ago, and have to say that this is typical of their fouled-up system. It doesn't seem to be malice, merely SNAFU. That is, Situation Normal, All Fouled Up. January 2013 update: Their site lists What's New, but the newest is almost a year old. I'd be wary. January 2014 update: Now they have an extensive free ebook library, but I don't see evidence of publishing. January 2015 update: Server not found. Can Baen be gone? January 2018 update: No, they remain; they have a new link.
BALBOA PRESS - I received a comment on this, so am listing it. It's an imprint of Author Solutions, so will be a self publisher in that family.
BANNED FICTION PRESS - http://bannedfiction.com/. This is a new publisher specializing in “kink/taboo" fiction, GLBTQ, and other exciting areas of erotica and romance. They welcome submissions from all authors, established and new. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
BARNES & NOBLE PRESS - press.barnes&noble.com/. This started as PubIt!, became Nook Press, and now is as listed here. It is their self publishing platform. They are offering better royalties for books at higher price points. That is, for an ebook priced at $10 to $199.99, the royalty is 65%, up from the prior 40%. Their print on demand side now offers more choices.
BDSM BOOKS - www.bdsmbooks.com/. They deal with themes of erotic domination. I understand that they pay 40% royalties for exclusive publishing and 30% for non-exclusive, but then take off a percentage for card processing. I tried to verify terms, but the site was so slow loading that after 13 minutes I gave up. I did see enough to verify that erotic bondage and sadomasochism is their specialty in books and videos. August 2007 update: Interesting material from the publisher, who turns out to be 15 years older than I am, and obviously not in it to rip off authors. Their site is now faster loading than it was. You know, I'm not into this genre, but some of those girls are sexy as hell. October 2007 update: an author reports that the publisher's online figures seem to match its payments and his experience. He is quite satisfied. April 2008 update: I have another satisfied response, and news that the management has changed but it remains okay. June 2008 update: but a buyer accidentally used an out of date card, and the order went through without challenge, so verification is suspect. February 2009 update: they have changed their credit card processors; now it's real time on a secure site. There should be no further problem. June 2009 update: A very positive report. January 2010 update: "Yes of course we welcome new authors!!" You don't see that kind of invitation often. April 2010 update: And a contrary report: their sales volumes seems to have been cut in half, and worse for lesser known authors. They no longer pay monthly unless you earn $150 or more, and I think few do. So while they may welcome new authors, those authors should be cautious. July 2010 update: I received a report that they seem to be closing for business, but their site still has many books for sale and invites authors to contribute. There seems to be quite a difference between their positive site and the experience of their authors. August 2010 update: a correction from the proprietor: they are not closed for business. There have been some technical difficulties, but he's getting things back under control. January 2012 update: Site says it is under new management; coming soon is much more than ebooks. January 2013 update: They are selling books, but I found no information on buying any from authors.
BEACHWALK PRESS — www.beachwalkpress.com/. They are accepting submissions for all sub-genres of romance, from 15,000 to 75,000 words. They take electronic rights for three years, pay royalties of 45%, or 45% of net sales via other distributors, paid four times a year. I have a favorable report on their handling, cover, and marketing. January 2014 update: They are still open for submissions.
BEAU COUP LLC — www.beaucoupllcpublishing.com/. I have two bad reports. “...absolute worst experience, we're attempting to get our work back from her, she's ignoring us, blocking us on Facebook, refusing to respond to emails..." Editing has been shoddy, covers atrocious, no apparent marketing. “No one can speak out negatively without being immediately reprimanded." No one? We'll see. According to their contract, it's a three year license from the date of publication with automatic monthly renewal thereafter, unless the author terminates after that initial period. But the publisher can terminate the contract at any time. The author can inspect the books of account, however, though it does not say that inaccurate accounts are grounds for termination. Overall this smells like a bear trap: put your foot in it and you will not get it out. Beware. July 2015 update: A complaint about lack of promotion, shoddy editing, incomplete statements, delays, and contract discrepancies. It is also said that they are illegal: no business license and no real LLC (limited liability corporation) despite their name. However, their contract does give the author the right to inspect their books of account. The problem there is that it may cost a thousand dollars to verify that they owe you $50. An author's attempt to stand up for her rights resulted in being cut off, with vindictive behavior. In fact, the proprietor alienated so many authors that she is now reported to be selling the company to her cover artist. Yes, confirmation: the sale was supposed to be final June 10, with authors getting their rights back June 20. Let's hope it's true. August 2015 update: about ten writers did get their rights back. “I'm glad to be a free woman!" one confesses. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
BEAUTIFUL TROUBLE PUBLISHING - www.beautifultroublepublishing.com/. A new small independent publisher in Colfax, NC. They look interesting. Beautiful Trouble Publishing, LLC is owned by two authors who wanted their own digs. The goal of Beautiful Trouble Publishing is to be recognized as a publisher not afraid to say yes to an unknown artist, author, or editor, or no to a well-known artist, a best-selling author, or a degreed-up editor. Stories we publish will rock the reader's sense of humor, prick the soft places within them, challenge their assumptions, spark their sense of adventure, and stay with the readers long after 'The End.' A Beautiful Trouble Publishing story may not fit into any known genre or it may fit into several...either way, it's going to be a kickazz story. The owners are Jeanie and Jayha whose wild imaginations freaked out publishers. They realized that if they wanted it done right, they'd have to do it themselves. Their illustrations suggest that lovely partly-clad women are the kind of beautiful trouble they are looking for. They expect to do e-books and print, from 3,000 to 150,000 words, from polite Romance to Home Wrecker heat. But they emphasize the need for respect along with the sex. Apparently there are no preferred genres; your piece can be anything as long as it's sexy and obeys the usual rules: no rape, no child sex, etc. I did not find terms for authors. January 2011 update: They seem to be open for submissions, and are explicit about their needs and taboos. March 2011 update: They offer a minimum of 40% royalties. They have an intensive editing process, a minimum of three rounds of editing and a few rounds of proofing. They are open for submissions, but are picky and demand a lot from their authors. August 2011 update: A report says they seem business savvy, but annoy some authors by their insistence on doing it their way. But their sales seem to be good. January 2013 update: They seem to be open for submissions but are exceedingly finicky about format, or else. January 2015 update: “We are sorry, but this store is down for maintenance. Please try again." October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
BEAU TO BEAU PUBLISHING - www.beautobeau.com/ This is an ebook and print publisher of both homosexual and heterosexual fiction and nonfiction. Royalties are 50% of net. They acre accepting submissions of GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual) including but not limited to romance, erotic romance, historical romance, historical erotic romance, erotica, humor, mystery, suspense, action, adventure, drama, paranormal, fantasy, etc, but no pedophilia, necrophilia, or incest. Minimum length 10,000 words, no maximum length. I have no track record on them, but they're certainly an open market.
BENOY PUBLISHING - I received an email advising me that the Attorney General's office of the state of North Carolina is handling the complaint against this publisher. It is not one I listed, and I can't locate an electronic publisher by this name. So I mention this just in case someone should find the information useful.
BE-PUBLISHED - http://be-published.com/. I spotted this as an ad on another publisher's site. It's actually Xlibris.
BESMART PUBLISHING - See BSMART PUBLISHING
BETHANY PRESS INTERNATIONAL - www.bethanypress.com. This is a self publishing company that prints books. They are announcing a new book publishing solution designed for Christian authors, ministries, and small publishers. They work exclusively with Christian publishers to produce life-changing books. "We want to partner with Christian organizations and individuals who have a vision to distribute the message God has given them to a world which desperately needs it."
BETHANY'S GROUP This was an oddity to explore. It seems to be an association of several publishers or imprints devoted to aspects of girlish naughtiness and spanking. There are pictures of bared female bottoms ready for discipline, some of them getting it. Some sites are www.herwoodshed.com, www.wickedvelvet.com, www.spankingcastle.com, www.punishmentspanking.com, www.wickedcastle.com. In Wicked Velvet I found terms that may be similar for the others: 40-80,000 words length, to be serialized, and writers are paid a per-chapter fee as the stories are run. An author's report is that originally it was good, but in the past year payments have slowed and even stopped. Rates have changed and are not high. So visit the site to view the sights, but be cautious about placing your naughty fiction there. January 2012 update: The publisher responds that there are only a few dissasisfied authors, the great majority being well satisfied. They have been publishing ebooks since 2001, and are just about the only erotic publisher to pay advances and to buy books outright for publication on their websites. They have paid over a million dollars in royalties and advances in the past decade. They pay royalties quarterly, promptly. July 2015 update: I am told they are now Blushing Books.
BEWILDERING STORIES - www.bewilderingstories.com. I was told about this, but haven't looked them up yet. They don't pay, but are responsive. My informant says they will accept anything.
BEWRITE BOOKS - www.bewrite.net/. January 2014 update: Server not found. January 2015 update: Domain may be for sale. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
BHC PRESS - https://www.bhcpress.com/FAQ.html. I received a query about this one, so am adding it to the list. I know nothing about them, and welcome any feedback.
BIBLIO BYTES - www.bb.com/.Gone.
BIG SKY E-BOOKS - www.cwisestone.com/bshome.htm. February 2009 update: gone. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
BLACK LYON PUBLISHING — www.blacklyonpublishing.com/. January 2014 update: The site is there in good order, selling books, but I found no indication they want submissions.
BLACK ROSE BOOKS — I have no site on this, but a letter in the Authors Guild Member's Community gives clear warning how this Canadian publisher makes excuses rather than paying due royalties.
BLACKSTONE AUDIO — www.blackstoneaudio.com They do the exclusive audiobooks for Ian Fleming, Ayn Rand, CS Lewis, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, HP Lovecraft, and now Disney audiobooks. Their catalog is 10,000 strong. They pay advances and royalties.
BLACK VELVET SEDUCTIONS - blackvelvetseductions.com/. Open to new and established authors in all kinds of Romance, ranging from Traditional to Fetish. Their lines are Forbidden Experiences, Sensuous Journeys, Tender Destinations, Amorous Adventures, Short Story Collections. They care more about content than format. Well developed characters, strong conflict, much emotion, solid ending. I found no information on terms. January 2011 update: They are currently open for submissions in all their lines. No information on terms. January 2015 update: This time I got the site, but “Submissions" took so long to load I gave up after about ten minutes.
BLADE PUBLISHING LTD - http://bladepublishing.org/. Now accepting submissions for all genres—they have a wide-ranging list—with lengths centering around 50,000 words. 35% royalty. Highest standards. December 2010 update: I am informed that they folded November 1 because of the owner's illness. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
BLITZPRINT - www.blitzprint.com/. A printer who facilitates self publishing. No information on terms. February 2008 update: You can request a quote. July 2009 update: they shut down their online book store June 1, 2009.
BLOOD MOON PUBLISHING - www.bloodmoonpublishing.com/. January 2015 update: Server not found.
BLUE PRESS - http://sgtblu.com/. August 2011 update: They are gone, apparently folded.
BLUE WOOD PUBLISHING — www.bluewoodpublishing.com/. They were formed in mid 2009 by two authors, one a ;New Zealander, one English, to provide publishing services, particularly to brand new authors, because both founders had enormous difficulty getting accepted by existing publishers. So they are trying to do it right. They have ben open only to story submissions, but are open for longer ones in March, 2010. they do not charge authors, and do pay royalties. They try to report in 4-8 weeks. They don't say what genres. January 2011 update: They are open for submissions, but have a long list of restrictions. January 2012 update: They have changed their submission policy, no longer asking for complete manuscripts, and have dramatically reduced their list of restrictions. No formatting restrictions either, as long as it is a document type they can process. They have published 36 authors, cover a wide range of genres, and have seen dramatic growth in their second full year in operation. It looks from here as if they are doing something right. February 2012 update: Okay, my system simply refuses to put it on; when I tried with Windows, it's fine. I have an issue with willful programs that won't let me do my job. January 2013 update: This time I had no trouble getting it. They seem to be open for submissions. January 2015 update: Submissions are closed, but they expect to reopen soon.
BLURB - www.blurb.com/. "Blurb is a company and a community that believes passionately in the joy of books—reading them, making them, sharing them, and selling them." So they have put together a creative publishing service they say is simple and smart enough to make anyone an author. They have a list of prices for different sizes of books, such as $62.95 for a 20-40 page book. That strikes me as a hell of an expensive book. But I learned from a client that a hardcover full-color 40 page book costs about $22. Blurb can, however, be frustrating to deal with on larger sizes. November 2014 update: Their affiliate program offers the opportunity to earn generous commissions by promoting Blurb's Self publishing platform, BookWright, at email@example.com.
BLUSHING BOOKS - Formerly Bethany's Group. An author report says they do pay advances, a minimum of $500, and royalties, and never charge the author. Unfortunately they are also very disorganized and pay very little attention to detail. So they're legitimate, but authors may have to keep close track to correct the errors. Also, their boilerplate contract demands print, film, and audio rights. Better to get these removed, lest the works be made unavailable for later deals that could be worth more than the electronic rights. A publisher who takes such rights without the ability to use them is making a Grab with a capital G, and should be discouraged. December 2016 update: A worse report that they frequently break contracts, show favoritism, and are very political. That they are bullies, threatening both authors and readers if anything negative is said against them, including threatening lawsuits. That they may send private messages to authors that their careers will be destroyed if they don't comply. Payments are late and queries are not answered. Authors are jumping ship. I will advise in a future update whether they try to bully me about this negative update. Meanwhile it seems best to stay well clear. May 2017 update: I have what I think is a response from the publisher, indicating that the bullying is being done by anonymous parties on Facebook, implicating the publisher. She sent a copy of one of the posts to show how brutal it is, which I quote in small part: “I want to know exactly what we can do to get you to finally put a bullet through your brains. 99.9 percent of the authors in this community hate you and know that you are a useless piece of shit." It is easy to see how such a message, attributed to the publisher, could destroy the publisher's reputation, which may be the intention. I am not in a position to know the truth, but it is clear that this is an ugly campaign whose source we do not know. I recommend caution in believing any of it. June 2017 update: I reviewed Facebook posts and saw the exchanges between some authors and the publisher, and got in touch with the author in question, the one who received that savage post. The publisher accused her of writing the letter herself for attention. I tried to check into this, because I have been on the receiving end of similar, though far less savage, attention myself in the past, when all I had demanded was a correct account, and while direct proof is hard to come by, the author strikes me as credible. Digesting voluminous material, I have to say I think she has the right of it. It is possible that a third party is trying to provoke a quarrel between author and publisher, telling each that the other is at fault, but a legal case should sort that out. Regardless, something extremely ugly is happening here, and it needs to be dealt with. March 2018 update: Controversy continues as the publisher tries to get negative posts deleted by using legal communications. They are trying to discover the source of revelations. The problem with revealing sources is that then some publishers will try to browbeat those sources; that's why I honor anonymity, while trying to ascertain the true case. Indeed, it seems that a number of writers have things to reveal, but are in fear of retaliation. I still can't be sure of who is at fault, but there's a smell. Should a publisher ever engage me at law, I would use the Discovery process to subpoena the records and get at the truth. July 2019 update: It continues. Payments seem to be spotty or absent, sales are not necessarily listed, and authors who complain can get threatened. That seems to be effective, against those authors, so far. That could change. July 2020 update: a report says this has become a dumpster fire. That the publisher may be misleading authors. “All of the bullying and backstabbing is true.” I am told that there may be evidence of a fraud conviction for Bethany (the publisher's former name) using the name Anne Wills in Virginia. I have no information about this. They may try to get “forever” rights. Be extremely wary of any such attempt. September 2020 update: I am told that RWA the Romance Writers of America, is reviewing complaints against this publisher, and seeking statements both positive and negative from their members who have had direct experience. It seems that Blushing Books has been on a six month probation since June 2019. The pandemic and staff turnover messed that up but they do not hold this publisher in good regard. Caution. January 2021 update: reports keep coming in. RWA has banned them from the Qualifying Markets list for three years. After that they may reapply for inclusion. I would say stay clear. August 2021 update: A note from a reader agreeing that their books are sloppily produced, and feeling that they should be run out of the business.
BODENDORFER - The former WORDBEAMS. December 2007 update: I am told that its address changed, but it does seem to be out of business as a publisher.
BOLD STROKES - http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/. "Bold Strokes Books offers a diverse collection of top-selling lesbian fiction with the goal of incorporating the exciting new trends in romance, action, adventure, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy/horror, and erotica while preserving the integrity of the traditional genres. We also present contemporary and general lesbian fiction as part of our commitment to offer quality lesbian fiction to all readers." No simultaneous submissions. Decisions in 10-12 weeks. 55,000-100,000 words preferred. They seem to be primarily a print publisher, marketed and distributed by Bella Books. I did not find information or royalty rates. February 2008 update: Now their limits range from 45,000 to 150,000 words, depending on imprint. January 2012 update: Now they cover Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, and Queer fiction. I still don't see information on terms. January 2014 update: they say they offer an advance, but don't say what it is, with what terms. January 2015 update: They are open for submissions, but still don't clarify terms.
BOOKBABY - www.bookbaby.com/. I was asked about this, so looked it up. The site is there, with news about sweepstakes and such, but I could not find any clickable links. My guess is this is a self publisher, starting with e-publishing for $99 and related services available. Could be okay. January 2014 update: Yes it is a self publisher. They say that once you start selling your book, they take no part of the money.
BOOKBOOTERS - www.bookbooters.com. As of July 25, 2003, they have suspended all publishing activities, but remain as a bookseller. And they are stiffing their authors. February 2006 update: they are permanently closed for business, as of November 25, 2005.
BOOKBOX - www.bookbox.com/. "BookBox is a essentially a web-based jukebox of digital books in languages from around the world. It synchronizes the text, audio, and visual media to cerate an educational and entertaining reading experience for children and even adults who still have a child in them!" It pays $40 per story in local currency and 5% of any future profit from that story. So this isn't big money but could be nice for those who like to tell children's stories.
BOOK CLIFF GROUP ELECTRONIC PUBLISHERS - www.bookcliff-group.com/. Now here's a variant: the author retains all rights, and the publisher retains 25% as a publication fee. That translates to 75% for the author. Print on Demand for writers, poets, artists, photographers; otherwise this is an electronic publisher. Material must be child safe. February 2007 update: They are actively seeking children's stories. February 2008 update: And scripts of all types: short plays that are suitable for community theater performances. January 2014 update: They remain in business. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
THE BOOK DEN - www.thebookden.com/. This is Denlinger's Book Store in Florida. It's been in business for 75 years, and seems to be slow-moving, taking four to six months to report on submissions,. It seems to have a wide range of books. 10%, 50% of subsidiary. Can take 6 months to report. Primarily nonfiction, many categories. Buys all rights. February 2008 update: It is closing its doors. But it seems that some of their POD titles are still being sold at Amazon.
BOOK LOCKER - www.booklocker.com. As I understand it, they charge fees for their services ranging from zero to $225, but take non-exclusive rights only (that's important) and pay 50% to 70% royalties monthly (that's phenomenal.) Offhand, this seems to be a good place to consider early. They have many types of books, including ones on self publishing, about which they are very encouraging. Now they also produce trade paperbacks. Now author keeps all rights. Author can terminate agreement at any time, no hassle. 35% royalties on list price of POD books. Costs $199 to do POD plus $18 a year hosting fee; electronic print is free. UPDATE: An anonymous report is a good deal more negative, suggesting that this publisher's main business is publishing the proprietor's books on self publishing, and that the author's of other titles have to follow a formula and do all of the book promotion and selling., or get de-listed despite the contract. If this is true, writers should be wary. Followup on the update: I received angry letters from Angela Hoy, wife of the company's president and author of several of their books on self publishing. At first she was halfway polite, then threatening, accusing me of defaming the publisher. I rechecked with my source, who affirms the accuracy of my update. Angela said "What you are doing is illegal," and said she was turning this matter over to her attorney. I never heard further; I suspect someone got a whiff of Ogre and did the sensible thing: retreat. Nevertheless, I am trying to be fair in this survey, and have to say that my spot check did not indicate preferential treatment given to Angela's efforts. She says they have published more than 900 books, only 6 of which are hers, and none of hers appear on their homepage. So the question is whether this is a good publisher with a few disgruntled authors out of many, or one that sometimes treats writers in an arbitrary or unfair manner. Both may be true; I suspect that is the case. June 2005 update: I have a favorable author report, citing a positive attitude and quick responses. February 2006 update: They have a table showing the costs to self publish books at BookLocker $392, iUniverse $459, Xlibris $500, AuthorHouse $898, and Trafford $1,399 including 40 copies. April 2006 update: another bad report, this one not anonymous. Ron Brault firstname.lastname@example.org paid Booklocker $200 to publish his nonfiction High & Away 12 miles high and 20 miles away, the story of the cameras in the U2 spy plane, written by his father. Angela Hoy, after denying that she received the book--he finally had to send it by signed receipt certified mail to prove she received it--challenged the cover photo, saying it had copyright problems, apparently wanting him to pay more for a cover done by the publisher. She evidently felt that his cover represented stolen goods, and I understand even wrote an article titled "When writers steal from other writers." I may have this garbled. But it was the beginning of a long hassle, and the book was not published. He asked for a refund but didn't get it. He is a high & away dissatisfied customer. Contemporary readers may not realize how big a deal the U2 was a generation ago; this is surely a book of general interest. June 2006 update: Angela Hoy's site for her article is www.writersweekly.com/the_latest_from_angelahoycom/003340_03222006.html. February 2007 update: Another positive report of prompt responses and effective procedure. "One of the things I think is great about them is that they are exclusive; they accept only a small percentage of the ms. that come in, and that's a real plus for authors who truly believe in their work and are not just publishing to make themselves feel good." February 2008 update: Now their POD fee is $299, plus $18 a year. June 2008 update: and another positive report, finding Angela to be knowledgeable, friendly and responsible, doing a tight and thorough edit of the manuscript. The cover design was good. February 2009 update: more negatives. It is said that proprietress Angela Hoy has not been published anywhere but here and that she is not a good writer. That she misuses stock photos for promotion, and that BookLocker's claim to be the cheapest POD house is untrue; Create Space is cheaper, being essentially free. That despite its claims BookLocker really does not discriminate in what it publishes, and that it arranges to plant positive and negative comments on Amazon about particular authors' books. That the publisher threatens critics with lawsuits to shut them up, and trashes their reputations. I don't know how much of this is true, and some would be tricky to prove, but there is a smell, and my prior dealings with BookLocker suggest there is some substance at least to the charge that they threaten critics. June 2009 update: Angela Hoy responds that she has a contract with St. Martin's Press, she has never mis-used stock photos, that Booklocker is cheaper than CreateSpace for services like original cover design, formatting assistance, ISBN, distribution through Ingram, etc. That if you can't honor the CreateSpace specs, they upsell you on their subsidiary, BookSurge, which is far more expensive than Booklocker. That she has never posted a review on Amazon or elsewhere, never posted under a false name, or had anyone else do it at Booklocker. That she does not threaten critics with lawsuits, only those who have posted libelous comments about her online in retaliation for having their illegal activities exposed. That it may be one of those deadbeats who contacted me. But see my extended discussion in the June 2009 Hipiers column. August 2009 update: a favorable report: "They could NOT have been more helpful." This author conjectures that some of the wild complaints stem from ignorance about POD. "So many haven't a CLUE!" January 2010 update: Now their link goes directly to Angela's newsletter, leading off with her charge that my anonymous source is a liar. I doubt it. January 2012 update: Three years later, still that “Liar" rant. I'm not sure this remains a publisher. November 2012 update: A named complaint: A L DuBois paid $1,274 for their color POD package, but it was messed up, such as appearing in Black & White. When the author notified the proprietor, she got hung up, declaring that it wasn't her FAULT! Later Angela Hoy demanded written proof that everything was legal, and when reminded that requirement was not in the contract she exploded, calling the author a liar, thief, jerk, etc. In sum: "I feel beaten up by Angela Hoy of Booklocker." January 2013 update: Still no information here about publishing, just the inaccurate rant against Piers Anthony for telling it as it is. Probably best to stay clear. January 2015 update: Still dated 2009, unchanged.
BOOKMASTERS INC - www.bookmasters.com/. They focus on prepublishing services such a printing, binding, fulfillment, and distribution. You can get a package of services for $640. I list them here in the publishing section because they also do epublishing.
BOOKMICE - www.bookmice.com/. Gone. February 2005 update: Now the site is a list of books with links to purchase them elsewhere.
BOOKSFORABUCK - www.booksforabuck.com/. Looking for novels in the fields of Romance, Science Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, and General Fiction, 50,000 words up. No pornography, literary fiction, or other genres. Prices range from $1 to $3.99, but all are available for $1 in their first month of release. Royalties are 50%, paid quarterly, on gross revenues. For paper publications, 50% of net revenues. No charges to the authors for any of their services. The process of publication seems to take about two months, because of editing and cover art. Maybe I'm influenced because the proprietor is a fan of mine, but this looks very good to me. December 2008 update: it seems they don't acknowledge submissions. A writer queried, described, got a request to see the full novel, sent it, and did not hear from them again. A query was ignored. July 2009 update: later he heard from them, courteously, so cancel that complaint. January 2015 update: They are still there, but I find no evidence they are a market for writers.
BOOKSHELF GLOBAL PUBLISHING - www.bookshelfglobal.com. January 2015 update: The domain may be for sale. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
BOOKSOURCE - New title for the Booksurge complex.
BOOKSTAND PUBLISHING — see ebookstand
BOOKS TO GO NOW - www.bookstogonow.com. New electronic publisher covering the major emarkets. They report only one desire:: to see great stories get the exposure they deserve. Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Erotica, Fantasy/SciFi, Fiction, Historical, Inspirational, Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult—50-50 split after editing, artwork, promoting. Their site is still a work in progress, but they will answer questions. January 2014 update: The site is fully functional now, but plug-ins are required so I can't take at further.
BOOKSTRAND - www.BookStrand.com/ I have a report of excellent sales: over a thousand dollars per title paid in a quarter. June 2009 update: those sales continue; I was shown a statement. March 2010 update: A generally favorable report of professionalism, responsivity, good editing, and decent royalty reports four times a year. But their submission process has so many guidelines in can be hard to follow. January 2012 update: However, they are open for submissions. January 2015 update: They are open for submissions.
BOOKS UNBOUND- www.booksunbound.com/ January 2012 update: Now they can't be found. I think they’re dead.
BOOKSURGE - www.booksurge.com. See the entry on IMPRINT BOOKS. I do have a positive report on them from an author, who mentions they are now BOOKSOURCE. Another says the are now at www.GlobalBookPublisher.com. October 2004 update: I heard from them: they are still going strong, and Global Book Publishers was a previous name. June 2005 update: they have been bought out by Amazon.com. This could shake up the self publishing market. AMAZON's notice says in part: "BookSurge makes it possible to print books that appeal to targeted audiences, whether it's one copy or one thousand. Our new relationship with BookSurge will provide Amazon customers an ever-expanding selection of titles that are not available through other channels." I presume they will consolidate the assorted imprints under one name. February 2008 update: They don't give prices on the site: you have to fill out a form and get in touch with one of their publishing consultants. An author with a book with 120 pictures learned that it would cost $5,700 to do. April 2008 update: As of April 1, 2008, Amazon is turning off the Buy button on books not printed by BookSurge, starting with those by Publish America. There is outrage. August 2008 update: 35% direct retail royalties at Amazon.com and 4 other retailer sites; 10% elsewhere. Editing service is a minimum of $300. Royalties every 45 days. February 2009 update: No news of the controversy on their site, of course. January 2014 update: Site remains. They are unifying under the Create Space platform. January 2015 update: The link leads to Amazon's Create Space. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
BOSON BOOKS - www.cmonline.com/boson/. October 2015 update: I am told the link no longer works. Big surprise.
BOROUGHS PUBLISHING GROUP - http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/. They are open for submissions in many genres. I have a negative report on them, of taking months to review a submission, more months to offer a contract, then no word, so that the author had to get a lawyer to wrench back his rights. There's a question whether they are paying their authors on time or at all. This suggests that authors should be wary. February 2016 update: another author reports that this publisher is wonderful to work with, always pays on time, and encourages artistic freedom. It may be that the author with the bad experience got caught when a key person went through a severe personal trauma and took an extended leave of absence, perhaps misplacing manuscripts.
BOX LUNCH BOOKS - www.boxlunchbooks.com/. August 2009 update: Gone. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
BREAKING RULES PUBLISHING —I don't have the web site, just a complaint that they require the author to sign a contract that the publisher then does not fulfill. Caution.
BREATHLESS PRESS - www.breathlesspress.com/. November 2015 update: and finally they folded.
BRISTLECONE PINE PRESS — www.bcpinepress.com. February 2015 update: Indeed, now the link leads to Pinepress Roofing. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
BROWZER BOOKS - www.browzerbooks.com/. This appears to be a publisher and marketer of free books. I found no terms listed for authors, but presume they are unpaid. So if you have a book you just want to make available for reading, this is the place. February 2008 update: I clicked their link about publishing romance books, and it put me with Xlibris. May 2010 update: I heard from the publisher. "We have moved all BrowzerBooks links to TaleWins to concentrate our resources. The BrowzerBooks domain is reserved for our club members." So check www.talewins.com/ as the best entry point for writers. "We do publish fine books in pdf formats." There is no charge for the publishing. February 2015 update: Browzerbooks.com site is for sale.
BSMART PUBLISHING - www.bsmartpublishing.com. “A publishing company which provides comprehensive desktop publishing services, all levels of online editing, translations, digital graphic design and illustration to the publications industry." So this is a self publishing service, which outsources offshore for lower cost; they are located in New Delhi, India. They do all types of publication, and are eager to have you try them.
BUY BOOKS ON THE WEB - www.buybooksontheweb.com/. The main thrust seems to be to sell books - but let's face it, if books didn't sell, who would publish them? It has a "Get Published Now!" section. "Did you know that less than 2% of authors ever get published? We have found a way to change that!" They offer an Authors Submission Package, if you send in their form. An author report says they are responsive and pleasant to work with. See Infinity Publishing, as their publishing link leads there. February 2009 update: they remain as a bookseller, with their publishing arm being INFINITY.
BY GRACE PUBLISHING - www.bygracepublishing.com June 2009 update: A report that they keep making excuses instead of paying royalties. Since they have closed there doesn't seem to be much recourse. January 2010 update: This domain may be for sale. February 2011 update: Gone.
BY LIGHT UNSEEN MEDIA - http://bylightunseenmedia.com. Founded in 2006, they are a niche press dedicated to publishing fiction and nonfiction up to 150,000 words on the theme of vampires. Several genres; what counts is the vampire. They pay a small advance, and royalties of 20% of net on print and audio sales, 50% of net on ebooks. All titles released simultaneously in hardcover, trade paperback, and multiple ebook editions. Their recent titles have been reviewed in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY and LIBRARY JOURNAL. They are currently accepting submissions. My guess, considering the package they offer, is that they will soon be swamped. Query first. February 2014 update: They are open for fiction and nonfiction submissions. (I wonder how you do nonfiction about vampires? The range seems limited.) February 2015 update: They are seeking vampire manuscripts, but only by invitation, so query first.
Cafe Press - www.cafepress.com/cp/info/sell/books.aspx. They merchandise all sorts of things, but have added a publishing service, so are listed here for that. This is POD, with charges of $7 for binding plus three cents a page; slightly different for different types of stitching. It looks as if you have to do a lot yourself. October 2006 update: a negative report from someone who ordered a T-shirt. After months with no confirmation of the order, finally canceled it. If this is the way they do business, sales will be small. August 2007 update: And the opposite experience, with prompt delivery for several T-shirts, which are of good quality. February 2011 update: Pricing is based on the number and type of pages in your book. February 2014 update: they are selling T-shirts, posters, greeting cards, wall clocks pajamas, coffee mugs, throw pillows and more. I don't see anything about publishing your book, but presume it's there somewhere. February 2015 update: Create and sell your books using true print on demand technology. So the publishing aspect is back.
CAMBRIDGE HOUSE - www.camhousebooks.com/. February 2012 update: not found.
CAMEL PRESS — www.camelpress.com/. I was asked about this, so added it to my list. They are a new publishing imprint of Coffeetown Press doing hardcover and electronic publication. They call themselves a feisty little publisher with a mission, ready to snap up the good stuff that slips by the big guys. Romance, mystery/suspense, thrillers, science fiction, or unclassifiable if it is sensational. They don't seem to have a track record yet, but it's a good attitude. February 2012 update: They are open for submissions. Query with a 50 page sample. February 2014 update: they remain open for submissions. February 2015 update: Ditto.
CANDLELIT MAGAZINE — see Services section.
CAN WRITE WILL WRITE — www.canwritewillwrite.com/. They started out as a showcase website for authors to display their work, but now have branched into publishing. An author reports that they have been professional and helpful throughout. I don't have information on terms; it was a slow site. February 2009 update: If they like your work, a contribution of £100 to get started. They will post your work on their website for one year. Um, as publication goes, this is barely minimal. January 2010 update: I heard from them. They are not charging authors anything to showcase their work. They have expanded their literary services. June 2010 update: They now electronically publish books. "Anyone with a decent, completed, coherent book has a reasonable chance of obtaining an ePublishing deal with us. Free. We make our money taking a percentage of sales." They also supply editing and critique services. February 2011 update: They have an interesting attitude. They publish about twelve books a year. If you feel you can ignore their requirements, but have a really positive attitude, you might persuade them to make it thirteen. February 2015 update: Same interesting attitude. They welcome new authors.
CAPTIVE UNICORN — www.captiveunicorn.com. They have teamed up with Liberator, Inc., to publish the all-digital Liberator Erotic Library, featuring erotic romance and erotica. It is scheduled for an inaugural release in early 2013. Submission information is available from their web site. February 2013 update: They are actively seeking manuscripts of unlikely new romance, married couples seeking to restore the spice, and playful menage of all types of threesomes or foursomes. February 2015 update: This time their site has just a black screen with Coming Soon notes.
CARINA — http://carinapress.com/ They are expecting to launch in summer 2010 and release new titles weekly. They expect to have a wide range of genres. I understand that Carina is completely separate from Harlequin Horizons, not connected. Carina is not a self publisher. They will go digital first. No advances, but larger royalties. February 2010 update: They are accepting submissions in all genres of romance, erotica, science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, women's fiction, and more, but no non-fiction or poetry. They will consider fiction from 15,000 words to over 100,000 words. You may submit manuscripts that were rejected by Harlequin or any other publisher. March 2010 update: They want all rights for 7 years, 30% royalty on ebooks sold through their site, half that on books sold elsewhere. What will count is how much they sell. January 2011 update: a report of a very prompt and personal acceptance process, until a supposedly negotiable contract turned out to be non-negotiable. But the rest went very well, and the overall experience was good. February 2011 update: they remain open to submissions in all genres except young adult, poetry, or nonfiction. February 2012 update: still wide open, but query first. Check their requirements for queries. February 2014 update: Now they are more limited, no longer interested in nonfiction, women's fiction, horror, thrillers, literary, faith, young adult, or general historical fiction. That still leaves plenty, however, so check their list. February 2015 update: Their guidelines changed as of March 1, 2014. they discourage submissions of under 35,000 words, and are looking for 50,000 words and up. Again, check their list. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
Carnal Desires Publishing - www.carnaldesirespublishing.com/. This will be the erotic imprint of DOUBLE DRAGON, opening September 1, 2007. Interested in erotic fantasy and science fiction, but will accept other topics, too. February 2008 update: Alexandra Adams is the co-publisher, who has her own Sexy Novels site listed in the Services section. Minimum length is 20,000 words, 90,000 maximum, but they are flexible. They are looking for highly erotic romance, and welcome cross-genre, with a riveting plot. The usual restrictions. Royalties of 35% of the cover price for ebooks sold at the site, 35% of net for other sales, and 10% for POD sales. They take digital rights only, for five years. February 2010 update: they are now open for submissions. They are especially interested in cross-genre works. February 2011 update: Submissions are closed. February 2012 update: Submissions are now open. February 2013 update: Still open. February 2014 update: Their servers are down for maintenance. February 2015 update: They're there, describing their offerings, but I saw no Submissions listing.
CARNAL PASSIONS - The erotic imprint of Champagne Books, which see.
CARNIFEX PRESS - www.carnifexpress.net/. February 2009 update: They shut down on January 1, 2009, with regret: couldn't make it financially. They are selling off their books at below cost, hoping to pay off their debts. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
CELEBRITY CAFE - see THE CELEBRITY CAFE
CELLAR DOOR PUBLISHING — I have no site address, but a report of failure to acknowledge manuscripts. Beware.
CENTRAL VALLEY WRITERS - www.centralvalleywriters.com/. February 2013 update: This time it came up in Chinese characters, so if they're still publishing, it's not in English.
CERRIDWEN PRESS - www.cerridwenpress.com/. This is an imprint of Ellora's Cave for mainstream fiction. That is, Contemporary, Fantasy, Futuristic/Sci-Fi, Historical, Horror, Humor, Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal, Women's Fiction, and many categories of Romance. They also have a number of special categories mixed in with Ellora's Cave, such as Ellora's Caveman Anthologies and Cotillion; check their site for half a slew of information. Presumably Cerridwen will have the same promotional push that Ellora's Cave does, which suggests high sales. February 2007 update: They are always open for submissions. April 2009 update: but I have a report that all they really seem to want is erotic romance. That is surprising, considering this is supposed to be a general mainstream imprint. February 2010 update: They are still always open for submissions in all their genres. April 2010 update: But the private word is that they are not accepting any new submissions despite what the site says. In fact I understand there's a notice in their author package to that effect. I also understand that editors are being fired. Things seem to be in limbo. July 2010 update: an ebook a reader bought had squares in lieu of some words, and the reader is reluctant to buy more such books. Author went to publisher, and publisher said it must be the ereader's fault and refused to take it further. But the same error occurs on other ereaders. I know computers can put squares for unknown symbols; this suggests that the file has some obscurities that ereaders can't handle. Until the publisher is willing to deal with this, beware. February 2011 update: The link took me to a dark blank screen for Jasmine Jade Enterprises. This strikes me as mischief. March 2011 update: No, it's okay; it seems to be the new name for Ellora's Cave and its imprints. February 2012 update: They are open for submissions. I like their spot headings for types: Pricked for tattoo fiction, Hex Appeal for wanton witches, Ball & Chain for spicy sex in marriage, On the Hunt featuring bounty hunters. "Remember that sex is largely visual and verbal for men (for women, it is mainly mental and emotional.)" They remark that men want women to "do some of the work" and imply that is obscure. I can clarify it: men prefer that women not lie there like suffering corpses during sex, but participate actively as if they actually enjoy it. February 2013 update: They remain open for submissions. Curious, I clicked their link for complaints about this imprint, but it was only routine submission requirements. Why am I not surprised? February 2014 update: I did not see submission information. Hmm. February 2015 update: The link leads to Ellora's Cave. No submission information.
CHAMPAGNE BOOKS - www.champagnebooks.com. Starting up March 31, 2005, mentioned as a possible publisher, but so far it seems to be just a book reading club. June 2005 update: I heard from the publisher. They are not a reading club, though they do have an experimental ebook club. But they are a publisher first. February 2006 update: Submissions are closed, and by invitation only until further notice. February 2007 update: They seem to be open for submissions now. June 2007 update: I have an anonymous report that they seem to be slowly becoming a vanity press. Some authors are charged to go to print, while some aren't. I'll be interested to receive feedback clarifying this, as it could be a misunderstanding. October 2007 update: it is indeed a misunderstanding. They considered letting impatient authors pay for print, but decided against it. February 2008 update: They are accepting submissions for all genres except erotica, no short story collections or poetry. February 2009 update: I could not find information on terms, or any indication that they are more than a bookseller now. June 2009 update: I received reassurance that they are a full-fledged publisher, and are publishing authors with great satisfaction. Epublication and trade paperback. April 2010 update: I have a favorable report that they have a good contract, prompt response, and good editing. June 2010 update: And two savagely negative reports I am loosely interpreting here to mask identities. One describes a publisher that started out well, then ran out of money, used royalties to cover operating expenses, and made excuses to cover that up. The other describes bad editing, blatant favoritism, and a threatening attitude toward those who even question things. Both reports are detailed and persuasive. There is also a story circulating about how there was a firm offer to buy 10,000 copies of an author's books, with no refunds, but the publisher essentially turned its back on the deal. Such an example, if true, suggests that the printer might have demanded payment up front, and the publisher wouldn't or couldn't do that, so let it go. So much for that author's prospects. Beware. July 2010 update: And an angry response from the publisher, who wanted the bad report removed immediately. Lotsa luck there. But they do make their case. Money is not an issue. There was an issue with their bank, which has been resolved; it was a banking error. All royalties have been paid. There was never a firm offer for 10,000 books, and the prospective buyer never followed up despite being queried. Actually the sale is still pending and is expected to go through in due course. At this point it looks as if the publisher has been vindicated in this respect. February 2011 update: They will consider all genres, but have a specific interest in Romance, Science Fiction/Futuristic, Fantasy, and Steam Punk. August 2011 update: Another favorable report. A new author queried, and received a prompt response and a request for the manuscript. A week later they rejected the book, but did respond to a request for feedback, delivering a blunt critique that the author concluded was professional and useful. So this is a positive reaction to a rejection. That's a rarity, and worth noting. It seems that this publisher is cultivating future authors. That's as it should be, but is nevertheless rare among publishers of any stripe. February 2012 update: They are open for submissions, but do not accept snail mail subs at this time. February 2013 update: Now they accept emailed submissions. February 2014 update: Submissions are closed until February 1, 2014, so should be open as of this update. Prior submissions were deleted unread. That's clear, but I suspect it is a signal of growing arrogance. They couldn't wait a few days to get to something sent in just before the deadline? March 2014 update: A reader sent me a link with negative reports on this publisher. I checked it, and much of it feeds right back to this entry of mine. But there are others, as writers report their experiences. Some are threatened with legal action if they tell. That's bad. Back in my day, circa 1970, I was advised by a lawyer that I could get sued and lose for telling the truth, because it would harm the errant publisher's reputation, and the publisher had resources I lacked. Justice is not necessarily served in the courts. That's one reason for my militant attitude today; I will tell the truth, and now have the resources to back it up. Sue me at your own risk; I will probably destroy you. But here I am a third party, and can only report what I am told, without being certain of its accuracy, especially when indications are mixed. June 2014 update: A report of fouled up statements of account and failure to pay royalties for whole quarters. Stonewalling of authors who query about this. It may take legal action to get information. Beware. February 2015 update: the site took so long to lead that I finally gave up.
CHANCES PRESS - www.chancespress.com. A new publisher expanding their line of romantica e-books, now open for submissions. ("Romantica" is hot sexy romance genre fiction promoted by Ellora's Cave; I understand they don't like others using their word, but it has become its own genre.) They are especially interested in gay themed books, romance, and of course romantica. Anthologies will also be considered. They pay 50% of net sales from wholesalers. February 2006 update: "We are currently not accepting queries or submissions." February 2009 update: They now offer self publishing options. Partnering with Wordclay, which is listed below. February 2010 update: They are still not accepting submissions or queries. February 2011 update: I could not find information on submissions. February 2012 update: They are currently not accepting queries or submissions, but this may soon change. February 2013 update: They seem to be open for submissions now. February 2015 update: Currently not accepting queries, as their publishing calendar is full. But check back in due course. May 2019 update: the site seems to be under construction.
CHANGELING PRESS - changelingpress.com/. "Out of this world Erotic Love Stories." All types, including gay/lesbian and fetish, from 8,000 to 25,000 words, not full length novels. Except sweet contemporary romance, child pornography--the really dirty stuff. April 2005 update: they are a royalty-paying publisher using the EPIC RECOMMENDED (AUTHOR FRIENDLY) CONTRACT. Now they do short fiction and novella length, 8,000 to 30,000 words. December 2005 update: I have a very favorable writer report on them. But I don't know what they pay. April 2006 update: I am told they pay royalties of 35% for what they sell directly, and less if they broker a book through something like Fictionwise. This is reasonable. I have another very favorable author report; their contract is said to be quite author-friendly. February 2007 update: They are open for submissions. April 2007 update: A report of 50-250 sales per title per month. October 2007 update: word from the publisher: "We specialize in paranormal, fantasy and science fiction stories." But obviously their scope is wider than that. "We've got only one heat level. Over-the-top hot!" December 2008 update: Publisher Margaret Riley sent information. They are coming up on their fifth anniversary, and have done a total of 1054 titles, in and out of production. They expect to sell 100-300 copies in the first month, doubling that in the first two years. They do some print books, but that's not their primary focus. Their contracts have a "kill" fee ranging from $350 for single ebooks to $750 for print collections. Another author report is quite favorable: good editing, on-time payment. February 2010 update: This time I could not find information on submissions or terms. February 2011 update: Still no information. My guess is they're not buying. April 2011 update: I heard from a writer who uses them, loves them and the support they provide. I am told they do still have submission information, but I still can't find it. May 2012 update: another very favorable report. February 2013 update: Now their submission information is readily found, and they are open in a number of sub-genres. April 2014 update: Another favorable report. They pay monthly. If something personal comes up that prevents an author from meeting a deadline, they work to try to keep things on schedule, or set up a better release date. They are friendly and respond promptly to emails. February 2015 update: Still open for submissions. February 2016 update: A very favorable report: an author got an offer from a traditional publisher, and Changeling congratulated her and returned her rights, wishing her well. This is one of those rare publisher-from-heaven events. July 2020 update: Another favorable report, faulting them only for not very good cover art. “Margaret is a dream to work with.” It is said that they are always accepting new submissions, the dirtier the better.
CHEER AND DANCE BOOKS - www.CheerAndDanceBooks.com/. This is Darnell Spirit Productions, DSP, in business since 2000 for just cheer and dance. That is, cheer and dance themed nonfiction, and soon fiction too, in a variety of lengths. Non-subsidy, royalty paying, ebooks and POD. Royalties are 40% of the net. Some may be selected for doll collections; they get 10% of the sales for related dolls. I get the impression that writers don't submit material here so much as try out for publication. This publisher seems friendly. February 2008 update: Lengths range from 10,000 to 100,000 words. They want adult romance centered around the world of cheerleading, but within those thematic boundaries will consider a wide variety of genres. Keep it sweet, sensual, but not erotic. February 2010 update: They remain open for their type of submissions, and will respond in 3-4 weeks. February 2011 update: A note says Darnell Spirit Productions, evidently the publisher, has been acquired by Netherfield House Press. All titles are being updated. Follow their link to Netherfield for information on their new submission policy. February 2012 update: Now they have a Submissions section, and will consider novels from 50,000 to 110,000 words. September 2020 update: Defunct link disabled.
CHEYENNE PUBLISHING — All I know of this is that this one is now defunct.
CHICKSPRINGS - chicksprings.com. Not a market.
CHIMERA - www.chimera-online.co.uk. February 2015 update: Server Not Found. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
Chipmunk A Publishing - www.chipmunka.com/. A mental health publisher based in the UK. They say they have published more than 130 paperbacks and 200 ebooks. "We want to prove that everything in life is a mental health issue..." So if you have a fiction or nonfiction book relating, this appears to be a good place to be; they seem truly dedicated to banishing the stigma associated with mental health problems. You may donate money if you wish to support their effort, but otherwise this is merely a specialty publisher. February 2010 update: They pay royalties once a year, and do not reveal their rates until they offer a contract. February 2012 update: Their site seems to consist of very positive testimonials by authors who are thrilled to be published.
CHIPPEWA PUBLISHING LLC - www.chippewapublishing.com. December 2007 update: they have closed, because of the proprietor's family emergency. All rights are being returned to the authors as of November 30, 2007. If a publisher has to go, this is the way to go. February 2008 update: but a number of authors have not received those reversions, and it seems other publishers won't buy without those reversions. November 2010 update: but there is a report of their never paying what was owed to a number of authors. February 2011 update: Now it's a publishing search site. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
CLASS ACT BOOKS — www.classactbooks.com. Electronic and print publisher, said to be responsive. Currently accepting submissions in all their genres. I did not find information on terms. July 2010 update: I have a highly negative report of authors who left this publisher because of hidden fees, being shorted on royalties, failure to fulfill contractual obligations, and lack of response to queries. It seems the publisher is releasing books that are no longer under contract and have been published elsewhere. A number of novels were named, which I am not naming to preserve anonymity. It is, I am told, no class act. August 2010 update: And a refutation. Their contracts say royalties are based on Net. That's not the same as hidden fees. Another writer checks royalties vs. sales and the statements have always been correct. And listings may take several months to go, because sellers like Amazon can be slow to act. One other thing: if only a few writers are mad at a publisher, the publisher can usually identify them. If many are, the publisher usually can't. This time a name was named, so I checked, and it was the right name. So by this imperfect measure, the publisher stands vindicated. September 2010 update: Well, heard from several more disaffected authors who gave examples of abuses. The balance swings the other way. See my discussion in the SapTimber 2010 HiPiers column. October 2010 update: And a response from Linda Voth: “I took over Class Act Books in April of this year. It was, and still is, my intention to work with the authors to make Class Act Books a great company." She did have a problem with lists of authors and books that were not completely current, so that some books the authors had pulled remained on sale. She tried to work with the authors to correct this. Some authors were very understanding; others were not. To save time she merged Class Act with Paw Prints, which she owns. Amazon did that for her, but in the process some books somehow got made active again. Affected authors were sure that she was trying to steal from them. “As for not paying the correct royalties. That, simply, isn't true. We were a bit late in making quarterly payments but we had a lot of financial stuff to wade through and we wanted to make sure that we were correct. We also waited on one of the 3rd party vendors who was extremely late in sending payments." In one case she sent the full price that Amazon paid for the book, $3.13, but the author would not accept the figure. “By then there was nothing I was going to do that wasn't, somehow, underhanded." She finally stopped trying to explain. So the pendulum swings again; this is persuasive. Class Act will offer print books without a setup fee or minimum sales requirements, with the authors receiving 30%. February 2011 update: I did not find information on submissions. December 2011 update: Another negative report of not paying royalties. February 2012 update: They are open to all genres, but no gay/lesbian, rape, child abuse, or animal cruelty. No information on terms. May 2012 update: Another complaint about no statements or response to queries. February 2013 update: Submissions are open only for romantic fiction at this time. February 2014 update: Now they are open in all fiction and nonfiction genres.
CLAYBORN PRESS - www.claybornpress.com/. August 2011 update: I have a report that they have become nonresponsive. Indeed, their site seems to be gone. September 2016 update: now they are back. The proprietor was working on his PhD and had to cease operations from about 2011 to 2016 but now is resuming operation. They will be accepting about 50 manuscripts for consideration before closing the submission window. At present they are considering only Nonfiction, Fiction including Fantasy and SciFi, and Young Adult. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
CLEAN ROMANCE - www.cleanromance.com. This means exactly what the name implies: keep the dirty stuff out. It is interested in all Romance sub-genres. 10,000 to 100,000 words, 35% royalties on downloads. October 2004 update: the link no longer connects. May 2019 update: I received a report that they no longer have a submission page; it seems that they are interested int reviewing clean books, not publishing any.
CLOUDY MOUNTAIN BOOKS - see Fiction Forest
CLOTHO PRESS - www.clothopress.biz. February 2012 update: And they are gone.
CLUB LIGHTHOUSE PUBLISHING - www.clublighthousepublishing.com/. This is a newly-launched epublisher located in Canada. They are open for submissions in many genres of fiction and non-fiction. They take only electronic rights, for one year, and pay royalties of 40% of all download sales. Reports on submissions in one month to six weeks. February 2007 update: They are open for submissions in many genres of fiction and nonfiction. February 2008 update: The site is there, but seems to have no content. June 2008 update: they are there in good order, so my prior observation must have been a glitch. I have a positive report. April 2009 update: I have a report from a satisfied author, who says they were great every step of the way. January 2010 update: and another favorable report. February 2011 update: This time I did not find submission information. February 2012 update: They say their royalties are among the best in the industry, without saying what they are. They want hot, spicy remance, erotica, GBLT, and vampire stories. February 2014 update: Open for submissions in a number of genres. February 2015 update: Still wide open for submissions.
COBBLESTONE PRESS - www.cobblestone-press.com/. This is an electronic publisher of sensual and erotic romance with many genre subdivisions. Royalties are 35% of the cover price, paid monthly. They take electronic rights for one year. Four general lengths: Trysts 10,000-20,000 words; novella 20,000-40,000; novels 40,000-65,000; full novel 65,001-100,000. Three levels: Wild = fully realized sexual relationships; Wanton = that plus explicit language; Wicked = that plus the hot stuff: disturbing themes, violence, multiple partners, BDSM (bondage/sado-masochist). But not rape, racism, pedophilia, incest, bestiality, necrophilia or body functions. In addition, three lines: Brazen, with aggressive heroines; Outlaw, with hero on the wild side; Shifter, with shape shifters. They want to see full manuscripts, not summaries. December 2006 update: a very negative report, and a quite positive one. So the jury still seems to be out. February 2007 update: much more here, as a flurry of authors defend the publisher, and another was negative. Essentially the negatives relate to their strict editing. I discussed this with co-owner Sable Grey, and while I really hate to admit it, her case seems stronger than the authors' cases, and I have to side with the publisher. It looks from here like one of the best. See my discussion in the February 2007 HiPiers column. June 2007 update: They are having their one year anniversary. They are starting an unline publication CPQ Magazine in their Blue Page Directory. I understand this HiPiers Survey will be listed as a resource. They have added an audit clause to their contract and are making it retroactive, so those with prior contracts can invoke it. That's one generous deal. February 2008 update: They now have a fifth general length: Vignette 5,000-10,000 words. August 2008 update: more information from the publisher. They now publish a short story erotica line called WICKED. In general their hottest sales come from the hottest fiction, erotic historical, menage, BDSM, and Paranormals. There's a new series called The Vampire Oracle featuring (duh) vampires. They continue to grow. Next year they expect to release 5 titles a week. They are now working on titles for 2009. They have periodic cross promotions, cooperating with other publishers. NOTE: in the course of my updating dialogue with the publisher, she mentioned that she'd consider a submission from me. As it happened, I had recently had an edgy idea that might fit their Wicked line, so I wrote it and submitted it. They acknowledged with a notice that it takes 90 days for a report. But in three weeks they accepted it. So this note is to clarify that conflict of interest; I can't be considered fully objective about publishers with which I do business. The story is "Knave." He has a thing for the Queen of Hearts. December 2008 update: the proprietor had a computer virus problem that messed up communication and statements, annoying some authors, but that has been resolved. Meanwhile my story has been published there. See my Cobblestone blog, rerun in the December 2008 HiPiers column. Essentially, I'm a satisfied contributor. February 2009 update: reports for November and December indicate about 17 copies of "Knave" sold, meaning in due course I should receive about $17. So that's my personal experience, which may not be typical; I suspect that established erotica authors sell more, and unknowns less. Remember, this is no novel, just a 10,000 word story I might have been unable to place elsewhere. June 2009 update: I received notice of new submission guidelines. I haven't check it yet; this is just to let folk know it exists. July 2009 update: I bought six of their Wicked line stories, to learn what company my story "Knave" kept. They are well written, varied, and sexy, but not what I consider ground-breaking. Each is essentially a setting for one good sexual fling. July 2010 update: another favorable report, this one on their editing process. February 2011 update: They are accepting submissions, but under 10,000 words is limited to in-house authors. May 2011 update: tornadoes messed up Alabama, cutting off power, so their statements will be delayed. They're working on it. October 2011 update: they have hired an acquisitions editor, to facilitate the process. February 2012 update: personal report: they continue paying (small) royalties three years later. They remain open for submissions. May 2012 update: I received notice that they are reshaping to better address a changing publishing industry. They are suspending releases for April and May in order to accomplish this. They will redesign the site. They will continue to process submissions, will accept novels up to 100,000 words, and pay royalties monthly. Whatever they are doing must be working, because there has been an upward trend in my royalties for "Knave." However, I have a report of low sales. July 2012 update: A complaint about a reverted story still being on sale months later, and requests to get it taken down ignored. I conjecture that the supplementary sales outlets are slow to take them down when requested, and the publisher knows this and just has to wait; it will eventually clear. February 2015 update: Open for submissions. I have had a story with them six years and while sales are small, they are still paying royalties.
COLD TREE PRESS - www.coldtreepress.com. February 2011 update: Now the site loads, but has become a search site. They must be out of business. May 2019 update: the domain is for sale.
COLLIDOSCOPE - email@example.com. This seems to be a collection of poetry, with a deadline date of June 30, 2006. Poems can be up to 60 lines each. Payment on publication. February 2008 update: this entry is dated, but I'm unwilling to click their email link. They remain in business, I presume with similar material. February 2011 update: They are now open for novel submissions in the categories of Horror, Dark Crime, and Suspense, Thrillers.
COMET PRESS - www.cometpress.us/. Small press. An independent publisher of horror, suspense, and dark crime fiction. "The ultimate goal of Comet Press is to unleash upon the general public the most terrifying, shocking, and most of all, entertaining stories imaginable." They are currently accepting submissions 7,500-85,000 words. Response time is 2-3 months. Standard or higher royalties. February 2009 update: They are now taking submissions for an extreme horror anthology to be published in mid 2009. Deadline was February 28, 2009. February 2010 update: their current anthology is full and closed to submissions. February 2012 update: They are currently closed to submissions. February 2013 update: They are now accepting novellas in a number of genres, 15,000-40,000 words. February 2015 update: Still accepting novellas in several genres. May 2019 update: The site is now Cosmetic Dental Practice.
COMFORT PUBLISHING - www.comfortpublishing.com/. This is a general trade publisher I received a query about, so I looked them up. They also do electronic and audio, so do qualify for this listing. They were established in 2000. You don't need an agent to submit to them. They will consider genre material, but not Children's picture books or poetry at this time. Their minimum word length is 80,000. February 2012 update: After about ten minutes I gave up waiting on them to load. February 2013 update: Plug-ins needed, so I couldn't look it up. February 2014 update: this time the necessary plug-ins did not interfered with the general site, so I was able to check them. They are open for submissions, as described above. May 2019 update: The domain is for sale.
COMMONWEALTH - Avoid
CONSCIOUS KERNELS - www.consciouskernels.com/. This is a start-up ebook publisher specializing in spiritual, metaphysical, and New Thought subjects. Now open for submissions, and especially interested in new writers who can speak to their subject matter. Under 20,000 words preferred. Royalties will be paid, but not advances. February 2008 update: They remain open for submissions in their genres. February 2009 update: query them, and if they are interested, they will discuss it with you. February 2011 update: They remain open to submissions; query first. February 2013 update: When I clicked their Submissions link, I received a thank-you message, but no guidelines. They must figure that such information comes to me metaphysically. February 2014 update: This time the information is there: they are not currently taking new submissions. February 2015 update: Still net taking new submissions. May 2019 update: the site is for sale.
COOL PUBLICATIONS - www.coolpublications.com. February 2007 update: they seem to be gone. February 2010 update: Well, not exactly; they are there with the message "Become a published author." I did not find terms. February 2012 update: Now they say they will write, design, and publish it for you and sell it worldwide. This scarcely seems to need an author. February 2014 update: I got the message Forbidden. You don't have permission to access / on this server. February 2015 update: I got the message 404 Not Found. That's not cool. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
COOL WELL PRESS - www.coolwellpress.com/. February 2014 update: Cannot be found. That's not, well, cool. February 2015 update: I got a Virus Warning. That's really not cool.
CORNUCOPIA -www.cornucopiapress.com/. A new small press; their first book will be out in August, 2008. hardcover and trade paperback; they're not electronic. They are looking for polished novels, historical fiction, narrative biography, and positive life stories. "We are interested in characters that are courageous and ethical." Query first; if they are interested they'll request the manuscript within two weeks. Competitive royalties. February 2010 update: But now they are gone. February 2013 update: The site is there; now this is a self publisher. The list famous self-published authors, including E L James, the author of 50 Shades of Grey. Can that be right? February 2014 update: They continue as a self publisher. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
COSMOS BOOKS - www.cosmos-books.com. February 2013 update: now it's an ad site.
COYOTE MOON PUBLICATIONS - www.coyotemoonpublications.com. February 2008 update: The site is there. April 2008 update: but it's just a collection of links. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
CREATE SPACE — www.createspace.com/. This is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, originally founded as CustomFix Labs in 2002 and acquired by Amazon in 2005. "Our mission is to profitably connect our members to their worldwide audience." Their on demand publishing has no setup fees, no minimums, no inventory, and it guarantees the books will be sold on Amazon.com. This seems almost too good to be true, and I will be interested in reports from writers who use this service. Apparently they expect to make their money from a percentage of actual book sales, the way traditional print publishers do. With the considerable resources of Amazon behind it, maybe it will work. June 2008 update: A positive report: "My experience with CreateSpace has been wonderful so far, and the inclusion in 'Search Inside' special shipping/pricing rates and 'AmazonConnect' with blogs tied to product pages has been a dream come true." August 2008 update: confirmation of prior reports. One author sent me a copy of his CreateSpace Press print book, and it looks good. He feels he got service that would have cost $500 elsewhere essentially free. He can buy his own copies for $5.43 for the 376 page book, and can get Kindle publication too. I have issues with some Amazon policies elsewhere, but Create Space looks like about the best POD deal available. December 2008 update: the good news continues. They require the author to create the digital files, but if you already have them, it is completely free. June 2009 update: the good reports continue: writers who use them, generally like them. January 2010 update: mixed reports on the physical quality of their books, but they are highly responsive, their quality may improve, and they seem to be on the verge of wider distribution in bookstores. So this remains the publisher to measure against. April 2010 update: A report that while publication and distribution are free, other aspects can get pricey, so a self publisher can be cheaper, depending. February 2011 update: Their free options continue, including electronic publication via Kindle: author gets 70% of the cover price on all sales. I am bemused, wondering how other publishers can compete. January 2013 update: another endorsement, but there is absolutely no content quality control. Unless the author is a known entity, the quality of the work is unknown. July 2013 update: I have a report that once you learn how they operate, things go smoothly. They do deliver. May 2014 update: I have an author comment on the 70% royalty: they have a narrow margin for pricing your work, and then they nit pick your 70% down to where you can't make money from your efforts. So it may not be as good a deal as first appears. February 2015 update: But they still look like the best deal in self publishing. May 2019 update: In August 2018 they announced that Create Space would merge with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) for both paperback and digital books. That merger is now complete. They have new ways to advernsise your books.
CREATIVE GUY PUBLISHING - www.creativeguypublishing.com. He calls his ebooks e-xtras, novellas 15,000 to 50,000 words long, with special features. Open for submissions as of February 2003, pays 65% of the net sales. Query first, with a bit about who you are, your genre, and the length of your piece. Go wild. February 2005 update: They are no longer accepting unsolicited submissions; query first. February 2006 update: They hope to reopen for submissions by the end of June 2006. February 2007 update: Still not open to submissions. Their site has not been updated since July 24, 2006. That's not a good sign. April 2004 update: they remain in business, focusing on the material already in hand. In due course they will be open for more. February 2008 update: They remain closed to submissions until the end of 2008. February 2009 update: no unsolicited submissions, except for their magazine. February 2011 update: Still not open. February 2012 update: loading took so long I gave up. I am not sure they really are in business. February 2013 update: They are there, but they no longer accept unsolicited submissions, as their publishing schedule is full. But their last update was dated March 27, 2011. It doesn't look like a market. February 2015 update: Back in good order now. May 2019 update: closed to submissions.
CREATIVE JUICES PUBLISHING - www.creativejuicespublishing.com. February 2014 update: Not Found.
CRESCENT MOON PRESS - www.crescentmoonpress.com/. February 2015 update: Server Not Found. May 2019 update: I am told this is a vanity press best avoided.
CRIMSON ROMANCE PUBLISHING - www.crimsonromance.com/. I was asked about this one, so looked it up. They are open to romance submissions in five subgenres: romantic suspense, contemporary, paranormal, historical, and spicy (sexy) romance. They want novels of 40,000 words and up, and stories 5,000-10,000 words. Their Wild and Wanton line has sexy scenes added to classics like Pride and Prejudice or Wuthering Heights. That's an interesting variant, but writers with similar notions need to be sure that they haven't already done a particular classic in that manner. I did not find information on terms. February 2015 update: When I checked for their submission information, I got Server Not Found.
CROSSED GENRES - http://crossedgenres.com/. "The magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy with a twist." They asked me to contribute an article on Humor for a forthcoming issue, and I did. They pay a flat fee of $10 and one copy of the PDF version of the issue. They are looking for articles and essays related to the craft of writing, and for particular genres of the month; check for their topics. Also for art, both cover and inside. Their time is limited, so rejections will be form letters, with no prejudice to the merit of the pieces. February 2010 update: They want stories between 1,000 and 8,000 words, articles, novellas 20,000 to 40,000 words, and novels for serialization 40,000 to 100,000 words. Nothing between 8.000 and 30,000 words. February 2011 update: Now it's nothing between 8,000 and 20,000 words, and they no longer accept simultaneous submissions. And thei are temporarily closed to novels, novellas, and webcomics. February 2012 update: Now they pay a $250 advance plus royalties for novels, but the magazine is closed to submissions. June 2012 update: I heard from the co-publishers: both are out of work, and at risk for losing all their funds to continue publishing. So they have launched a Kickstarter to cover their publication costs through 2013 and save Crossed Genres Publishing. Their goal is to raise $4,000, all of which will be used to publish new books. Over half will go directly to authors and artists for fiction and cover art, the rest to editorial, production, and distribution costs as well as advertising/publicity. I gather they are soliciting pledges for contributions to this effort. If they can't raise the money, they will have to cease publishing. February 2013 update: The site remains, so maybe they got their money. Submissions close January 31, 2013, so when you read this you'll be too late. But this does suggest that they remain in business. February 2014 update: It took so long to download I gave up at about 15 minutes. February 2015 update: Ditto.
CROSSROAD PRESS - http://crossroadpress.com/. I heard from the proprietor. As an author and IT professional he set out to get his own backlist into digital. It worked. Then friends asked him to do theirs—and the company was born. Six years later he and his partner have built it up to about 175 authors and over 1,300 titles. This is a different type of publisher. They charge nothing, ever. They specialize in bringing back the titles of authors with out of print books. They can scan and digitize paperback and hardcover editions if necessary. They do their covers in-house, always with the author's approval. They pay 80% of anything made on ebooks back to the author, 65% on digital audio, and have a line of print on demand editions with 50% to the author. However, they are not really open to new authors; they specialize in backlist titles. If you have a backlist you want to get republished, check them out.
CROSSROADS PUBLISHING COMPANY - cpcbooks.com/. February 2009 update: Submit your proposal and they will consider it. February 2010 update: They publish popular literature on personal spirituality, communal faith, and current religious affairs. February 2011 update: I did not find information on submissions. February 2013 update: They are currently updating their entire database, so I presume are distracted. February 2014 update: Connection reset.
CRYSTAL DREAMS - www.crystaldreamspub.com/. February 2012 update: The domain may be for sale. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
CURIOUS VOLUMES PUBLISHING - www.curiousvolumes.com/. August 2008 update: I am told that they are no longer a publisher. February 2009 update: The site link now leads to the Little Creatures Workshop, handcrafted dolls. February 2012 update: Now it's Under Construction. February 2015 update: Still under construction. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
CYBEREDITIONS - www.cybereditions.com/. Based in New Zealand. "Cybereditions is the online book publisher focusing on the highest quality nonfiction and scholarly writing." It makes out of print books available in new editions as e-books, with royalties on a sliding scale from 25% for under 500 copies, 33% up to 1,000 copies, and 40% for 1,000 or more copies. It also publishes original titles. Takes exclusive worldwide electronic rights and print-on-demand for the term of the copyright. Pays annual royalty checks in the month of April, provided they are more than $25. No audit clause. Their titles are issued in paperback as well as electronic format. February 2005 update: They now also publish some original works. February 2007 update: A sample contract is viewable. It takes all rights, electronic and print, for the duration of the copyright. That means the author effectively relinquishes control until 70 years after he dies. February 2011 update: They are open for submissions in thought-provoking material. May 2019 update: They are no longer publishing.
CYBERMAN BOOKS - http://cybermanbooks.com/. February 2015 update: Server Not Found. They must be dead.
CYBER-PULP BOOKS - http://www.cyberpulpbooks.com/. February 2011 update: The domain is for sale. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
CYBERREAD - www.cyberread.com. February 2015 update: Now it seems to feature interesting ads. May 2019 update: page does not exist.
DAMNATION PRESS - www.damnationbooks.com/. They bought Eternal Press. February 2014 update: This seems to be a reading site rather than a publisher. March 2014 update: No, it's a full publisher, currently accepting submissions, but closed to short stories. Horror, Dark Fantasy, Thrillers, Science Fiction, Weird, Humor, Erotica (in dark settings), GBLT, Young Adult, Paranormal. They want dark material. 40% royalties on net for ebooks, 25% in net for print. March 2015 update: They are currently open for sumbissions, except for short stories. Word lengths: 20,000 to 140,000. May 2019 update: expired domain.
DANCING STAR PRESS — http://www.dancingstarpress.com/. Jennifer Crispin is starting a new micro press for speculative fiction novellas. Check their submissions guide. (I can't get online at present, so have no other information.) May 2019 update: They have specific reading periods, per their submission page.
DARK ANGEL PUBLICATIONS — www.darkangelpublications.com/. March 2013 update: now it leads to Mojocastle. March 2015 update: still not there. I'd say they folded. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
DARK CASTLE LORDS — www.thedarkcastlelords.com/. Also doing business as DCL Publications LLC. This publisher makes the scene with extremely dark auspices. Their site is positive, but I have half a spate of negative reports. I am told that they have been doing business for over a year in Ohio and Australia without registering the proper documents or accounts. Payment checks can't be cashed because legally the company doesn't exist, if payment is even offered. Authors have been invited to anthologies, then told they have to contribute to an ad for the privilege of being in the book. In my neck of the woods that's called self publishing. Theoretically there are royalties of 35% of gross of all ebook sales, but the contract has no mention of an audit clause, payment schedule, promotions, etc. It seems to have been started by amateurs who are incompetent as publishers, and are trying to cover their aimless tracks. Stay clear. June 2008 update: But now a very positive report, which I challenged as a shill (such things happen), but it seems credible: a very professional attitude, extremely hard work to help every phase of writing, and the quickest and best cover art encountered. And a second positive report: they are paying on time, and do answer questions. August 2008 update: now authors must pay upwards of $200 for their covers, with limited choices. October 2008 update: letter from the publisher refuting prior reports. 1. Their Ohio charter is in order, and they are legitimate. 2. No DCL author has to pay for a cover. 3. Royalties are always paid on time. December 2008 update: a report that they are paying on time, but making the authors pay the set-up fees for Fictionwise, and they may be charging authors for covers. Their contract demands 100% rights. So opinions differ. February 2009 update: another satisfied author, who feels the editing was of good quality, there is honest promotional effort, and they are flexible and supportive. But also a message sent to authors that once a book cover is designed and presented, the first time any changes other than spelling corrections are requested, it will cost the author $50. That seems to be a take it or leave it attitude. April 2009 update: Now I am informed it was a unilateral decision corrected by the publisher about ten minutes after it was announced; I did not receive that followup. There are no charges for a cover. February 2010 update: They remain open for submissions in all genres. February 2012 update: Server Not Found. March 2013 update: They are here in good order and open for submissions. March 2014 update: They are looking for new authors. That could be positive for new authors, or negative if they want novices who won't know to want fair terms.
DARK DISCOVERIES — www.darkdiscoveries.com/. This is a quarterly magazine with stories and articles and special issues featuring names like William F Nolan or Forrest J Ackerman. I did not find information on terms for authors; it may be that all their material is generated in-house, in which case it's not a market. February 2011 update: Blank screen. Maybe they require protocols I lack. March 2014 update: They are currently backlogged and closed to submissions until further notice. March 2015 update: site took so long to load I gave up. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
DARK EDEN PRESS - www.darkedenpress.com/. April 2009 update: And they're gone.
DARK ROAST PRESS — www.darkroastpress.com/. March 2014 update: The Domain may be up for sale, so they’re gone.
DARK STAR PUBLICATIONS - firstname.lastname@example.org. Now there is only a message form. It has merged into RFI West.
DAYTONA PRESS - www.daytonapress.com/. March 2011 update: The website and business is for sale. March 2013 update: Still up for sale.
DEADENDSTREET PUBLICATIONS-www.deadendstreet.com/. It looks good, but an author report says their contract is a killer: all rights for the duration of the copyright. Their site is canny about that, saying that you keep your copyright, only giving up all marketing rights. Same thing; don't be fooled. That means you can't get your book back until 70 years after you die. They also want the first option on anything else the author writes, for five years. What a phenomenal Grab; it is similar to what traditional publishers do. Yes, I'd call this a dead-end street. But they do promise to make a good effort on behalf of your book. So if you are desperate, enter this street with caution. I have an extremely negative report from one of their authors, detailing how they reneged on understandings. It calls itself an integrated publishing and motion picture production company. February 2005 update: At this time, they are particularly interested in screenplays for features and shorts. February 2008 update: At this time they are interested in screenplays for features and shorts. April 2008 update: a report that they aren't sending sales statements. That could mean the title isn't selling, in which case it normally can be reverted to the author. The rule of thumb is that a publisher has to be selling your book; it can't just bury it forever. April 2009 update: "A Publishing Motion Picture Production & Real Estate Development Company." But how much are they actually accomplishing for their authors? February 2010 update: Curious: they list their top titles, authors, physical address, phone number, email, and that's it. There seems to be nothing else on the web site. March 2011 update: After five minutes I gave up waiting for it to load. (Web underling confirms the home page is the same as the February 2010 update.) February 2012 update: ditto.
DECADENT PUBLISHING — I don't have an entry on this publisher, but received a complaint about it, so am mentioning that here. It seems that they priced an author's book at 0.00 without her permission, and are thus paying no royalties, and are nonresponsive. Why would any author want publication like this? Yet I have another report that is very favorable. March 2013 update: It seems that the negative report on this publisher was a set-up, and the non-response because the publisher knew that. April 2013 update: they are open for SF romance, sweet romance, stories set in Africa for the UBUNTU line, interracial romance and others, especially their net inspirational/family line. I also have a persuasive negative report whose details I am fudging for the sake of anonymity. Essentially, one person was not paid, and was viciously slandered when she left. This seems to be one of those publishers who strike out at critics, regardless of the merits of the case. September 2013 update: A positive report that most authors are quite satisfied with this publisher; and that the prior negative report does not ring true. I run the reports I get, but note that it is possible to savage a publisher unfairly, just as it is possible to praise a publisher that doesn't deserve it. Were I a mind reader...
DEER HAWK PUBLICATIONS - http://deerhawkpublications.com/. They are open for submissions in Adult and Young Adult categories, with many subgenries. I did not find information on terms, and they don't have a track record here, but their publishing blog does have thoughtful comments indicating that there's a mind here. March 2015 update: They are open for submissions in a number of genres, but no poetry or children's books.
DELLARTE - www.dellarte.com/. This is Harlequin Horizons renamed, their self publishing service. March 2010 update: But I have a report that it seems to be about theater rather than writing. There must be a confusion. March 2011 update: This requires Flash to view, and that doesn't work on my system. (Web underling see it as a performance art site for "the North American center for theatre training, research, and performance of the actor-creator." No longer related to publishing.) May 2011 update: I am informed that it is about theater; the proper place for publishing is www.dellartepress.com.
DENLINGER'S — see The Book Den
DENMARK PUBLISHING - Gone.
DEVINE DESTINIES- https://devinedestinies.com.--This is a mainstream imprint of eXtasy Books, which see.
DIGI DOWNLOADER-www.digidownloader.co.uk/. February 2006 update: This does not seem to be a publisher any more.
DIGITAL BOOKS INC -www.DigitalBooksEtc.com/. They have closed. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
DIGITAL PULP PUBLISHING-www.digitalpulppublishing.com/. They are starting a new online bookstore with four imprints: PulpBytes for pulp fiction for the digital age; ByteZines for electronic magazines; ByteSize Pieces for young readers; and Byte-it Press for literary fiction, poetry and non fiction. They are actively looking for contributors and encourage authors to contact them. Up to 75% royalties paid quarterly, non-exclusive, for digital rights only. February 2007 update: This is an odd site, without a lot of actual information. April 2007 update: I am advised that there is information here, buried behind a very slick page design that can confuse fogies like me. The site is www.dpppress.com. "Submit a query, and if interested, we will send you a contract, and upon contract acceptance we will issue submission guidelines." That seems backwards to me, but I am surely getting too old to fathom the modern way. I think it means ask them, and if they like your project they'll send a sample contract, and if you like their contract, they will tell you exactly how to send your piece. February 2008 update: I clicked Services, and got music but no information. April 2009 update: This time I got the music, but also some information: 40% commissions, author-friendly contracts, send a query for more information. March 2011 update: I lacked the plug-ins to view their site. (Web underling notes this as the splash page for a trio of sites, one of which was mentioned in the April 2007 update above: publishers go to www.dpppress.com, writers go to www.dpppub.com and readers go to www.dppstore.com ((although this last link was broken for the underling's computer)).)
DIREIDI PUBLISHING - http://direidi.com/ This is a new self publisher that offers publishing and promotion services and splits the royalties with the author, rather than charging upfront for the services. They are looking for established authors, either print or electronic, hoping that such authors will help drive the sales of new authors. March 2011 update: Their mission is to become a major E-book publisher, but they are currently in the proof of concept stage. March 2015 update: they remain there in good order.
DIRGE MAGAZINE - www.dirgemag.com. Their imprint is Snuffzine. I have a report that they take about three months to respond and pay pretty well. But they are closed for submissions as of 3-20-15. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
DISKUS PUBLISHING - has moved to www.diskuspublishing.com/. This seems to be a Romance site. No problem there; just about every novel in every genre includes a romantic element, and I understand the Romance sites tend to be more friendly to beginning writers than science fiction or fantasy sites. This lists about a dozen sub-categories of fiction, including science fiction, but wants no erotica, and has plenty of information in subsections, including guidelines for writers. It looks good to me. No writer information. February 2008 update: Still no information on terms. April 2009 update: Maybe I just don't know where to look for submissions or terms. June 2009 update: Okay, a reader told me where to find it. Upper left side of their home page is the question "Where would you like to go?" which when clicked delivers a dropdown menu. Go to the bottom of that to find the submission guidelines and click "Go." So I did and got the message that they are closed for submissions. No terms listed. February 2010 update: Closed for submissions, but keep checking. March 2011 update: Here's a new one: They received so many queries about this page that they have discontinued it. I should think they'd prefer to make their page clear enough to be intelligible without forcing writers to query them about it. At any rate they seem to be open to submissions, and will respond in a year or so, or maybe destroy your manuscript instead. I think writers should be wary until these folk get an attitude transplant. March 2013 update: closed for submissions at this time, but keep checking for when they reopen in the near future March 2014 update: Still closed, but will reopen for submissions soon. March 2015 update: Wow! They get so many thousands of submissions that they are discontinuing their submission status page. You can send them something, and you may hear from them in up to a year if it is accepted. May 2019 update: I understand that they are open for submissions, but authors should make sure they take the contract to a literary contract lawyer for review before signing, as it has things a perceptive author might not care for. It also appears that the books are for sale only through that website or the author's site with a link back to them.
DISSERTATION COM - http://dissertation.com/. Dedicated to self publishing doctoral dissertations and masters theses. Electronic for $100, paperback for $199. Optional cover for $109. Author royalties are 20-40% depending on whether the sales are direct or via a bookseller. This seems worthwhile for papers that are apt to be well researched but of little commercial interest; it makes them available to whoso is interested.
DLSIJ PRESS - http://dlsijpress.com/. This has ebooks by and for women writers,- They accept only women writers and pay 40% royalties. They are not currently accepting submissions, but when they do, they want anything except hate, porn, and degradation of women. Query first. February 2005 update: I have a bad report about their non-response to a legitimate query about a manuscript held six months. Publishers that don't respond are bad news; stay clear. Remember, if they don't respond to a submission, then there's no contract or agreement, and you can submit elsewhere with or without notice. Don't let a publisher stall you forever. One reason you don't see much of my work at the Science Fiction Book Club is because they tried that on me, and I withdrew my books, including the ones they wanted. March 2014 update: The Domain has expired and may be up for sale. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
DNOVELS - www.dnovels.com/. It appears to be out of the publishing business.
DOG EAR PUBLISHING — www.dogearpublishing.net/. A self publisher with three packages ranging from Basic at $1,099 to Masterpiece at $3,499. They believe they are the best buy for your money. March 2014 update: I got a reset notice. March 2015 update: Now their packages range from $1,099 to $3,699. they say they have the most innovative book marketing services in the industry.
DOM BOOKS — www.dombooks.co.uk. BDSM oriented erotica. I did not find information on terms. April 2009 update: 40% royalties. February 2010 update: Now I see that they are really Domination Books featuring bondage, spanking, domination and submission. Their pictures verify this with bound, wide-open crying girls. Evidently there’s a market. March 2011 update: Server Not Found. March 2012 update: ditto. They must be gone.
DOMHAN BOOKS - www.domhanbooks.com/index.htm. This publisher was accused of stiffing its writers on royalties, and as far as I know has not paid what it owes, but there is no inkling of that on its web site. Until that is corrected, stay clear. February 2007 update: Their site is dated October 2005. March 2011 update: Now the site is in Japanese or Chinese script, no translation option. That's not a good sign. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
DORCHESTER — This is a traditional print publisher, and anyway is closing down, so is not on my list of electronic publishers. But since I try to warn writers about unscrupulous publishers, I'm listing it here for this purpose only. I received a complaint that this company is selling authors' work via online services after they lost the rights to it. In fact, they are auctioning off the rights to books they don't own. I got this information from www.briankeene.com/?p=10828. March 2013 update: I read that their backlist has been bought up by Amazon. I'm not clear whether that includes reverted titles. Authors should be alert. January 2016 update: and it seems that briankeenee has vacated. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
DORRANCE PUBLISHING - www.dorrancepublishing.com/ This is a subsidy publisher. "The Dorrance name has been associated with a tradition of quality subsidy publishing since 1920." They'll send you their 32-page brochure Author's Guide to Subsidy Publishing. See also Whitmore, below. April 2009 update: Got a blank screen. June 2009 update: tried it again, got the blank screen again. But their /info.asp subdivision is there with information, so evidently they are still in business. Indeed, I have a writer report that they offered to publish her for $6,000-$10,000. You can do better elsewhere. March 2011 update: I got a blank screen. (Web underling, however, sees the home page, which leads off, "We Want to Read Your Book" and goes on from there.") March 2012 update: ditto. March 2015 update: But now their site is there is good order. April 2020 update: I received a mailing that is essentially a complaint about DORRANCE' which it seems was supposed to publish an author's book, did not, and became unresponsive to queries. Legal action is pending. As a general rule, be wary of subsidy publishers; they may or may not deliver. May 2020 update: A new author copyrighted his novel in progress and about two weeks later received an email from Dorrance asking him to submit a copy of his manuscript to them. So they are soliciting newly copyrighted works. This is not illegal, but I think is a warning signal; a publisher that wants your piece sight unseen may not be much interested in quality, and may expect to make its money from something other than sales.
DOUBLE-DRAGON - http://double-dragon-ebooks.com. Publisher Deron Douglas. They are a small company composed of three people dedicated to bringing quality books to the Internet. They offer a two year contract, 30-35% royalty, paid quarterly. They also do hardcover and paperback. I have a very favorable report from one of their authors. I received a report from a writer who used this Survey to try several publishers, and in due course settled on this one, and is highly pleased. DD was quick to respond, accommodating about contract changes, and moved things along efficiently. All reports on this publisher have been favorable. They have Draco awards for unpublished or self published fiction, for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror; the annual winner in each category will be published by DOUBLE DRAGON. April 2004 update: I finally have a negative report: an author put in a huge marketing effort, resulting in very few reported sales. I recommended auditing the publisher's books, as I have a conflict of interest here. June 2004 update: it seems that all electronic sales are down, so there may be low sales at most publishers. They want no agents, and are full through 2005; currently closed to submissions. Special note: the DD response to my negative note was the most polite of those received; this is a nice publisher. August 2004 update: The Draco Awards have been canceled for 2004. It seems that there was vocal opposition to them, and they were accused of being a scam because they did not give monetary prizes. It seems a shame, but they will be back in future. October 2004 update: they have a new Romance imprint. Reports of this publisher continue very favorable. February 2005 update: They are now accepting some titles in Fantasy and Romance only. April 2005 update: another very favorable user report, this one on their Dragon Tooth fantasy imprint. February 2006 update: 2006 has been filled, but they are accepting submissions for 2007. Allow 4-6 weeks for review. Now they have large-type as an option. Sales: Can be as high as 145 downloads per title per year, average. February 2007 update: They expect to reopen submissions in the summer of 2007. They receive up to 60 submission per week and are booked up a year ahead. February 2008 update: Submissions remain closed through mid 2009, but their erotic subsidiary Carnal Desires Publishing, listed separately above, is open and eager. April 2009 update: Submissions have been closed. January 2010 update: a report of fast response time and regular royalty payments. February 2010 update: Submissions are open for their new horror/thriller imprint Blood Moon Publishing, but closed for Double Dragon until spring 2010. March 2011 update: Submissions are closed, and will reopen March 1, 2011. That's now. March 2012 update: Submissions are open for their 2013 schedule. March 2013 update: And still open. March 2014 update: But now closed. March 2015 update: They are open for submissions of over 40,000 words, and now have a Double Dragon Publishing Service for those who wish to self publish, a paid service.
DPDOTCOM - www.dpdotcom.com/. Electronic and POD publisher currently accepting poetry, short stories 5[35,000 words, and novels 40-100,000 words from new and established authors. I found no information on terms; it seems you have to submit your work, and they'll let you know if they want it. March 2011 update: They remain open for submissions and will respond within three weeks. No porno or hate material. June 2011 update: They do a 50-50 split on all profits. You have to have a PayPal account set up. They do a cover and place your book on their list; you do the rest. It seems they do not have a contract; everything is based on trust. That's nice in theory, but no legal protection for the author. March 2014 update: currently accepting submissions. March 2015 update: Currently open to poetry, short stories, or fill length novels.
DRAFT2DIGITAL—See the Smashwords entry.
DREAMSPINNER PRESS — www.dreamspinnerpress.com/. "Where Dreams Come True..." This appears to be a gay fiction publisher, seeking gay male romance stories in all genres and cross-genres. They pay a negotiated advance, 25% when the contract is signed, 75% on final approval of the novel, and 25% of net royalties thereafter. Royalties are 33% for novels and 50% for stories. They are open for submissions for a limited time. February 2010 update: Now they are open to submissions in all lengths, but for a limited time in shorter lengths. March 2012 update: They no longer accept manuscripts of less than 15,000 words, unless for an anthology. Now their advance is paid in full when the contract is signed. August 2012 update: a mixed report. Sometimes they are responsive, and sometimes not. There is some question about the legitimacy of their publication of some short fiction. March 2013 update: Problem Loading Page. March 2014 update: There in good order now. Submissions are open for MM or MMM relationships, that is, gay males. A subsidiary imprint accepts LGBT Young Adult fiction. September 2014 update: a favorable report on their promotion. March 2015 update: They remain open for gay male fiction.
DRAUMR PUBLISHING - www.draumrpublishing.com/. Currently accepting submissions in Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Adventure, Suspense/Thriller, Gay/Lesbian and others. Minimum word count of 50,000, no maximum. Looking for the very best, for publication is both ebook and print formats. Their name means Dream in Norse. Their links for subsections did not work, so I couldn't check on terms. February 2006 update: I received a note from the proprietor, Robert E Allen, that now everything works. Unfortunately none of the row of pages across the top was responsive to my clicks; only the "store" connections worked. The problem remains. April 2006 update: a reader sent me more information. They are currently seeking submissions for their Dangerous Curves imprint. Minimum word count of 45,000, no maximum. Must have big beautiful woman heroine; big handsome man hero optional. She does not lose weight to gain acceptance. February 2010 update: They remain open for submissions for their Dangerous Curves imprint. March 2011 update: They are open for Dangerous Curves and assorted other genres. March 2013 update: They are currently accepting submissions. March 2014 update: Currently closed to submissions. March 2015 update: still closed. In fact they shut down publishing last fall.
DREAMING BIG - www.dreamingbigpublications.com/. This is a small electronic publisher run by Kristi King-Morgan, a fan of mine. I tried them out on some novella length pieces, such as Hair Power and Writer's Retweet, and have now received royalties. I have found them to be highly responsive, ready to negotiate terms—my agent and I have some strict ones, as you might imagine—and with good taste in covers. They are open for submissions, and pay the author 50% of money received. My impression is that while they are into science fiction and fantasy, they will consider any genre if the piece is well done, though perhaps not erotica. They are especially interested in anything relating to mental health or psychology. If your normal publisher balks at something different from your usual, Dreaming Big would like to see it. February 2020 update: I understand there is a complaint against this publisher about delayed statements of account and poor handling of books. It was not made directly to me and I don’t have details, but my impression is that it lacks merit. I have no complaints about the handling of my own books or accounts there. June 2020 update: Another complaint, of editing services not rendered as described in the contract, and a year's worth of royalties not paid. Again, my own experience differs, but I may not be a typical writer and may not get the same treatment as others. The proprietor has had repeated medical issues relating to cancer and may not be on top of every detail.
DREAMS COME TRUE PRESS - www.dreamscometruepress.com/. A self publisher offering a basic service package for $350, plus custom cover design for $250, hardcover edition for $295, copyright registration for $100, and copyediting for one and a half cents per word. April 2009 update: The site was so slow loading that I gave up after several minutes of nothing plus a blowout of my browser, twice. It was more like a nightmare than a dream. June 2009 update: I tried it on Windows and it worked okay. February 2010 update: And back to the impossibly slow-loading deal, even on Windows. March 2011 update: Additional plug-ins required, so I couldn't check them. (Web underling sees it, but it's now for an Asian pop-music duo.) March 2013 update: Now English is admixed with Chinese symbols. The site may be changing its nature.
DREAMS UNLIMITED - www.dreams-unlimited.com/. I liked this publisher, but apparently it has gone out of business.
DROLLERIE PRESS - www.drolleriepress.com/. March 2012 update: They have closed, with regret. because of the proprietor's health issues. Rights are being returned to the authors. March 2014 update: The site remains, but the domain is for sale.
DRURY'S GAZETTE - www.druryspublishing.com. This appears to be a kind of self publisher, running pieces in their anthologies. They list seven steps to success. 1 Anything except pornography. 2. Submit up to three poems or stories per anthology title. 3. Submissions must be typed one poem per page. 4. Include Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE). 5. Submissions may be rejected without notice for any reason. 6. No submission accepted except by First Class Postal Service. 7. Anthology buyers are given priority for publication consideration. Publication is the only payment. In sum: buy the anthology or you're out. If you have a book that you want promoted, there is no charge, but you are encouraged to make a donation. Okay, you don't have to pay and you get no money; it's just promotion. So how does the company make money, apart from the likely very limited sales of its anthologies? This is where the trap snaps. You send your piece, they accept it, you sign their permission form. They sent you the proof. Then they want $25 for the anthology, plus $7.99 postage and handling. If you change your mind and don't send back the proofs there is a penalty fee of $700. What happened to the no charge policy? I don't believe that penalty fee is mentioned in the permission form, and should be unenforceable. But what an attempted Grab! I recommend extreme caution. December 2017 update: when one writer withdrew her material, they published a review trashing her book.
DUFFIE BOOKS - www.duffiebooks.com/. February 2010 update: This seems to have become a search site.
DZFICTION - http://www.dzfiction.com/. I was contacted by the owner. This appears to be a self publisher. The author has complete control over the pricing, sampling, and marketing, after posting sample chapters. Author gets 70% of the net sales as well as access to free marketing tools. “You can even choose to have it adapted into another format e.g. fiction into comics or translated into another language." When I tried to check the site, it came on briefly but then the screen when blank with the message STOPPED. Maybe it was a bad Internet day. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
E-READS — www.ereads.com/. "E-Reads is the oldest established independent e-book publisher in the business—founded in 1999." About half their titles are fantasy and science fiction, but they seem to cover all genres. Their titles are sold in all formats, including Kindle and Sony. They have modest charge (I don't know the amount) to defray production costs, then pay 50% of net receipts, or about $2 per download sold. They pay a small advance. February 2010 update: the charge ranges from $225 to $400 to defray scanning expenses for older titles. March 2010 update: I am now doing business with them, as they will republish my Cluster science fiction series, so this is notice of my conflict of interest here. Meanwhile agent Richard Curtis has an interesting discussion of book piracy that I recommend to anyone. March 2011 update: My experience with them indicates that they really care about the condition of the books they sell. Very interesting and relevant articles here about the state of publishing. In essence, traditional print prospects are dire, e-print wonderful. March 2012 update: They are paying me royalties, so I can verify that they are properly functioning. April 2012 update: this time—March 27--they are featuring proprietor Richard Curtis' commentary on the apparent war against women, which now includes chick lit. There are those who want to believe it is dead. Curtis doubts it. So do I. March 2014 update: The site remains, but my information is that they have been bought out, so may not be publishing in the same manner. They may simply be a bookseller now.
EARTHLING PRESS - October 2020 update: Gone with Mundania.
EASTGATE SYSTEMS INC - www.eastgate.com/. This claims to be the primary source for hypertext, which is not like ordinary page at a time material; it uses links to create multiple paths through a document. Their books cost about $20-$25, being more complicated than conventional texts. They purchase exclusive world rights for hypertext, pay advances, and report in 4-6 weeks. Send material to their snail address on a disk. Royalties are typically 15%, and they pay up to $300 for works published in their Web zine. March 2011 update: They remain open for submissions of their type of material. March 2014 update: Still open.
EBOOK4KIDS - www.ebook4kids.com. A publisher of children's books. 50% royalties. I am not clear whether this is a self publisher. October 2006 update: They seem to have disappeared. Note that there is a different publisher with a similar name, ebooks4kids.org, which see, in the Services section. June 2009 update: see the next entry. October 2011 update: Now they are there in good order, listing their books. March 2013 update: Site under construction. March 2014 update: Notice “Failed to load page content." Bad sign. March 2015 update: The domain name seems to have expired.
EBOOKS4KIDS — www.ebooks4kids.com. I received notice that this has come into existence, registered in London. It is an independent publishing company for children's multimedia picture books. They are currently accepting submissions. March 2010 update: Page not found. March 2012 update: And now gone again. March 2013 update: This site also under construction. March 2014 update: Still under construction. After four years, I'd say it's a zombie: animate but dead. March 2015 update: And still under contsruction.
EBOOKAD - www.ebookad.com/. October 2006 update: bankrupt. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
EBOOKMALL - www.ebookmall.com/. This is a big book store, but also a publisher. It charges a one-time $19.95 listing fee per title, and pays 50% commissions, quarterly. An author's report says they are friendly and competent. April 2009 update: They have a huge number of titles for sale. I found 11 different Anthonys, and they had 28 of my books from assorted publishers. How many copies of each author's books sell I can't say. March 2011 update: This time I found 37 entries for my books. Assuming this is typical, they surely have just about anything you'd want. March 2013 update: But this time I find no evidence that they are still publishing, only selling. March 2015 update: ditto.
EBOOKSEBOOKS - www.ebooksebooks.com/. Gone.
EBOOKOMATIC - www.EbookoMatic.com/. April 2009 update: They say that since 2001 they have published over 1,000 authors and 500 ebooks. That's half an ebook per author, on average. March 2012 update: Connection timed out. March 2013 update: Domain is for sale. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
EBOOK PUBLISHING - www.ebookpublishing.us. They offer a 50-50 split of net money. They pay 50% of the net profits to the author, and 10% to the illustrator, if one is used, reducing the author's share to 40%. February 2005 update: Their site is there, but seems largely nonresponsive; I'm not sure they remain in active business. April 2006 update: the site remains, but without much information, and their FAQ (frequently asked questions) section is empty. I'd be cautious. April 2009 update: Now their FAQ section works, and other sections. March 2013 update: They remain in business. March 2015 update: But now I find no evidence that they are a market for authors.
EBOOKS - www.ebooks.com/. "An Australian company with a global focus; they deal in U.S. dollars. Business, travel, general reference, computing, and popular fiction from traditional publishers. So they deal with publishers rather than individual authors. They are retailers; they obtain their books from traditional publishers.
EBOOKS LIBRARY - www.eBooks-Library.com/. Publisher and distributor. For $30 a year you can check their 3400 book library, and download and read whatever you want without further charge. They also publish a few books, but I did not find information on terms. April 2005 correction: the price is £30, not $30, or about $57. The managing editor tells me that they now have a sample author contract online, but I was unable to find it. June 2005 update: He returned to point out that this information is accessible from the first page of their site, duh. So I checked and it is. They pay 80% of revenues for exclusive material, or 60% for non-exclusive, within 40 days. Either party may terminate the Agreement at any time with or without cause by written notice. So you sure aren't locked in. April 2012 update: Now they have over 10,700 works. March 2014 update: Now 12,400 works. March 2015 update: Now over 13,000.
EBOOKS-ONLINE — www.eBooks-Online.com/. They have existed since 1998; I am a bit late picking up on them. Royalties of 50% on sales after credit card processing fees. They publish poems or stories with no length restrictions listed. This looks like a self publisher, without fees, like Create Space; it could amount to little more than a listing on their site. March 2015 update: Still open, but they do reserve the right not to publish particular submissions, I presume things like porno or hate, though they don't say.
EBOOKS ON THE NET - www.ebooksonthe.net/. They take one-time non-exclusive rights, and copyright the one-time edition, not the work itself. Authors retain all rights to the original work and may cancel with a 30 day notice. There are no fees, books are proofread and edited, and the authors get galleys. Royalties are 40% of sales price or whatever price the publisher receives after discounts to libraries and bookstores, paid quarterly. This publisher has had a troubled history, but has been trying to straighten out. February 2005 update: Submissions are closed because of overload, but you may query anytime. April 2006 update: they have expanded into print. October 2006 update: a very favorable report from an author. Prompt responses to queries, good review process, and a joy to work with. April 2008 update: I got the Page Cannot be Found message. April 2009 update: The link becomes www.writewordsinc.com/. I did not find submission information. March 2011 update: This time I did. They will not consider paper or unsolicited, but are happy for queries. They will be moving into paper print, however. They have practical advice on formatting and usage that is worth reading. March 2014 update: This time when I checked for submission information, the loading took so long I gave up. When I'm already at the site, a subsection like that should be immediate, so I'm suspicious. March 2015 update: They are open for all genres except for small children.
EBOOKSTAND - http://ebookstand.com. An Internet-based, pay-per-service book printer that can handle books from any country in any language. They will give you a home page and list your book. You get 30% of a hard copy sale and 50% of an esale. There is a one-time setup fee of $249. They seem to have a positive reputation. October 2004 update: Now they have a graduated list of prices, depending on book size. August 2005 update: because they do have a full-fledged self publishing service, I'm moving them to the Publishing Section. February 2007 update: Now they have an assortment of packages ranging from $449 to $929. April 2008 update: They are now BOOKSTAND PUBLISHING, with similar terms. April 2012 update: prices start at $199 for bare bones, and move up. March 2014 update: Server Not Found. March 2015 update: They're there now, but plugs-ins required.
E-BOOKTIME - http://www.e-booktime.com/. This is a straight self-publisher charging fees similar to other self publishers: $395-$695 depending on how much you want, with royalties of 30% on paperback copies sold via their store, 15% if sold via other outlets. 75% for ebooks, paid monthly. It seems straightforward.
eBooks2Go - see Virtual Publishing Group
EBOOX - www.eboox.co.uk/. Gone.
eBrandedBooks - www.ebrandedbooks.com/. February 2004 Update: This seems to have become a search site. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
ECHELON PRESS - www.echelonpress.com. March 2015 update: They are suspending publication indefinitely because the proprietor needs a heart transplant. But she hopes to resume when that clears.
ECONOMICAL SELF PUBLISHING - http://economical-self-publishing.com/. March 2010 update: they have become a search site. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
EC PUBLISHING - ecpublishinglic.com. I received fliers from one Jeff Red, sales and marketing consultant for this company. telling me how great my (unnamed) book is and for an investment of $1,599 I can be showcased at the London Book International Book Fair 2021, June 29th through July 1st. Or maybe only $499. I wouldn't touch this with the proverbial ten foot pole. April 2021 update: Now they have a discounted price of $8,999 for their Hollywood Treatment. May 2021 update: This time they are offering a radio interview with one Ric Bratton.
EDIT INK - Avoid. I have seen published articles about the nefarious deeds of the this outfit.
E-DITION - www.e-dition.net. Owned and operated by Bernard Limoges, said to be brilliant and quirky. It says it has the world's largest online library, 400,000 titles. But I did not find any terms for writers. February 2005 update: They now accept only works that can be used as reference tools, such as dictionaries or handbooks, and are dedicated to education. March 2011 update: The site said to select a language, but when I tried all it gave me was, I think, French or Italian. We're not in Kansas any more. (Web underling found a link to the English-language version at the bottom of the French page's menu. It begins, "E-dition offers reference softwares in different cultural fields.") March 2012 update: This time they spoke to me in English. March 2013 update: It seems to be back to one choice: French. March 2014 update: Still French: “E-dition prend une nouvelle direction!" which I take to mean they are heading in a new direction. I did not see indications that they are open for submissions. I think they are no longer a market.
EDITORIAL MAZATLAN - http://editorialmazatlan.com. They are a small independent publisher located in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, specializing in English-language books on Mexican history. Under their new imprint, Libros Valor, they publish fiction, regional works, and other works less easy to categorize. They are now soliciting manuscripts in the English language related to Mexico, Spanish-language studies, and Latin America. They do both print and ebooks, with distribution through Small Press united. If you are in this somewhat specialized market, this may be what you need. March 2015 update: The link now leads to Montezuma Books LLC with similar tastes. It seems to be the same outfit, updated.
EGGPLANT PRODUCTIONS - www.eggplant-productions.com/. February 2006 update: Out of business. May 2012 update: I heard from the proprietor: after a six-year hiatus, Egglant is reopening, dedicated to publishing great stories of speculatiuve fiction. March 2013 update: But their links don't seem to be working well yet.
EIRELANDER PUBLISHING - www.eirelander-publishing.com/. March 2015 update: “This Account Has Been Suspended." And probably good riddance.
ELDER SIGNS PRESS - www.eldersignspress.com. An independent press specializing in science fiction, dark fiction, fantasy, and horror. I was asked about it, so looked it up, but it's site doesn't say much. However, submissions are closed. March 2013 update: Still closed. March 2014 update: Still closed, and the notice is dated January, 2012. Bad elder sign. March 2015 update: But now they are there in good form. Submissions are closed until they catch up with their backlog.
ELECTRIC BOOKWORM PUBLISHING - www.electric-bookworm.bigstep.com/. Gone. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
ELECTRIC EBOOK PUBLISHING - www.electricebookpublishing.com. December 2005 update: this publisher is essentially dead, with large debts and no assets.
ELECTRIC STORY - www.electricstory.com/. March 2013 update: They are no longer accepting new accounts or taking orders here. Looks as if they are on the way out. March 2014 update: Same message. March 2015 update: Ditto.
ELECTRIC WORKS PUBLISHING - www.electricpublishing.com. February 2005 update: gone.
ELECTRON PRESS - www.electronpress.com/. This publisher hopes to make the quality of writing, rather than its commercial potential, the key factor in selecting manuscripts for publication, to keep books "in print" forever, and generally open up the system. It feels that by the end of the year there will be ten million PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) in use, such as the Palm Pilot, and as the technology improves to make them more readable, more people will use them and come to prefer them. "Electron Press is unalterably opposed to the closed architecture, proprietary publishing schemes and high book prices that appear to be the core principles of the dedicated ebook device companies." But I wasn't able to ascertain the terms offered writers. They say they pay "substantial" royalties. August 2004 update: The site does not appear to have been updated since July 2003, so this publisher may be inactive. February 2007 update: No, it remains in business. April 2008 update: Query them, and if they are interested they will ask for more, and if they like it will pay "substantial royalties." Apparently you will have to be accepted before you actually learn what their terms are. March 2011 update: The site is there, but it's just a listing of some of their books. I guess you have to query to learn more. March 2014 update: This time they give their original 1997 message. No indication that they remain a market.
ELLORA'S CAVE - www.ellorascave.com/. "Romantica" which seems to be very graphic erotic romances for women, but no pedophilia, bodily functions, necrophilia or bestiality. 40% royalties. I did not find other terms listed, but have a very favorable report from more than one of their authors; it seems they pay monthly and on time. They are now expanding into print as well as electronic publication. They receive 100,000 hits daily and regard themselves as THE place to be for erotic romance. So this would seem to be a top choice for sexy romance. I met and chatted with some of their personnel at EPICon; they seem like nice folk. Their acceptance rate is 4-5%, which means one out of 20-25 manuscripts. They believe they do as well for their authors as any electronic publisher. They describe five levels of eroticism, so it seems you can choose your type. Their hardest erotic is the main seller. But they do have limits, so check their requirements. June 2004 update: But now I have a report of extremely arrogant behavior by one of their editors. October 2005 update: I saw a TV interview with them, where they said they now do $11 million business a year. It seems there's gold in the hot stuff. June 2006 update: Another negative report of bad editing and bounced checks. That's mischief. I suspect they got too big too soon and are losing their grip. August 2006 update: I have a very favorable report on them from a mid-list author: contract negotiations are swift and civil, editing timely, phenomenal cover art, and royalties paid on time. October 2006 update: I have a report that their contract boilerplate asks for lifetime all rights. This is a Grab, but may be worth it considering their sales. February 2007 update: They say they are always open to submissions in all their genres, plus a number of special projects. June 2007 update: sales of 400 or more books per release are reported. December 2007 update: they will no longer accept historicals, and I am told they are yanking them from their lineup. February 2008 update: A refutation from the publisher; they are still publishing historicals. They have yanked some when unsatisfied with their standards. Okay, here is my problem: I have evidence this is not the whole truth, but can't run it because of the threat of retaliation against the authors. At such time as this changes, I will have more to say; I do not like seeing authors get pushed around. I have another report of phenomenal sales. In sum: this is a top publisher, but it plays hardball against those it wrongs. April 2008 update: this time I looked up their definition of Romantica, and I recommend their discussion of it to aspiring writers in this genre. But one thing would help: how about spelling out exactly what terminology will do for what heat level? Where do you say "love channel" "cleft" "vagina" or "cunt"? "Masculinity" "member" "penis" or "cock"? "Love" "sex" "intercourse" or "fuck"? Some straight lists of words should help. I speak as one who has used all terms, but prefers to avoid extremes of political correctness or gutter talk. Meanwhile they remain open for submissions in all their genres. June 2008 update: A report of slow response to submissions, such as a year or more. Queries can be ignored. So they may be always open to submissions, but in practice they might as well be closed. February 2009 update: I was sent a link to a site called Mrsgiggles.com that has a January 11, 2009, discussion of this publisher's problem with an author. Something about auctioning off rights without telling the author. (My printout cut off the right end of each line, so I don't have the whole story.) Also a link to Dear Author discussing how EC is suing Borders for $1 million, because Borders ordered more books than it planned to sell and EC is stuck with heavy returns. This is no laughing matter. I can say from my involvement with Xlibris that Borders can be a bitch to deal with; Xlibris had to get out and cut its losses before the ruinous expense made it founder. I suspect EC may have to do the same. Borders is fading and may go out of business within a year. April 2009 update: I was asked to consider this issue more carefully, as my prior discussion was inadequate. I don't feel this is the place for a comprehensive discussion, but will say that Ellora's Cave does seem to have acted somewhat arbitrarily and caused the author needless mischief. This is what traditional print publishers do. There's a certain irony that at the same time, EC is suing a traditional publishing bookseller for doing something similar to EC. I guess you see it differently when you're on the receiving end. They remain open for submissions. July 2009 update: a complaint about late royalties and books being sold after they have reverted to the author. From here it looks like carelessness rather than malfeasance, but is another signal that this publisher is distracted. August 2009 update: They failed to publish an author's book for five years, then tried to blame the author. This appears to be an error complicated by arrogance. There's an indication that their sales are declining, and that they are losing authors. March 2010 update: This time I did not find submission information. I presume they still are buying manuscripts. April 2010 update: But maybe not. It seems the owner is reviewing manuscripts rejected by their editors, and overturning some rejections and assigning them to new editors. So something is going on, but it's not clear what. There's still a lawsuit in progress, but their attorneys did not show up for a hearing, leading to a judgment against the company by default. I understand author royalties have plummeted. Be cautious. March 2011 update: Now the link leads to Jasmine Jade Enterprises, apparently the same outfit. They remain open for submissions in all their genres. March 2012 update: “Ellora's Cave is always open for submissions in all our genres." But I have a formidable complaint by Candace Sams, who discovered 50 of her books, every one she has with this publisher, suddenly pirated on the Internet. They are being offered free in India, China, Ukraine, Russia, Holland, Germany, and in Spanish speaking countries and English speaking countries. Ellora's Cave has not been responsive to her pained query. Something is drastically wrong. March 2013 update: They are open for submissions, but be cautious. May 2013 update: I had a complaint several months ago about lack of payment of royalties. I asked to be reminded if payment didn't come, and was not reminded, so I presume they did catch up on it. July 2013 update: A complaint about EC failing to bring titles to market, never finishing the editing process (or never even starting it). Emails to editors are getting ignored. There is a conjecture that EC is signing authors to lock them in and prevent them from being published elsewhere, while focusing most of their attention of the top earning books. I doubt that; more likely it's just fouled-up-edness. Still slow on paying royalties. The publisher says that staffing shortages owing to recent turnovers are responsible. So they are having in internal shakeup. This continues to have the odor of a publisher that ran out of money and can't get its act together. September 2013 update: But a positive report of a smooth process and competent editing. February 2014 update: They are late on royalty payments for the second time in a year. Let's hope it's merely a reorganizing problem. March 2014 update: But maybe not. I have a report that they are just about impossible to contact for queries or complaints; when any names are provided, they don't answer. Royalty payments appear to have stopped. They say they can do them quarterly if they want to. So maybe it's reorganization, but there is an increasing odor of mischief. In my experience, extended delays can be a prelude to default. Caution. There's no indication of problems on the site, of course, but also no submission information. June 2014 update: And a complaint about their not registering copyrights for authors, as they are required by contract to do. Understand, the author has an inherent copyright the moment he/she creates a piece of fiction, but it helps to get it registered so that if someone tries to steal it, you can proved it's yours. Going without that registration is like driving without a seat belt: could be real mischief if there is a crash. Thinking you are covered when you aren't is like thinking you have insurance when you don't; you won't know it until it's too late. So this is potential mischief. Someone at EC is not doing their job, and it could cost you. Someone should goose the publisher. September 2014 update: reports suggest that this publisher is in trouble, their owner suffering a collapsed lung from obesity yet starting a new company. The fear is that contracts with safeguards may get transferred to where they are no longer safe, as the company runs afoul of tax liens and goes bankrupt. They may be selling off their office equipment. This is hearsay; maybe they'll be able to turn things around and pay their authors. Let's hope so, but meanwhile it's probably best to stay clear of what may be a sinking ship. October 2014 update: Half a slew of notes this time. It puts me in mind of a giant tree slowly falling, crashing through the brush. The prior complaint about not registering copyrights turns out to be wrong; the contract does not require that of the publisher. But the rest is negative. Writers aren't being paid, editors and artists aren't being paid, personnel are being laid off, company bills are not being paid. Top personnel are resigning. Yet EC is not returning rights to authors, as is normal when bankruptcy occurs. Now EC is suing Dear Author for libel; evidently that's an information site that had the temerity to speak out. But to prove libel EC will have to open its books of account to legal scrutiny, and that they have steadfastly refused to do so far. I have no first hand information, but will say that back over 40 years ago when I got blacklisted for protesting when a publisher cheated me, I was told by a lawyer that if I published the truth I could be sued for libel—and lose, because the truth would be detrimental to the publisher's reputation. More recently, PREDITORS AND EDITORS got sued by PUBLISH AMERICA for speaking out, and lost. Justice is not necessarily served in the courts. So this present case could be interesting; we have no certainty how it will turn out. Meanwhile, stay the hell away from the carnage. November 2014 update: it seems that a number of authors are openly dismayed about EC's strong-handed attempt to silence criticism. Some folk are announcing that they will no longer review or buy EC titles. Dear Author has raised money rapidly for their legal defense. Some writers are receiving EC checks, but question whether they have been back dated to make them seem to have been on time. The slow crash of the colossus continues. March 2015 update: No sign of any of this mischief on the site. They remain open for submissions. July 2015 update: it seems that their authors still have not been paid. Ellora's cave-in continues. August 2015 update: I am told that in July 2015 EC debuted a more modern website, but it seems that existing customer accounts weren't carried over, so they must make new accounts at the new site and contact customer service to retrieve previous purchases. https://twitter.com/glo908/status/619351952296574978. This seems unnecessarily complicated, unless they are trying to discourage customers. The new site does not seem to provide information on writing for EC, apart from saying that they're always open to submissions. Some of the new links appear to be broken. There is also a report that they have put their office building up for sale. Meanwhile the court case continues. I recommend continued caution; they don't seem like much of a market any more. October 2015 update: the EC vs Dear Author case continues. A jury trial was scheduled for next spring, motions for a summary judgment were filed, and a surprise third party, author Ann Jacobs, requested permission to be enjoined in the case with a claim of being shorted many thousands of dollars on royalties. RWA (Romance Writers of America) contacted EC regarding allegations of late royalties; EC confirmed them, and RWA put them on notice for being in violation of their code of ethics. From here, EC looks guilty as hell. January 2016 update: this time there's a new wrinkle: EC changed an author's email and street addresses to fictional ones, and sent the royalties there. When they weren't claimed, unsurprisingly, they took them back, screwing the author out of them. It seems to be impossible to get hold of anyone at EC to resolve such issues, and those who try too hard to get what they are owed may suffer retaliation that prevents them from ever getting their rights back. I say yet again: beware. This publisher is going down ugly. February 2016 update: I heard from an author that she got her rights back, contrary to my prior report. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
ELM GROVE PUBLISHING - www.elmgrovepublishing.com/. This is a small traditional publisher that also does ebooks. They are open to anything: “If you write it, we'll publish," though they will refuse anything they deem unsuitable or potentially illegal. What makes them different? “We look at everything from the author's point of view," as they are authors themselves. They try to make it easy. “We want you to just write and let us do the rest!" There is no cost to the author, and they share the profits equally, which translates to 50% of the net.
ELOQUENT BOOKS - I don't have their Web site yet, but do have a report. A writer filled out a questionnaire at WL Literary Agency and was subsequently solicited by Eloquent for close to $1,000 to self publish with them. They were very excited about the book, and saw great potential. That kind of come-on is often a give-away for shady outfits. If an advance-paying, royalty paying traditional publisher says it, believe it. But if you have to pay for it, don't. July 2010 update: I understand they have merged with Strategic Books. Their reaction to an illustrated book was described as cat and mouse.
EMBIID PUBLISHING - www.embiid.net/. October 2006 update: they have folded.
EMERGING BUSINESS GROUP - I don't have their site address. They solicited a writer for submissions, so I'm listing them in the hope that someone knows something about them. They publish newspapers and magazines and are expanding into book publishing.
EMERGING INK SOLUTIONS — I have no web site for this self publisher, but received a very favorable report on their competence. They specialize in editing, formatting, and cover designs, overall editing packages. They offer special prices for students.
ENCHANTED RAMBLINGS - www.enchantedramblings.net/. March 2010 update: Now it's a charity and general information site.
eNOVEL.COM - enovel.com. Update: They have folded, apparently without paying their authors. They say that fraudulent book orders did them in. They have released authors from their contracts.
ENSLOW PUBLISHING - I don't have a site address, but that may be academic, as I received a report that they had been bought out by ROSEN PUBLISHING. I understand that some authors feel left in the lurch.
ENSPIREN - www.enspirenpress.com/. March 2010 update: This domain may be for sale.
ENTANGLED PUBLISHING - www.entangledpublishing.com/ Royalties start at 40% and increase with sales. Simultaneous electronic and print releases. No word yet on exactly what they are looking for, apart from “Great stories with fresh voices." No track record yet. March 2012 update: They are open for submissions. September 2013 update: I have a report from a former editor that this publisher broke out and got big fast, with attendant glitches, but is doing well, with good editors and authors. March 2014 update: Domain may be for sale. That's a sudden end. February 2016 update: It seems the domain sale notice may be premature; they have shuttered the mystery physical office but are still publishing and taking submissions.
EPRESS ONLINE - www.epress-online.com/. March 2013 update: They folded.
EQUILIBRIUM BOOKS - www.equilibriumbooks.com/. February 2016 update: they are set to close at the end of March, 2016. Titles still in print or Kindle format will remain available for sale through this site until March 15, 2016.
EQUILLBOOKS - http://equillbooks.com. They offer free manuscript conversion, authors' websites, Equill email addresses, along with a written critique of the author's work during their first month of business, ending September 1, 2007. Thereafter their rates will be among the lowest in the industry. October 2007 update: Now they are a small publishing house. They are open for submissions. They charge $35 to convert your manuscript, and give a 50-50 split on ebook sales. April 2009 update: Now it says "Reviewing the best and worst of all genres of business books." Apparently they no longer publish. March 2010 update: But now they are open to submissions in all acceptable genres. March 2011 update: All I see there now are books on making money. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
ERASERHEAD PRESS — www.eraserheadpress.com/. Founded in 1999, this is an independent publishing company with a focus on Bizarro Fiction. They have eight imprints, one of which is a magazine, published quarterly. "We aim to bring you the weirdest fun to read books you'll ever find." They are looking for strong fiction, strong plot, strange and outlandish worlds. The one I read was exactly that. Pay one cent per word up to a hundred dollars, on publication. 100-6,000 words for fiction, 300-10,000 nonfiction. February 2012 update: I should mention that they published my horror shocker The Sopaths, and my experience with them has been good. March 2014 update: They have an amazing line of bizarre titles. They are open for submissions, but only for their type of books. March 2015 update: But I also should say that they have been extremely slow paying royalties or responding to my agent's queries. Caution.
ERIDIAN PUBLISHING - www.eridianpublishing.com. April 2004 update: couldn't reach them.
EROTIC TRAVEL TALES 3 - WordDabbler@yahoo.com. This is an international anthology of location-based erotica now looking for submissions; you have to contact them via their email address. February 2008 update: This is long since out of date; they are no longer looking.
E-SAC - www.e-sac.com/. 2003 UPDATE: Gone.
ETERNAL PRESS - www.eternalpress.biz/. New Australian publisher. They have all subgenres of Romance, Westerns, Sci-fi, Paranormal, Historical, Suspense, Horror, Mystery, Gay, Erotica, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction, Self Help, Cookbooks. No poetry or Young adult. 65,000 to 105,000 words, and stories 5,000-6,500 words. They are electronic, but later may do POD with a one time printer set-up fee. Royalties 35% for ebook, 10% POD. I have a favorable report on them. April 2008 update: They are remodeling and moving, but remain in business. April 2009 update: Server Not Found. August 2009 update: they were bought, and moved to Canada. Terms for author contracts remain the same. They now offer all their books in ebook and print through Amazon and ebook through Fictionwise, All Romance Ebooks, etc. January 2010 update: sales seem to be low to nonexistent. March 2010 update: an author wanted out, but they insist on being paid off. April 2010 update: their contract termination fee is about $150. They seem to be poor at selling books, assuming their statements are accurate. I have learned of royalties under $5 for a year. It makes me wonder whether they are making money from termination fees instead of by selling books. There is also a question whether sales are honestly reported. And I heard from the publisher, unpleased with aspects of this listing. Royalties are now 40% for ebook, 25% for POD. They are now an American company. They are accepting submissions for novellas and full length manuscripts from 20,000 to 140,000 words. They make a reasonable case for the kill fee; it's fair if it is in the contract the author signs. I did not see an explanation for the low sales. May 2010 update: One author has verified that more people have bought copies than are reflected in the sales reports. There is also a question whether they have a business license. They were bought by Damnation Press, and I heard from their CEO, who says an author has a campaign against them, that her words have been abusive and hurtful, and that she is the only one out of 250 authors they have to complain, and they would like their good name restored. They wrote a similar message to PREDITORS AND EDITORS. But I have to say the case remains dubious. Remember, I got condemned and blacklisted when I protested getting cheated by a publisher, early in my career, though I had the right of the case, as I freely bruit about now; there is a similar smell here. June 2010 update: It continues. I have a report that when the author objected to the cover design, he (generic, no gender) was charged an $800 termination fee. There is no such stipulation in his contract. The word is that kill fees are used to blackmail unhappy authors to make them stay in line. In this case it seems the publisher violated contract terms by making changes in the text and credits, and tried to use an unauthorized kill fee to silence the author's protests. Approach this publisher with caution. One author went to the local Better Business Bureau, and the Attorney General's office, which turned out to be a waste of time. (It is my impression from personal experience in another venue that the BBB exists to promote business, not to correct its faults, so appeals there are useless.) The publisher maintains that this is a vendetta by one irate author, but there are things such as invoking a kill fee that is not in the signed contract that make me doubtful. Authors who are fairly treated usually don't undertake vendettas, and legitimate publishers are generally satisfied to let unhappy authors go quickly. Both authors and publishers have better things to do than fight without reason. There is another report in favor of the publisher, referring to disgruntled authors who don't read their contracts making trouble. But I have reports from those who have perused their contracts quite seriously, and do have a case. Yet another report says that sales here are parallel to those elsewhere, and has no complaint. So accounts vary. July 2010 update: the negatives continue, as known sales are not reported and legal action seems to be the only remaining recourse. February 2011 update: Still more about dismal sales, fouled up edits, messed up scheduling, and failure to revert rights. March 2011 update: They are looking for erotica, paranormal, GBLT (gay/bisexual/lesbian/transsexual), Romance, BDSM(bondage/domination/sado-masochism) and Young Adult. April 2011 update: some bad author relations continue. I can not be certain of the right of the case, but favor the author. They do seem to be balky about removing reverted pieces. March 2012 update: they are open for submissions, especially novels. March 2014 update: They remain open for submissions, 20,000 to 140,000 words. March 2015 update: Still open for submissions, with no suggestion of problems on their site.
ETOPIA PRESS — I have not looked this one up, or even tried to find its site, because I am told that four out of five authors swear they will never submit anything else there again. That seems like a sufficient recommendation of its type. December 2011 update: A positive report on their professionalism. February 2013 update: A report that royalties are no longer being paid, queries are ignored, emails may be returned as not deliverable. This is serious mischief. July 2013 update: But I heard from an author who has been receiving monthly royalties all along. August 2013 update: a report of a serious failure to follow up on an anthology, even after a contract was signed, leaving the author hanging.
ETREASURES PUBLISHING - HTTP://etreasurespublishing.com/. Their main focus is Romance, but they are also seeking submissions in Action-Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Humor, Mystery, Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Young Adult. No pedophilia, rape, incest, bestiality, necrophilia, or Fan Fiction. (I am privately amused by the company Fan Fiction keeps.) 15,000 to 100,000+ words. I found no information on terms. August 2011 update: I am told they have been sold, but there's no sign of this on the site. They were going to get back to an author in 3 weeks, but there was no word for 5 months. Caution. September 2011 update: reports of a lack of statements and payments. They sent a very nice, reasonable letter to their annoyed authors explaining things. So they are talking the talk. But are they walking the walk? March 2014 update: Open for submissions.
EVANSTON PUBLISHING INC - www.evanstonpublishing.com/. A self publisher. Their fees depend on the services rendered, with printing varying with the size of the book and the number of copies: the more you have, the lower the price per copy. But they're talking about print runs of 1,000 copies or more. Self published books seldom sell anywhere near that many.
EVERNIGHT PUBLISHING - www.evernightpublishing.com/. They are open for submissions. 45% royalties from sale off their website, 50% net royalties from distributors. 15,000 to 80,000 words. Query first. They seem to be in a number of genres, but focus mainly on sexy romance with the usual cautions. I have a report that says statements are quarterly and arrive on time, but they need to improve on editing. They are friendly and responsive. Sales vary but can be good. May 2011 update: A report of more than 400 copies sold in the first three days of publication. That is good. November 2011 update: a report that few come close to that level, and that their editing isn't great. But they are friendly. May 2012 update: A favorable report. July 2013 update: Complaints about poor editing, books being published with mistakes left in them, and late cover art. That it is an author mill. March 2015 update: This not looks like a parked domain listing other outfits. July 2015 update: one of the dicey things about erotic writing is involving underage folk, such as he being eighteen, she almost seventeen. In real life this is common, but in erotic fiction it can be complicated. The complaint is that this publisher's tolerances may not match its specs for submissions, so a carefully done piece may be rejected despite the specs. That can be infuriating, as it wastes the author's time.
EVOLVED PUBLISHING — www.evolvedpub.com I received a query about this publisher, but don't know anything about it. Any writers with experience here are welcome to let me know.
EXCESSICA - www.eXcessica.com. "We're a partnership publisher who works on a load-sharing/balancing principle to keep our costs negligible." They say that if you have written an intense story that was both too short to publish and too powerful to forget, this anthology may be the place. No subject is off limits. The emphasis is on brief, generally 1,000-3,000 word compelling, focused stories. "We challenge you to impress us." It is an electronic anthology. The authors retain their rights. I'm not clear on the submission deadline, but probably you should get on it soon. August 2008 update: Correction: eXcessica is the regular erotic publisher, while their anthology is Focus. So there would be no deadline for the former. December 2008 update: Further clarification: they are a full-range erotic publisher, with books up to 200,000 words. I have a favorable report on their treatment of authors. February 2009 update: I have now done business with them, and found them easy to work with, in fact quite helpful. June 2009 update: I was asked how they make money, if they don't take any from royalties or charge fees. That stumped me. Maybe they make it from their anthologies. July 2009 update: I am learning more about how they cover their operating expenses: with anthologies and individual stories donated by their authors. So I donated my "Juliette" quartet of stories to the cause, and they expect to publish it December 2009. Meanwhile their edition of my story "Serial" sold about 50 copies. My experience with them continues positive. September 2009 update: my sales report for the short story "Serial" was 90 copies, or royalties of $66.19 for the quarter April through June. November 2009 update: now they are taking 10%, trying to get on an even financial basis. They are raising prices, so authors should receive more regardless. February 2010 update: eXcessica is growing rapidly, and Selena Kitt can't do it all, so they are hiring staff. So this outfit is becoming more like a regular publisher. March 2010 update: I continue to do business with them, and donated two more stories to their anthologies: "Medusa," erotic science fiction, and "Rat Bait," a sexual horror. Royalties on "Serial" continue good. But I have a report of bad editing; it seems editors vary, and an author can get a good one or a bad one. May 2010 update: Another report of bad editing. March 2011 update: I made over $450 on “Serial" for the year 2010. That may be more than the Relationships volume it was excluded from. They do have limits; my horror novel The Sopaths violated them. But they are currently closed to submissions. November 2011 update: Another bad report: author protested really bad editing, and publisher refused to publish but then put the pieces on anyway, messing up the author's re-marketing. So while my own experience with eXcessica has been good, it seems that this is not always the case. March 2012 update: They are currently closed to submissions. March 2014 update: now they are open for submissions. March 2015 update: I am now submitting material to them, so consider my objectivity compromised. They remain open to a wide array of erotic fiction. December 2016 update: I now have four novellas with them, ranging from juvenile for their Fido imprint to the intensely erotic Captive. Treatment continues good, for me. December 2021 update: alas, they are folding as of the turn of the year. They will pay royalties through 2022, and will send reversion of rights letters on request. This saddens me, because I have five novellas there, and they paid regular royalties. They explain that the market for ebooks has changed so much over the years that the necessity for a company like theirs has become moot. Maybe so, but I will miss them.
EXTASY BOOKS - www.extasybooks.com/. This is an adult site, publishing sexy books. They have good guidelines for the writing of effective erotic fiction, but I couldn't find any terms for authors listed. They have a sample contract, taking virtually all electronic rights and trade paperback rights, in English. Here is one interesting clause: "Upon the author receiving an offer from a traditional publisher, eXtasy Books shall relinquish all rights to the contents of the book and act as agent on the author's behalf during this transaction." They'll take a 20% commission on the advance. Okay, this is high; 15% is standard, and old-timers like me pay 10%. But this includes the relinquishing of eXtasy's rights, so seems fair. Assuming they are competent at agenting, this is a very nice service for an unagented author. October 2006 update: belay that; Tina Haveman has taken personal charge and is getting it straightened out. She has also paid royalties that the bankruptcy of eBookAd prevented her from receiving. So while controversy remains, this publisher is viable. See my extended discussion in the October hipiers.com column in another section of this site. One report is that royalties are around $200 per title per year. February 2007 update: They are currently accepting submissions in all the sub-genres, and are interested in all heat levels. 'If it's outside the box, feel free to send it.' Except for the usual restrictions. Royalties are 40% of cover price, and 35% for third party sellers. Their contract is for ebook only; if a book goes to print, they will offer a new contract. Their contracts is for three years. All backlist titles have been published. And some authors receive five figure royalties per year. June 2008 update: A very positive report on their professionalism. October 2008 update: Another positive report: they are prompt and polite. April 2009 update: Open for submissions for a brief period. October 2009 update: now closed to submissions. March 2010 update: And now open for submissions in all the sub-genres. November 2010 update: Another very positive report. March 2011 update: I gave up waiting for it to load after about 15 minutes. March 2012 update: This time they loaded fairly promptly. They seem to be open for submissions. July 2013 update: I have a favorable report about their mainstream imprint DevineDestinies.com, with solid editing and a good cover. March 2014 update: Now open for submissions. September 2014 update: Another favorable report. And another, on their Devine Destinies imprint. May 2015 update: I heard from Tina Haveman with a comprehensive update. They have been and are a fully registered incorporated company since 2009. Authors are paid 40% of cover price of books, 40% of net receipts from third party vendors, and 40% of net receipts for print books. An ebook or series going into print requires a new contract. That means they don't just grab e-rights; you have to consciously sign them away. That's good. They are venturing into audio books via Audible, but soon will sell them from their own site. They have some authors earning six figures a year. That is, $100,000 or more. They have a full staff, from Editor in Chief down, including an art team and a lawyer overseeing all legal matters. All authors and staff are paid promptly between the first and fifth of each month. Third party sales are paid quarterly. Print sales are paid yearly. Statements are sent out by the 20th of each month, and a year's end statement in January. They are open for submissions in most genres. Publication usually takes place within six months of receiving the completed manuscript. They are debt free and in the black. Tina admits to getting older—I know how that is, being 80 myself—and has set things up so that the company will survive her. That is, it can't crash if she retires or dies. That matters; other publishers have sometimes left their authors stranded.
FAIRGO E-BOOKS - www.angelfire.com/electronic/fairgoebooks/. They have suspended new book submissions, due to low sales. That will change at such time as sales improve. April 2007 update: their submission requirements merely ask for corect spelling and grammar, with word wrapping, and a copy of their contract. Except that it is still just the notice that they have suspended new submissions. That notice is dated October 2, 2003. This is not a good sign. March 2010 update: Fairgo E-books is no longer selling electronic books. This notice is dated October 2, 2009.
FAIRY TALES AND DREAMS - www.fairytalesanddreams.com/. April 2011 update: Server Not Found.
FAMOUS HISTORICAL CHARACTERS ANTHOLOGY - www.worddabbler.com/. This was a one-shot anthology of erotica featuring famous historical characters from Cleopatra to Elvis. Their deadline is past, and they are gone.
FANNY PRESS — www.fannypress.com/. A publisher of hot, offbeat erotic material: BDSM, Bondage, Gay, Polyamory, Cuckoldry, Voyeurism, Sodomy and the like. They are looking for experimental projects that push boundaries and buttons, and are willing to take risks. I found nothing on terms. An author report says that the cover art was great but editing is merely adequate, and that they really mean it about pushing boundaries. They promise really hot royalties, but royalty reports may be slow. April 2014 update: They are open fro submissions. Send a 50 page sample and a complete synopsis, and they will let you know in six weeks.
FANTASY ISLAND BOOK PUBLISHING — I list this only to report that they are ripping off authors and libeling those who protest; there's a lawsuit. Stay away.
FATBRAIN - www.fatbrain.com/ematter/. Mightywords now out of business. The site has been taken over by Barnes & Noble. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
FAT CAT PRESS - www.fatcatpress.com/. April 2009 update: They have closed.
FICTION FOREST - www.fictionforest.com. Now out of business. Web site remains, but they are no longer publishing. Just a notice on the proprietor's experience. Update: and it's gone.
FICTIONWISE - www.fictionwise.com/. April 2011 update: The site remains, but their subsections, such as information for authors, are empty except for "currently being updated" messages. I suspect the end has passed.
FIREDRAKE WEYR PUBLISHING - I have a note that they shut down in September 2009, and all rights returned to the authors. It was run by Peggy Roberts, AKA Margaret Roberts or Peggy Kenny. I hadn't listed them, because I hadn't heard of them. It seems that they weren't paying royalties to their authors or issuing statements, so it's uncertain whether they ever sold any books. They hope to resurrect sometime. Beware.
1STBOOKS - www.1stbooks.com. April 2004 update: they have now become Authorhouse, and their site takes you there.
FIRST PUBLISH - www.firstpublish.com. Gone.
1ST WORLD LIBRARY - www.1stworldlibrary.com/. An author-services book publishing company dedicated to helping authors get their manuscripts into publication. That is, a self publisher. It can cost you as little as $5000. Unfortunately I have a very bad report on them, and it is said that the man in charge is vindictive toward any who try to blow the whistle. Fair warning. April 2008 update: Among their titles are The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and Animal Farm by George Orwell. Great novels, but not exactly current. March 2010 update: Their standard publishing package costs $1899, for which you get a professional color cover, 10 softcover author copies and 50% royalties. April 2014 update: Server Not Found. April 2015 update: Now it says it is an educational organization dedicated to promoting literacy. But you can still publish with them. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
FICTION WORKS - see THE FICTION WORKS
FINCH BOOKS - www.finch-books.com/. They have been in business a decade and specialize in young adult, romantic, and erotic fiction. They have morne than 400 authors. They hive an automated response to submissions within 24 dours and a response within six weeks. They say they have some of the best royalty rates in theindustry. They pay royalties monthly. Their standard contract is for four years. “We offer 100% dedication and commitment to each and every author..."
FIVE STAR - http://www.gale.cengage.com/fivestar/. This is a traditional publisher specializing in library editions, some large print; in fact they are thought to do about 80% of all large print editions. I'm listing it because I received a query about it. They publish some original Romance, but it seems low on their list. They may take a large bite out of royalties for book packaging. April 2015 update: I find no information about submissions. I suspect they are not really interested in new material.
FIRE STAR BOOKS — an imprint of Prairie Rose Publications. I have no information about it, just a note from an author that they seem to represent themselves as a traditional publisher but actually are publishing their books on Create Space, doing no marketing, and castigating authors who don't do their own marketing. The author received one royalty statement, then nothing more. This smells like a fake publisher. Extreme caution.
FLAPPERHOUSE - www.flapperhouse.com/. I was told about this so am listing it though I haven't looked it up yet. A report is that they responded in about three days and pay pretty well.
FLASHING SWORDS - http://flashingswords.sfreader.com. April 2014 update: Server Not Found.
FLYING PEN PRESS - www.flyingpenpress.com/. A new publisher with big ambitions. "We are taking on the world of book publishing with a fresh new attitude, and we intend to define the way books are published in the Twenty-First Century." They are interested in science fiction, fantasy, mystery, poker, and role-playing game books. An early report is that they are good to work with, but sales are not high. April 2009 update: As of January 1, 2009, they have a new office and mailing address, but their site remains the same. They remain open for submissions, with a minimum length of 65,000 words. March 2010 update: At this time they are not considering unsolicited submissions. That doesn't mean they aren't buying, just that you need to have a dialogue with them first. 65,000 to 150,000 words, preferably halfway between. April 2011 update: Not considering unsolicited submissions at this time. April 2012 update: Now they are interested in science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and poker and role-playing books. April 2013 update: They are not currently considering unsolicited submissions of fiction, but are seeking nonfiction. April 2014 update: Now they are open for submissions. April 2015 update: They say to check back soon for their new look. Mearwhile they remain open for submissions in science fiction, fantasy, mystery, poker books, and role playing game books. But you need to contact them first with your resume and your publishing status. Don't just send a manuscript.
FORBIDDEN PASSION PRESS —www.Forbiddenpassionpress.com/. October 2009 update: site can't be found. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
FORBIDDEN PUBLICATIONS - www.forbiddenpublications.com/. April 2009 update: They are closing as of March 30, 2009. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
FOREMOST PRESS - foremostpress.com/. A self publisher. December 2005 update: they have taken over Action Tales, which no longer functions on its own. They are open to all genres and nonfiction. Authors retain all rights. The set-up fee of $347 covers light editing, typesetting, PDF version, four web pages on their site, 10 complimentary copies, and more. Author's cost for printed copies is 50% of the retail price. The cost of a book is determined by the number of pages. Royalties of 20% on hard copies, 10% on wholesale orders via a bookstore. On electronic sales they take $.97 as the transaction cost, then split the balance 50-50. April 2009 update: Their Plan B is $197, but there are additional costs, depending. April 2014 update: Their Plans remain as described.
FREEDITORIAL - www.freeditorial.com/. April 2014 update: Server Not Found.
FREE FICTION - see Services section
FREELANCE EPUBLISHING - www.freelanceepublishing.com/. April 2008 update: This sort of information is available elsewhere, but still I find it interesting to read here that Stephen King's first novel Carrie was rejected 30 times, Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind 38 times, and Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull 140 times. Of course that doesn't mean that this publisher will put you into their orbits, but it is true that traditional print publishers can come across like idiots. December 2008 update: an author got a request for his manuscript, sent it, and never heard from them again. Beware. March 2010 update: They don’t seem to be functioning. April 2011 update: Now a search engine. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
FREYA'S BOWER-the Romance branch of Wild Child Publishing. They publish erotica and romantica. Cross-genre experiments and short story collections are welcome. 40% royalties on electronic formats, or 10% of the print price. No porn, hatred, excessive profanity, bestiality, feces, rape, necrophilia, etc. Beware of words like "cunt." June 2007 update: A very favorable report an their friendliness, competence, and quality of books. October 2007 update: this publisher is a member of EPIC, but their contract does not follow the EPIC model. No author in his/her right mind should sign it without significantly revising it to conform to professional standards. It Grabs too much, requiring the author to get the publisher's permission before getting it print published elsewhere, even if Freya's isn't print publishing it. If the publisher loses the author's address, the author forfeits any accrued money due. (Actually it says if the author fails to notify publisher of a change in address, but how can the author prove the notice was sent if the publisher shreds it? I speak as one who has suffered this sort of thing in print publishing, elsewhere.) The money should be held in escrow until the author or author's heir claims it. It says there has to be a minimum of $25 owing before the royalties are paid. This is actually reasonable and standard practice, but there needs to be another sentence, establishing that this can't continue indefinitely. Again I speak as one who got ripped off by falsified accounts, and couldn't prove statements were wrong short of legal action (which I did take) because no statements had to be sent if no royalties were owing. Catch 22. Publisher reserves the right to terminate the contract at any time, no reason given. Okay, better give the author a similar right. This contract also lacks a license-that is, a term limit after which the author can automatically revert the rights, and an audit clause. Without an audit clause the author can't prove the statements are fishy. This is not to say this is a bad publisher, just that it has a bear-trap contract it needs to reform retroactively. December 2007 update: And I heard from the publisher. They have revised their contract, improving things, though it remains a tough one. Actually, they feel it is not tough but fair. They are adding an audit clause and deleting audio book rights. They do have a two year license; I missed it when I read their contract. If a question comes up, they will fix it immediately, so an audit would not be necessary. Thus my concerns have been addressed, and this publisher looks good. June 2009 update: I have a report of very low reported sales, with a suspicion of double bookkeeping. That is, one set of figures for internal accounts, a lower set to the authors. No proof, just the suspicion. Any author who suspects such a thing should require an audit, which should settle the matter. Just be aware that a competent audit can be expensive, and will as likely vindicate the publisher as prove cheating.
FROM THE UNKNOWN — www.gofundme.com/FromTheUnknown. This is an effort to finance and start a magazine dedicated to unpublished writers; only they can contribute stories to it. It does not yet exist, but will if the funding comes through. July 2015 update: the proprietor reports that the crowd-funding campaign to get the magazine launched has been a horrific failure. He is proceeding anyway, adjusting to the heavy weather. Authors will earn 1% per thousand words, from each copy sold, when the money comes in. So if one copy sold, that would not be much, but if thousands of copies sold, it could add up. In Year Two he hopes to pay upfront. I suggest that if you are unpublished and have a suitable piece, send it in to help the magazine succeed, rather than with the hope of riches. Maybe you'll be pleasantly surprised. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
FUTURE CYCLE — www.futurecycle.org. I was asked about this, so tried to look it up. It took so long to load I had to give up. All I know about it is that they take world rights for five years, pay no advance, and no royalties. The only pay is that authors can buy copies of their own books at a steep discount. You can do better with any self publisher.
GARDENIA PRESS - www.gardeniapress.com. February 2005 update: They have closed the company.
GLB PUBLISHERS - www.glbpubs.com. April 2014 update: Server Not Found. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
GLOBAL BOOK PUBLISHER - www.GlobalBookPublisher.com. The proprietors of the Booksurge complex, including Great Unpublished, Imprint, and others. April 2007 update: I got a "Page cannot be found" message. April 2010 update: They are gone. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
GLOBAL PUBLISHING GROUP LLC - www.globalpublishinggroupllc.com/books. I have one report from a satisfied writer.
GOLDEN PILLAR PUBLISHING - www.goldenpillarpublishing.com. April 2010 update: Now they are a search site related to publishing. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
GOODFELLOW PRESS —I don't have a site address. I list it only because I received a report from an author who felt that this purported publisher ripped her off for expensive and apparently useless editing. Be wary.
GOOSE RIVER PRESS - www.gooseriverpress.com. "A traditional full-service publishing house" that also does self publishing. February 2005 update: They are now seeking manuscripts including but not limited to poetry, novels, short stories, juvenile, spiritual, and self-help; no erotica or occult. April 2008 update: they have a $30 reading fee. April 2010 update: They remain open for submissions, with the reading fee. But this is one way to get consideration for traditional print publication, and if you don’t make it there, they will help you self publish. This could be worthwhile for a novice who isn’t sure what to do. April 2014 update: Still open for submissions.
GRACE PUBLISHING - An imprint of Unique Enterprises, about which I have a bad report. October 2008 update: I have a report that they will publish no new material.
GRAY WOLF PUBLISHING —www.graywolfpress.webs.com/. A self publisher. Their packages start at $300, with add-on services such as editing. They say they are very upfront with all costs. January 2010 update: Already shut down, because of the press of other business. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
GREAT AUTHORS ONLINE - http://greatauthorsonline.com/. This is a new small startup publisher without pretensions. They specialize in science fiction, not fantasy, for a primarily young male audience. They hope to publish 20 hardcover books this year, but are having trouble finding suitable material. 80% of their sales are electronic. They pay half the net income from publishing. They accept manuscripts in Word and OpenOffice. Novels 90-120,000 words, and 50,000 word e-book stories. October 2006 update: a somewhat cynical comment from someone doing research on publishers, who notes that the free download ebooks look to be mostly works in progress, some self published previously at Authorhouse. "There appears to be no editorial process, no mention of contract terms, no promotion of any kind to spur sales." June 2007 update: another report of somewhat sloppy handling. It seems they don't use a contract, depending on mutual trust. This isn't good; trustworthy people can still forget details. April 2012 update: They say they are looking mainly for Science Fiction and will make a more sincere effort to read your submission than anyone else will, and provide an honest and impartial evaluation. That could be good, if you are uncertain of your merit. April 2013 update: Novels should be 90,000 no 120,000 words long. They will also consider 50,000 word pieces, which they call novelettes. (A true novelette is more like 15,000 words; maybe it's a typo.) Their submission discussion is worth reading on general principles. April 2014 update: The site is currently offline. They hope to return shortly. April 2015 update: they are there now, but don't seem to have much content. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
GREAT UN PUBLISHED - www.greatunpublished.com. April 2004 update: they are now listed as part of the BookSurge complex. June 2004 Update: I have a savagely negative report: an author bought copies of his own books through friends (so it wasn't evident he was buying them himself) and the sales were not listed. There is also a report that another author flat-out accused them of being thieves. Beware; the indication is that they are consciously dishonest, and that makes their listed terms worthless. And now this site is gone. February 2005 update: the link leads directly to BookSurge. April 2009 update: Gone again. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
GRIFFITH PUBLISHING - http://hodi.com/. I was told this is a self publisher with a wealth of detail, but the link took me to other territory and I never found a publisher. Update: a reader located a different address for it, and this one works. But to get their information you need to call their 800 number or send an email.
GYPSY SHADOW - www.gypsyshadow.com. August 2010 update: I tried to check their submission guidelines, but they took so long to download that I gave up. So I have no information as yet on what they want or what their terms are. December 2010 update: they sent me their Frequently Asked Questions brochure, which strikes me as a fair way to learn the basics of publishing with them or anyone else. They discus prospects and fees in a sensible manner. I recommend looking at this even if you're not looking to do business with them. April 2011 update: The site says their submission guidelines were updated 1-19-2011, but they will need a few extra weeks to respond to yours. An email notice released by the publisher says their second year was rugged. "To say we are stretched too thinly seems to us to be an understatement." They beg indulgence as they catch up. They look forward to funding in June so their chief editor can work full time. They hope to change to a quarterly report, considering that most of their distributors are on a quarterly schedule. May 2011 update: their quarterly reports were delayed again, but they are scrambling to catch up. They had a host of problems, such as two car breakdowns and a computer crash. April 2013 update: connection reset. This is not promising. April 2014 update: They are back in fair order. They say they have changed their submission guidelines, so be sure to read the NEW ones, last updated 1-6-2012. Um, okay. April 2015 update: They are now open for submissions for 2015 and following.
HALCYON MAGAZINE - www.halcyonmagazine.com. August 2007 update: it is now a parked domain. April 2009 update: And now an extreme sports site.
HARD SHELL WORD FACTORY - October 2020 update: folded, along with Mundania Press.
HARLEQUIN HORIZONS —www.harlequinhorizons.com/. April 2010 update: Page not found. April 2011 update: Ditto. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
HEATWAVE - www.heatwaveromance.com./. June 2006 update: Heatwave is closing on June 30. April 2008 update: But the site remains, with a lovely picture. April 2010 update: Now they’re gone. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
HEARTS ON FIRE BOOKS - www.heartsonfirebooks.com/. April 2010 update: This publisher has folded, as of this month. In this recession the sales simply weren't there. All rights are being returned to the authors, along with final statements and payments. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
HELIOGRAPHICA - www.heliographica.com. April 2007 update: They closed operations in 2006. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
HIGHLAND PRESS - http://www.highlandpress.org/. The site was slow loading, with a beautiful picture of a Highlands Castle, and I gave up waiting after 12 minutes with only partial information. Romance, Historical, Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Men's and Women's Fiction, Inspirational Young Adult, Children's and more. I have an extremely negative report of questionable royalty reports, arbitrary cancellation without explanation, and abusive behavior. Complaints are being filed with RWA. Caution, until more is known. April 2008 update: And a response from the publisher: two writers failed to meet stipulations in their contracts, and those contracts were canceled, setting off a vendetta against the company. Another writer named them, and the one who contacted me was one of them, though I never identified that writer. Here's the thing: if a publisher is wronging many writers, it can't name them all, but if only one or two have a problem, and the publisher can name them, that suggests that the problem is with the writers. Some publishers do wrong writers; I speak as one who has been wronged many times, and who has legal cases to prove it. But some writers can be minions from Hell, and I have encountered those too. On this basis, the balance of evidence favors the publisher. Seven other writers wrote in defense of the publisher, six politely, and one self righteous creature who did her best to turn me against the publisher by implying I was guilty of lying, slander, and could face legal action. They never seem to learn. At this point I think more is known, and that this is a good publisher. Meanwhile at the slow-loading (15 minutes) site they give nicely detailed descriptions of what they are looking for for 2008-9. June 2008 update: But you never can tell. I was sent a link to a voluminous multi-person comment on this publisher, and it pretty well authenticated my earlier report. Authors not paid monies owed. Authors getting tongue-lashed for questions. Banning authors from Author Loops for speaking out against HP practices. Sending emails to other publishers about "problem authors." Deleting reviews, or swamping Amazon with "report abuse" messages, gaming the system to get them removed. An identified example is harassment of an Amazon reviewer named Reba, who gave a book a three star review and was called a bitch, and in a forum post the author/publisher Deborah MacGillivray wrote "...we now have her name, her husband's name, her children's names...her address phone number and email...". Readers aren't happy to learn that they can't trust reviews. I could have told them that 40 years ago, as I could have about the tactics publishers can use against questioning authors; I was there in spades. It does appear that there are a number of unhappy authors here; one post said more than 17. Some post anonymously to avoid savage retaliation. The publisher participated in this loop with some scathing sarcasm. So the question is by no means settled. There's a backlash by readers, some of whom will never read books by this author. But I do have another report by a satisfied author who feels that those criticizing this publisher are lying. Um, I doubt it. August 2008 update: An ugly report of the publisher trying to intimidate another author with a threat to report to her employer how she wrote porn, so as to put her job in peril. Of course erotic fiction is not porn, but folk in Mundania don't necessarily know that, so such a threat could be credible. April 2011 update: They have calls for inspirational submissions, and are open in all time genres except erotica. April 2012 update: They are open for submissions, but are choosy about the mechanism, and you need to have a dialogue and get an invitation first. April 2014 update: They have a Call for Submissions to a new inspirational family line, and themed Romance anthologies. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
HOOD PRESS BOOKS - I don't have a site address yet, but heard from Jason Sipe, the proprietor. This will be for nonfiction, some children's books, and possibly some fiction titles.
HOT JAVA PRODUCTIONS - www.hotjavaproductions.com/. Folded.
HOUSEWIVES' AND HUSBANDS' WRITERS NETWORK — www.HousewifesWritersNetwork.homestead.com. April 2012 update: Site has been Disabled.
HUDSON AUDIO PUBLISHING - www.hudsonaudiopublishing.com/. This is essentially an audio self publisher, wherein the author records his material, pays a fee, and they put it online for sales with a 70/30 split. They say the audio book market is growing strongly. April 2010 update: They charge $285 per book to handle the technical and administrative details, but they take it out of royalties, so the author doesn’t have to pay upfront. April 2012 update: They are celebrating their 100th audio book. They report that they get one abusive email from a frustrated author each week. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
HYPERPEDIA PRESS - www.hyperpedia.net/. April 2010 update: This time the site came up in what looks like Chinese characters. Maybe somebody bought the site.
HYPERTECH MEDIA - http://hypertechmedia.com/. April 2012 update: Now it's an ad site.
IBOOKS INC - www.ibooksinc.com/ They have a number of good titles, but I couldn't find any information for writers. This appears to be a reprint house. Maybe that will change as they get established. April 2007 update: I got the "Page cannot be found" message.
IENOVEL - www.ienovel.com/. March 2011 update: Sadly, they had to close on February 11, 2011. January 2013 update: But see Alpha Wolf publishing, above, for its reincarnation.
IFWG PUBLISHING - http://ifwgpublishing.com. This is a year-old publisher specializing in speculative fiction, children's book, and non fiction. Their proprietors offer fast friendly service, but sales so far appear to be small. I think they are POD rather than electronic, and I could not find terms listed on their site. April 2012 update: I heard from their chief editor. They are a small niche publisher now in their fifth year of operation. They are slowly getting into brick & mortar distribution. They publish a speculative fiction ezine every two months at www.sqmag.com, also slowly growing. As for terms: when there's a prospect they provide the author with an IFWG Publishing manifesto that explains their philosophy and the contract in plain English. They can't offer Big Publisher marketing pull, but those who can't get the time of day from a big publisher might get more than that here. April 2015 update: they seem to be moving along with their books and newsletters. You can see the last three months of their postings at the site.
iHERO ENTERTAINMENT - www.ihero.net April 2014 update: But this time I got mostly a blank screen referring me to Apache Server at www.ihero.net Port 80. April 2015 update: Ditto.
IMAJINN BOOKS - www.imajinnbooks.com/ April 2014 update: Server Not Found.
IMPRINT BOOKS - www.imprintbooks.com. April 2007 update: This does not seem to be a publisher any more.
INDIE ARTIST PRESS - www.indieartistpress.com/. This is a new self publisher with some differences. $65 for an ISBN and barcode, or $50 for ebooks only as they don't need the barcode. They host a monthly contest with a $35 entry fee, where the writer will receive three critiques on the first chapter and have a chance to win an ISBN. There is a grand prize winner in each contest who will win a free editing package for the full novel. They do charge for editing services, art, and such, but do not require writers to use their services if they don't need them. They pay 100% royalties. This looks from here like a pretty good deal for writers capable of managing their projects themselves.
INDYPUBLISH - www.indypublish.com. May 2010 update: Their FAQ section leads off with the question "When will the moratorium on new manuscripts be lifted?" and the answer is they don’t know. April 2012 update: Their moratorium continues, five years later. April 2014 update: moratorium continues. After eleven years, I'd say this outfit is not currently publishing.
INFINITY PUBLISHING COM - www.infinitypublishing.com/. 20% of retail sales, 10% of wholesale sales. $499 set-up fee. Takes no rights; terminate agreement at any time by written notice. Can buy marketing packages for $120-$470. POD, and have their own printing, so can ship in a day or two. Royalties paid monthly. See BUY BOOKS ON THE WEB You can get a free brochure. A PC MAGAZINE article rated them 3 on a scale of 5. They are now offering book returns for bookstores. That means bookstores are more likely to stock their books. December 2005 update: They are now paying 15% royalty on all wholesale sales, up from 10%, and give a 40% discount to bookstores and a 55% discount to distributors like Ingram and Baker & Taylor. Their royalties are a straight percentage of the sale price, which is a significantly better deal for the writer than a percentage of net proceeds. They say they have the lowest retail price per page count in the industry. That is likely to translate to larger sales for smaller books. They print their books in-house, full color, laminated covers. This is likely to mean significantly faster publication. May 2010 update: A satisfied client says that Infinity is offering bookstores a 12 month return policy, at no cost to the author, and that Infinity's books never go out of print. These are good policies. "They are honest and do exactly as they promise in the one page very above-board contract."
iPUBLISH - www.iPublish.com. Closed.
INKSHARES - www.inkshares.com/. This is a kind of self publisher. If you don't have the money to pay for it yourself, their contract is contingent on your getting a successful crowdfunding campaign. Their contract takes exclusive rights for print and electronic rights, which becomes nonexclusive after ten years from the date of publication. If you get pirated elsewhere, that's your problem, not Inkshares' problem. You get 35% of the “net receivables" that is the money after expenses. The contract mentions Quill, which pays 50% and releases exclusivity in two years, but it never defines Quill. That's sloppy. I'd be careful here. They also have a 2017 Horror contest with a beginning date of August 14th, but no listed ending date.
INKSPELL - www.inkspellpublishing.com/. A new publisher for romance, fantasy and young adult in digital and print formats. Submissions should be between 20,000 and 80,000 words. I did not find information on terms. April 2012 update: When I clicked their Submissions link, it timed out.
INSTAND PUBLISHER - www.InstantPublisher.com. “We have been helping authors self-publish for the past 15 years."
INTEGRITY TECH PUBLISHING - www.integritytech.com/itpub.html. April 2014 update: Server Not Found. Maybe the trouble finally caught up with the site.
INTERMEDIA PUBLISHING GROUP - www.intermediapub.com. April 2014 update: Server Not Found.
INTUITION PRESS - www.intuitionpress.com/. April 2014 update: Server Not Found. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
IUNIVERSE - www.iuniverse.com/. Formerly called toExcel. February 2009 update: The Authorhouse/iUniverse complex has bought the remaining large independent self publisher, Xlibris. I do not know, but suspect it will be folded into Xlibris in due course. Your books here will be safe, however, and I suspect performance will improve as the efficiency of Xlibris is extended to the iUniverse books. April 2009 update: I am simplifying the entry, because I doubt the long prior history remains relevant, as the new unified self publishing complex gets organized. May 2010 update: They don’t seem to give terms on the site, but encourage you to call their 800 number to get in touch with a publishing consultant. April 2011 update: the site remains; I was mistaken about their being merged. They spell out exactly what royalties you can expect, at 20%.
JACOBYTE BOOKS - www.jacobytebooks.com/. December 2004 update: I am told that they have been bought out by BeWrite Books, which should publish most of their authors. They will close on June 30, 2005. April 2006 update: Sure enough, the site remains, but they are closed to submissions. BeWrite Books is where to go. April 2008 update: The site now carries ads for other publishers.
JAMES RUSSELL PUBLISHING - www.powernet.net/. UPDATE: I could not find any indication they are still a publisher.
JK PUBLISHING - I have no website for this one, and doubt I need it. This is an erotica publisher who has been systematically cheating its authors. The proprietor, Jana Koretko, in Colorado, has been arrested and charged with stealing over $125,000 in royalties due her authors over the past two years. She is also accused of money laundering and tax evasion. I suspect she'll wind up in prison, but the authors may get little more than satisfaction rather than their money. The court will decide.
JUPITER GARDENS PRESS - www.jupitergardenspress.com/. April 2015 update: Server Not Found. December 2016 update: I am told it went out of business as of August 2016.
JUST MY BEST, INC - www.jmbpub.com/. April 2015 update: Now it's in Chinese symbols.
JUST WRITE BOOKS - www.jstwrite.com. This is not an electronic publisher, but I had some dialogue with its proprietor, so am listing it for now. "Just Write Books is a small publishing house using print on demand technology to produce high quality books by Maine authors/poets." Authors participate in the cost of preparing books. So if you live in Maine, this may be for you. But they are unable to read new work until June 2007. Their fiction quota is filled for two plus years. April 2008 update: They seem to be accepting new submissions now, from Maine authors. May 2010 update: now they have a newsletter you can sign up for. April 2014 update: They are not accepting new manuscripts for the first six months of 2014, and thereafter they will be choosy. Query first. April 2015 update: Their website is going through a major change, and there's hardly anything on it at the moment. November 2015 update: I have word from their publisher: “We are back and producing but accepting even fewer manuscripts and now not until June 2016. We still require a person to call or email to start the conversation. Unsolicited manuscripts are carefully shredded without reading. We also only accept a printed manuscript after an initial conversation. (We're saving our eyes—too much computer reading.)" May 2020 update: They have now stopped publishing, but still offer publishing consulting and coaching for authors. They have over 50 years of writing experience and two decades in the publishing industry working with dozens of writers, so know how to produce a manuscript that is ready for publication.
KEEP IT COMING EZINES - http://www.keepitcoming.net/. February 2006 update: It seems to have folded. But see Virtual Tales, which may take some of the material published here. April 2006 update: The site remains, selling books, but they don't seem to be buying any. April 2007 update: the sign says Welcome to vDeck. They may be out of business. April 2008 update: Page not found, so they're gone. June 2009 update: Page back, but they don't seem to be publishing any more.
KEY 20 PUBLISHING - http://www.key20.com. January 2010 update: it seems they vanished, stiffing their contacts.
KEITH PUBLICATIONS - www.keithpublications.com/. They will open September 1, 2010 with a number of imprints such as WICKED INK PRESS for Romance, D'Ink Well for general fiction, and Dreams N Fantasies for Erotica. Lengths from 500 words to 150,000. Royalty rates begin at 35%. They don't have a track record yet, but seem to have their act together. May 2012 update: I have very bad report on Wicked Ink, which is called a nasty joke and the worst of publishers. June 2012 update: I have a query from the proprietor, who says she has not had any problems with her authors, and wants to know what this is about. So I requeried my source, but as yet have no response. So, until I get better information, I conjecture that the report was based on some other Wicked. August 2012 update: I never received confirmation, so I conclude that this was a false report; I regret running it. April 2013 update: I got an Access Denied notice. That's odd for a publisher. May 2014 update: They are there in good order now, wide open for submissions. But now I have a very negative report about lack of statements and payments, and non-response to queries. So the jury is out. April 2015 update: no indication of problems, of course.
KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING — https//kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin If you have the right electronic format you can self publish here free, and many authors are doing it. May 2014 update: continues to look perfect for authors, once you know what you're doing. Publish in five minutes, reach readers worldwide, earn up to 70% royalty, publish in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Japanese, make spot revisions anytime. July 2021 update: A report says that your best deal is to allaw Amazon ONLY to sell your books, otherwise everybody else will be selling your books and you get nothing from it. Also that getting your own set of ISBN numbers is getting more expensive; they now start at $28 each, with a minumum of 10 for series sets.
KNIGHT ROMANCE PUBLISHING — http://knightromancepublishing.com/. I was asked about this so looked it up. Founded in 2010 as a small traditional publishing company, so it doesn't belong on this list. I have, nevertheless, a bad report on their inefficiency. April 2013 update: I now have a more detailed and worse report of an artist and writer getting thoroughly screwed by this outfit. There is a question whether it remains in business. April 2015 update: Server Not Found.
KNIGHTOFTALES - http://www.knightoftales.co.uk. April 2006 update: and it has shut down. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
LADIES OF THE LAKES PUBLISHING, LLC - www.ladiesofthelakespub.com A new electronic publisher started by a mother/daughter team of writers, Sarah and HeatherLee. They are now taking submissions for most genres, but keeping an eye out for horror, mystery, thrillers, romance/erotica, family, biographies, sci-fi and fantasy. Author receives 30% royalties paid monthly. No cost to authors for editing and cover art. July 2019 update: I am told this site can no longer be found.
LADY AIBELL - http://www.ladyaibell.com. December 2007 update: closed. LADY ORACLE--They do do some publishing; see entry in Services section. June 2009 update: The site remains as a self publishing ad site.
LADY ORACLE - They offer some publishing services; see entry in Services section.
L A MEDIA - http://lamediaonline.com. Teresa Wayne-Jacobs, formerly of Mardi Gras, set this up as a semi-private publisher, but its scope is limited. She is accused of selling some books there that don't belong to her. April 2008 update: Teresa wrote me that this is not connected to Mardi Gras, but is a private release proprietary company for herself and one other author. It was originally intended as a name change for Mardi Gras, but the authors went nuts objecting to the change, and it was stifled. June 2008 update: an author refutes that. And the site seems inactive. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
LAZY DAY — www.lazydaypub.com/. A new digital publisher, officially launching December 1, 2010. Romance, Erotica, Fantasy, Sci-Fiction, Woman's Literature, Adventure, Mystery, Western, and more, it says. All submissions will receive an auto-response acknowledgment, with an editorial response in 4-6 weeks. This publisher has no track record, obviously, but is ambitious, hoping to be a dominating presence in the digital future. April 2011 update: They remain open for submissions, but query first. May 2012 update: their site took forever to load, but they remain open for submissions. There will be an auto-response, followed by a pesonal response in 6-8 weeks; query if it takes longer. July 2012 update: A favorable report from a new author: They really helped. April 2013 update: they are open for submissions, and will consider any genre. May 2015 update: They remain open for submissions in their categories, especially Romance and Young Adult.
LIACE PUBLISHING - See Eridian Publishing
LIGHTNING SOURCE- www.lightningsource.com/. This is the main place for Print On Demand--POD--books that electronic publishers use. It turns out that they will also print for individual writers. They have free tools for authors and publishers alike in the resources section of the site. They process one trillion bytes of information per day. However, they require cookies and won't admit you if you don't accept them, so I was barred from entry. My information is mostly from their sales development manager, not from the site itself. June 2004 update: I received a 27 page manual from the publisher detailing their services; obviously this is comprehensive. They have now printed over ten million books. December 2006 update: A writer reports that they do exactly as they say; he receives monthly reports, and they pay on time. He has no complaints. August 2012 update: A generally positive report, though at times there is a lack of response. May 2015 update: they remain with multiple services.
LINDEN BAY BOOKS- http://lindenbayromance.com/. May 2010 update: When I clicked the link I got Samhain. They must have been bought out. May 2011 update: Server not found. They're gone.
LINKVILLE PRESS - www.linkville press.com/. I don't have much information on this one, as their site information refused to print out. They seem to be standard, except that I have a report that though their contract requires them to pay royalties on a quarterly basis, the author has received none in two years. When he inquired, politely, all he got were excuses. When he complained, politely, they terminated his contract. This is a screw deal. Stay well clear.
LITERARY ROAD - www.literaryroad.com/. May 2012 update: They have closed.
LIVING WATERS PUBLISHING COMPANY - http://www.livingwaterspc.com/. May 2011 update: It has become a search site. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
LLUMINA PRESS- www.llumina.com/. A self publisher, $499 for the basic package plus add-ons, depending what you want. Royalties of 30% of print sales from their site, 10% of sales via third parties. For electronic sales, 60% and 40% respectively. Their contract is for three years, automatically renewable, but the author can terminate at any time with 30 days written notice, subject to payment for effort they have already put in. Their terms seem generally standard. April 2005 update: their prices are rising. April 2006 update: this time I did not find any listing of their prices, but I presume they are in line with other self publishers. April 2007 update: I finally found their prices: $799 for trade paperback, $859 for hardcover, $999 for the combination. December 2008 update: a report that they can nickel and dime you to death on additional services, and they have a peculiar schedule for paying royalties. May 2010 update: This time I could not get information on prices. When I clicked the PRICES link nothing happened. But they do still seem to be in business. May 2011 update: They remain in business, with assorted publishing packages. May 2014 update: You can get editors and ghostwriters here, too. May 2015 update: first I got an Unknown Host message, but then I got their site in good order.
LIONHEARTED PUBLISHING - www.lionhearted.com/. April 2013 update: Site not found.
LIQUID SILVER - www.liquidsilverbooks.com/. This is an imprint of Atlantic Bridge Publishing, dedicated to erotic romances. Send the first three chapters and a synopsis, with a cover letter about your writing background, why you are interested in doing erotica romance, and your thoughts on epublishing. They will respond in a day and treat you right if they want your novel. Royalties are 40% on retail sales, paid quarterly. They take electronic rights for one year, and are thinking about print publication with a 30% royalty. This looks good from here. April 2004 update: They seem to be broadening their genres to include Historical, Science Fiction, Paranormal and others, but all have an erotic romantic slant. In short, it seems to be the kind of Romance male readers should like too. October 2006 update: A favorable report "I'm a Liquid Silver author, and am very, very happy with them." December 2006 update: sales report: ranging from 60 for a fantasy novel to 260 for a vampire/horror, romance. April 2007 update: More very favorable report: "They treat their authors like gold." Average time from submission to release is 3 months. Sales range from 120-175 books, and the royalty rate increases when sales pass certain thresholds. For example, if a title sells 1000 copies, royalty is 50%. This would be paradise for the average author. June 2008 update: an extremely positive report: "My absolute favorite! They are quick, friendly, professional, the artwork wonderful, and I sold 220+ books during the last quarter.' But very few books are put into print. June 2009 update: They are currently accepting erotic romance. Royalties are now 35% on ebooks. May 2010 update: They are currently accepting all erotic romance genres. May 2011 update: Now their deal is 35% royalties on monies received from all outlets, paid quarterly. Electronic rights for two years. May 2012 update: Yet another very favorable report. April 2013 update: They are currently accepting all erotic romance genres and subgenres. Just make sure there's romance. May 2015 update: They remain open to submissions.
LONE STAR STORIES - http://literary.erictmarin.com/. They publish speculative fiction and poetry, ideally with a Texas nexus. That is, by or about Texans or former Texans, set in Texas, or with Texas themes, but they will consider other work. They pay $20 for stories up to 8,000 words and $5 for poems up to 100 lines, for two months online in the magazine. This isn't much, but the exposure should help. April 2007 update: Now they pay $10 for poems. May 2011 update: They are closed to submissions. May 2012 update: They have closed, but you can still buy back issues.
LONG TALE PRESS - www.longtalepress.com/. This is as ebook publisher expanding into audio and print. Prospective writers post an excerpt and short description of the book. Readers review the submissions and provide feedback. So they get books real people enjoy, and writers can orient on what readers want. Novellas of 17,500 words up, and novels from 40,000 words up. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
LOOSE ID LLC - www.loose-id.com/. This is a pun on "Lucid." They are currently accepting submissions of cross-genre love stories with a high degree of sensuality, 20,000 to 130,000 words. They take electronic rights only, for two years; authors can abridge that in four months if they are unhappy or need their rights back for other reasons. You know, like a million dollar sale prospect elsewhere. Royalties are 35% paid monthly. They are publishing two books a week and are booked up to February 2005 but will squeeze in new titles sooner if need be. "As a company, we are committed to steady growth and calculated risks. We aren't just doing it. We're trying to do it better." Their titles seem to have a strong fantasy element, and do look interesting. October 2006 update: I have a report that their editing process was timely and well handled. One author reports royalties of almost a thousand dollars in one month on one book. April 2007 update: I have a report of 50-100 sales per title per month. There is also a report of some editor problems, but they do pay promptly. They are currently open for submissions. June 2007 update: "I think they are one of the best publishers on the web for erotic romance." This is from a competitive publisher, so is hard to doubt. August 2007 update: a writer reports sales of over 300 copies in the first month, and another 100 the following month. Another reports excellent sales. October 2007 update: an author who did not sign up with them nevertheless says "I found Loose-id to be a wonderful company to work with. They were efficient and professional." December 2007 update: another positive report. “A very classy outfit.” Also a report that a new title sold over 200 copies in the first month. April 2008 update: a report of sales of over 250 in the first ten days. August 2008 update: reports of over 300 sales of a short story in the first week, over 200 of a novella in two weeks, and almost 400 copies of a re-released novel. Also sales of a POD print book of over 1,000 in three months. The good reports keep coming in. December 2008 update: From Editor in Chief Treva Harte -- they publish four titles per week, rather than two, and their standard contract asks for electronic rights and an exclusive option on print rights for 12 months. May 2010 update: They are open for submissions in all genres of erotic romance including LGBT and similar, 20,000 to 120,000 words, preferably in the middle of that range, with the usual restriction of taste. May 2012 update: They are particularly interested in LGBT stories with unusual settings. August 2012 update: A generally positive report, though at times there is a lack of response. May 2015 update: They are looking for submissions in their genres. Take romance to the edge. January 2018 update: I am informed that they will no longer accept submissions, as of December 1, 2017, and will formally fold May 8, 2018. They can no longer compete with Amazon. Too bad; they struck me as one of the good ones. But mice are in trouble when elephants take over.
LOVE, SEX, AND MERLOT (LSM Books) - www.lovesexnmerlot.com. May 2014 update: Server Not Found. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
LOVESTRUCK BOOKS - http://lovestruckbooks.com/. December 2008 update: Folded. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
LTDBOOKS - www.ltdbooks.com/. February 2006 update: folded
LULU - www.lulu.com/. This is an on-demand publishing tool that lets authors self-publish digital content free: a book, music, images, a calendar. No setup fee. Register if you want to publish, but anyone can browse without registering. They take a 20% commission on books sold. October 2004 update: Report from a generally satisfied client: they are completely free if that's the way you want it, but do offer some charged services. The selling price per book depends on its size, and as with other self publishers, not many copies seem to sell to the general public. February 2005 update: Another favorable report: "It is very good for what it is, free book publishing." Royalties paid quarterly if they reach a certain amount. This is standard; publishers don't want to spend more in postage than the total of the royalty checks. Lulu is said to be the fastest growing of self publishers and is becoming a force in the field; they must be doing something right. April 2007 update: A report from a somewhat disgruntled writer that while Lulu doesn't charge up front for the printing, when overall costs are tallied it's no different from, say, Authorhouse. "The publication process is less than clear and takes several false starts to get the hang of it, in which case you have to destroy the work you set up." December 2007 update: They have set up a new Lulu Studio Photo Book publishing service, an advanced Flash-based application, separate from their original photo book offering. February 2008 update: I have been reassured by an established author that it is quite possible to put together a selling book for no cost and have it sell, if you know what you're doing. She showed me a year and a half of Lulu statements showing payments averaging a hundred dollars a month. That's persuasive. December 2008 update: a disgruntled author says their philosophy seems to be "We'd rather have a million authors sell only a hundred books each rather than have a hundred authors sell a million each." Actually that would be par for the course in self publishing. Authors who could truly sell a million copies should get traditional print publishing. It seems that they take full rights for the duration of the contract. This is odd; other self publishers take no rights. February 2009 update: A flat denial from a Lulu employee: Lulu does not retain any rights. Also a report from a book buyer, who found Lulu's process so complicated that he was turned off. This matches my own experience buying there. July 2009 update: I have a report of collapsing service and no response to queries. It seems at least 18 authors have this problem. I understand that Lulu has only a fraction of its former staff, because of reduced business. They are likely to lose more. March 2010 update: it was suggested that I Google "Lulu complaints." I haven't done so yet, but gather that there are a passel. April 2010 update: A response from a Lulu user who says that if you stick to the black and white paperback there are few problems. It is the more complicated projects, like color, that strain Lulu's expertise. May 2015 update: Still in business as a self publisher. January 2017 update: Another report form a user says that the site seems to have gotten over the worst of the criticisms and negativity that hit them badly some years back, but book prices are still a little more expensive than Create Space. Now they allow non-US publishers to use a cheaper but still perfectly good grade of paper for two book sizes, and you can now get a free ISBN from them, not recognized everywhere, but good for most. So while overall they don't quite match Create Space, they are close and an acceptable alternative. February 2017 update: Another detailed report says that they are ruthless with their compliance of book formatting and margins, but that makes it easier for them to distribute books to different platforms. They have blank templates which makes it simpler to paste in the entire text. Books may be priced too high for the average reader to put up with, and there may be some fuzziness in distribution so that its hard to verify sales. They require the author to purchase an expensive proof copy before the book is listed for final sale. The report provides a 14 stage summary of the Lulu process; I am not running that here but will if there turns out to be demand for it. In sum: it's complicated, but gets the job done.
LUTHANDO COEUR - This is the fantasy imprint for Zharmae, which I don't have listed as I believe it is a traditional publisher; I got a query so am discussing it here. They had offered the author 50% of electronic royalties, then quietly reduced it to 25%. This looked like a ripoff that would be cause to dump this publisher. But it's not that simple. The publisher explained that this change is more apparent than real. They had calculated from Net, which means after assorted expenses, but now calculate from Gross, which is a better way to do it. In this case Gross is twice Net, so the new 25% is the same as the old 50%. Just make sure your contract does say Gross.
LYRICAL PRESS - www.lyricalpress.com. They will open May 5, 2008. They are now accepting submissions in all genres. If you dare to write it, they will consider it. 40% royalty on the sale price. Preferred word length is 30,000 up, but they will consider pieces down to 12,000. The usual restrictions. August 2008 update: A favorable report, saying the proprietors are highly responsive. September 2009 update: There have been ugly reports on other sites condemning this publisher. As far as I can ascertain, they are fallacious, a hate campaign. May 2010 update: They are actively seeking erotica, romance, paranormal between 60,000 and 85,000 words. June 2010 update: I heard from the publisher, thanking me for the May update. I do updates of whatever nature seems correct, and rarely get thanked by publishers; quite the opposite sometimes. "I'm doing everything in my power to keep to the goal of being a quality publisher who treats authors and editors fairly and readers respectfully." May that continue. March 2011 update: They sent me a sample contract, which I critiqued, and they immediately addressed my concerns. For example, I felt their audit clause was mediocre; now it's fully up to snuff. Specifically, if the author audits, and an error of more than 5% is found to the author's disfavor, the publisher must pay for the audit. May 2011 update: They are actively acquiring all sub-genres of erotica between 20,000 and 90,000 words. No need to query; just send the full manuscript. That's a breath of fresh air, considering how some publishers will delete unsolicited manuscripts unread. But do follow their guidelines. April 2014 update: they have been acquired by Kensington publishing, and their contract is not as good as it was, but I think still acceptable. May 2015 update: timed out.
MACABRE CADAVER MAGAZINE — www.macabrecadaver.com/. May 2014 update: The site is now in Chinese/Japanese script; if they are still publishing, it's not in English.
MAGIC CARPET BOOKS - www.magiccarpetbooks.com. This is primarily a bookseller, but I understand they do publish some books. An author told me they pay a flat rate, rather than royalties. I was unable to find terms listed on their site. May 2015 update: I didn't find any openness for submissions. Their “We Buy Books" section has a huge list of physical copy books they are looking for. That's not quite the same.
MAMA SPECIFIC PRODUCTIONS - www.MSPpress.com. April 2007 update: Now it connects to Guide to Blue Book Value. It must be defunct.
MANLOVEROMANCE PRESS — www.mlrpress.com/. Publisher of gay fiction and erotic romance spanning the range from historical to futuristic settings and everything between. Mysteries, vampires, aliens, ghosts, whatever. An author reported them to be prompt and professional, with in-depth edits, and would do business with them again. I was unable to open their submission guidelines file or to ascertain their terms. May 2011 update: This time I got submission guidelines information, except that it took several minutes to download, then defaulted, giving me nothing. But they do seem to be open to queries. I like their comment "Reading IS man's second favority activity to do in bed." I presume sleep comes third. May 2012 update: Much faster loading this time. At the moment their focus is on Australian settings for their hot-man stories. May 2013 update: They have calls for submissions to several anthologies. May 2015 update: It timed out.
MANNISON PRESS — http://mannisonpress.com/. This is a small press that published a story anthology, Little Girl Lost, then a sequel volume Little Boy Lost, that I contributed to. I don't know their plans for the future, but they seem legitimate. They report that things were dreadfully slow during the summer height of the COVID pandemic, but now things appear to be picking up, with sales increasing.
MANTRA E-BOOKS - www.mantra-ebooks.com. UPDATE: it has disappeared into a search portal.
MAPLEINK - wwwmapleink.com/. Gone
MARDI GRAS PUBLISHING LLC - www.mardigraspublishing.com/. May 2011 update: Sure enough, they're gone. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
MEDICI BOOKS - www.medicibooks.org/. April 2007 update: I got the Page cannot be found message. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
MELANGE BOOKS - www.melange-books.com/. I was notified of this new house by the publisher, who says that many of their authors had been with Midnight Showcase Fiction, now closed. You can chat with their authors Thursday February 10, 2011, at www.theromancestudio.com/chat.php. They are looking for Romance of different types, science fiction, horror, contemporary, drama, gay, lesbian, young adult, erotica, non fiction and others, of assorted lengths from 6,000 words up. Response time can be 10-18 weeks (I hope faster). Royalties are 35% of net royalties digital, 10% of print. May 2011 update: They have assorted anthologies with varying submission deadlines, so it's probably worth checking every so often. May 2012 update: They remain open for submissions, but no Science Fiction at this time. May 2013 update: Now their royalties are 40% of net for e-books, 10% on print. October 2013 update: a complaint that there is only one book in their gallery, that one written by the owner. But I have to say that I am in doubt about the accuracy of this report. For one thing, I counted 36 new titles listed and described, and they have most of the alphabet listing their authors. May 2014 update: I have a report that there may be more than one Melange. This one is said to be professional and courteous. The author has a say on the cover and editing. The contract is for three years. Royalties are now 40% on ebooks. But it seems that Barnes And Noble does not work with this company's printer, so books won't hit that shelf. May 2015 update: Timeout.
MELLEN PRESS — www.mellenpress.com/. I received an author complaint on this one, so am adding them to the list, though they seem to be a small traditional publisher. They specialize in books written by Ph.Ds who must give them exclusive rights. They sell to libraries and universities at extremely high prices--$100 and up per copy—little of which the authors see. They say their books never go out of print. So if you are a Ph.D you can publish here, but probably you'd be better off with a regular self publisher. May 2014 update: My connection was immediately reset, maybe because the site was too busy? May 2015 update: They are there in good order now.
METROPOLIS INK - www.metropolisink.com/. They will publish your book if they like it, apparently independent of genre. Their terms are spelled out in their contract, which it seems you don't see until they accept your manuscript. They are not a vanity or self publisher, but do expect writers to purchase many copies of their own books for promotional distribution. I'd say the line is fuzzing. UPDATE: They sent some corrections. They need not only to like your book, but to be convinced that the author is ready, willing, and able to do most of the promotion and marketing. While it is true they don't post their contract, any author they are considering is welcome to peruse it, so this isn't a blind commitment. They pay for the whole publication process, but expect a solid effort by the author. Actually this is generally true of electronic publishers, if there are to be more than minimal sales; they don't say so as clearly. April 2005 update: They are not currently accepting new manuscripts. June 2008 update: I found no indication that they are publishing any new books. May 2013 update: I don't see evidence that they are looking for submissions, but they do have an Author Services section where authors can order copies of their own titles at 50% off, so there must be authors somewhere. May 2015 update: Timeout.
MIDNIGHT SHOWCASE - www.midnightshowcase.com/. February 2011 update: I understand this has now folded, and many of its authors have gone on to the new Melange Books. May 2011 update: Sure enough, they're gone.
MILL CITY PRESS - www.millcitypress.net/. A self publisher. Their publishing package is $1,367. They say that other self publishers make fat profits on printed copies, while Mill City charges only the actual printing cost of $3.90 per average book.
MILTON CONTACT LIMITED - www.miltoncontact.co.uk/publishing. This is a small self publisher set up to help local authors (Cambridge UK) publish their books in short print runs. I did not find information on terms. May 2010 update: They have an excellent discussion of the problems of breaking into print, but it seems you have to call or email them to get information on their terms. May 2015 update: They remain in good order.
MILVERSTEAD PUBLISHING - www.milversteadpublishing.com/. This seems to be a new publisher of general fiction. They describe their publishing package, but I am not clear whether this is regular or self publishing. I checked their FAQ and all it said was "Coming soon." July 2010 update: They have published fiction and memoirs, plus a children's book. An author wanted to republish a nonfiction book, had trouble with her bought-out prior publisher, and tried Milverstead. She is very pleased with it. May 2011 update: But there's hardly any information on their site. May 2012 update: They announce that there will be a book-signing on November 10, 2011. That is, six months ago. This is not a good sign. May 2014 update: “Welcome to the new Milverstead Publishing LLC!" They are relaunching their website and don't have information yet, but obviously they are in business. May 2015 update: their site now says that their website is relaunching in 2014. that is, last year. They seem to be slow to update.
MIRROR PUBLISHING - www.pagesofwonder.com/. Small press publishing quality children's books. Currently accepting submissions only for full color children's books and books for young adults. They accept only a small number. I did not find information on terms. March 2011 update: A report that they are really a vanity or self publisher: you pay to be published there. May 2014 update: They are open for submissions. May 2015 update: Their site gives no indication of self publishing, but also does not give terms of publication. They are open for submissions.
MISFIT BOOKS - www.misfitbooks.net/. Gone.
MOJOCASTLE PRESS - www.mojocastle.com/. Erotica and Erotic Romance, 8,000 words to infinity, any subgenre. I did not find royalty rates, but presume they are standard. The usual restrictions: underage, bestiality, necrophilia, forced seduction, snuff, urine/feces, straight pornography, and TSTL = Too Stupid To Live. Do try for good plot, characterization and writing. October update: A report that the editors are very much on the ball, and Stephanie Kelsey is easy to approach. Royalties are 45% of the net. April 2007 update: Closed to submissions until further notice. April 2008 update: note from Stephanie saying they lost a partner due to personal issues, but the remaining two are still going strong. They are accepting queries now, but still not submissions per se. they are keeping their numbers low—about 20 authors — so they can do their best for those. "Attitude is just as important as writing ability for us." They have partnered with a private printer to produce their print books. This means the format is bigger than trade and they don't distribute through Ingram, but all authors get 45% of net. This is unusual for print sales, but seems to be working so far. They hope to convert their whole catalog to print, in due course. So if you're a decent writer with a ferociously promoting attitude, this may be your ideal location. June 2008 update: But a negative report: they took 18 months to process a book, did not respond to queries, and finally let it go rather than publish it. August 2008 update: Another negative report: in 18 months from acceptance, neither publication nor firm release date, and communication with Stephanie Kelsey is becoming chancy. Apparently the publisher is getting overwhelmed. October 2008 update: The proprietor says that she has posted three different phone numbers she can be reached at, and has encouraged writers to call or text her if they have a problem. They were overwhelmed by the default of one of their three partners, and had to deal with dead links, uncorrected mistakes, lack of proper records, and so on. So they gave releases to authors who got fed up. They are operating in the black now and expect to do well. December 2008 update: They continue to gain on their backlog, focusing on the books that have waited the longest. June 2009 update: they are now accepting submission queries. May 2010 update: Still accepting queries. May 2012 update: Still queries. They must have had one hell of a backlog. October 2012 update: I heard from the proprietor, who had some trouble with her original partners but has ironed them out and is now the sole owner. She is accepting submissions and has a full editing staff. They will unveil a brand new website in the next couple of months. In sum: they are now a going concern. May 2013 update: they are open for submissions. They pay 45% of net. Their contract is for unlimited rights for five years. It seems they have finally caught up with their backlog.
MOON GYPSY PRESS - www.moongypsypress.com/. They are interested in high quality books regardless of genre. Primarily Romance, but they also do other genres and nonfiction. Many subcategories of Romance, with the usual restrictions. I did not find information on terms. October 2010 update: they seem responsive, but can take a month or more to get an immediate contract out to the author. That's a warning signal. April 2011 update: I have seen dialogue with an author, and my impression is that they can foul up but are responsive and do try to fix it. Still, the author is not satisfied. May 2011 update: They are open for submissions. July 2011 update: But a query to their local Better Business Bureau evoked the news that they seem to have ignored a complaint. It will take a legal summons, which is in the works. May 2012 update: Closed to all submissions. May 2013 update: Now the link leads to a search engine for calendars. That's dubious news for publishing. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
MOONLITBOOKS - www.moonlitbooks.com. December 2003 update: out of business. April 2004 update: Well, in a manner; they're still there, but no longer publishing. June 2008 update: A notice: "This domain may be for sale.' May 2010 update: The site remains, but they don’t seem to be publishing. May 2013 update: now the site is definitely for sale.
MOONLIT GARDEN - www.moonlitgardenbooks.com. April 2005 update: they seem to be out of business. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
MOONLIT ROMANCE - www.moonlitromance.com/. An imprint of Unique enterprises, about which I have a bad report. February 2009 update: I am told they are out of business. June 2009 update: Indeed, their page is gone. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
MOMENTUM BOOKS — http://momentumbooks.com.aue. They claim to be Australia's first major digital imprint, part of Pan Macmillan Australia, a traditional print publisher, but you don't need to live in Australia to be published by them. They are open to submissions on Mondays between midnight and midnight. Those sent in at other times will be deleted automatically. They are open to most traditional and non-traditional genres, fiction and nonfiction, from 15,000 to over 100,000 words. They don't pay advances but do offer a higher royalty rate than traditional. They may have a sense of humor, as I looked them up April 1 and they had an April Fool announcement that they were ditching digital and would deliver their books via drone, with a man with a net to snag the drones. May 2014 update: Server Not Found. August 2015 update: I had typoed the link. It should be correct now. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
MORGAN JAMES — I don't have the web site for this publisher, but do have a bad report that it is a vanity publisher that claims to charge no fees, but does require authors to commit to purchasing copies of their books, starting at $1,000 worth. Apparently by their definition that's not a fee. A traditional publisher makes no monetary demands on the author for anything, and a self publisher charges only for the services the author chooses.
MORNING RAIN PUBLISHING - www.morningrainpublishing.com/. This is a small Canadian publisher open to submissions from Canadian authors. They accept middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult fiction in most genres. They do not accept erotica, horror, poetry, memoirs or nonfiction at this time. I tried to look up the site, but it took so long to lead on my dialup that I gave up after about 15 minutes.
MORRIS PUBLISHING - www.morrispublishishing.com/. May 2014 update: Server Not Found.
MOTH MAGAZINE - www3.telus.net/throwingsticks/. June 2008 update: Page Not Found. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
MOUNTAIN VIEW PUBLISHING - www.trebleheartbooks.com/MVWelcome.html. June 2009 update: Page Not Found. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
MOXIE PRESS - www.moxiepress.com/. April 2007 update: they have closed.
MULTI-MEDIA PUBLICATIONS — www.mmpubs.com/. This is the outfit that bought out Crystal Dreams, which is now one of their imprints. Other imprints are Lessons from History, which is a series of books, ebooks, audiobooks, and DVDs analyzing historical events. Project Management libraries of books and audiobooks. Networking for Results. Impact Publications, for fiction and general adult trade nonfiction. Impact Publications, for young entrepreneurs. Birth Books is coming soon, appropriately. But when I answered their email, it bounced. June 2008 update: They are open to submissions in a number of genres in a number of forms. Royalties of 20% of net sales. June 2009 update: I could not verify that they are still publishing, rather than bookselling. May 2010 update: This time I verified that they are still publishing. They have a large backlog of fiction so aren’t accepting that, but are interested in specific nonfiction. May 2013 update: They remain in business and are about to celebrate their 25th anniversary. May 2015 update: they remain in good order, but I was unable to find submission information. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
MUNDANIA PRESS LLC - www.mundania.com/. April 2019 update: MUNDANIA PRESS has closed as of March 27, 2019. All rights are returned to the authors as of that date. This includes their imprints, Phaze Books, Hard Shell Word Factory, Awe-Struck Books, and Celeritas Limited LLC, It covers ebooks, print, and audio books. They are working to have all books removed from all reseller sites and websites, but it may take time for all of them to get unlisted. They are working on past royalty reports to get as much possible to the authors over the next few months. They have a warehouse full of returned print books, and authors can recover these for the price of shipping charges. Any books not claimed will be remaindered or donated. As the maker of the main loan on which they operated, and as an authors whose best fantasy is there, I deeply regret this loss. But as they explain, things like Amazon reduced the market, and outfits like All Romance Ebooks defaulted while owing them money. Like a ship with a stove-in hull, they could not halt the slow sinking. Authors should contact them at email@example.com with name address, and titles. October 2020 update: I have been unable to reach them; they seem to be all the way dead.
MUSA PUBLISHING — www.musapublishing.com/. May 2015 update: The site says they closed their doors March 1, 2015, with deep regret, releasing their authors from their contracts. You can still buy their books until June 2016 when the domain expires.
MUSEITUP PUBLISHING - http://museituppublishing.com/. A Canadian e-publisher that opened in March 2010. Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult, Mystery, Horror, Science Fiction, and variants. Also Erotica, with the usual cautions. 45,000 words up. Royalties of 40% of the download price. They are reported to be author friendly and approachable, but very slow. Submissions were closed July and August but are supposed to reopen September 1, 2011 That's now. October 2011 update: I heard from the publisher, Lea Schizas. They had Internet server woes and had to change, but are now trying to catch up with submissions. She hopes to acknowledge submissions sooner. May 2012 update: They are currently open to submissions, but are behind, and response takes ten weeks. June 2012 update: a favorable report: "...fabulous to work with." August 2012 update: A generally favorable report, but an impression that they are having trouble keeping up. May 2013 update: Submissions are now open, but check, because they list closing dates; I'm not sure if that means times of the year when they are closed to submissions. October 2013 update: A favorable report on their professionalism and respect for authors.
MY EBOOK PUBLISHER - www.myebookpublisher.com/. Sigh; I had just entered this, but they changed their mind and will not exist after all. I list this much only for the benefit of those who might have thought they would exist. May 2011 update: it says the site is under construction. That's electronic for nonexistence.
MYSTIC MOON PRESS - www.mysticmoonpress.com/. May 2013 update: Now it's all in Chinese symbols.
MYSTIC RIDGE BOOKS — www.mysticridgebooks.com/. This was recommended to me as a new publisher to list, so I checked it. It's been in business over a decade, and appears to be a print publisher, so isn't right for this survey.
NEW AGE DIMENSIONS PUBLISHING - www.newagedimensionspublishing.com/. June 2015 update: Now it's in Chinese symbols with a picture of a walk across a river.
NET PUB - www.netpub.net. This is a print-on-demand publisher who says they have had over one trillion impressions printed. But their site doesn't seem to provide information on terms. You have to request a quote. June 2008 update: Under "Get Published" is a description of Hudson House Publishing. You still have to request a quote. August 2009 update: I heard from their marketing director, who says they have 25 years experience in the book and manual business. May 2013 update: A plugin is needed, so I can't update, but Hudson is still publishing for them. June 2015 update: This time I got in without a plug-in. They have services, but I did not find information on rates.
NEW-AUTHOR.COM - see the Services section.
NEW BABEL BOOKS - www.newbabelbooks.com/. They plan to publish 6 books a year by hand-picked authors. POD, but the authors don't pay, and will receive royalties. April 2006 update: They are not actively seeking submissions, but will listen if you query seriously. June 2007 update: same as before. June 2008 update: Page cannot be found message. June 2009 update: They are there now, but scanty on information. June 2010 update: still no information on terms, which makes me wonder. February 2011 update: I heard from the publisher. The enterprise started as a way to publish works of his own that were too hard a sell for traditional publishers, then expanded to other authors. Now they have acquired their own printing press, hoping to get traditional distribution. They hope to have new content up in a month or so. May 2011 update: The site remains awful light on information. May 2012 update: They are there, but still aren't telling much about things like terms.
NEW BEDLAM - www.newbedlam.com/. May 2014 update: New Bedlam has ended. They are considering running another contest. This does not look like a very promising market.
NEW CENTURY PUBLISHING - www.newcenturypublishing.org/. I was queried about this self publisher, and advised to Google it. I did, and learned that the Indiana Attorney General investigated because of complaints by authors of being charged $1,500 to $10,000 to publish their books but getting nothing but excuses. The proprietor David Caswell owes thousands in back rent and is being evicted. He has served time in prison for fraud and income tax evasion, and was even a bigamist. Indiana his filed a civil lawsuit. In sum: avoid this publisher and person. May 2011 update: It is now a self publishing search site. May 2013 update: And it has graduated to Chinese symbols. May 2014 update: Which remain. It is surely dead. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
NEW CONCEPTS PUBLISHING - www.newconceptspublishing.com/. NCP for short. It is expanding to ten books a month. Actively seeking other genres to add to the book list, including Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Mainstream, Erotica (but not pornography), and Nostalgia. They are also looking for Art. 60,000 to 120,000 words. They offer 30% of list price on downloads for direct sales. The contract is for three to five years, and the author has the option of renewing or leaving, with all rights reverting. They are in the print market as well as electronic, and plan to expand to book stores soon. They never close their doors to submissions, and their editors have excellent discussions on what they are looking for, but they are said to be somewhat lax about responding to authors. February 2004 Update: But I have a very bad report on their sloppiness and nonresponsiveness and possible cheating of authors. If they list no sales, when there have been sales, how long should one allow it to be in the pipeline before crying foul? Maybe their personnel are overworked, but I'd be wary. April 2004 update: I have received other bad reports, as well as emphatic defenses of the publisher by other writers and its staff. After a struggle--see my comment in the April 2004 HiPiers column--I conclude that misunderstandings account for much of the bad feeling. The publisher is not trying to cheat anyone, but has not always kept authors informed. One writer reported that the publisher's site was hacked at the end of 2003, causing it to be offline for over a month, which may have contributed to the confusion. June 2004 update--But complaints continue, so it's not over yet. December 2004 update: Complaints still are coming in, acknowledging routine problems from disorganization and overworked staff. They also are reported to resist reverting contracts at their normal termination dates, even refusing delivery on a certified letter with such a request. Read the complaint on the National Writers' Union site; legal action is being considered. That's arrogant mischief. There are too many instances; I have to say that this publisher should be avoided. August 2005 update: it seems that in the interest of enhanced sales they are spicing up their books, and removing the less sexy titles. They seem to have changed their nature, and books not rated R or more will be on the back burner. February 2007 update: another negative report of unreported royalties and nonresponse to complaints. April 2007 update: It gets worse: one author submitted a manuscript, got no response, queried twice, and after 7 months finally asked them to remove the submission, as it had been sold elsewhere. After another two months came an email offering a contract. It seems that they hired an author liaison--who also does not respond to emails. But I do have a report of their finally making good on what was owed. June 2007 update: this time I did not find submission information. I received more than one complaint that writers are not informed of publications dates and that answering queries is considered too much of a burden. They may be making changes in manuscripts without letting authors review them. One author's name was incorrect on the cover, but they would not fix it. But I have a report of 200 copy sales, which isn't bad. October 2007 update: A reader paid for a book, but then the publisher did not send the download link. An accidental glitch? December 2007 update: A report of poor service but very good sales. So mixed signals continue. April 2008 update: Yet another bad report of lack of communication, poor customer service, and authors having problems getting their rights back after their contracts expire. There is an extended discussion at an author loop, the essence of which is that authors must post anonymously to avoid vindictive retaliation, that authors who ask questions can get blacklisted, that there is no editing, payments can be late, and that the proprietor publishes her own material under multiple aliases, with those getting the most promotion. One says that NCP was good, but has been going downhill the past 18 months. One is bemused that the publisher can't be bothered to notify authors when their books are being published. But some posts are positive. One says that the blacklist is a myth. The publisher, Madris DePasture, has a long hard-nosed discussion of publishing and authors that makes sense; it is true that many seeming errors are mostly the ignorance of new writers. So as an outsider, I suspect the truth is somewhere in between. June 2008 update: A reader bought a book there, but never received it or any reply to a query. Any legitimate publisher would be concerned about such a glitch and rectify it promptly. So this is worrisome. No sign of this on the site. August update: refund finally given, after 4 months of confusion and nonresponse to queries. Their Web site says they currently receive between 25,000 and 45,000 hits per day, and are on their way to becoming a multi-million dollar company by 2009. They accept only submissions that are publication-ready; there does not seem to be an editing process. So proofread your manuscript before you submit it. And a bad complaint: an author submitted a three chapter partial book, per their guidelines, then took time to work on it—and they published it as part of a three author collaboration, with the other authors picking up from her beginning. Now this sort of thing can be done; I've done it. But it has to be by contract, and that was not the case here. So it was an involuntary collaboration. The publisher says she was in breach of contract by not delivering; author says there was no specified due date. Looks from here as if the author has the right of it. Yes, it happened to me, in traditional print, decades ago when a publisher rendered my novel But What of Earth? into a degraded collaboration without my knowledge, in egregious violation of the contract. I objected, and the publisher apologized, reverted the rights to me, fired the editor, and shut down the line. And fans said I was too easy on them because I didn't sue. Okay, they were in the process of doing the last two things anyway. But I could have forced it, had I sued. I saw no need; I'm tough minded, but not that much of an ogre. I had the novel republished elsewhere, restored, with 25,000 words of commentary on the idiocies of the original editing. So in my judgment, unless the publisher can prove breach of contract by the author, such as a delivery deadline, it owes the author reversion and public apology, and shutdown of the book unless it can negotiate a contractual compromise with the author. Because arrogance like this needs to be curbed, for the good of the field. It seems they have also deleted the clause that requires written permission from the author before the editor can make changes, and have done some horrendously destructive editing. Yes, some manuscripts do need serious editing, but in other cases it comes across like a pig rooting in a flower garden. So maybe it is just as well that they have stopped editing at all. They have also run a Public Notice listing a number of authors whose rights they are reverting because of breach of contracts. One would think such matters are best handled privately, and when they list the author's pseudonyms and real names that's like hanging dirty laundry out in public, intended to be embarrassing. Or, worse, to get authors in trouble with their daytime employers, who don't know their secret lives as spicy-fiction writers. It looks from here like more mean-spirited arrogance. Other complaints, selected from a myriad: royalties can be late, without corresponding 1099 forms. Favoritism to some authors, such as NCP pen names. Not informing authors of release dates. Refusal to take books off websites when reverted. I even heard of a case, surely one among many, where an author corresponded with another NCP author, only to learn later that she was a house pseudonym. I suppose that's one way for a publisher to phish for private complaints and out secret critics, but there's a nasty odor. October 2008 update: a report that at the end of July NCP deleted its 1700+ readers loop without warning. It is conjectured this was because readers were complaining about paying for but not receiving orders. Later they opened a new readers loop, but with all messages moderated, meaning that complaints would not get through. On the in-house author loop they post only emails from the NCP staff. The odor thickens. June 2009 update: they remain open for submissions, and say the average payout to authors over three years ranges from $44 to $8,455.46, depending on genre. June 2010 update: They are no longer buying "sweet" romances; their readers demand stronger stuff. But they are always open for submissions. May 2011 update: The site remains, but seems not fully functional. For example, the Submissions page is blank. May 2012 update: This time I didn't find a Submissions page. February 2013 update: An author reverted the book when the contract expired, but the publisher continues to sell it, ignoring queries. May 2013 update: This time I managed to search it out: they are always open to submissions. The note is dated April 2, 2012. That is, a year ago, but it suffices. May 2014 update: Connection reset. That's a bad sign. June 2015 update: But they're there in good order now.
NEW LEAF BOOKS - www.newleafbooks.net/. This is a new small publisher, an imprint of WigWam Publishing Co. Hardcover, paperback, and electronic. It pays no advance, but offers an "attractive royalty package." Looking for nonfiction 70,000+ words, genre fiction 70-100,000, and Young Adult, 50-90,000. No erotica. Query first, and response time on manuscripts is four to six weeks. They are open to different fiction, unique stories, unforgettable characters, and strong plot lines. With no visible track record, this publisher can't be judged good or bad, but its attitude looks promising. October 2005 update: But now they are accepting only nonfiction. June 2007 update: unchanged. June 2009 update: they now have a 2009 date, but I can't verify that they remain open to submissions. June 2010 update: Their update of 9-1-2009 says they are currently closed to new submissions. May 2011 update: Their last update is 1-10-2011. they are closed to sebmissions at this time. Check back later. May 2012 update: And a year later that notice is unchanged. May 2013 update: Still not updated. May 2014 update: Submissions are currently closed. The notice is dated 2-14-2014, so it's current. June 2015 update: now their update in submission guidelines is dated 2-10-2014, four days before the prior notice. And submissions remain closed. Not a good sign. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
NEW GENERATION PUBLISHING - www.newgeneration-publishing.com. This is a self publisher offering a variety of packages designed to meet authors' needs. Their services include editing, proofreading, and marketing. June 2015 update: They remain there in good order.
NEW SOUTH BOOKS - www.newsouthbooks.com. I received a flyer from their publisher announcing their email newsletter, with a free ebook for those who sign up on their special offer. I don't yet have information on them.
NEW YORK LITERARY MAGAZINE — I received a flier informing me that I had been nominated for the NF Literary Magazine “Best Story Award with a link to click to submit me entry, submission period ending December 31, 2017. It seemed that I had to pay to enter. That smelled of a scam, and I ignored it. Then next day I received another flier from them, at a different address, titled “Re: NY Literary Magazine Scam. It seems that the real magazine was being victimized by a fake using their name, and that generated reams of hate mail from authors. So they fired their loyal employees and shut down. I am not sure what to make of this.
NEXT STOP HOLLYWOOD - http://nextstophollywood.org/. May 2013 update: The domain may be for sale. June 2015 update: Timeout error.
NEXUS TEQ - http://ebooks.nexusteq.com. Apparently out of business; the link now leads to Findwho.com. June 2009 update: now the link leads to eBooks.com, a bookseller. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
NITELINKS - www.nitelinks.com/. February 2004 update: No longer in business.
NOBLE ROMANCE PUBLISHING - www.nobleromance.com/. December 2013 update: I am informed that this publisher folded in August. They returned rights to authors, took books down from all sites, and money is still trickling in from sales from third party sites. So at last it is done. June 2014 update: Connection reset. They do seem to be gone. I'll reduce the long entry in due course. June 2015 update: Site under construction.
NO BOUNDARIES PRESS — www.noboundariespress.com/ October 2013 update: I have a report that they closed June 30, 2013, without the authors getting paid. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
NO BOUNDARIES PUBLISHING — www.noboundariespublishing.com/. April 2012 update: they have closed, becuse the proprietor's day job changed and he doesn't want to do a disservice to his authors. Rights are being returned an of March 31, 2012. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
NOVEL BOOKS - www.novelbooksinc.com. April 2005 update: it has folded, as of the beginning of the year, leaving authors and staffers unpaid. So much for integrity. There may be legal action. February 2006 update: Confirmation on how they took their authors, artists, and editors for a ride, stiffing them all. June 2009 update: And yet the site remains, selling books, but they are not accepting submissions at this time. May 2011 update: Page Not Found.
NVF MAGAZINE - www.freewebs.com/nvhmag1. May 2012 update: Page Not Found.
OCEAN'S MIST PRESS - /www.oceansmistpress.com. February 2008 update: it's gone.
OMNIBUCKET - www.omnibucket.com/. I was asked about this, so looked it up. It required me to download Flash Macromedia to view its site, theoretically a three minute download, actually ten minutes. Flash has never worked on any of my systems, and didn't work this time, so I can't report on this site. June 2008 update: Now it works. It says it is a creative incubator more than a traditional publishing company. It believes in Multimedia. I can't say I am creative enough to properly understand it, but maybe more creative types do. June 2010 update: I clicked the Submit Content link, and it said "No content types available." June 2015 update: the site remains in good order.
OMNIFIC PUBLISHING - www.omnificpublishing.com/. I originally got this confused with an advertising service, but it is an independent publisher of romantic fiction that seeks to break the mold of traditional romance “with stories that excite, inspire, amuse, and amaze." It is woman-owned, staffed by professionals, and publishes in electronic and trade paperback. Royalties are 35% for both ebook and net print sales. Preferred length is 60,000 words or more, up to about 175,000. June 2012 update: They remain open for Romance submissions, by email only. May 2013 update: they remain open for submissions. June 2015 update: This time when I clicked on Submissions I got a timeout error.
firstname.lastname@example.org. No www address was given for this one, so
I'm listing their email address instead. It says: "Omniscia
is a new publishing company that is seeking to publish material
online. We offer you, the author, 35% of each sale made. We will
use state of the art publishing techniques in a secure document
format. There are no strings attached, if your work sells then
you earn substantial amounts of money, if not we will surrender
all publishing rights back to you after six months of market
exposure. If you are interested in this service and have produced
anything that you believe deserves to be published, then please
send an e-mail with your contact details, and some information on
UPDATE: still no site or information. February 2006 update: I am told they do not reply as their mailbox is full.
ONE THRONE MAGAZINE - http://onethrone.com. June 2015 update: I got a blank screen.
ONLINE ORIGINALS - www.onlineoriginals.com. It is a British online-only publisher with 50% royalties. They offer constructive feedback on all submissions, and a review of your manuscript can be commissioned for £40, $60. Each work must be book length, previously unpublished, original, well written, intelligent, and available in French or English. My impression is that they are looking for quality, and that your manuscript has to be pretty good to be accepted here. They accept only one out of 300 submissions on average. June 2012 update: they call their approach to submissions unique, and that's no exaggeration. New manuscripts are sent to several of their authors, who are paid by the submitter to do one page critiques and rate them for publishability. If the verdicts are good enough, it will be published. So you had better be pretty sure you are good. June 2014 update: Still open for submissions, with their special system. June 2015 update: It says the last site update was 18/12/2014.
OPEN DOOR PUBLISHING HOUSE - www.opendoorpublishinghouse.com. June 2014 update: Server not found. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
ORPHEUS ROMANCE - www.orpheusromance.com/. 2003 UPDATE: Gone
OTHER WORLDS PUBLICATIONS - May 2013 update: They shut down at the end of 2012.
OUTSKIRTS PRESS - www.outskirtspress.com/. This is a self publisher with packages ranging from $199 to $999. for electronic to POD editions. It says it partners with all the big Internet booksellers. October 2004 update: I am advised that this publisher has gotten the email addresses of a number of other publishers' clients and is deviously soliciting them. This smells of a scam, but I don't have solid evidence. October 2006 update: I have a report that this publisher was very friendly, until the money was received. Thereafter it was drop dead, leaving the project unfinished. Bad vibes here. October 2007 update: I ran across a promotional book I received at a conference a year ago: Self Publishing Simplified, by OUTSKIRTS PRESS. Of course it paints a rosy picture of this outfit's services, which should be taken with a near-lethal dose of salt, but along the way it does have a fair discussion of the problems of self publishing, such as distribution, and is worth glancing through for this reason. February 2009 update: I heard from the Author Services Director, defending the publisher, requesting that I remove the disparaging and unconfirmed report. He wanted the identity of my source. No go; I was blacklisted for 6 years when I objected to the way a print publisher cheated me, so I don't give publishers such information. He also said "If your site's intention truly is an objective one and not a clandestine promotional tactic..." which suggest the way he thinks. Obviously he did not endear himself to me. He also said "Xlibris requires some of the highest retail prices and pays some of the lowest royalties in the self publishing industry." The presumption is that Outskirts charges lower retail prices and pays higher royalties, and authors should check this out. I can say that Xlibris has honestly paid a lot of royalties, and hope that Outskirts matches it in that respect. He did not address the matter of whether Outskirts solicited the clients of other publishers. June 2009 update: This time I got a list of supported browsers. Nothing on Outskirts itself. June 2011 update: However, their introductory description of the problems of first time authors is a good one. June 2014 update: They remain in business, publishing prices unchanged.
PAGEFREE PUBLISHING - www.pagefreepublishing.com. June 2011 update: It is now a publishing search site. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
PALABRAS PRESS - http://www.palabras-press.com. I was sent this address to be checked, but it gave me a blank screen. August 2005 update: I received a note that they have chosen to advertise in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine. October 2005 update: They are there now with articles on writing fiction and poetry. It's a small literary ezine. October 2006 update: they have courses and workshops. They are accepting manuscripts for publication. They have announced their Third Annual International Dance With Words Poetry Contest. June 2009 update: To discuss your publishing requirements, you have to contact them at their Canadian office, by phone. June 2014 update: The same.
PAM PUBLISHING - http://pampublishing.freeservers.com. October 2008 update: They have closed. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
PANTS ON FIRE PRESS - http://pantsonfirepress.com/. I was asked about this one, so tried to check it. This is a children's book publisher. But the site was slow loading, then was largely blank. I check sites with the pictures turned off because I'm on dial-up and pictures take forever; their information must be in their pictures. June 2015 update: They are there in good order now. You can sign up for their newsletter.
PARKER PUBLISHING - www.parker-publishing.com/. I was asked about this, so looked it up. It turns out that the domain is for sale. That's not a good sign. So I'm not clear whether they are in future business, or in the process of folding. June 2012 update: They are now a search site.
PEANUT PRESS - www.peanutpress.com. June 2010 update: The page was blank, but supposed to refresh in 5 seconds. It didn’t. June 2011 update: It is now a search site.
PENDULUM PRESS - www.pendulumpress.com/. June 2011 update: They remain there, but only as a bookseller.October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
PENNED, INK - www.pennedink.com/. June 2014 update: This time a blank page. My guess is that the site is inactive. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
PENKNIFE PRESS - www.penknifepress.com/. June 2011 update: Now they seem to be a news site.
PENROSE PUBLISHING — www.penrose-publishing.co.uk/. They are launching in the summer of 2013. This is a print and electronic publisher who says they want to put writers first. Their presentation seems reasonable. We'll see how their track record develops. I did not find information on their terms. June 2014 update: They seem canny on details; I'm not sure whether they are a regular or a self publisher. They promise 50% of net revenue, that they don't ask you for money; submit your work and follow your dream. You write, they promote. My guess is this is a form of self publishing.
PENUMBRA PRESS — www.penumbrapress.com/. Apparently Canadian. They have been in business 25 years as a small fine-art and literary publishing house. I did not find information on terms, but they seem to be traditional print; I list them in part to avoid possible confusion with the next publisher listed, with a similar name. March 2011 update: And word from a satisfied author. June 2011 update: Now they have been in business 35 years. May 2012 update: I received an electronic novel of theirs for review, so obviously they remain in business and not limited to traditional print. June 2013 update: I tried to check whether they are open for submissions, but it seems you have to fill out a form to get that information.
PENUMBRA PUBLISHING — www.penumbrapublishing.com/. A new, small independent online publishing company offering both electronic and print editions. Open to submissions in various genres, especially Romance, 35,000 200,000 words. They aren't opposed to erotic fiction but feel it should be tried elsewhere first. I did not find information on terms, but their listing of requirements is comprehensive and it may be there somewhere. I have a favorable report of their treatment of a new author. May 2013 update: Currently closed to all submissions. June 2015 update: Timeout error.
PETALS OF LIFE PUBLISHING - www.petalsoflife.com/. Gone
PETERSEN PUBLISHING GROUP - www.petersenpublishinggroup.com/. June 2010 update: This now took me to The Author’s Workshop.
PETTICOAT PRESS - October 2020: I am told that this is owned by Bethany Burke, who owns Blushing Books, and was created for the sole purpose of publishing work created by a deceased author, Joanne Kay, against the wishes of her estate and family. I do not have proof, but recommend caution.
PHAZE - www.phaze.com/. October 2020 update: folded, along with Mundania Press.
PINESTEIN - www.pinestein.com/. June 2012 update: This time it put me on Cheap Collectible Coins. So their arrogant attitude may have done them in. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
PINK FLAMINGO - www.pinkflamingo.com/. "Erotic Stories & Novels Bondage, Spanking & Fetish Stories in Paperback & Ebooks. "Original, Sexy & intelligent Fiction You won't find anywhere else!" That seems to cover the territory, but I couldn't find any information on terms for writers. June 2007 update: They are open for submissions, but a visitor has to register with them to get information on terms, and I'm not into registration. June 2010 update: A generally favorable report that they pay 15% royalties on the retail and wholesale prices of any paperback, and 20% on ebooks, quarterly, usually on time, but sometimes delayed. They move aggressively into any new market for ebooks. June 2014 update: I found no information on submissions or terms, but they do have a long list of authors and books.
PNEUMA SPRINGS.CO.UK - www.pneumasprings.co.uk/. The site seems to be all about restrictions on the use of the site; I did not find information on terms. However, I have a highly favorable report from one of their authors. This appears to be a British self publisher. Everything is up front and in black and white; no hidden clauses or extras to pay. You pick the deal that suits you. From start to finish for the book was 10 weeks. June 2009 update: The site was so slow loading that I gave up. May 2010 update: a positive report: "Now publishing my third book through [Pneuma] and have absolutely no complaints at the service offered and delivered." June 2011 update: This time the site loaded promptly. It takes them up to four weeks to acknowledge receipt of a manuscript. June 2014 update: They are open for submissions of a number of types. “Our goal is to attract, to develop and to retain the finest writers."
POETRY.COM - www.poetry.com/. This seems to be the online access of Watermark Press, which says it is the largest publisher of poetry in the world. I gather that you pay to have a number of copies of your book published: About $400 for 15 copies of a 60 page book, for example. So this is a straightforward self publisher. UPDATE: I am advised that this company has one of the worst names in the business, and that many consider it to be an outright scam. December 2004 update: a participant was told she was to receive an award which was to be given at a convention Poetry.com sponsored. When she did not attend the convention, the award disappeared. Apparently attendance is a requirement. Beware. December 2005 update: confirmation in an article in the October 2005 AARP BULLETIN. You pay $60 to put your poem in the book, and $580 plus travel and hotel expenses to attend their convention where you might get to read it to others. It's your money that counts, not merit. June 2010 update: Now it leads to LULU. June 2011 update: The site is just a form for your name and email address. May 2012 update: I received links to commentary on this site. It has a bad reputation, but is under new ownership and may be reforming. Now Newton Rhymes owns it, but litle is known. June 2012 update: Now it is back at the original site, and it looks like business as usual. June 2015 update: Timeout. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled. July 2019 update: I am told that this site has folded.
POETRY OF TODAY - www.poetryoftoday.com/. June 2012 update: the domain is for sale.
POINT RIDER PUBLISHING - www.point-rider-publishing.com/. I haven't looked this up, but it is evidently a self publisher. A report from an author says they charge $2,000 up to edit/ provide cove/ publish your book, require authors to pay an additional $150 for their ISBN. They offer 100% royalties, but they are the only one with full knowledge of the number of sales. So make sure your contract has a solid audit clause. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
POST CARDS FROM HELL - http://postcardtales.blogspot.com. June 2009 update: Gone.
POWER PUBLISHING - www.powpublish.com/. April 2005 update: gone.
PROFESSIONAL PUBLISHING PRESS - www.ProfessionalPublishingPress.com. “Are you looking for a full service publisher that will publish your book and market it globally? Are you looking to FINALLY have a 'straight talk' discussion with someone of your caliber at a publishing company? Are you looking for a publisher that will pay you to publish?" They work in all genres, and have worked with hundreds of lawyers, doctors, and MBAs from around the world. Ask them a question, and ask your present publisher the same question; if the latter answer is better, the former will pay you $50. This looks like Attitude Galore, and maybe you want it on your side. As a long-time published author, I know that asking a typical publisher a question can be like spitting in the wind.
PROPER MANUSCRIPT FORMAT - http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html; www.shunn.net/format/novel.html. These sites show the standard manuscript for stories and novels. This is elementary material that every writer should know, but there are those who don't. Indenting the first line of a paragraph, starting a new paragraph for each new speaker in dialogue, having wide margins, and so on. William Shunn spells it out. “No one knows for certain how many good short stories are passed over because the manuscripts containing them are formatted poorly." The same goes for novels. Editors are busy, and if they see at the outset that a writer doesn't know how to present his material, they are likely to assume that he doesn't know how to tell a good story either, and will pass on to the next manuscript. So don't shoot yourself in the foot; get the details right. However, this material is dated, and I don't bother to follow all of its rules. For example, double spacing: an electronic manuscript can be changed from single to double spacing in a single step, and the publisher can do that if it wants to. The publisher can change the font, and the margins, and any other details it wants to. Few manuscripts these days are printed out for submission. So these rules are okay, but it's probably more important to get the spelling right, and do dialogue correctly.
PUBIT — This is, I understand, the Barnes and Noble epublishing site, but when I tried to check it it required me to sign in with a password as a B&N employee, which I am not. Maybe something will come of this, but at present it does not seem to be in business. April 2018 update: It became Nook Press in 2013, and now is Barnes & Noble Press, which see.
PUBLIC BOOKSHELF - www.publicbookshelf.com/. "PublicBookshelf.com is now open for fiction and non-fiction book submissions. We pay 70% Google ad revenues on each page of your book. Take advantage of our million+ annual visitor traffic to get your book read, earn money, and promote yourself." December 2008 update: they say you can read many of their books free, and also say they publish you online at no cost to you and pay an advance of up to $500. I'll be interested to see feedback from authors who try them, and this comes under the probably too good to be true heading. May 2010 update: I have moved this entry from the Services section to the Publishing section, because it now seems more like a publisher than a service. It seems that their contract is non exclusive, which means you can also publish elsewhere. That could be a good deal for authors. I have a report from an author confirming non-exclusivity but not the advance. May 2013 update: It still there, still offering to publish your novel free. June 2014 update: Still there, still looking too good to be entirely true. But I have received no complaints. June 2015 update: Timeout.
PUBLISH AND BE DAMNED - www.pabd.com. February 2008 update: the link now leads to Spire, a self publisher.
PUBLISH AMERICA - www.publishamerica.com. "We are an old fashioned publishing company with new, innovative ideas. We pride ourselves on publishing books that are having a hard time being accepted elsewhere." They respond within weeks or months, and are looking for Children's/Young Adult, Fiction, Health, Mystery/Suspense, Nonfiction, Spiritual/Philosophy, Romance, or Sci-fi. They use print-on-demand to avoid big inventories or warehousing. Thus they can give talented undiscovered authors a fair chance. They pay standard traditional-publisher royalties of 8% to 10%. Bear in mind that these seemingly small royalties are apt to bring in a good deal more money for the writer than 50% or 100% with a straight online publisher, because of the likely volume of sales. Less is often more, in publishing. However, there may be an odor here. The "Ask Ann" service (check it in the Services section) has posted a number of complaints, and there is some fierce dialogue with the publisher. Elsewhere reports have been mixed. Whether it is unscrupulous or merely impatiently efficient is uncertain, and perhaps depends on your perspective. Remember, the "old fashioned" publishers can be arrogant as hell. I heard from one writer who was seriously disappointed in their performance. October 2003 update: another writer says that they are a thinly disguised vanity press, their fee not being money but an "announcement list" of two to three hundred addresses the author is required to provide. I presume they then hit up those addresses for sales. I would distrust this. December 2003 update: But another writer says that they ask for only 100 or fewer addresses and don't expect to sell to many of those. August 2004 update: a writer forwarded me a copy of the San Antonio Current review: they are doing well, paying small advances of one dollar, but have generally low sales. They do retaliate against complainants, removing them from their message boards or banning them. PA (that's Publish America, not Piers Anthony) warns to beware of sci-fi or fantasy authors: "They have no clue about what it is to write real-life stories, and how to find them a home." Well, I am such an author, so consider yourself warned. December 2004 update: complaints continue, and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY ran an expose, saying that PA does not pay royalties. That's a no-no. My impression is that this publisher is best avoided. February 2005 update: And I have a positive feedback on them, from an author who was paid a small advance, is satisfied with their editing and responsivity, does receive royalties, and discovered that some who pan the company do so based on rumors rather than personal experience. Still, it seems that the WASHINGTON POST published an article trashing them as selling false dreams, and see my column for February 2005 for the SF writers' hilarious response to PA's put-down of them. June 2005 update: yet I received an ad for one of their books, so they do do that amount of promotion. June 2006 update: And I have a positive response, that they do exactly what they say they will do. Authors really do have to do 99% of the marketing of their books; PA doesn't charge and does pay royalties. And another negative report. One writer feels they make sales difficult because books are non-returnable. Here I can't fault PA; POD books generally are non-returnable, having been in effect special-ordered. October 2006 update: Another complaint that the company became non-responsive after receiving the manuscript. So the manuscript was withdrawn. Meanwhile, I have what amounts to a leaked document on the inner workings of this publisher. There are 20-some "editors" who are hard pressed. Layout/editors are required to do three books a day. There's no time to check story-line or continuity or even spelling. Basic editors (a different class) do about one book a day, and are lucky to correct punctuation, grammar, spelling, tense, or point of view. Questions are shunted to Support, where they are answered with pre-made blurbs drawn from the contract or form letters. So if service seems perfunctory, it's not because the editors don't care; they just are on such an assembly-line schedule that they can't do much for any book. It is reminiscent of a sweat shop. December 2006 update: another bad report, of their firing their best editors and engaging in sex discrimination. Another says "they are rude ignorant and down right nasty." Some folk believe they will fold in six months. We'll see. April 2007 update: more negatives. See MEET REAL PA in the services section. August 2007 update: a positive report, they performed as promised, though they do price the books high. October 2007 update: and another negative about non-payment. June 2008 update: They have an item titled Publish America Confronts Amazon. I am not keen on Publish America, but I believe they have the right of this one, refusing to let Amazon dictate who prints their books. However, I also have another negative report from a writer: they are difficult to work with. If you post something negative on the boards, they delete it immediately. They can take forever to get back to you if you have an issue. December 2008 update: a report that they have extended their contract term from three to seven years, that they take movie rights, and pay an advance of one dollar. Be wary. I also have another mediocre report: they did pay a royalty check, but the author could not verify its accuracy. Typos were left in even after supposedly corrected. April 2009 update: Publish America won its suit against Preditors & Editors. I do not know the details, but conjecture that the P&E report was considered to be intended to prejudice people against the publisher, rather than being objective. June 2009 update: I note this on their page: "Welcome to Publish America! We are the Nation's number one book publisher!!" They are talking about numbers of books, not quality. But, oddly, I could get none of their supplementary sections. July 2009 update: I have another generally favorable report. They have a clearly worded contract and follow through with every promise they make. They reportedly accept only 30% of submitted manuscripts. "PA's staff have answered every single one of my multiple emails over the last 2 years ... I've never had an impolite or improper response and they've always responded within 2 weeks." They sent out many copies of the book at their cost for reviews. They paid royalties on time. June 2010 update: But complaints of nonperformance continue. February 2011 update: for a $149 processing feel an author can get the rights to a book reverted. This strikes me as a variant of the kill fee. May 2011 update: here is their response to an unsatisfied author: "We received the email below from a drivel spewing individual who claims to speak on your behalf. We will of course ignore her nonsense and herself..." January 2012 update: One author finally got her rights back, but now is being pestered for deals to get her rights reverted. She says she already has them back, but they keep offering. May 2013 update: it's still there in good order, still ready to publish you. Plug-ins are required, so I don't have the whole story, but it's clear that they remain in business. June 2014 update: The link now leads to America Star Books, which seems similar; it may simply be a name change. June 2015 update: I got repeated timeouts, but can't be sure this means the publisher is gone. I'm on dial-up, and it can be excruciatingly slow.
PUBLISHER'S GRAPHICS/ LLC - www.pubgraphics.com. June 2014 update: Server Not Found.
PUBLISH4U - www.publish4u.com/. June 2004 update: gone, without paying their authors.
PUBLISHING PROFESSIONALS - www.pubprof.com. June 2009 update: Server not found.
PULPLESS - at www.pulpless.com. The site remains, and titles are for sale, but this publisher is in essence dead.
PULPLESS FICTION - at www.pulplessfiction.com/. June 2007 update: Gone. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
PULSAR BOOKS - email@example.com. Gone. It has merged into RFI West.
QUICKSTORIES - www.quickstoriees.com. Gone
QUIET STORM PUBLISHING - Small press that became a scam, not delivering books paid for, not paying authors, not answering queries. Avoid.
Rain Publishing - www.rainbooks.com/. June 2012 update: The domain is for sale.
RATIONAL SKIES - www.plasticine.com/. This seems to be limited to speculative fiction and science. Accepts 50,000 words and up, pays 40% royalties for non-exclusive rights. That means you can publish here and elsewhere simultaneously. The link now leads to METROPOLIS INK, which see.October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
RAVENOUS ROMANCE - www.ravenousromance.com/. "Ravenous Romance publishes the hottest, most exciting stories on the Web..." They do both ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, and may sublicence for print. I did not find information on terms on the site. So far, so good. But I have a report that they can be cavalier about honoring the terms of their contract, which is a dense 13-page document that can be modified. For example they reserve the right not to send a quarterly royalty check unless more than $100 is due. That needs to be changed to their issuing statements regardless of the figure, and the cutoff should be lower, like $50 or $25. Otherwise the author may never receive royalties and be unable to prove that any are owing. This is not theoretical; it happened to me, in traditional print publishing; I had to get a lawyer. They may not respond to queries, or to a request for withdrawal of a submission. From here, this looks like a bad act. November 2010 update: I had this entry in Services, and was advised to put it in Publishing. Must have gotten my synapses confused. March 2011 update: they can be exceedingly slow reporting on submissions, such as a year or so. June 2011 update: Now it seems to be merely a bookseller. August 2011 update: Or are they? It's not clear. June 2013 update: I still can't find evidence that they are buying books. June 2014 update: My guess is that they are simply selling titles they already have. The site is copyright 2011. July 2015 update: Still there, still copyrighted 2011, still no indication they are buying books.
REACH PUBLISHERS — www.aimtoinspire.com/. I was asked about this, so looked it up. It's a self publisher. The site does not give information on terms.
REBEL TALES — http://rebeltales.com/. June 2014 update: The link now leads to Holly Lisle's author site, which is listed in the Services section.
RED ADEPT — www.redadeptpublising.com/. They are a hybrid company, offering assorted services but also publishing. They are interested in all genres except juvenile (middle school, elementary) and erotica, listing Science Fiction, Thriller/Suspense, Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance. 25,000 word minimum, American authors only, MS Word. I did not find information on terms. June 2013 update: Page not found. Seems they changed their site address, but the other took so long to lead I had to quit.
RED HOT PUBLISHING — rhpublishing1.com/. June 2012 update: server not found. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
RED LILY PRESS - www.redlilypress.com/. June 2009 update: Gone.
RED ROSE PUBLISHING - www.redrosepublishing.com/. Started by Wendi Felter, who was booted from Mardi Gras. Opinions about her are highly mixed, positive and negative; now we'll see how she does on her own. Sliding scale for royalties: 40% first 300, 45% next 200, 50% above 500. They are seeking all variations of Romance and Erotic Romance, with the usual restrictions. Authors must be 18 or older. October 2007 update: A favorable report from an author, who has good sales, and another who feels very nicely treated. December 2007 update: Wendi reports that they now have authors in the 45% and 50% range, meaning that they are selling 300, 500 or more copies. She is pleased with the progress of the company. I also have a very favorable report from an author who was actually paid early. This is almost unheard of with publishers. A separate report gives about 50 copies in a month for a republished title, which seems good. February 2008 update: There are nonetheless some concerns about retaliation. April 2008 update: The editor is perplexed by that report, as she does not practice retaliation at Red Rose. Considering that she has herself been the victim of retaliation — I know from reports I received a year back — I'm inclined to believe her. But misunderstandings have made for hard feelings with at least one author. So this may be a he said, she said situation. There was an amusing confusion when a RR author sent an encomium/refutation/lecture to Preditors & Editors addressed to Piers Anthony, apparently believing me to be an employee there. "I know you haven't done any homework..." Dave Kuzminski of P&E set her straight. It would help if folk who are not well informed were more cautious about correcting those who are. Regardless, I have another satisfied author report. Another says that a fracas with a cover artist was the artist's fault. On balance, Red Rose seems okay. June 2008 update: The artist refutes that. Some very hard feelings remain. On the site there is a notice: "665,271 requests since Friday 13 July, 2007." They are evidently getting a lot of business in their first year. August 2008 update: Another negative report of lost contracts, lost editing, lost release dates, nonresponse. A general impression not of malice but of chronic disorganization. December 2008 update: There was a problem, but it has been resolved. A head was offed. But some artists have not received statements or checks, with little or no response to queries, and there are reports of retaliation. February 2009 update: I received a report saying that Wendi Felter was not booted from Mardi Gras, but that there was a campaign there against her by Teresa Jacobs, who used something like 23 aliases, and Wendi finally cut her losses and left. At Red Rose she hired an Editor in Chief who was not up to the job, had to replace her, and since then things have improved. They are now going to print publication as well as electronic and have been swamped preparing books for print debuts. Another report says Red Rose is doing a good professional job. April 2009 update: But another report of retaliation with enough detail to be persuasive. I omit the detail for that reason. And another positive report from an author. Apparently opinions differ. June 2009 update: Wendi points out that authors can rip off publishers, as well as vice versa, and gave examples. Sometimes she has gone out of her way to help authors, and not had much thanks. Sigh. My normal stance is with authors, but Wendi has a point. September 2009 update: It continues. An author suffered bad editing by an editor who then disappeared without notice. A new editor had problems with both the manuscript and the prior editing, then claimed that requested changes had not been made, when they had been made. That editor, too moved on. In the end, correspondence about the manuscript was ignored, and the book was not published. Finally giving up, the author asked for reversion—and was threatened with contractual breach. In sum: bad editing followed by neglect and a threat. This suggests to me that there are problems that are not being properly addressed. October 2009 update: They have increased to six releases a week. That's a heavy schedule, and there is concern whether it will dilute the sales of individual titles. January 2010 update: Even at that rate, they have a backlog of a year. They are reorganizing following the loss of their Lead Content Editor (maternity), and things are slow, with some reports months late. I'd say avoid this publisher until they catch up. February 2010 update: negative reports continue, and sales appear to be low. They have been called an author mill instead of a quality publisher. There is also a protest about a $100 termination fee, especially when it is the publisher at fault. The theory is that the publisher invests this much setting up for a novel, but if the publisher then does not perform, I suspect that fee should be forfeited. It seems to take a year to publish an ebook. Yet the publisher does seem to be trying to catch up on the backlog, and says it paid out more than $75,000 in royalties in the year 2009. I hope to simplify this entry in the future, as it is dragging on. May 2010 update: The termination fee is theoretically divided between the editor and the artist, but they are not necessarily getting it. That's another bad sign. June 2010 update: More mischief. One author saw her book published months ago, but saw no promotion. The cover looked trashy, as if to solicit an erotic market though this was not an erotic novel. No royalties paid. Another made a deal for multiple books, but the editing was so horrible she now regrets it. Royalties were late, low, or nonexistent despite feedback from readers who purchased the books. Another spoke of the publisher demanding $100 for a reversion. August 2010 update: At this time they are accepting submissions for only holiday-themed, Gothic/horror, and interracial/multicultural books of any heat level. October 2010 update: Yet more material has come to light, and there has been serious blogging about this publisher. In fact unhappy RRP authors have started their own group. The essence is that while some authors are satisfied, many are not, and they get treated with discourtesy and tirades. It takes a lawyer to make Wendi yield rights, and those why try can get banned from the author's loop. This appears to be a good publisher only as long as there is no problem, like an insurance company that is easy to get along with until you make a claim, then nice Dr. Jeckyll becomes cruel Mr. Hyde. A leaked document quotes Wendi: “I have repeatedly busted my ass so even those WHO DO NOT SELL GET A CHANCE TO GET THEIR BOOKS in print, well F* me, for going out of my way to help any authors, take out ads or even do contests...Right now I am so upset I am requesting that NO ONE get in touch with me unless it is an emergency or you are dying, because I am a little pissed off to put it mildly..." Caution. There is speculation that RR is about to crash. November 2010 update: It continues. It seem there is a large number of authors upset with RRP and trying to get their rights back, and others who fear retaliation or are bound by non-disclosure agreements (NDA). I recommend that authors not sign NDAs; there seems to be little valid reason for them other than covering up inconvenient truths. Even registered letters can be ignored. The problem is that other publishers don't want to take a novels that haven't been formally released, so contractually required releases are being nulled by inaction. This stinks. Every sort of foul-up has been described. One blog column describes how they even published a novel without a contract. Stay away. December 2010 update: word from an editor at Red Rose, who has never felt disrespected or mistreated there, has always received statements and royalties. He defends the kill fee, as otherwise professional editing would be free as authors game the system. January 2011 update: complaints continue: lack of statements, nonresponse to queries, likely inaccuracy when the issue is forced and statements are obtained, inadequate explanations. March 2011 update: Five more reports from four authors, all negative. One forwarded the BBB report on Red Rose, which gives them an F. Others report failure to send 1099 forms despite claiming to have done so, fracturing of author groups so disaffected writers can't get together to compare notes, failure to report known sales, and constant bullying via the NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement), which seems to apply only to authors, not the publisher. Others report failure to pay money owed, intimidating tactics, failure to return rights, publishing books without contracts, bad editing, and failure to respond to inquiries, even from lawyers. I understand that 42 authors have gotten together and are trying to warn others away from this publisher. The expectation is that Red Rose will crash this year. June 2011 update: It continues: statements and payments not made; more than one title sharing the same ISBN, and authors who complain are blacklisted for posting on author Yahoo groups. June 2012 update: Now the link leads to Romance Ebooks. July 2012 update: report of royalties not paid, refusal to take down books when requested, abusive treatment: the usual. A question: if sales are so low, why fight so hard to keep the books? With the implied answer: sales are not low, and the publisher wants to continue stealing the money. September 2012 update: Another report of retaliation for complaints. Would you believe, there are those who don't understand why I honor anonymity? December 2012 update: Yet another complaint of poor service and bad attitude. March 2013 update: and yet another report of nonperformance, nonresponse, and irrelevant response. “What can one do? Do we as authors have any recourse without being blacklisted?" Short of legal action, apparently not. June 2013 update: It continues. I have yet another report of an author who made a complaint being threatened. Of royalties not being paid. I understand that the publisher claims it went to court and won a $25,000 judgment for “false copyright infringement." I suspect I am not the only one who would like to see documentation: what court, against whom? Because I am disinclined to believe it. This is the charge against an author who wants to revert the rights because of publisher malfeasance? Ludicrous. July 2013 update: Another report of no royalty payments and failure to take expired books down or to revert rights. September 2013 update: It just goes on and on. An author demanded due royalties, and instead was accused of accusing them of copyright infringement that they consider an actionable offense. This reminds me of when I got blacklisted for demanding a correct account, way back when. Apparently this has become standard at Red Rose: threaten rather than pay. Beware; this publisher appears to have gone completely rogue. October 2013 update: Yet another complaint about royalties not being paid, book rights not given back. Red Rose is being reported to the IRS to verify whether money is being embezzled. June 2014 update: They remain in business, and submissions are open. But I recommend caution. July 2014 update: The bad news continues: no statements or payments this year, refusal to return rights, etc. Stay clear. August 2014 update: I have a report that the site has been down for over two weeks and that authors and employees have heard nothing other than the erasure of quarterly royalty reports. This smells of terminal mischief. July 2015 update: Timeout error. Not a good sign.
RED SAGE PUBLISHING - www.eredsage.com/. "For all the secrets that touch a woman's heart." Apparently this is a Romance print publisher that now also does ebooks. They are currently open to submissions in many genres, and want provocative material. I was unable to find terms for authors. July 2010 update: they are looking for lengths 25,000-50,000 and 50,000-100,000 words in length, with their greatest need in the longer category. They prefer that you write what your heart likes, rather than trying to fit a category, but their heart is in erotic romance without being at all limited to that. "We are open to anything new and different. In fact we would prefer new and different!" They pay an advance, variable. My impression is that this could be a good place to be. June 2013 update: apparently submissions are by invitation only. Royalties are 40-45% depending on vendor. They take all publishing rights for the life of the copyright. That means you can recover your rights 70 years after you die. They no longer pay advances. So this no longer looks like such a good place to be; they offer too little and want too much. June 2014 update: now submissions seem to be open to anyone. July 2015 update: When I checked for submissions I learned that Red Sage has been in business since 1995, starting as a small traditional print publisher. “As far as we know, the other small houses have left the business." My guess is that their knowledge is limited. Now they have a digital line. Their print lines are by invitation only. Presumably their e-lines are more open no new writers. June 2017 update: I have a negative report that they refuse to return rights when the author has a special use for them, and are not friendly with authors. That the author has to do most of the work, such as the cover, marketing, and so on.
REGAL CREST PUBLISHING — http://regalcrest.biz/. They are a small press located in Texas, focusing on LGBT—Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual—in digital and paper. A report says they have excellent editing and great covers. November 2014 update: an author sent me their site address and a favorable report on their covers and competence. They are currently accepting submissions in all genres except poetry, and publishing in multiple formats. But no simultaneous submissions July 2015 update: They are currently accepting submissions in all genres for novels and novellas.
RENAISSANCE E BOOKS - http://renebooks.com/. This is dedicated to a variety of genres with splashes of erotica, but they do not publish pornography. Novels and collections of short stories for mature audiences. They give fair warning to underage or socially conservative readers: stay out. Lengths are 30,000 to 100,000 words, for first or second electronic rights for one year. Books are sold to readers for $4.00 with $1.60 (that's 40%) royalty for the author. If a book is sold via an Internet reseller, the author gets $1.08 (27%). That's because the resellers take part of the cash; it is a reasonable reduction considering those sales probably would not occur at all otherwise. Reports are monthly and royalty checks are quarterly. Overall this looks good, and I have a favorable report from a writer published there.They hope to add a new imprint in spring or summer: PageTurner Books, to include both fiction and nonfiction for all audiences, no erotica. Update: the PageTurner Imprint is now active and looking for good submissions, no erotica. Now they have the sexy Sizzler-imprint. 2003 update: Sizzler wants plotted erotica, not sex for sex's sake. Five sub-imprints: Scorchers, Bondage & Submission, Sappho (lesbian), Wylde (gay male), Sexpert (nonfiction). They try to respond within one week. They license only electronic rights, for three years. October update: I have a report that payments are a bit slow but okay: $200 or more in half a year per novella for one author. June 2008 update: I have a report that the editor no longer responds to email from her authors. This is a bad signal. The posted sample contract says that if the Publisher suspends operations, all rights revert immediately to the Author. The Author may also withdraw all rights to a book after 120 days if it isn't in process for publication. So if you have a problem, invoke one of these clauses, saying that you will consider nonresponse to be agreement for reversion. That should get results, one way or another. April 2011 update: An author report says happy to be here, and recommends this publisher. June 2014 update: The publisher is gone. April 2015 update: correction: I am told that the Sizzler imprint changed it's site in 2013 to https://sizzlereditions.com/. And another happy author with no problems with payments.
REPLICA - I was sent news of this POD publisher that was so bad I thought I'd better mention it here as a warning to aspiring writers. Apparently there have been wrongful charges and non-deliveries that have caused a mess, so that going to law is the only remedy. So I have no Web address here, just the notice.
RESPLENDENCE PUBLISHING - www.resplendencepublishing.com/. I heard from Editorial Director Jessica Berry. Romantic fiction, offering titles in both electronic and print formats. Their initial titles will be released in October 2007. An early report says that they are very considerate and professional. From the site I learn that they are looking for Historical, Paranormal, Horror, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, and Erotic Suspense, 12,000 - 90,000 words. 40% royalties on epublication, 7% on print books. They have 5 levels of heat. February 2008 update: They are now accepting submissions in new categories, in preparation for their mainstream launch in June 2008. Literary Fiction, Horror, Action/Adventure, Romance, Women's Fiction, Self Help/Spirituality, Nonfiction (How-to, History, Biography, etc.), Mystery, Young Adult. But not Science Fiction, which other publishers cover well. They have launched their print program and are receiving orders, though this is complicated by different policies at different stores. Their electronic books are available, and will come soon to Fictionwise and elsewhere. June 2008 update: They try to respond within 12 weeks, will consider multiple submissions, but accept only 1-3%. Royalties are now 35-40%, or 30% on third party sales, on gross rather than net. (That's good.) August 2008 update: they launched their first Fictionwise titles mid-April, and now have 40 titles listed, several of which sold above 100 copies in their first month, with a few breaking 200 and one 300. They have sold more than 1,000 print copies and 1,200 e-copies in April and May. June 2009 update: I noted that they had a considerable presence at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, which I attended. The impression is that they are a sharply rising publisher. June 2011 update: They are open for submissions, but their current rate of acceptance is less than one percent. Their royalties on print books are 7%. June 2013 update: open for submissions in all their lines. June 2014 update: They remain wide open for submissions. July 2015 update: They are in the process of updating and optimizing their website.
RFI WEST - http://rfiwest.com/. This seems to be effectively out of business. That may be just as well.
RIFT MAGAZINE - RiftMagazine@aol.com. I received a Call for Submissions of original works up to 3,000 words in creative writing in many genres. Deadline was June 1, but presumably there'll be new deadlines for later issues.
RIPTIDE PRESS - www.riptidebooks.com/. July 2010 update: It is now a general information site. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
RIPTIDE PUBLISHING - www.riptidepublishing.com/ No relation to the entry above. “Riptide Publishing is a boutique purveyor of some of the finest LGBT' fiction, romance, and erotica today." They are an invitation-only press, but are open to agented submissions, referrals from existing authors, and a number of specific opens calls posted on their submission page. So you might get there, circuitously. June 2013 update: Now their link leads to RockWay press, below.
RIVERDALE AVENUE BOOKS - http://riverdaleavebooks.com/. Contracts are for seven years. A complaint says that the copy editing is horrendous. Payment for royaltiyes may be slow. July 2021 update: I am told that they breach their contracts regarding timely statements.
RJ's EBOOKS - www.rjs-ebooks.com/. UPDATE: Suddenly they're gone, I understand without paying their authors.
ROCK WAY PRESS - www.rockwaypress.com/. This is a small traditional print publisher that really doesn't belong on this list, which focuses on electronic publishing. But someone asked me about it, so I looked it up. It is open to new authors and to previously published books, and has annual book contests, so may be worthwhile. It is looking for quality books and fine writing, rather than commercial efforts, and is not afraid of a small print run. A commendable attitude. Query first; it does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. The site is helpful, even telling you how to "pitch" a book to them. In essence, do it in one sharp sentence, if you can. This looks like a good place to be, if you can make the cut. June 2005 update: They have useful discussion of things like the costs of bookstore distribution. There is an education to be had here. April 2006 update: a warning that they can delay unduly and be unresponsive to queries. This, unfortunately, is typical of traditional print publishers. June 2006 update: I have several responses from writers saying that Rockway is great, and that it is highly responsive. These are credible reports, so I think my prior complaint is in error. August 2006 update: They don't pay advances, but do give the author 12 copies of his book. Royalties are on a sliding scale from 10% to 20% depending on volume of sales; this is good., for traditional print. They don't remainder titles; that's good too. June 2007 update: no longer accepting queries for new books until at least 2009. You can still enter their contest, however. February 2008 update: Another negative report, that the publisher will not or can not deal with her writers on a professional level, causing much stress. June 2008 update: Page cannot be found. December 2009 update: They're back, but closed to queries until January 1, 2010. July 2010 update: Due to the recession, they are suspending submissions, but their books remain on sale. June 2012 update: Now they are moving with the times, and getting into ebooks. So now thin publisher does belong on this list. June 2013 update: They are open for submissions, but you must query first, and your query will be deleted unread if it doesn't follow their format. July 2015 update: Timeout error. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
ROGUE PHOENIX PRESS - www.roguephoenixpress.com/. They are open for all submissions in Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult, Historical Fiction and Mystery. Royalties of 40% of the cover price, or 35% if books are sold through other outlets. Two year contract. I don't think they have a track record yet. July 2010 update: They are open for submissions. June 2013 update: They remain open for submissions in a number of genres. June 2014 update: They now require installed plug-ins. I don't do those, so can only say that they seem to remain in business in good order.
ROMANCE AT HEART - www.rahpubs.com/. They are accepting submissions in all Romance genres, including erotic, not over 150,000 words. As a new publisher they lack a track record, but they look competent. I found no information on royalties or terms. June 2007 update: No simultaneous submissions, no pictures included in the text, and the usual restrictions for erotic fiction. See their guidelines for formatting. Word counts are actual rather than calculated, so you can use your computer tally for length. Still no information on terms. October 2007 update: a complaint about not getting paid in the past year. Then came a check for sixty four cents. Hmm. June 2011 update: They remain open for submissions. June 2013 update: They provide useful definitions of Pornography (sex for sex's sake), Erotica (emotion with the sex), and Bestiality (sex with animals; aliens and shape shifters don't count). June 2014 update: Plug-ins required, but they obviously remain in business. The proprietor is battling breast cancer. July 2015 update: No plug-ins required this time, but I note the site is copyrighted 2004. It seems current, though.
ROMANTIC SHORT LOVE STORIES - www.romantic-short-love-stories.com/. June 2011 update: Now the site is in Chinese or Japanese characters.
ROSE DOG - An imprint of DORRANCE. I have a negative report of butchered text and delays.
ROSEN PUBLISHING — I don't have a site address or information on this publisher, except word that they bought out ENSLOW PUBLISHING. Information from involved authors will be appreciated.
ROWE PUBLISHING - www.rowepublishing.com. August 2005 update: this now sells desktop publishing software; no sign of anything else.
RUBY LIONESS PRESS - http://rubylionesspress.com. September 2012 update: But they have folded. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
RUTHIE'S CLUB - www.ruthiesclub.com/. This is a weekly erotic magazine. "Ruthie's Club is the classiest, sexiest, illustrated erotic fiction site on the Net." Indeed, their site pictures are classy and sexy, a pleasure to see. They are looking for tastefully sexy adult stories. They take a 6 months license for assorted short fiction lengths ranging from $10 for 300 words or less to $75-$350 for above 14,000 words, but they're not eager for long stuff. October 2009 update: they are folding, after nine years: health issues. They may return, if they can. June 2011 update: The site remains, but they don't seem to be a publisher any more.
SAMHAIN PUBLISHING- http://www.samhainpublishing.com/. May 2016 update: they are regretfully closing because of a declining share of the market that will in time make their business unsustainable. They are doing it with the same class they have had throughout, not leaving their authors hanging. They will continue to sell their books and pay their authors, but they are no longer a market. April 20127 update: they closed at the end of February. A sad passing.
SAPHIRE BLUE PUBLISHING - www.sapphirebluepublishing.com/. December 2011 update: They are closing as of the end of November 2011.
SATIN ROUGE PRESS - www.satinrougepress.com. July 2009 update: gone. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SBMS (Strategic Book Marketing Services) - An aspect of SBPRA, below.
SBPRA (Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency) - http://sbpra.net/. They have five different contracts for what I gather is self publishing. My note under ePubCo recommends caution.May 2016 update: I received a flier from them: “Are you looking for a full service publisher that will publish your book and market it?" “Are you looking for a Publisher that will pay you to publish?" It says they have published 6,500 authors so are big enough to have marketing clout yet small enough to be personal with their authors. Apparently they will pay you a $2,500 advance on your next book if your first one does well. That seems good. The question is what rights to they take and how readily can you leave them if you are unsatisfied? I'd like to hear from authors who try them. December 2016 update: I received another flier from them, saying that they are a hybrid publisher doing some Traditional and some self publishing, small enough to provide personal attention, big enough to market globally. I have not heard from writers who use them, so don't know how they really treat authors. May 2018 update: They are celebrating their 10th anniversary. August 2018 update: they say they now offer their authors the same full set of publishing and marketing services, but with a much wider set of cost options. “While other companies are closing their doors, SBPRA succeeds, setting the standard for Author Publishing and Marketing Support. Over 89,00 have already joined. September 2018 update: Another flier detailing their approach. They pay for 80% and they take 80% of the profits. If the author wants more, he/she can pay for 50% of the technical and prep work and get 50%. If the author wants 100%, he/she can pay 100% of the costs. It costs about $1,400 to get a book out there. Author keeps the rights, regardless. This seems fair enough to me. February 2019 update: I received another flier. Now they are up to over 7,500 authors. “Self publishing has come into its own and stands today as the only way unknown authors have a real shot to succeed and on their own terms. Self published authors are making huge names for themselves in the literary world each week and this huge movement has no end in sight. Um, take that with a pound of salt. It is indeed the only way for some, but very few make it big in either sales or reputation. March 2019 update: they say that over 7,500 authors have already joined their publishing family, because they are an established full service book publishing and marketing service with global distribution. Now they have lower cost options. They will pay $2,500 cash when your book reaches a modest 1,500 in sales. STOP RIGHT THERE. As I said before, an unknown author's chances of selling even a tenth that many books are between small and minuscule. If you want to publish with them, fine, but do it for reasons other than getting any bonus cash. Do check out the competition before making your decision. May 2019 update: Another email: “Can you still succeed in publishing today? Yes, if you adapt. The publishing reality for emerging authors in the new millennium is simply this. If you can accept the dramatic changes in the publishing industry in recent years, and keep in mind before you begin, that top publishers will no longer work with emerging, unknown authors, yes, you can still succeed. But there will be a cost. And on to their four pricing options. Their initial discussion is sensible, but do check out other options before you commit. July 2019 update: I continue to receive emails saying that I have been approved for publishing by them; I am evidently on a sucker list. I don't need them, but it may be that other writers do. They says that while other companies are closing their doors SBPRA succeeds. Maybe. September 2019 update: they say that over the last year and a half they have completely revamped their approach to helping authors. They work in all genres. They will work with books published by someone else. They will respond within a week with their decision on a sample of your work. Just keep in mind my prior cautions. There ain't no free lunch. December 2019 update: I heard from them again: “We would love to see a sample of your work. If you are looking, they seem eager to have you. Over 7,500 have joined their family. A second flier says that they offer affordable publishing with long-term marketing support for less than any competitor. May 2020 update: two mare invitations for me to submit a sample of my work for publishing. They say that now over 8,000 have joined them. July 2020 update: I am getting so many fliers from them that my computer automatically files them in Junk Mail. They now have over 8,000 writers. They work in all genres. I have no user feedback about them. Check them along with others and see what appeals. August 2020 update: they continue to send me ads, so obviously they remain active and alert. December 2020 update: They want me to know that they are still very interested in becoming my publisher. If their marketing is anything like their email barrage, they really let the world know about your book. February 2021 update: They continue to invite me to submit a sample of my work for publishing. They say their 65% royalty is king. If you are interested, they would surely like to hear from you. If their aggressive solicitations are an indication of the energy they put into marketing, they may be for you. April 2021 update: Their ads continue. October 2021 update: their total is now over 10,000 newer authors. “We all know formal traditional publishing with large publishers is a thing of the past.” Oh? This is news to me. But it is true that traditional publishing is losing the force it had in the past. January 2022 update: They continue to deluge me with fliers. “Simply stated: No company we know of offers an author more for less.” They obviously believe in themselves.
SCHEHERAZADE TALES ROMANCE E-NOVELS - http://scheherazadetales.com. June 2006 update: Folded.
SCIENCE FICTION QUARTERLY — www.sfquarterly.net/. This is a new online magazine of science and speculative fiction, a conscious emulation of the pulpzine SCIENCE FICTION QUARTERLY published in the 1940s and 1950s. "We believe that in the last several decades, science fiction has fallen astray from its short story roots; and while we cannot ourselves resurrect them, we can at least provide an outlet in which they may be explored." Ah, yes; I grew up on science fiction of that era, and share the nostalgia. They welcome all submissions of short fiction and artwork rooted in the genres of science and speculative fiction, as well as essays and reviews of science fiction books, films, and television shows. They are especially interested in "think pieces" related to topics in science fiction as a genre and a craft, and in profiles of science fiction writers and editors. They accept original written submissions of up to 60 pages. They don't pay specific rates, but authors may receive some share of ad revenues. August 2008 update: oops, I typoed the site address. I have fixed it now. Their inaugural issue will be uploaded in March 2009. July 2009 update: they are open to submissions of short fiction, essays, reviews, and artwork. July 2010 update: I got a blank screen. July 2011 update: they are there, but still dated 2009, looking forward to their first issue. Be cautious. July 2014 update: Still that 2009 date for their inaugural issue. Maybe they're just taking their time.
SCIENCE THRILLERS MEDIA — www.ScienceThrillersMedia.com. “A new small publisher specializing in page-turning stories (fiction & nonfiction) that have science, technology, engineering, math, or medicine in the plot. STM offers traditional contracts with the possibility of an advance, and publishes both digital and POD."
SCIMYSFIC PUBLISHING — http://www.scimysfic.com/. “We provide premium services incorporation with aced professionals in their own field hence, this exposure for the website will be extremely beneficial for the authors as well as the company. It is a US based self publishing company offering a one-stop solution for authors to complete and market their books successfully. They cant get copyright registration, Library of Congress numbers, ISBN at a nomital price.
SCI-ROTICA — www.sci-rotica.com/. July 2010 update: Not Found. July 2012 update: now it's an ad site. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SCORPIUS DIGITAL PUBLISHING - www.scorpiusdigital.com/. This specializes in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in Microsoft Reader format. They publish a very limited number of titles, almost exclusively out-of-print novels, collections, and anthologies. So Scorpius is not a market for an unpublished writer, but if you have an out-of-print classic, this is for you. June 2004 update: But they will consider new material, if properly queried first. I found no information on terms. August 2008 update: The domain name expired 7-16-2008, so they must be out of business. July 2009 update: But they are there now, though I'm not certain they are functional. July 2010 update: Still there, selling books, but I think not buying them. July 2014 update: ditto.
SCRIBD — www.scribd.com/. "Scribd is the largest publishing company in the world, the Website where tens of millions of people each month publish and discover original writings and documents. On Scribd, you can quickly and easily turn nearly any file — including PDF, Word, PowerPoint and Excel — into a Web document and share it with the world." The company was launched in March 2007. Uploading is free. If you wish to sell your book, rather than providing it to readers free, you can keep 80% of revenue, with no monthly membership fees. To do this you have to sign up. I have not tried this process, but it seems like essentially free publishing. I will be interested to hear from writers who try it. I understand from the AUTHORS GUILD BULLETIN that Simon & Schuster is selling digital copies of its books here, including authors Stephen King, Dan Brown, and Mary Higgins Clark. That argues well for the legitimacy of this platform. July 2011 update: But when I tried to check it, it never loaded and would not let me get out of the attempt. June 2013 update: They are there in good order, and they still help publish books. July 2014 update: This time I clicked on About Scribd, but gave up after ten minutes of stasis.
SEABURN - www.seaburn.com/. July 2012 update: Not Found. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SECOND WIND PUBLISHING - www.secondwindpublishing.com/. I was asked about this, so looked it up. It seems to be a general publisher. I found no indication of terms for authors. July 2012 update: They are open for submissions in their genres, up to 100,000 words. They respond within 6 or 8 weeks. Still no indication of terms. July 2014 update: Still open to submissions, still no listed terms. March 2021 update: I am told they stopped taking submissions several years ago, That the owner reopened as a new company called Indigo Sea Press in 2015. They have a set fee for publishing. When I responded to my informant, my email bounced, so I am not sure.
SECRET CRAVINGS PUBLISHING — http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/. October 2015 update: They have ceased operation as of last month. It seems that their nondiscriminating policy of accepting anything at all led to extremely poor sales, and finally bankruptcy. Editors and authors are owed money. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SEE SPOT BOOKS - www.SeeSpotBooks.com. Apparently it is out of business.
SENSORY PUBLISHING INC - www.sensorypublishing.com/. out of business.
SERIAL BOOKS - www.serialbooks.com/. August 2006 update: gone.
SERENDIPITY SYSTEMS - www.s-e-r-e-n-d-i-p-i-t-y.com. July 2015 update: Now it is in Chinese symbols. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SEXY EBOOKS http://sexyebooks.a1adultebooks.com - August 2008 update: gone. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SHADOWFIRE PRESS - www.shadowfirepress.com/. July 2015 update: Now it's just a list of words, starting with “Hydraulic Press." I don't think that's a publisher.
SHADOWROSE www.shadowrosepublishing.net/ - I checked, and the site is gone. Apparently their proprietor had a health crisis, and it was a one-woman operation. Authors are currently stranded. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SHALAMAR — www.shalamarmedia.com/. I am waiting for information on this one from the publisher. They follow a traditional publishing model for the writers that they sign, but they also offer a la carte services, such as editing and ebook formatting for authors who choose to self publish. February 2018 update: This is a publishing and author advocacy company, set up by writers for writcers who are self-publishing.
SHIELDCREST — I don't have their site, just a horror story about this self publisher. They took the author's money, garbled the manuscript, then wanted more money to fix the errors they had introduced, and threatened the author when challenged on this. This appears to be a rogue outfit; be warned. February 2017 update: more on the horror story. The author went to court, and the publisher made false statements, and the judge refused to let the author correct the record. Essentially the author was screwed. If you find it hard to believe that such things happen, well, similar happened to me elsewhere long ago, which is why I am so militant now. Justice is not necessarily served in the courts, unless you have the money I have now to enforce it by hiring bigger guns. In sum: stay the hell away from this publisher.
SHN www.shnpublishing.net/ - July 2009 update: gone. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SILKS VAULT www.silksvault.com/ - July 2010 update: It is now a site for funerals, embalming, and burial. That seems appropriate.
SILVER LEAF BOOKS SilverLeafBooks.com/ - I received a query about this one, so looked it up. It appears to be a small print publisher rather than electronic, so is not properly in the province of this listing. Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, intended for ages 10 and up. Open to aspiring authors. August 2008 update: their royalties seem to be 10% on the wholesale price of the book. That is not high, but within bounds for print publication. July 2009 update: They are no longer accepting electronic submissions. July 2010 update: But now they require electronic submissions. July 2011 update: Maybe I have it straight now: they will accept only submissions for electronic publication, but these must be sent through the mail. Manuscripts for print will be discarded; electronic submissions will be deleted. “Here at Silver Leaf Books, we like to approach our authors a bit differently." I'll say! I'd be extremely cautious about attempting to submit to this arrogant outfit. July 2012 update: Now there are two options: regular submission for electronic release, or paying for the services you need for self publishing. I suspect they won't be deleting your material for that. July 2014 update: Their 2012 message remains. July 2015 update: this time their site promotes one book, nothing else. Maybe they discarded everything else.
SILVER LINK LITERARY AGENCY — This is reported as a scam outfit that is emailing authors to solicit book proposals for publication with major publishers, charging up to $6,000. It may claim that it is authorized by AUTHORS GUILD. Don't believe it.
SILVER PUBLISHING - http://spsilverpublishing.com/. October 2014 update: I get word that they are now defunct, the owner decamping to South America with all author payments in March 2014. No wonder there's an intercept.
SIREN - www.sirenpublishing.com/. A Preditors & Editors reader poll in 2007 rated them the #1 for 2007. They are accepting submissions for Erotic Romance ranging from 25,000 to 150,000 words. Their response time is eight weeks. The usual restrictions on content. They have a sister publisher, BookStrand.com, which I haven't yet looked up. I did not find information on terms. August 2008 update: book lengths range from 15,000 to 140,000+ words. October 2008 update: their contract has useful information, and is standard. December 2008 update: in the first few weeks an author's book sold over 125 copies. February 2009 update: report from a very happy author whose book sold more than 100 copies in the first week. January 2011 update: a response to that suggests that sales of over 100 copies in a week is surely unusual. Editing is not good, and promotion nil. February 2011 update: I received a response from Amanda Hilton, the Publisher which I quote intact: "Siren (www.sirenpublishing.com) has published nearly 900 titles and has over 270 authors. We release our titles for sale at BookStrand.com, which is our sister company. The following facts are based on royalty payments, which are reported and distributed to our authors quarterly. While every title will not sell 100 copies in a week, it is not at all unusual for a Siren title to sell over 100 copies in a week. Many of our bestselling titles have sold over 300 copies on the day of their release. Currently, to enter the top 100 on the bestseller list at BookStrand.com, a book must have sold at least 50 copies in 30 days. To enter the top 50 on the bestseller list, a book must have sold at least 100 copies in 30 days. To reach the #1 spot on the bestselling list at Bookstrand.com, a book has to sell between 800 to 1,200 copies within 14 days. These numbers do not include distribution. From all sources, we are rapidly approaching 3 million copies sold of our own titles. More than a dozen of our authors earned a 5-figure quarterly income in 2010. A few of our authors have earned a 6-figure annual income in 2010. Our most popular authors earn anywhere between $10,000 to $25,000 per title. We have spent well over $100,000 each year for the past 3 years advertising our company and our authors. We employ 18 people who work at our headquarters full time. All of our 11 in-house editors have at least a 4-year degree in English or Journalism. Siren has been in business for 5 years. Since January 2006, from the very first quarter, we have consistently paid our authors on time, all the time." July 2011 update: Submissions are open. November 2011 update: a report of professionalism, excellent editing, and good sales. July 2012 update: Everything seems to be displayed on their home site. One thing I like: their titles are described as MF (male-female), MMF, MM, MFMM, and so on. I note no FF.
SIRIUS PUBLICATIONS - Established by Kerri Kadow, said to be an author and imaginative. Publishes in all genres. Standard contract that authors can modify as required. Like many epublishers, this offers good terms but is probably underfunded, so that performance may lag behind promise. However, I was not able to reach this site when I tried. 2003 UPDATE: I heard from the proprietor, who gave me a link--but the link didn't work. At any rate, for those whose systems relate better than mine does, there is someone there who will be happy to have you visit. Second 2003 UPDATE: now it connects. They are open for submissions, except for pornography or religious material. The author gets up to 70% of the net profit. That could be less than it seems, if the profit is small. June 2004 update: I got a timeout trying to reach them. Past experience suggests that this doesn't necessarily mean they're gone. June 2005 update: Sure enough, they remain, are accepting short stories or previously published books. August 2006 update: Their submissions guide seems not to have been updated since 2002; that's not an ideal sign. June 2007 update: Now a notice that the store will be closed from April 19-May 31, 2006. So maybe they have caught up to a year ago. August 2008 update: The site hung up, trying to load. July 2009 update: No problem this time. They accept about 20% of submissions. They are especially interested in nonfiction and romance. July 2011 update: “It waits in the shadows/ A dark companion waiting to devour your free time.../ That's right, it's a good book." They remain open for submissions, but still accept only 20%. July 2012 update: They remain open for submissions. I note with amusement their statement “We will not publish pornographic or religious material." Interesting juxtaposition. July 2014 update: Still open for submissions.
SIX GALLERY PRESS - www.sixgallerypress.com. This was founded the spring of 2000 as a publisher of experimental and progressive poetry and prose. There's an associated magazine, JACOB'S LADDER, still in the planning stage. Keep submissions under 8,000 words. The proprietor, Tim Miller, says the site is massive and growing day by day. Jacob's Ladder is currently accepting submissions. Review previous issues to determine if your work is right for it. June 2005 update: They have reached their fiction manuscript limit, and are closed to submissions until October 2005. Theory articles remain open. August 2006 update: They are inviting manuscript proposals, not direct submissions. They are extremely choosy, seeking experimental and esoteric literature; study their material before you go near them. But a writer reports that all their contributors have to pay, so it's actually more like a vanity press. June 2007 update: their requirements are confusing. In their call for submissions they discuss their needs in detail, but also say NO SUBMISSIONS OR QUERIES. "These are the rules; break them at your peril." I'd be nervous about even glancing in their direction. July 2009 update: I checked their submissions section and it gave me nothing. July 2011 update: Now you must click an email link for submission information. They certainly don't seem eager. July 2014 update: They list 2012 and 2013 projects: nothing for 2014.
SKOOBE - www.skoobe.biz That's ebooks backwards. August 2006 update: they are now a web directory of Internet Resources.
SKOOBEBOOKS — www.skoobebooks.co.uk. I'm not sure whether this is a reincarnation of the entry above or a new one. (The answer is No, not associated.) It is a British self publisher and book store service. May 2010 update: I heard from them. "We are a completely new company set up in the UK. We have launched the Online Bookstore which is now selling all the in print books available in the UK to any delivery address in the world with Free Delivery. We are now completing the work to allow authors to upload, publish and sell their own books from the store as Paperbacks, Hardbacks, Audio books and Multimedia books. We hope to have a lot of this finished by the end of June. Our intention is to offer a serious alternative to authors to both get their books published and SOLD, we will not be taking editorial control of the books. If they are good they will sell. We will be using social networking heavily and allowing people to discuss, Review and comment on books which will determine the good from the bad." November 2011 update: Now new authors can upload and sell their work through Skoob. July 2015 update: They remain there in good order.
SMASHWORDS - www.smashwords.com/. A digital self publishing platform. The founder says that 80% of written works are never published for widespread distribution in stores, are never promoted, go out of print after the first printing, and authors never receive royalties beyond their advances. Smashwords hopes to do better. August 2008 update: If you want to publish with them, you have to sign up for an account. December 2008 update: I checked a sample Author Page, and it had an author bio and listing of books that I admit made me curious about them. The proprietor feels that all authors should publish in multiple digital formats, so readers can consume their books in their own way. "Our goal at Smashwords is quite simple: It's to create the single best ebook self-publishing platform for independent authors." Authors select the sale price and receive 85% of the net proceeds. The Founder advises me that they have added Stanza integration. "For authors who wish to publish with us, it means their works are now easily readable by the 500,000 uses or the Stanza app." I am not familiar with Stanza, but am told it's a cool ereader for the iPhone. April 2009 update: checking through this I found a huge amount of sensible commentary; this is a prime browsing site. June 2009 update: A very positive report on their performance. November 2009 update: another positive report: "They are becoming an amazing resource to authors with no other publishing company support..." July 2012 update: I am told that they will pay authors $10 via PayPal or $75 via check for US authors. I can't say I understand that. September 2012 update: An author clarified this for me: it's easier to pay via PayPal than by check, so they have different minimums. So if you have, say, $50 coming, you will get it immediately via PayPal, but have to wait for it to grow if you want a check. This is reasonable. July 2015 update: Still there in good order. January 2022 update: They had an end-of-year sale with 63,000 deep discounted books. That has ended now, of course, but it shows the kind of marketing they do. For aspiring authors: “Do you know someone who dreams of publishing a book some day? If so, tho Smart Author Podcast teaches writers how to publish with pride, professionalism, and success. The podcast guides writers step-by-step from the foundational basics to advanced best practices.” This could be a good place to start. March 2022 update: I received notice that Smashwords and Draft2Digital are to unite as one. It seems that Draft2Digital is acquiring Smashwords as of March 1, 2022. If you are doing business here, you should visit the site and got the complete news.
SNM HORROR MAGAZINE - www.freewebs.com/snmhorrormag. The letters may stand for the proprietor, Steven Marshall. A free online magazine. It does not seem to be well recommended. February 2009 update: A refutation from the proprietor: "Yes, we are a freepress where new authors get seen by about 1500 visitors a month and we have only been around for 8 months. We have bi-monthly paying contests, which helps writers get into HWA if they are paid $25 or more 3x. We offer free editing and coaching and are also free to the public. We publish 8 new stories per month and host new author interviews and reviews. I've maintained the same staff and writers and we get lots of good praise from writers for what we offer them." July 2009 update: "We are open to submission all year and the floodgates have opened! Horror writers wanted dead or alive..." July 2010 update: They have no contracts, and retain only one-time rights. July 2014 update: They remain open to submissions.
SNUFFZINE — imprint of DIRGE.
SOLSTICE HORIZONS — www.solsticehorizons.com. The new name for Alpha Wolf Publishing as of January 2014. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SOLSTICE PUBLISHING www.solsticepublishing.com/ — I understand this is the new name for the defunct Hearts on Fire Books. I haven't yet checked the site, which I'll have to guess at. I understand that their contract is for three years and there's a $100 early termination fee. This strikes me as reasonable; publishers do have costs, and writers should not commit unless they plan to see it through. July 2010 update: they have added an erotica imprint at www.solsticeafterdark.com. The site lists some of their books and says I must be 18 to view it. Sigh; I'm 75 but maybe can pretend to be 18. I did not find information on submissions or terms. Royalties are 40% on ebooks and 10% on print books. July 2011 update: They are open for submissions in assorted genres, and take about 30 days to respond. June 2012 update: I received 5 reports in one day on how wonderful this publisher is. That suggests a campagn sponsored by the publisher. But I have received no negative reports, so maybe it is so. July 2012 update: Another very favorable report. I am also told that they might accept love scenes involving teenagers 15-16 years old, as long as there is no sex between them and adults. Can it be that a publisher is getting realistic about sex? That's hard to believe. But new submissions are temporarily closed. "Please check back soon." When they are open, they are looking for novels 30,000-100,000 words. November 2012 update: they have added an imprint: Summer Solstice Publishing, at www.summersolsticepublishing.com. They are open for submissions only in Romance, Paranormal, and Mystery short stories 5K words 50K words. July 2014 update: Now they seem to be open for submissions in all genres. January 2020 update: I received a letter from Melissa Miller, co-owner, who has a complaint about Absolute Write, (listed in the Services section). She says that authors go there looking for help ad advice, but all this outfit wants to do is cyberbully publishers and say all kinds of untrue things about them. Back in the 1970s I was cheated by a publisher and blacklisted when I protested, so this is a sensitive matter to me. But that doesn't mean I want publishers to be maltreated either. I want the truth, whatever it may be and to whomever it applies. Ms. Miller says that she had to take some time off because her son was very sick with epilepsy and had two brain surgeries, several EEGs, several MRI, and several hospital stays. Then she returned to work and brought in a partner to help her. But ABSOLUTE WRITE and Victoria Strauss warned the world not to come to Solstice, as it was being sold and looked like a sinking ship. Ms. Miller says “I think there is a need for a place to help authors who don't understand what to do. But her forum is not that place. They are dishonest cyber bullies. They make up whatever they want and say nothing but negative stuff. That isn't helpful to new authors. Okay, I do know what it is like to be lied about, as I suffered it for six years and for all I know it is still happening. I am not conversant with the issues here, but this statement by Melissa Miller seems authentic to me. I suggest that you check out Solstice Publishing for yourself and see how they treat you, regardless of reports that may not be accurate.
SONGWRITING OPPORTUNITIES - http://songwritingopportunities.com/. I'm not into song writing and don't know who is legitimate there, but this strikes me as a come-on for the average Joe who wants to make some easy money and may lose it instead. I'd appreciate feedback from song writers who know the score.
SONS OF LIBERTY PUBLISHING - SonsofLibertyPublishing.com/. July 2015 update: The Domain is for sale.
SOUTHERN BELLE - www.Southernbellepublsishing.com. June 2013 update: Gone. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SOUTHERN GOTHIC ONLINE - www.southerngothic.org. A new bimonthly ezine dedicated to Southern Gothic fiction and poetry. It is now accepting submissions. Authors are not paid money, but do receive ad space. August 2008 update: Currently closed to submissions. All manuscripts sent after 7-16-2008 will be deleted unread. "So don't send 'em," they conclude. That's clear enough. I presume it is a signal of the approaching end. July 2009 update: Server Not Found. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SOUTHERN OWL - www.southernowlpublications.net. I received a flier on this. They started accepting submissions on January 10, 2017. They don't seem to say what they want, just “You wrote it, we'll promote it!" They seem to be more into promotion than publishing. January 2018 update: I received their December 27, 2017 Newsletter promoting their books, so it is clear that they are doing what they can. April 2018 update: They have now been in business for a year, and continue to do promotions for authors. However, they have opened up their publishing company and are now accepting submissions. To date they have 50 books published from 25 authors. October 2018 update: I received a flier headlined GREAT BOOKS HERE! with several titles and cover pictnures. So they are still in business, still promoting. I admit to being intrigued by one title, A Sea of Smoke.
SPEAK WITHOUT INTERRUPTION - www.speakwithoutinterruption.com. They have 50 active writers who contribute to their magazine, representing 14 different countries. They are actively looking for additional writers and contributors. The topics covered are highly varied. July 2015 update: Still there, with no censoring or editing of contributions. The ultimate free speech. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SPOKEN BOOKS - www.spokenbookspublishing.com. Now accepting submissions for audio book recording. You can choose from dozens of narrators. They will accept self published authors. August 2006 update: Set-up fees ranged from hundreds to thousands of dollars, so this is a self publisher. August 2008 update: Royalties roange from 15% to 50% or even higher, depending on circumstances. July 2014 update: They remain in business. In addition to audio, they offer print publishing for an additional fee. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
STARDUST - www.stardustpress.com/. July 2009 update: And of course they are gone.
STARK RAVEN PRESS - www.starkravenpress.com/. July 2014 update: They are gone. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
STARLIGHT PUBLISHING - www.starpublications.com. Gone. It has merged into RFI West.
START PUBLISHING - http://start-publishing.com/. All I know about this one so far is that they are buying up epublishing companies, like Whiskey Creek Press, and their site says they bought Nigh Shade Books, Salvo Press, and have amassed 2,700 titles. A new conglomerate? They are as yet an unknown quantity. July 2015 update: Now they seem to have a motion picture division, too. They say they are a privately held media company with interests in exhibition, feature film production and financing, content discovery technology and publishing. April 2016 update: the acquired companies have become imprints. I have a report that their new contract is for life-of-copyright, which means you may not be able to recover your rights until 70 years after you die. If you are satisfied with that, okay; it has been fairly standard in the traditional publishing industry, but there are those of us who feel this is unreasonable. Statements/payments are semi-annual. I was unable to find their terms from their site; they may vary by imprint.
STASIA PRESS - http://stasiapress.blogspot.com/. A new electronic publisher of poetry, literary fiction, creative non-fiction, and fiction. They pay 40% of the profits the first 60 days the ebook is listed online. After that the royalties will increase by 5% every 60 days, up to 75%. This is a very interesting schedule, and could be very nice if the book sells well. They are looking for fresh, evocative, and well thought out works that will enhance the literary scene. July 2012 update: the Blog has been removed. June 2013 update: but submissions are open. July 2014 update: Submissions are open until August 31st.
STEALTH PRESS - www.stealthpress.com/. August 2006 update: gone.
STEEL CAVES - www.steelcaves.com/. August 2006 update: gone.
STONEGARDEN PUBLISHING - http://stonegarden.net/. June 2013 update: The site is currently down for maintenance. July 2014 update: blank screen. July 2015 update: Timeout. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
STORMY NIGHT PUBICATIONSThey publish erotic fiction, but demand a high quality product. It is difficult to get in, but good to be there once you make it. Payment is quick. They seem to be very supportive of their authors.
STREET SAINT - www.streetsaint.com/. June 2004 update: Gone.
STRATEGIC BOOK PUBLISHING - www.strategicbookmarketing.com/. I know of this only from a bad report. It seems to be a masked self publisher presenting itself as traditional. They offer assorted paid services like promotion book signings, and interviews, which may or may not help an author. Pay $625 up front, and editing for $50 an hour. I recommend checking out an open self publisher instead. June 2013 update: The link now leads to Author Marketing Ideas, maybe the same self publisher. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
STRATTON PRESS PUBLISHING - www.stratton-press.com. I received a flier from them saying that my book's price was very expensive, the cover could be enhanced to make it more appealing, and that my book needed extensive editorial assessment or developmental editing. They did not name the book. So check them out if you are interested, but this contact did not impress me.
STRAWBERRY BOOKS - www.strawberrybooks.com/. They offer 50% royalties on ebooks and POD. They are looking for new material with the potential to reach a wide readership. Especially cutting edge, offbeat, dark, or literary works you wouldn't find anywhere else. Don't just send them an attachment; they can't open it; send a query describing the book, the prospective audience, and what experience you have reaching it. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SUBJECTIVE BOOKS - www.subjectivebooks.com/. This is aimed at writers who have been rejected by traditional publishers because they weren't writing to the market. Looking for fiction of ansy length, but is skewed towards "literary" writing, intellectually stimulating nonfiction, or really good poetry. But when I checked their site, I couldn't get it. July 2009 update: Now it seems to be a collection of links. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SUBTERRANEAN PRESS - www.subterraneanpress.com/. July 2014 update: Server Not Found.
SUBSTANCE BOOKS — see the Services section.
SUNPIPER PRESS - www.sunpiperpress.com/. June 2013 update: The site is now in Chinese symbols. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SUPERIOR BOOKS - www.superiorbooks.com. June 2007 update: I had no trouble getting the site, but it now appears to be a bookseller, not a publisher. July 2012 update: Now the site is for sale.
SWIMMING KANGAROO BOOKS - www.swimmingkangaroo.com/. August 2008 update: they accept short stories in several categories, with token payments. June 2009 update: times are tough and the long-term outlook is uncertain, but they'll see. They are closed to submissions for the rest of the year. August 2009 update: They have folded. They are reverting contracts to authors, but will complete publication of some books already in process. This is sad; they were one of the nicer publishers, but economics and illness in the family are stifling them. They are not entirely gone; they will maintain availability of current releases, but will not accept any new works. In short they are expiring as they lived: decently. June 2013 update: The site is now a search engine. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SYBARITE PRESS - www.sybaritepress.com/ July 2012 update: Now they are gone. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
SYNERGEBOOKS - www.synergebooks.com/. Founded in March 1999 by Debra Staples. Electronic, CD ROMs, paperbacks. 40% royalties on electronic, 30% on paperbacks 25% on children's books, 60% to Independent Authors (I'm not sure what that means). They publishe most genres of fiction and nonfiction, some poetry. They accept less than 30% of submissions. Query first, with your manuscript as an email attachment, MS Word or RTF formats. They'll respond in 4-6 weeks. But they are presently closed for submissions. June 2005 update: until November 2005. August 2006 update: Closed for submissions until August 2006. So they should be just about due to reopen. June 2007 update: They no longer put any of their books into print, just electronic formats. August 2008 update: They are closed to submissions until at least September 2008. July 2009 update: They are not accepting submissions until October 1, 2009. Except for authors already there; they can submit in July. July 2010 update: Submissions are closed until 2011. July 2011 update: They remain closed to submissions. July 2012 update: still closed. It's been 7 years now; I'd say this is not a market. August 2012 update: But I am told they do accept new authors for a limited time, from February 1 to March 15; that information is in FAQ rather than submission guidelines. A satisfied report by a new author. June 2013 update: Submissions are closed from May 15 to November 15, 2013. July 2014 update: It says they are accepting submissions November 15, 2013. I presume that remains in effect. July 2015 update: I tried to check for submissions, but my dial-up connection seemed locked at 10%.
TANTALIZING TALES - www.tantalizingtales.com/. July 2014 update: Server Not Found. September 2015 update: Unknown Host.
TATE AND CLAYBURN — www.tateandclayburn.co.uk “Founded in 2012, Tate & Clayburn is a London based supplier of copyediting, proofreading, translation and copywriting services. We've worked on projects amounting to over 20 million words for authors, international organizations and academic institutions. Tate & Clayburn is run by two language experts, Rosie Tate and Peter Clayburn, who each have 14 years of experience in the field. Our team comprises four in-house experts and a wider team of trusted, experienced freelancers. We have implemented an exhaustive quality management system covering all aspects of our work to ensure that we consistently deliver work on time, within budget and to a standard that meets our clients' expectations. We are proud to have achieved certification for compliance with the ISO:90901 quality management standard in September 2020.”
TATE PUBLISHING - www.tatepublishing.com. This is a Christian based publisher looking for new authors. 40% royalties. 50 free books printed. Author retains all rights. This appears to be a small print self publisher, but they don't give information about fees. August 2004 update: an author reports that they charge several thousand dollars. February 2008 update: I am told they charge a fee of $3985 up front, which covers it all, and they are very professional. August 2010 update: Yet the site says they are a traditional royalty-paying publisher that accepts only 4% of submissions. That's deceptive. July 2013 update: Still there, still saying that in 2010 they accepted only a single digit percentage of authors who submitted manuscripts. But the author retains all rights. I suppose it's possible that a self publisher could accept only a small percentage, but it's doubtful. July 2014 update: You can submit a manuscript, but they are cagy on details. September 2015 update: timeout error. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
TCK PUBLISHING - www.tckpublishing.com/. July 2014 update: Server Not Found. September 2017 update: the correct address is https://www.tckpublishing.com. “TCK Publishing is an international publisher specializing in mass market trade book publishing. We publish fiction and non-fiction eBooks, print books and audiobooks in all major genres and niches." March 2018 update: But they're not free. I am told they charge at least $500 for editing. May 2018 update: they no longer charge $500 and haven't for more than a year.
TEASE PUBLISHING LLC— www.teasepublishingllc.com/. I had a bad report on this company, so looked it up, but their site gives no indication they are publishing books, merely selling them. July 2013 update: Server not found. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
TERRIFIC BOOKS - www.terrificbooks.com. Gone. June 2004 update: They are back, but appear to be a bookseller for just one book: Autobiography of Howard Hughes, which they represent as the most famous unpublished book of the 20th century. So if you are not a notorious dead aircraft builder, this is not a prospect for publishing. April 2008 update: I have a report "This is a con man selling books that are no longer in existence. His contact info is bogus as well." July 2011 update: Now the domain is for sale. July 2013 update: Still for sale, with spot ads.
THE AUTHORS BOOKSTORE — www.theauthorsbookstore.com/. July 2009 update: it seems to be a referral site, not any kind of publisher.
THE CELEBRITY CAFE - www.fictionworks.com. July 2011 update: Now the link leads to The Fiction Works, listed below.
THE DARK CASTLE LORDS — see Dark Castle Lords
THE EBOOK CREW - firstname.lastname@example.org. I received a flier. Their objective is to encourage authors to self publish here, paying nothing until their books are sold, then getting between 70% and 85% of the price. They will have their own spaces for photos, videos, and blog, and can participate in forum discussions with other authors.
THE FICTION WORKS - www.fictionworks.com. The publisher is Ray Hoy, and he is said to be very author-oriented and fair minded. This one covers the full range of genres and also audio. There is a free monthly newsletter, too. Last time I could find no indications for writers to submit work here, but now there are comprehensive guidelines. They are accepting submissions of Historicals, Inspirationals (all faiths), and Juvenile Literature, and are closed to all others. They pay 30% of the retail price of the book for copies sold directly, down to 20% for those sold through distributors, paid quarterly. The contract has an audit clause. It is renewable after three years by mutual agreement. Now closed to submissions. 2003 UPDATE: Unfortunately all may not be well in paradise. I have a report of late royalty statements and payments, and a question whether they are accurate. Sometimes well meaning folk get overcommitted and fall down on details. June 2004 update: they seem to be doing audio, paperbacks, and ebook publication. August 2005 update: they seem to be struggling. August 2006 update: Closed to submissions until January, 2007. August 2007 update: I didn't find any information on submissions. You have to contact them by email. This is not a good sign. August 2008 update: They are presently closed to submissions. July 2009 update: still closed. August 2010 update: The site remains, but there is no indication that they are buying books.
THE HORROR ZINE - www.thehorrorzine.com/. I have trouble believing that I didn't have this one listed before, as I have done business with them for years. This is run by Jeani Rector and in published online monthly. Each issue has fiction, poetry, and art. They don't pay, but it represents good exposure.
THemESTREAM - www.themestream.com. Defunct.
THE NOVEL FOX - www.thenovelfox.com. I haven't looked this one up yet, but am told that they promise a $1,000 advance, and royalties on gross sales. They respond in 4-6 weeks. Looks promising, but it's too soon to tell. September 2015 update: It's an independent digital-first publishing company founded in 2014. They do various genres in novel length or shorter. They seem to be open to submissions.
THE READERS RETREAT - www.thereadersretreat.com/. August 2007 update: I got a can't-be-found message.
THE ROUND THING - theroundthing.com. This is a new imprint of The Seashell Press (which I do not have listed) looking to publish the latest in alternative and controversial science. They convert, produce, and publish ebooks including conference proceedings for free in exchange for an annual royalty. The author keeps the copyright, and the license is non-exclusive.
THE YOUNG WRITERS' SHOWCASE - www.cedarpost.com. This is now a furniture and antique shop.
3RD MILLENNIUM PROS - Dead.
PUBLISHING - http://3mpub.com. This is a cooperative of
online writers and resources. The writers' services link did not
work when I tried it, but others did. The author retains control,
getting 65%-75% of the price of the book. There is a set-up fee
and a charge of one dollar per book sold, plus a credit card
charge. The minimum book order is one book, for trade paperbacks.
It costs $300 for hosting one book for two years; progressively
less for subsequent books.
August 2004 update: I have a very favorable report. August 2007 update: The site seems to have been last updated in August, 2006. A year between updates is not a good sign. Now the writers' services link works, though. August 2008 update: Now there's an update of 6-30-08, so they evidently remain active. July 2009 update: last edited 6-12-09, so they do remain active. But I found no indication that they are other than a bookseller. July 2011 update: Last edited 11-09-2010. July 2012 update: Ditto. July 2013 update: Ditto. I'd say this outfit is defunct. July 2014 update: But now the last edit was 6-6-14. That's current. But no indication they are publishing new material.
THREE OWLS PRESS- http://3owlspress.com/. August 2007 update: this does not seem to be a publisher any more. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
TIGER — www.tigerpublications.com. August 2008 update: But now the site seems to have closed. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
TITAN PRESS LLC - http://www.titanpress.net/. This was an imprint of Venus press, dead, because Venus died.
TOM ROBERTS TOMR@SBPRA.Net “Are you looking for a full service publisher that will publish your book and market it? Are you looking for a Publisher that will pay you to publish?" They work in all genres. Email them and tell them about your work and your background. If your proposal meets their criteria they will ask you to send them your manuscript, and they will evaluate it for “this very unique publishing opportunity." I know them only from their email to me, so I'd say approach them with caution until you learn more.
TOR - www.tor.com. This is a traditional publisher now getting into epublishing. I am told they have an ezine for fiction, poetry, and art. They are looking for stories of less than 12,000 words, but will accept up to 17,500. I did business with the traditional publishing arm for many years; they're legitimate.
TORQUERE PRESS - http://www.torquerepress.com/. They are now reading for year 2006 novels. Especially interested in novels featuring lesbian characters; this is a gay/lesbian/transgender publisher. They will consider physical manuscripts but prefer electronic. Allow 2-3 weeks for a response. Stories in anthologies may receive flat fees of $20. June 2005 update: They have a new imprint, High Balls, and are accepting submissions for it for the year 2006. They need artists too. December 2007 update: a favorable report: “I'm delighted with the way Torquere does business and would recommend them to any writer of gay romance or erotica.” August 2008 update: They are open to submissions in all categories. July 2009 update: They remain open to submissions in all categories. October 2009 update: and a negative report: late royalty statements, sloppy handling, lack of communication. August 2010 update: still open to submissions in all their categories. March 2011 update: There is a big difference between editors and editing styles, so an author should hope not to change editors. Royalties are paid on time. Questions are answered in a timely manner. Cover art is not necessarily what the author requests. July 2012 update: The site took so long to load that I gave up. July 2013 update: They say it is pronounced “tore-care-ay." July 2014 update: They are open for submissions of GLBT Romance. November 2016 update: the company changed hands in 2015, and it seems that things degenerated. There were stories of large checks to authors bouncing, then statements were delayed and sometimes inaccurate. It seems they don't answer email queries. Books that were withdrawn by authors continued to be sold. This appears to be a sinking ship; be warned.
TOTAL-E-NTWINED LIMITED — www.total-e-bound.com/. An Erotic Romance electronic publisher. Royalties of 40% of the cover price. Currently accepting stories of 8,000-15,000 words, any genre, but very erotic. Anthologies, four a year. The usual restrictions about pedophilia etc. Four levels of ratings: sizzling, burning, melting, taboo. I get the impression that writers can push the limits further here than elsewhere, so check the site. August 2008 update: Now they have many story volumes, all of which seem to be wide open, and wordage for books can go up to 100,000 words and beyond. March 2010 update: A favorable report of decent royalties arriving promptly the first of every month. Good editing, great covers. July 2011 update: They remain open for submissions. November 2011 update: A report says they are slow, but have excellent editing. July 2014 update: When I tried to check for submission information, came the message Server Not Found.
TRAFFORD - www.trafford.com. This is a Canadian self publisher with several packages in US dollars, depending on how much service you want. It has comprehensive information leading prospective authors through its offerings, all the way from the manuscript to marketing. There is a sample contract. They seem enthusiastic and eager to please. They say that your book could be published and publicized in six weeks. Rates are $699 for the lowest, $999, and to $1399 for the top. Royalties are 60% of the gross margin: that is, the price the book actually sells at, minus the single-copy printing cost. So in effect the author gets more than half the profit. They have set up their own in-house print shop, enabling lower costs. They now also do full color children's books, and offer editing, ghostwriting, illustration, extended publicity and such, at additional expense. They have established offices in England, Ireland, and Spain. June 2009 update: I understand they have been sold to the same outfit that bought Xlibris, iUniverse, and AuthorHouse. No confirmation on their site, however. July 2009 update: an author with a book ready for printing discovered a loss of response when this publisher was sold, hanging up the process, and no response when errors needed correction. It may be that confusion surrounding the change in personnel is losing some projects. Caution. October 2009 update: but now the July complaint has been abated; Trafford seems to have gotten its act together under the new auspices and has become responsive. September 2015 update: Timeout Error.
TREBLE HEART BOOKS- www.trebleheartbooks.com. July 2014 update: It is now an ad site. The Domain is for sale. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
TREELESS PRESS PUBLISHING - www.treelesspress.com. June 2004 update: out of business.
TREESIDE PRESS - www.treesidepress.ca. December 2005 update: dead.
TRIANGLE GOLD BOOKS - www.trianglegoldbooks.com/home. June 2005 update: gone.
TRISKELION PUBLISHING - www.triskelionpublishing.com. They are filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy as of July 2, 2007. All assets, including contracts, are frozen. This publisher has had a troubled history, which seems at last to be ending.
TRUEFIRE - http://truefire.com. June 2005 update: They seem to have morphed into a sales outlet for assorted instructions, mainly musical.
TRISPEC - www.geocities.com/z4ho.rm/TriSpec-Main.html. August 2008 update: Their update is dated April 5, 2003. I'm pulling the plug on this entry.
TURN THE PAGE PUBLISHING - www.turnthepagepublishing.com/. I am told that this publisher launched in October 2011 with one title and will expand to five or six. They are actively seeking submissions for their imprint, and also offer their services, such as editing, to authors interested in self publishing. July 2012 update: They are currently accepting submissions. 40,000-100/000 words. They pay royalties, but don't say how much. July 2014 update: I tried three times to get submission information, but it spun its wheels without ever getting me there. This bodes ill. September 2015 update: Their site says “We're turning out page and looking forward to exciting changes. Stay tuned for updates." This may be code for having cash flow problems, but there's always hope. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
TURQUOISE MORNING PRESS - www.turquoisemorningpressbookstore.com/ A small international publishing house that offers both ebook and trade packerback formats. They publish heavily in Romance but are open to other genres. They are open for submissions in Young Adult (50,000 words and up), Romance and Erotic Romance (15-40K), and single title fiction (60K up). I don't have a track record on this publisher, but they seem legitimate. I did not find terms. July 2013 update: They are looking for novels for their new Steampunk collection to release in the fall of 2013. they remain open for submissions to other imprints. July 2014 update: A note dated June 19, 2013, says submissions are closed for the summer but will resume in the fall. I suspect they meant 2014, as other entries are current. June 2020 update: I am told that this is now a gambling site. Given that free lance writing is a gamble, I still suspect that this site is no longer relevant to aspiring writers.
TWENTY OR LESS PRESS - www.twentyorlesspress.com/ New publisher launched in January 2011; I received a note from its senior editor. They accept submissions of stories of 10,000 words or less in all fiction genres except erotic, for which their sister press Sybarite is set up. Electronic publication only. Their contract is for 2 years and pays 40% royalties on net, quarterly. Query first, and allow one to two weeks for a response, which may detail the reasons for rejection. Not interested in depravity, profanity or gore. July 2011 update: But I found no submission information on their site. July 2012 update: Still no submission information on the site. July 2013 update: their submission page is dated June 9, 20112. Their Archives go up to December 2012. They may still be active, but I recommend caution. July 2014 update: It's been updated now, at least to January 2014 Archives, but they don't seem very lively.
TWILIGHT FANTASIES PUBLICATIONS- http://twilightfantasies.com/. I just learned of this publisher, which opened in May, but already it has folded, ironically. Apparently it never really got off the ground, stiffing authors, cover artists, and editors.
TWILIGHT TIMES - www.twilighttimesbooks.com. I was put on to this one by Celia A Leaman, one of their authors who will now be their Submissions Editor. They are looking for Fantasy (including Dark), Literary, Magic Realism, Mystery, Non Fiction, Pagan, Paranormal, Science fiction, Slipstream, and Specialty/New age. If your work is in a "blended" genre, is too "literary," or quirky in tone for other publishers, they're interested. Just tell a great story. Send a cover letter, synopsis, and first chapter in the body of the email query; no attachments. They say they offer a standard epublishing contract; that should mean electronic rights only and good royalties. December 2003 update: I have a very favorable report on this publisher. June 2005 update: They are still there, apparently doing well. But I found no information on terms. August 2006 update: They evolved from an epublisher to a traditional print publisher with initial print runs of 500-750 books. That's good, for a small publisher. They will be open for submissions until August 5, 2006. So about the time you see this note, it will be too late. Sales: up to 145 downloads per title per year. August 2007 update: They say they launched 21 titles in 2004. How about 2007? July 2009 update: a negative report: "My experience with this publisher has been nothing short of frustrating." Royalty payments were six months or more late, communications were often confusing, and there seemed to be little follow through. No evidence of this at their site, of course. July 2011 update: The site remains, but I did not find submission information. July 2012 update: They are currently open to non-fiction submissions only. They will be open for fiction submissions from July 15 to August 15, 2012, when they will want fantasy, historical, literary, military, mystery/suspense, paranormal romance, science fiction, SF romance, and YA fantasy. July 2013 update: Still no submission information. Maybe you have to get accepted before learning their terms. July 2014 update: The site is there, but I'm just not sure this is a functional publisher.
TWISTED SHIFT - www.twistedshift.com/. June 2007 update: Folded, as of July 1.
TYBORNE HILL - www.tybornehill.com. July 2014 update: site no longer available.
UKG PUBLISHING - www.ukg-publishing.co.uk/, and www.rpgnow.com. This is a group of independent writers, artists, and proofreaders who have set up as a self publisher on a shoestring. They charge no upfront fees, rarely reject anyone out of hand, and pay up to 80% of net to the author. August 2008 update: This time I don't find much indication that they are actually publishing. August 2009 update: They do seem to be issuing books and a game. August 2010 update: Still no indication that they are actually open to new manuscripts. August 2011 update: I still can't find any submissions guidelines. They seem to produce their material in-house. They have a Twitter address, so I presume interested authors can reach them there. August 2012 update: Their posts go to October 2011. Talking about zombies. I remain uncertain that they are alive as a publisher. July 2013 update: Same date on their zombies. August 2014 update: The same. They aren't currently active.
UNCIAL PRESS - www.uncialpress.com/. I understand that this is a startup founded by two competent editors from Awe-Struck. It will release its first titles on October 2006. Present needs are for Georgian, Regency, Victorian, and Western American Historical Romance, Fantasy/Paranormal, mysteries, and nonfiction books and humor. Query if you have something else; they might be interested. They hope to respond to all manuscripts within 60 days; nag them if they don't. Royalties are 42% on books sold from the publisher's site, less otherwise. They have a sample contract, and it has an audit clause. August 2009 update: I learn that it is pronounced UN-see-ul or UN-shul/, derived from Greek and Roman scripts, part of the chain of developments that brought about the modern book. April 2010 update: Word from the publisher that now they publish short stories over 5,000 words as well as full length books. They release only two titles a month because they feel that's all they can manage while adhering to their standards of excellence. Even so, this summer they will release their one hundredth title. They have done well in the EPIC contests. They remain primarily an ebook publisher, but do also publish a few college-level textbooks in paper. August 2012 update: They are open for submissions. August 2014 update: Open for submissions, except for erotica, horror, or Christian Inspirational.
UNIVERSAL PUBLISHERS - www.upublish.com/upb01a.htm. This is another self-publishing outfit, charging a fee of $495 and paying royalties of 20-40%. It specializes in nonfiction, and has a non-exclusive publishing agreement which can be terminated on 90 days notice, and says many submissions are ready to promote and distribute in just four to six weeks. That's fast. I don't know this company, but if you have nonfiction to publish, it looks good from here. I would appreciate feedback from writers who use this service, or any of the publishers listed here, so that I can report on actual writer experience. That makes a huge difference. July 2013 update: Site took so long to load I gave up. August 2014 update: They are there in good order, with a huge number of nonfiction categories.
UNTIED SHOELACES OF THE MIND — www.UntiedShoelacesOfTheMind.com, or www.untiedshoelaces.net. This is a small ezine publishing pieces up to 2,000 words, longer if they are really good. They pay 3 cents per word up to $30. They publish online, but also do audio recordings in the form of free MP3 downloads. They care more about the stories than the author's name, and reject more than 98%. They have an online submission engine where authors copy-paste the text of their story into the website. August 2014 update: They remain open for submissions.
UNTREED READS PUBLISHING — www.untreedreads.com. A report that they are friendly and answer all questions. June 2010 update: I heard from the publisher's editor-in-chief, who appreciated the mention here. He's a fan of mine. I like to think that this implies a superior person, and therefore a superior publisher. I hope it proves out. August 2010 update: They are now accepting submissions in all genres except erotica, romance, and poetry of any length; they prefer quality rather than size. All net earnings are split 50-50 with the author. May 2011 update: a very favorable report on their treatment of an author. August 2011 update: They seem to be open for submissions in a number of categories. September 2011 update: And now a very unfavorable report of lack of promotion, overcommitment so they can't do right by what they have, and lack of response. August 2012 update: They say they received so many excellent submissions that they're full for 2012. July 2013 update: They have a Call for Submissions for an anthology. August 2014 update: Ditto.
VAMPLIT PUBLISHING — http://vamplitpublishing.ning.com/. August 2011 update: Not Found October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
VAMPLIT WRITERS' EZINE VAMPLIT WRITERS' EZINE — http://vamplit.com/. July 2013 update: Server not found. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
VANTAGE PRESS- www.vantagepress.com/. July 2013 update: I got an interesting message: “Directory Listing Denied. The Virtual Directory does not allow contents to be listed." That suggests that this publisher is out of business. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
VAN GOACH BOOKS- www.vangoachbooks.com/. Out of business The link now leads to Barnes & Noble.October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
VANILLA HEART PUBLISHING — www.vanillaheartpublishing.com/. Despite the name, this seems to be a general ad site. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
VENUS PRESS - www.venuspress.com/. February 2008 update: The site reappeared in January, but seems not really functional, so it's probably the server's error. Its manifestation was a shock to me and a number of other writers, somewhat like encountering an awkward ghost or zombie. We prefer that the dead stay dead. April 2009 update: "The VP family is happy to announce their (sic) soon reopening." They promise new releases soon. The page is under construction, but their Submissions link works, and says they are open and pay 35% of gross (cover price). Length ranges from 5,000 to 80,000 words. I presume authors left in the lurch when they faded out before are not included in the new order. I was one of those; I took my book to Phaze.
VEROBELLE - www.verobel.com/. August 2007 update: The Domain is for sale.
Vignette - www.vignettepress.com.au. August 2014 update: Server Not Found.
VINTAGE ROMANCE PUBLISHING - vinspirepublishing.com. August 2014 update: But I got a blank screen.
BOOKWORM - www.virtualbookworm.com. Accepting manuscripts in
all genries that aren't too far out. Publication ranges from free
to $50, depending, with royalties of 50-60%. I was told that
their basic program costs $190, but did not find that on their
site. June 2003 Update: My system timed out trying to reach them.
I don't know if that means they're not there. There is a
complaint against "virtualbookroom" which I assume
means this outfit: they tend to be nonresponsive.
August 2004 update: Found them okay this time. Royalties are 50% of net proceeds, paid monthly if they exceed $25 (this is reasonable) but it may take up to 90 days to get the money in from outside sales. October 2005 update: I have a very negative report on them, including failure to deliver on paid-for services. February 2006 update: I have a response from the publisher, saying that they try to be sure to complete all services that an author contracts for, and asks that any authors who feel wronged contact them directly, and they will be sure everything is taken care of. This strikes me as a fair response. August 2010 update: The site is still there. They proffer a free publishing guide. I presume that means that the guide, not the publishing, is free. August 2014 update: They remain in business, but I did not find details or costs, just a general discussion about what to look for in a publisher.
VIRTUAL LIBRO - www.virtuallibro.com/. June 2003 Update: They seem to be gone.
VIRTUAL PUBLICATIONS - www.virtualpublications.com. October 2006 update: they seem to be gone.
VIRTUAL PUBLISHING GROUP, INC - www.eBooks2Go.com. August 2004 update: this now seems to be a search engine.
VIRTUAL TALES - www.virtualtales.com/. August 2012 update: Now the link leads to Barking Rain Press.
- www.vivisphere.com/. I had a report from one of their authors
that this is a print-on-demand publisher, but its site says it is
traditional small press and is not at the moment accepting
manuscripts. Yet it is part of Netpub.net, which is a POD
publisher. UPDATE: The publisher contacted me to correct my typo
flubbing of its address--my fingers got on the wrong keys, and
evidently my proofreading too--and with a clarification: they are
traditional in the ways that count, manuscripts accepted,
editing, contracts, cover design, copyright, book registration,
return policy, and general quality, but do use the POD
technology. They are hurt when bookstores ignorantly condemn them
as being without standards. They are a small press using Internet
technology. They do have a point; the use of the Internet or POD
is a method of publication, not a definition of it. It would make
about as much sense to say that all physical bookstores are
warehouses, because some buildings are warehouses.
UPDATE: Not considering new submissions at present. October 2006 update: they are now considering submissions only in Bridge and Science Fiction. Nothing else. August 2009 update: Still considering only Bridge and Science Fiction. August 2011 update: The connection timed out. that's not a good sign. August 2012 update: They are there now, and open for submissions, but I found no information on terms. Since they're a traditional publisher, they may be standard. August 2014 update: They remain open for submissions.
WAKESTONE PRESS — I don't have the site address, but do have a report of failure to acknowledge manuscripts. It may be a startup that didn't work out.
WALTSAN PUBLISHING - www.waltsan.com/. October 2006 update: they folded as of the end of 2005.
WANNABEE PUBLISHING - www.wannabee.com.au/. August 2009 update: gone at this address.
WASTELAND PRESS - www.wastelandpress.net/. A self publisher offering publication for as little as $200 or as much as a scant $2,000. "Wasteland Press makes money from your book—not you!" This set me back; why should a writer go with a publisher that makes all the money, leaving none for the writer? Until I realized that they mean they make their money as a share of the earnings from the book, not by charging the author up front. They charge for printing copies only, they say. Royalties range from 15% to 30% depending on the package. So despite their protestation, I would say they do charge up front and along the way, like any other self publisher. Otherwise there would be no royalty scale; the author would get 100% after buying the copies. August 2014 update: They remain in business, saying they are the least expensive full service press without sacrificing quality.
WATERMARK PRESS - see POETRY.COM
WEAVING DREAMS PUBLISHING - www.weavingdreamspublishing.com. I got a last-minute warning about this one, and have not yet looked it up. The complaint is that it operates in an unprofessional manner and may be under-reporting sales. November 2013 update: I looked it up. They describe themselves as a small traditional publishing house. But there's nothing traditional about the complaints. They claim to donate a portion of royalties to a national nonprofit organization, but they appear to have never given any money there. To get rights reverted it seems you need a lawyer. Royalties are not being paid, and those who question this are advised that the books are no longer in print due to lack of sales. How can authors be sure of that, without auditing the publisher's finances? It is claimed that the wording of contracts gets changed at the publisher's convenience. So concrete evidence is hard to come by, but there's a smell. August 2014 update: Page is now under construction. This is not a good signal. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
WEBOOK - www.webook.com/. August 2014 update: Server Not Found.
WE-PUBLISH- www.we-publish.com. A self publisher. $578 for 5.5" X 8.5" size book, 50-300 pages. $748 for a 6" X 9" size book 50-300 pages. They offer publication within three months. They have a free Book Writer's mini-course to help you deal with writer's block, writing a synopsis, and writing a book that sells. 7 weekly email lessons, no exams. April 2004 update: they tell me that they appreciate the referrals they have been receiving from this website. They have been in business 4 years; their fees include cover design, ISBN #s, 5 free copies for the author, electronic and printed proofs, listing on Amazon.com, the author's web page for selling books, and more. June 2005 update: now they have ESP--Economical Self Publishing--a rapid publication process for $187. August 2010 update: You can publish your 50-300 page paperback sized book for $498. July 2013 update: It says “Earn 60% Royalties on Your Self-Published Books" They'll show you how. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
WEST BOW PRESS — This is the self publishing division of traditional print publisher Thomas Nelson. $999-6,499, or specialty packages up to $19,999.
WESTPOINT PRINT AND MEDIA - www.westpointprintandmedia.com. I received an ad from them soliciting submission of a book, fiction, nonfiction, picture, just about anything. They charge $800 to publish and market a book. I know nothing about them; they have no track record here.
WHEATMARK - www.wheatmark.com/. "Wheatmark is the only self publishing service that is also a publishing house." $799, and their copyediting service for two cents a word. August 2008 update: royalties 40% through Wheatmark, 20% via third parties. They will invest their own money on your book if you sell over 2,000 copies. Lotsa luck there! Editing services are $.02 per word, with a $100 minimum. Excellent customer service.
WHISKEY CREEK PRESS - www.whiskeycreekpress.com/. A number of genres, ranging from Inspirational to Erotica Romance, but no porn. They are looking for novellas up to 35,000 words and novels 40-50,000 words. I did not find information on royalty rates, but they are said to be good. June 2005 update: No charge for epublication, but if you want a trade paperback edition, there is a one-time charge of $90 by the printer. August 2005 update: I have a favorable report from an author: they are good to do business with, and prompt on royalties. Royalty is 7.5% on print books, 30% on downloads. February 2006 update: Now I have an extremely negative report on them not paying some authors. April 2006 update: a report that they fouled up a royalty report, but fixed it when questioned. Another report is very positive. December 2006 update: I have a report that 30% of the net from third-party sales turned out to be very low, more like 3%. Net is after assorted publisher expenses and deductions, so perhaps it can be abused. The publisher is said not to respond to the emails of disaffected authors. April 2007 update: And another positive report, finding them responsive, prompt, and polite. But also another very negative report: abusive when questioned about royalties, sending an uncorrected edition to the printer instead of the right one, suspicion that they are stealing royalties from authors. It seems their latest contract allows books to be pulled early for a fee of $550. So I don't know what's true here. December 2007 update: A serious complaint, devious in detail. It seems that WCP uses its printer, Paw Prints, to produce the POD format of its books. But Paw Prints charges the author a $90 set up fee. (I have it listed at $99, but they may charge WCP less.) Well, one author decided not to go POD, then discovered that the book had been printed anyway and was being sold on Amazon via Paw Prints as a “Storefront” outlet. It seems that lessens the high price Amazon charges otherwise. Nothing appeared on the royalty statement, and there is no indication in the contract. It seems the division of the money is in this order: Amazon, Paw Prints, WCP, and finally the author, who apparently receives no accounting. Okay, this situation obviously deserves clarification, but a call to the owner of WCP was met with immediate hostility and abuse. The essence was that it was none of the author's business what they did with the books(!) and was not a contract violation. To a request that the author's books be immediately removed from the storefront, the answer was No. So here is my summary of the author's summary: WCP is not at all Author Friendly; questioning them makes you a Problem Author. They refuse to correct errors made by their editors, refuse to run reviews on the backs of the books (only one self-written blurb), and may not even send out books for reviews. No actual accounting on their royalty statement how many books are sold, and they refuse to answer questions about this. I suspect that there are few complaints about this because most authors simply don't know it is being done. I have not contacted the publisher directly, in part because I suspect that my next call thereafter would be to a lawyer with a lawsuit on my mind. If the publisher contacts me, politely, I will listen. Otherwise, to borrow from a lovely line on the "NCIS" TV series, if there is to be a pissing contest, bring an umbrella. Meanwhile, be wary; there is a noxious odor here. February 2008 update: the publisher and others did contact me, politely. I think I have it straight now. According to their contract the author is given a choice: pay a set-up fee for a print edition and receive royalties on those sales, or decline. If the author declines, but the publisher feels there are print prospects, it can do the print option at its own expense. In that case the author does not receive those royalties. So it is contractually legitimate. Okay: I suggested to the publisher that there be two things. First, the author should be notified that the publisher is doing this, so she doesn't think her book is being pirated. Second, if the set-up fee is earned out, subsequent royalties should then be shared. Otherwise the publisher could try to stifle electronic sales, on which it pays royalties, in favor of print sales, on which it does not. This sort of thing has happened with traditional print publishers; there was a lawsuit. Now there will be no set-up charge for printing, if enough copies are selling. Just as well, because sometimes the author pays and the publisher loses the record so doesn't report. Meanwhile I have more than one additional very positive report of good editing, on-time royalty payments, review copies sent out, and prompt correction of errors. Also of polite and professional treatment. The consensus is that this is a top publisher. One person makes a good point: authors who tackle a publisher "with attitude" are more likely to reap a negative response. I do have more positive reports, but also more negative ones. In one case there was significant re-editing done after the author's final approval. That's a huge no-no. So reports continue mixed. October 2008 update: Further on editing: the author felt she was given two choices, to allow abusive edits, her own editing having been refused, or pay a $500 buyout clause in the contract. This is not a simple matter; she showed me some of the publisher's edits and explanations for them, and they generally made sense to me. I know that arrogant editing can be absolutely maddening; I have eliminated it when I have had the chance on republication elsewhere, and I left my top publisher, DEL REY BOOKS, because of it. But I can't say the WCP editing is ignorant; they seem serious about having a good product. So while I condemn the seeming arrogance of their approach, I do not feel they are harming the manuscript. I suspect an author's best course is to accept the editing, then place her next book elsewhere if she feels she is not being allowed to have her own voice. It is one of the necessary compromises in publishing. And a complaint of low sales. June 2009 update: WCP Torrid is looking for new sensual/erotic romance submissions. August 2009 update: They are currently accepting submissions in all genres, but are especially interested in Romance, Science Fiction, and Fantasy. January 2010 update: New author there was very favorably impressed. March 2010 update: Another report of their being professional and responsive, with extremely good editing. But they seem to be taking longer to publish what they accept. April 2010 update: I got hold of a leaked document clarifying the print option: they have a year to put a book into print (that is, physical) if they are going to; thereafter the print rights return to the author. If an author wants to be assured of print, s/he can purchase 50 copies or more at 40% off the set retail price, plus shipping. This actually is reasonable; there are expenses in physical print and a publisher needs ways to cover them. So the author can cover them by buying 50 copies. Otherwise it is the publisher's option whether to print at no charge to the author. It's a fair compromise. May 2010 update: An author did a calculation of likely royalties and concluded that it came to less than 1.5% on a print book. That's mighty low. July 2010 update: "So far they are no better than Publish America." It seems most authors have had good responses, but not all. August 2010 update: But a report of changes made in the text after the final edits were completed, without the author's approval. That's not good, because if the author does not have final approval, it is no longer the author's novel. October 2010 update: They're still making changes without telling the author. May 2011 update: I heard from the publisher with a copy of their print option. It is as described above, straightforward and I think fair. June 2011 update: I heard from yet another disaffected author: no 1099 forms, no statements, book still listed for sale despite reverting to the author three years ago. A shoddy operation throughout. July 2011 update: A complaint about their failure to post reviews, thus nullifying the author's effort obtaining them. July 2012 update: Another complaint of refusal to end the contract on a low-paying book without a $500 termination fee, which suggests the publisher makes its money from such fees rather than sales. Authors should check contracts, and not sign when such unreasonable fees are attached. I was also sent “Reports on Whiskey Creek Press" that runs my reports and others, such as an author wanted to correct errors and being bawled out as a horrible writer with a bad attitude who should buy out the contract. That strengthens the case that the publisher wants termination money rather than doing the work of publishing quality books. Another rated WCP as F. Writer Beware says that $500 termination fee is a red flag. You bet! August 2012 update: I heard from an author who is doing an audit. I will report on the result of that investigation when I learn of it. This could be interesting. October 2012 update: folk are interested in that audit, but the publisher is stonewalling and progress is slow. One writer is pushing the matter, but others have similar complaints. I will report on this at such time as I get any information. November 2012 update: A report from a new author that the publisher did what it said it would, though it did mess up some along the way. July 2013 update: they are open for submissions in all fiction genres. July 2014 update: I am told that this publisher has been sold to Start, and that they want authors to sign away their copyrights. Don't do it. October 2014 update: a complaint about their imprint Wee Cree Press. Shoddy covers, late deliveries, refusal to fix errors, incorrect statements, and ignoring complaints.
WHISPERS - www.whispershome.com/. May 2013 update: I am told they are shutting down June 30, 2013. August 2014 update: Indeed, it has become a search site.
WHITE PICKETS August 2008 update: The site seems to have gone. October 2008 update: Trish advises me that they have closed.
WHITE SCHOONER BOOKS - http://whiteschoonerbooks.s5.com/. October 2008 update: They have closed.
WHITMORE PUBLISHING COMPANY - http://www.whitmorepublishing.com. Their site is remarkably uninformative about terms or royalties, and I have a report that a writer who queried them later received a solicitation from subsidy publisher Dorrance. It turns out they are affiliated. Whitmore is a traditional commercial imprint, Dorrance a subsidy publisher that receives leads from Whitmore. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
WHORTLEBERRY PRESS - http://whortleberrypress.com/. I have a very good report on them. The site was very slow loading, and did not load completely, so I have no report on their terms. June 2005 update: They have moved to http://whortleberrypress.com. But their site crashed my browser three times, so I don't have fresh information. October 2006 update: submissions are closed the rest of 2006. Royalties are 50%. August 2007 update: they seem to be gone. August 2009 update: they seem to be in business, but their writer's guidelines are for March 2009. August 2010 update: they seem to be current now. August 2011 update: Connection timed out. August 2012 update: They are there in good order now. They pay $10 for stories that hew to a PG standard, minimum length 4,000 words for anthologies on assorted themes with different deadlines. Check their site, as new ones seem to be popping up.
WICKED INK PRESS — an imprint of Keith Productions.
WIDO - http://widopublishing.com/. I was queried about this one, so am listing it, but have no information on their merit. They seem to be soliciting writers for submissions, which is unusual. July 2013 update: They are currently accepting manuscripts, email only, especially Young Adult and Fantasy. Response in 6-8 weeks. Royalties are 10% of the retail price of a print book, 40% for ebooks.
WILD CHILD - http://www.wildchildpublishing.com/. August 2014 update: Internal Serve Error. Not a good sign.
WILD HORSE PRESS - www.the-wild-horse-press.com/. July 2013 update: The site has links to other sites. It looks as if they are out of business. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
WILD HORSE PRESS - www.wildhorsepress.com/. I got confused by the similar names. This one publishes books that will help preserve the history of rodeo.
THE WILD ROSE PRESS - http://www.thewildrosepress.com/. A new small electronic and print publisher of Romance. Currently accepting submissions in all subgenres, all lengths. Check their site for information on category editors, so as to select the right one for your piece. The usual restrictions. I did not find information on royalties. August 2007 update: They are still accepting submissions in all romantic sub-genres and in all lengths, with the usual restrictions. October 2007 update: Two favorable reports. They are professional, friendly, and quick. Royalties seem to be 40%. June 2008 update: But not a report that they can be very slow, taking a year to get into the editing process. August 2008 update: And a mixed report: there were problems, but they seem to be doing better now, though still very slow. Then an evident campaign: I received a cluster of seven letters telling me how good they are, the essence being that they are prompt, responsive, and easy to work with. October 2008 update: more reports. Their contract currently specifies publication within one year of signing of the contract. Royalties are now 30% ebook, 7% print; sales can be low. Another report that they can be slow with edits, but are quick to respond to emails. And from editor-in-chief Rhonda Penders: they have clearly defined timelines, replying within 45 days to a query, 60 days for a partial, and 90 days for a full manuscript, then one year to publish. She posted a note to her authors that if anyone experienced delays, let her know. That should take care of it. December 2008 update: a complaint about low royalties. I addressed this matter in my OctOgre 2008 column, after investigating, showing that such royalties may not be erroneous. A writer clarifies that they publish one year after the edits, and the edits can take many months. August 2009 update: They remain open to submissions at all times, but limited to Romance, in many sub-categories. August 2011 update: Still open for submissions. July 2013 update: They are now open to queries about submissions other than Romance, such as women's fiction, mystery, thriller, historical fiction, and erotica. October 2013 update: A favorable report on their information, editing, and delpfulness.
PRESS - www.wildsidepress.com/. They are looking for
published books that are out of print. They must be in English,
and the rights must be available. They take essentially all
publishing rights worldwide in the English language, to prevent
other editions from competing with theirs. They're looking for
Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Suspense, and
Classics. They pay 50% of net revenues after expenses. The
contract is for a four year term, automatically extended unless
someone objects, and it has an auditing clause: overall, not a
August 2004 update: I received an unknown host message. That may mean they are out of business. December 2004 update: No, they are still there. October 2006 update: They are announcing a mass-market paperback line. That's a different league, if they can swing it. August 2008 update: Several of their imprints are currently closed to submissions, but Juno Books and some story magazines remain open. August 2009 update: 99% of their titles are POD, so sales are small. July 2013 update: I note with peripheral interest that one of their editors is Robert Reginald, whose Borgo Press is now an imprint here. I know him from way back when he published my novel Hasan. I take his presence here as a good sign.
WILLOW MOON PUBLISHING — www.willowmoonpublishing.com/. "We strike to produce classics in literature, no matter what the genre." I did not find information about terms. I have a very bad report on them not paying royalties. July 2013 update: at this time submissions are closed, but check periodically as they can reopen as reading time allows. August 2014 update: Still closed to submissions.
WIND RIVER PRESS - www.windriverpress.com. August 2010 update: gone.
WIND RIVER PUBLISHING - www.windriverpublishing.com. August 2014 update: They are closing.
WINGS ePRESS — www.wingsepress.com/. An electronic publisher of Romance and General Fiction. 50,000 to 150,000 words, depending on genre. They are actively looking for Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Young Adult. No erotica. Query first. I did not find information on terms. I have a good report on their treatment of an author. January 2010 update: I am told this is the same as Wings Press, despite the different addresses. August 2011 update: They are actively looking for submissions in all genres, but do query first. July 2013 update: They are actively looking for submissions in all genres. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
WINGSPAN PRESS - www.wingspanpress.com/ A self publisher, costing $499 and up depending on the package. October 2006 update: Author keeps all rights and 100% of the profits. August 2008 update: a positive report. Upfront charges and services, questions answered promptly, flexible, produced a quality book, author's copies available at one third price. "David Collins made me feel like I was his only client." They let the author set the published price of his book, in contrast to some other self publishers. Royalties are now 20% of the book's retail price, paid quarterly if the balance is greater than $25.
WINGS PRESS INC - www.wings-press.com/. They plan to publish excellent fiction and establish a writer's community. Query first; no simultaneous submissions. Romance of all types, any genre with an older heroine (40 up), young adult, middle reader, general fiction in a number of genres, but no erotica. 50,000 to 150,000 words. I found no information on terms. June 2004 update: royalties are 30% of download price; 35% if the author provides own cover art. Very positive report by an author. August 2005 update: Electronic publishing is free, but they charge a $90 setup fee for POD books. October 2006 update: Another positive report from a satisfied author. But also a negative report that while some authors are happy, others are dissatisfied. Editing can be shoddy, cover design going downhill, slow and inadequate responses to authors' concerns. Submissions for General Fiction are closed until January 1, 2007. December 2006 update: Another bad report, where they spelled the author's name wrong and did not answer queries. Apparently if all goes well, authors are happy, but if there's a foul-up, it doesn't get fixed. October 2007 update: another very favorable report: outstanding service, high quality books. February 2008 update: I have a report that as with Whiskey Creek Press, copies may be sold on Amazon in the printers' section without the author's knowledge. February 2009 update: I have a report that Wings authors are well aware that the printer lists their books on Amazon, and they do receive royalties on books sold. August 2009 update: "Be prepared to wait up to six months for the submission process." August 2011 update: the link took me to Wings ePress, so they are the same publisher.
WITTYBOOKS- www.wittybooks.com/. July 2013 update: Gone. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
WORLD WIDE EBOOKS - http://worldwideebooks.fiction4all.com/. August 2008 update: Gone.
WORDBEAMS- www.wordbeams.com/. Closed--but they are doing it in a decent way, maintaining their site and listing their authors with their electronic addresses and new publishers, if any. So I looked up Ellen Anthony (no relation to me; she was early in the list and there is something about the name that appeals to me) and checked her advice on how to find a good electronic publisher. In essence: see where they sell their books, see if their Web site is intelligible, order a couple of their books to see how their service is, check their sample contract, and check with some of their authors. So though WORDBEAMS is done, I like its manner of expiring. It is in sharp contrast to that of most others. Now featuring Bodendorfer.net, which appears to be a straight bookseller. UPDATE: Susan Bodendorfer, the proprietress, is recovering her health and resuming activity at Bodendorfer.net, in limited fashion. August 2007 update: I'd say this has become a personal web site. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
WORDCLAY - www.wordclay.com/. As I understand it, this is essentially a self publishing tool for authors, also offering editorial services, content design, cover and graphic design, channel distribution, and marketing support. The publishing tool is free; I'm not sure about the other services. August 2008 update: yes, they do seem to charge for other services. For example, copyediting is $.02. I assume that means per page. December 2009 update: I understand this has now been added to the Author Solutions complex. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
WORD WRANGLER PUBLISHING INC. - www.wordwrangler.com/. August 2014 update: Now it's an ad site.
THE WRITERS COLLECTIVE - see the Services section.
WRITERS EXCHANGE - www.writers-exchange.com/. Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Children/Young Adult, Mystery, Western, Action/Adventure/Thriller/War, Humor, Writing Advice, Parenting, Christian, Self Help/How To. They do electronic and print on demand books. For the latter there is a one-time set-up fee, variable depending on what their cost is. Author receives 60% of the cover price, or less, depending on what the publisher has to pay for, like cover art. Contract has no specified time limit; the author merely cancels it at will, giving 90-day notice. There doesn't seem to be an audit clause, but there is a dispute-resolution clause. The proprietor Sandy Cummins tells me that they won the "Inscriptions Engravers award for Best E-Publisher." Indeed, the site has pretty pictures. She's a Xanth fan, so must be legitimate. 2003 UPDATE: They intend to be open for submissions for two to three months, then close for about six months to get through the submissions. Thereafter they should be open twice a year. So check the site to see if they are in phase before submitting. August 2004 update: they are currently open for submissions. So act quickly, before the window of opportunity closes. June 2005 update: They are still open. February 2006 update: They advised me that they have revised the site. It looks clear enough. They are currently open for submissions, but it may take 12 months for an acceptance. October 2006 update: Royalties are 50%. They remain open for submissions. August 2008 update: They now have the acceptance time down to 5 months, and expect to bring it down more as they clear their queue. June 2009 update: now at www.readerseden.com. It seems it is now a bookstore rather than a publisher. In due course I will simplify the listing to reflect this, if it is confirmed. August 2009 update: They have moved to www.readerseden.com/. They are currently open to submissions. August 2010 update: They remain open to submissions. January 2011 update: A report that they do take a long time, but can be very nice, even when rejecting a manuscript. August 2011 update: The site is there, but I found no submission information. October 2011 update: I heard from the publisher, who says that on the front page there is a list of links in a blue bar, where Submissions is. Okay, I looked, and didn't find it there, but did find it under Wish List, and it's a thoroughly detailed discussion including a sample contract and rules of syntax. This is surely worth some time, for new writers.
WRITERS PRESS - www.writerspress.com/. This seems to have become a referral service.
WRITE WAY PUBLISHING - www.writewaypub.com/. June 2003 Update: gone.
WRITE WORDS INC - www.writewordsinc.com/. November 2016 update: They are shutting down, leaving their authors in the lurch.
WRITING FOR CHILDREN WEB PRESS - https://writingforchildrcenweb.wordpress.com/. “Writing for children Web Press is a bi-monthly small press magazine for children writers of every genre, both seasoned and old pro." They debut October 2017, and are calling for submissions. Articles, interviews, poetry, book reviews, market column, etc. No track record yet, of course.
WRITTEN BY ME - www.writtenbyme.com/. June 2003 Update: gone.
WTF MAGAZINE - www.wtfmag.ca. August 2009 update: Server not found. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
XC PUBLISHING - www.xcpublishing.com/. They seem to be out of the publishing business. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
XLIBRIS - at www.xlibris.com. February 2009 update: Xlibris has been sold to the complex that owns Authorhouse and iUniverse. My investment has been repaid, and I am no longer associated with it. August 2009 update: I received a flyer; Xlibris Book Signing at the 2009 Miami Book Fair International," November 13-15, 2009. Xlibris authors can promote and give away their books there. March 2010 update: I have a report from a formerly satisfied client that Xlibris has declined in service in the past year, with many calls necessary to handle artwork, edits, proofs, marketing material, ads, timing, delivery, hidden charges and so on. He had to repeat himself, or ask for the same change to be made that was supposed to have been made before, and protest sloppy work. I fear that once the original management left, they farmed out chores to less-informed personnel who may not have the same dedication. There is evidently no longer an author's personal representative to speak for him. Sigh; I had hoped that other parts of the conglomerate would be elevated to the Xlibris standard, instead of Xlibris downgraded to theirs. Yes, Xlibris sometimes fouled up before, but I know they cared. But royalty statement and payments continue to arrive on schedule, and mine had a Royalties Newsletter for December 2009 (received February 17 2010) announcing that they have an aggressive global expansion program, opening new offices in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, thus adding two more continents. "Please contact your friendly Author Representative for more information..." So it seems they do have author representatives. They now have an ebook upgrade. In my day they had ebooks, then stopped; it seems they are back, and that's good, but I suspect you have to pay extra. So the situation seems mixed. May 2010 update: I received a detailed report from a regular Xlibris author. It was mixed, with Xlibris generally good but not necessarily the best. Royalty payments are supposed to be made within 30 days of the end of the quarter, but actually are paid in 45 days. I suspect the new owner put in its standard procedures without reference to the actual contract terms. "The marketing services are WAY overpriced for what one gets." September 2010 update: a complaint that a 2,000 copy print order was fouled up, and their regular "Rep" isn't responsive. When I was associated I would bypass nonfunctional aspects and get it fixed from the top. I can't do that now. So it seems Xlibris is not what it was. October 2010 update: Another report of decline in service, with copies arriving so late they missed the launch of the book, months for the marketing package to arrive, and a struggle with the management to get anything accomplished. This does not look good. June 2012 update: And another, of having to fight a perpetual runaround to get royalties on known sales paid. I am sorry to see it. November 2012 update: And another, this one named: Grace Redmond at email@example.com has struggled for six months to get her royalties, and is finally turning to law. Any other authors with similar problems here can contact her directly, especially if they are interested in a class-action suit against Xlibris. July 2015 update: Ad from them saying you can get as much as 50% off on publishing. Unfortunately it ends June 30, a couple days before this update will be published. But stay alert there's bound to be another sale in the future. May 2016 update: this is a personal one. Remember, I was an early investor in Xlibris, but that ended seven years ago when it was bought out. But I still have titles on sale there. I received a query from a fan looking for my big science fantasy novel Mute, who couldn't find it there. So I sent them a sharp query. They assured me that it was available, but then had the impression that I was requesting republication. Maybe someone misread my query. Finally they sent me a copy, which is fine; I am happy to recommend it to my readers. Who knows, if I live long enough I might get around to writing the sequel, Moot. So my report is that the present day Xlibris folk seem to mean well, but can get garbled.
XoXo PUBLISHING - www.xoxopublishing.com/. September 2014 update: Not found.
XULON PRESS- http://www.xulonpress.com/. This is a Christian self publisher, rates from $999 up. Interesting manner of paying authors: 100% of bookstore sales, minus the cost to print the book. It appears that their overhead costs are thus factored in on a per copy basis, and the author of a $20 book might receive $2 to $5 per copy sold to wholesalers, and up to $7.50 per book sold directly to individuals. That translates to an effective royalty rate of 10% to 35%, depending. Does this seem a bit deceptive for an openly religious press? Well, they are based in Florida, and the local better business bureau says they have a satisfactory record dealing with complaints, but the company has been inactive with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations since September 15, 2006. They remain very much active, however, saying they are the world's biggest publisher of Christian books. I would be cautious; don't let your religious sense blind you to the ways of those whom Jesus might prefer to throw out of the temple. October 2010 update: I have a detailed report that they delivered as represented, but seem to make their money through services. The author registered his own copyright online for $35, the received an offer from Xulon for the same service for $200. Advertising opportunities run from $300 and up. Converting to e-format would cost almost $400 and take 6-8 weeks to complete. He did it himself using Mobipocket's free software, in about half an hour. He also tried the Kindle conversion, which also took half an hour, free. So while Xulon does a nice job, chances are you can do better elsewhere. Another problem is that Christian publishers can have such tight standards that they would reject the Bible as inappropriate, so getting good distribution may be a long uphill battle. September 2014 update: They remain in business in good order. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
YARD DOG PRESS - http://www.yarddogpress.com/. This is a small print press. This list is primarily for electronic publishers, but I will list others as I come across them, without pretending to be remotely comprehensive. "Our mission: To bring to the attention of the reading public the talent of authors who haven't earned the 'big numbers' yet, so therefore get little or no attention from the corporation giants. These are often great story tellers with equally great stories to share. We think it is shameful that there is no forum for their work." Well, now; I like their attitude. So if you have been shut out of the big ones, here is a small one to try. August 2008 update: Royalties are 50% of net profit. That's fair, but could be a small figure. September 2009 update: They are open for submissions, but want no porn or hate fiction. August 2011 update: They express themselves bluntly. "...come into the YARD, grab a chain, pull up a tree, and bark at the passing cars." "What we're reading for...Absolutely nothing right now." Except what they specify on this page. September 2014 update: Still there with the same streetwise attitude. I've never done business with them, but can't help liking them.
YOUNG WRITERS' SHOWCASE - see THE YOUNG WRITERS' SHOWCASE
YOUR EBOOK STORY - www.yourebookstory.com. I received an email saying “If you have a manuscript, finished or in progress, we will publish it FREE as an Ebook. For questions check the site or call 760-323-9374. The Subject lines says “$500 for your story." So I looked it up, and learned that it is run by Winner's Circle. The deal is that they publish your manuscript free, but take the first year's royalties before you get any money. After that you get your royalties. So if you have a runaway best seller, with most of the money coming in that first year as would normally be the case, they will do very well compared to you. For regular success it may be a fair deal, however. October 2018 update: Defunct link disabled.
ZANDER eBOOKS - http://zanderebooks.com/. August 2004 update: I got an Unknown Host message.
ZANY BOOKSS - http://zanybooks.com/. They are now accepting submissions. No sci-fi, romance (without zany elements) or pure porn. Send the first page of novel only in text of message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Their ebooks are available in all formats, including LARGE print. August 2008 update: They are open to submissions only of completed novels. Remember, even their horror novels have a zany element. August 2010 update: They remain open to submissions of novels with zany elements. August 2013 update: They're selling books, but there's no indication they're buying them. September 2014 update: Still there, still no invitation to get your book published there.
ZEUS - www.zeus-publications.com/. Australian. This is a subsidy publisher, paying royalties of 20%. Costs start at $1,800 Australian and go up depending on the length of the book, the editing required, photographs, and additional services. August 2008 update: Now costs start at $2,200 Australian. September 2014 update: Still there in good order.
ZULU - www.zulu.com. This lists a schedule and nothing else. I don't know what to make of it. June 2005 update: Now they have access for those with passwords, but I find no indication that this is a publisher.
ZUMAYA - www.zumayapublications.com/. - "If it's a great, well-written story, we'll publish it." Currently accepting submissions for science fiction, fantasy thriller, horror, mystery, historical, nonfiction, western, romance, erotica, mainstream, paranormal, young adult--well, really it seems to be everything. Manuscripts should be 65,000 words or above for Adult fiction, 35,000 to 60,000 for Young adult. Send the first 5 chapters and a one page synopsis in Word format, Times New Roman 12 font, single spaced, as an attachment to an email; provide author's name, address, phone, word count, and genre. Takes all electronic rights plus trade paperback. Pays 40% of the net profits. Two year contract, renewable. No audit clause. So this looks pretty good, but ask for an audit clause. June 2003 update: The publisher wrote to me with further information: they are based in British Columbia but have "offices" in Austin, Texas, and in California. They enter their second year of serious dedication to publishing all the wonderful books nobody else wants. Technically they are now closed to submissions, but do read queries, so if you really do have the best novel of the year, make your pitch; their No might become Yes. But if you're looking for a place to dump junk, stay well clear. August 2004 update: As I looked through their contract, I noted an interesting clause: if the author receives an offer from a traditional publisher, Zumaya will relinquish all rights in exchange for 20% of the advance the traditional publisher pays. Since a traditional publisher may pay an advance of $5000 to $25,000 or more, this seems a fair compromise: take the money, pay off Zumaya, and be on your way to fame. It's fair, because Zumaya will be taking a loss on the investment and promotion it put into your book, without which you might not have gotten the traditional print offer. October 2004 update: I understand they are scheduling into the year 2008. That's a long wait. June 2005 update: They are closed for submissions until September 2005. October 2006 update: "After a yearlong hiatus, Zumaya Publications is now open for submissions." Minimum lengths are now 45,000 words for Young Adult, and there is a general maximum of 150,000 words, unless they can break it up into smaller volumes. I have had a private dialogue with Elizabeth Burton, who is running it; she seems to know her business. August 2007 update: They are open for submissions in many genres, but your book may not see publication until 2009. August 2008 update: One of their imprints is closed, others open, so check their site before sending. September 2009 update: A very negative report of repeated rescheduling without publication, for years. October 2009 update: Another bad report. Their contract doesn't expire until two years after publication, but it seems there is no deadline for publication, so they can and do stall in some cases for years. Make sure your contract has a deadline that automatically reverts the rights to you if they don't publish by a certain date. If they balk at that, don't sign. August 2011 update: I clicked their submissions guidelines link, but that page was blank. It was last updated March 13, 2011. This is not a good sign.