Small presses that don’t charge you to publish your book are out there. And I’m back from last week’s science-fiction/fantasy convention FenCon in the Dallas area with news of how to find them.
These aren’t vanity presses. You must offer what they want when they want it, follow their guidelines, and still write wonderful stories. The good side of this is, anyone who sees your story in print (or as an e-book) will know the publishers only accepted it because they expected it to make a profit. And they were willing to expend their own time and money on professional editing and distribution.
And they don’t charge you anything. The bad side of that is, they also don’t pay advances, only royalties. But if your book is as good as you think it is, it’ll end up paying you.
From the small press panel I heard at Fencon, I’m only listing those currently accepting submissions. But hurry -- the window of opportunity can be narrow.
CLIFFHANGER BOOKS -- Senior project director Kevin Hosey is accepting submissions for the second book in Cliffhanger’s Paramourtal series of paranormal romances. The submissions window closes October 31, 2011. See www.cliffhangerbooks.com for details. The imprint also has a series of original superheroes, currently closed to submissions. If you’re more interested in superheroes than romance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for future submission requests.
NAKED READER PRESS -- Senior executive editor Amanda S. Green insisted that the name only refers to the company’s motto of letting nothing get between readers and the story. It actually doesn’t publish erotica. But almost everything else is accepted for e-book distribution only, with more specifics at http://nakedreader.com/ Its next reading period is October. One month only. If your book isn’t ready by the end of next month, catch them the next time around in January.
ZUMAYA PUBLICATIONS LLC -- Editor Elizabeth Burton was at a science-fiction/fantasy convention, so she had to warn us that Zumaya’s list for these genres is filled through 2012. But if you write in other genres, see www.zumayapublications.com/
A personal note -- my rodeo story “Eight Seconds” is being reprinted in Alec Cizak’s Pulp Modern. The volume, including crime, fantasy, and Westerns, is available at www.createspace.com/3683805 with a very hubba-hubba cover illustration. Available on Amazon in about a week. If you just like Westerns, the story is also on Amazon in its original publication, Moonlight Mesa’s Award-Winning Tales.
On a less pulpy note -- my friend Robin Yaklin’s blog,
http://debutauthors.wordpress.com features live discussion with Ann Hite, author of Ghost on Black Mountain, this coming weekend.