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Speculative publisher list circa 2011-12

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Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:48 pm
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pettybage says...

Warning: some of these publishers may be amateurs, servants of Cthulhu , or just jerks. Research before submitting: take a good look at the website; check if anyone has ever read a book published by them; check if there are any authors writing blogs about being mistreated by them.
*** ... ssion.html (Ace & Roc) ... sions.html (DAW) ... blQuestion (Tor) ... Guidelines ... ortBy=Date 15K and up; 50K and up novellas 20K and up; novels 60K and up ... y_Code=UF4 ... elines.htm ... ucts_id=14 a new and supposedly quality outfit ... enref.html - over 10K over 60K mysteries ... &Itemid=66 – 75K and over 10K and up; 60K and up 1K and up; 7.5K and up; 20K and up; 50K and up 12K; 50K - 0K; 7.5K; 20K; 40K 15K; 40K ... bmissions/ short story and up - prefer shorter novels ... ssions.htm around 80K ... lines.html 2K and up ... nuary-2012 January is submission month. - 17.5K and up 70K ... emid=11273 mystery & thriller 5K; 50K ... lines.html 60K - 0-20K 30K and up, October 2011 3 imprints horror, grindhouse, unholy 30K, 60K - novellas, novels, collections ... submit.php thrillers & speculative, under 80K ... fo_12.html - 0; 20K and up ... sions.html novels and novellas ... 75/account 20K; 50K - 50K and up - 80K speculative+thrillers+general ... =page&id=2 speculative romance 60K - 20K; 45K 25K 40K; 60K ... ubmissions 5 – 50K gays, 18K; 55K 20K; 60K two imprints; 80K and up ... pGfoLI7t6E 12K and up less than 80K romantic, 9K and up , march 2012 ... d-novella/ novellas, novels, collections unclear 25K, 70K, romance, no erotica sci-fi romance 50K and up 50K 20K and up 3K and up 9K and up erotic horror, edgy YA, 5K and up ... &Itemid=97 3K; 45K say sci-fi, 15K; 60k 25K; 50K zombie novels weird; 75K 35K and up 3K and up ... elines.php 50K and up 6K and up ... ngfor.html short sci fi archeology novels ... sions.html 15K and over 0; 7.5K; 50K 2K; 55K ... ss_002.htm 5K; 50K 40K and up

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Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:04 pm
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pettybage says...

It's been half a year since I posted this list of publishers. Since then one of them has published a thing by me, three more have just sent contacts, and another one is deliberating, and I very much like to think that this is just the beginning of a long, fun, and fulfilling journey.

So go for it, y'all, it's totally possible. And all my stuff that got picked up was first reviewed on this wonderful website. Under a bunch of identities, haha.

I haven't been active for a while, and I'll only symbolically active here from now on - suddenly there's so much to do... And yet - thank you YWS, thank you Nate, and thanks to all the members who ever helped me raise my level.

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AlfredSymon says...

Penguin seems to be very easy to contact...

Hmmm, do they publish
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Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:15 am
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pettybage says...

Here's a publisher list for people who want to have short books published. The first category is more or less respectable people accepting little books of around 10 000 words, or slightly more, or even less; the second category is for publishers accepting small books around 15K in length; the third category is for 20K.

That's for all you guys who don't want to jump into the mega novel writing trip yet, but feel you can write a bunch of tiny books which should be published.

ON PAYMENT - IMPORTANT: all the publishers listed pay royalties and do not take any money from the author. Never ever work with people who want to take money from you under any guise. Not 'for editing', not 'for copyright', not 'for design', not 'for marketing', not for anything.

Vanity publishing is for grannies who want the poems of their deceased husbands available to gift to relatives. Young Authors should steer clear of vanity publishers. Only ever work with people who pay you.

And once you have a few little things out with little non-vanity publishers - try to jump to the next level of agents and advance-paying publishers. Good luck to all.

P.S. Eight of my projects started here, of those five are already picked up, contracts and everything, two are still floating around, one will probably be cannibalized for something else.
Four short stories that appeared here first are published now as well.
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1. sci-fi and fant
2. ... lines.html
4. ... page&id=16 everything
5. all spec+myst+thriller+lit+crazy reprints
6. para; myst; sci-fi; fant
7. sci-fi; fant; steampunk
8. all spec + thrillers +YA
9. dark specs and thrillers DONE
10. horror
11. ... &Itemid=97 everything spec + YA + mystery, open Mar 2012
12. ... ss_002.htm all spec + crime + YA
13. horror
14. 10K and up sexy spec
15. all spec; horror
16. ... lines.aspx 5K and up all spec
17. ... 7a3f763e7e
18. ... l93j6c715&
20. ... &Itemid=44 7.5K and up
21. 5K and up
22. 5K and up
23. 5K and up
24. 2K and up
25. 10K and up, good earn out
26. 7K and up, romance male POV, good earn out
27. spec thriller 6K - 14K
28. ... &Itemid=97 3K and up, all spec.
29. ... lines.html 1K – 30K middlegrade
30. chapter books 5K – 25K
31. chapter books
32. ... formation/ 10K and up
33. romance spec 3K and up
34. 5K and up, sci-fi; 60K and up 
35. all lengths all spec
36. all lengths all spec
37. all spec up to 20

38. ... &chapter=0
39. sci-fi; fant; mystery; thrillers; YA
40. paranormal, sci-fi, urban, steampunk
41. ... sions.html 15K-100K urban fantasy
42. ... age=page_3 15K and up
43. 12K and up
44. ... 4gpvff8ve5
45. harlequin imprint, 15K and over, all spec
46. ... sions.html 15k and over all spec

47. urban fantasy
48. ... thors.html horror (Brian Keene)
49. ... &chapter=0
50. all speculative
51. novellas 18K and up
54. 20K and up, good earn out.
55. 18K and up female romance
56. 20K and up, good earn out
57. accept novellas, horror spec
58. horror 20K and up
59. novellas all spec

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Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:33 pm
Twinkle4ever says...

what is 'K'? is it KB?
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Rosendorn says...

K is usually thousand. 50K= 50,000. So, 20K= they'll publish something 20,000 words long.
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sherineahmed says...

thanks for your effort. this is really helpful but i have to ask how do you present your work to them do you have to write a book proposal ? and what is the fair average of the money given to the writer ? please reply

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Rosendorn says...

Whether or not you submit book proposals often depends on the publisher in question. Look into this yourself.

And, honestly, advances and payments can vary quite extensively depending on how well known you are, how much edits like the story, and the size of the publisher. There is no single "fair price" for a story.
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