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2014 CONS

Guidelines

CURRENTLY READING FOR...

Nothing at the moment. PLEASE DO NOT QUERY OR SUBMIT ANYTHING except what we say we are reading for on this page. Your book or story is not the exception. We do not read often, and our submissions windows are small because we are swamped with excellent material each and every time we open.

If you are interested in submitting to our press, then buy our books so that you have a good idea what we publish — and keep checking this page!

AUTHOR GUIDELINES

ALL SUBMISSIONS
We usually only accept manuscripts that have not been previously published. There have been a few exceptions, so if you have a previously published manuscript that you think we might be interested in, query first and be sure to include where and when the story or novel first appeared.

NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS
We respond to queries within two weeks and to manuscripts within three months. If we're going to take longer, we will contact you and let you know why so that you can decide at that time what you want to do.

We almost always make editorial comments on manuscripts whether we accept them or not. The advice is free; take it or leave it.

NO EMAIL / ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS
Your original submission should always be hard copy unless the editor requests otherwise. Yard Dog Press does not take electronic submissions in any form.

CHAPBOOKS
We are usually looking for tight, well written, novella-length books in the sci-fi, horror and fantasy genres. We will consider other genres – query first with a synopsis--when we say we're open. From 15,000 to 20,000 words. We are looking for the out-of-the-ordinary. Basically, if it's the type of thing that one of the major publishing houses would take, we probably don't want it.

Advance in copies, pays 50% of net profit in royalties. Depending upon length and potential market, these novellas may be published as staple-bound (trade-paper back size) editions first. With a good potential market and a longer length, or with excellent staple-bound sales, we will go with a perfect bound trade paperback edition with a four color glossy cover.

ANTHOLOGIES
We read for at least one anthology per year. Watch this page and the News page for updates. In the meantime, if you want a better chance of getting into the anthologies, buy and read our books.

PREFERRED SUBMISSION FORMAT

Please note that we are perfectly serious about the following three no-nos:

All submissions must be in a fairly standard manuscript format. Please follow the requirements below:

Then skip ten or twelve lines and type your title (centered) with your by-line directly under the title. No fancy fonts — just type it.

Double space, set alignment to left or justify and start your text. Remember — double space the text.

ARTIST GUIDELINES

Honestly, we have so many great artists working for us that we really are not actively looking for new artists. If you are still interested, read all of the information below before contacting us.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
No porn or hate subject matter, please! We have nothing against nudity when appropriate, but we're not into exploitation or promotion of hate and violence.

We usually only accept artwork that has been created specifically for our particular publications. Exceptions may occur, however, so if you have completed artwork that you think we might be interest in, let us see it and we'll talk.

HOW TO GET US TO LOOK AT YOUR WORK
If you see us at a convention, show us your portfolio or drag us to see your panels in the Art Show, and give us your card. We WILL remember you, and will contact you when and if a project comes up that would match your style.

If you don't see us at conventions, but have a web site with your art, contact us and give us your web address. We'll add you to our list of prospective artists.

If you don’t see us at conventions AND you don’t have a web site, send us a few good examples of your artwork — a brochure would be excellent. We just need to see the style and quality of your work. We'll add you to our list, and maybe a project will match your style.

COVER ARTWORK

CHAP BOOKS
We are always looking for cover art for these novella-length books in the sci-fi, horror and fantasy genres.

Advance is $10.00 plus one copy of the book when published. Pays royalties of 25¢ per book sold — no royalties on books given as advance or for purpose of review. Publisher has the right to use the artwork on as many copies of the work as deemed appropriate without any further compensation other than royalties, but the artist retains all other rights to artwork, including the unconditional right to re-sell the artwork.

PERFECT BOUND TRADE PAPERBACK NOVELS AND ANTHOLOGIES
These are full-color pieces with room left for title and by-line, or with title and by-line included, depending upon the project.

Advance is $25.00 plus one copy of the book when published. Pays royalties of 50¢ per book sold — no royalties on books given as advance or for purpose of review. Publisher has the right to use the artwork on as many copies of the work as deemed appropriate without any further compensation other than royalties, but the artist retains all other rights to artwork, including the unconditional right to re-sell the artwork.

INTERIOR ARTWORK

Interior artwork usually consists of several — up to 15 or 20 — line drawings that can be reproduced in gray scale or as a b&w bitmap.

Advance is $25.00 plus one copy of the book when published if interior art is done by an artist other than the cover artist. If this is the cover artist, then you already have a copy of the book, and you don't get another — sorry. Pays royalties of 50¢ per book sold (yep, if you do the cover AND the interior, you get $1.00 per book sold). No royalties on books given as advance or for purpose of review. Publisher has the right to use the artwork in as many copies of the work as deemed appropriate without any further compensation other than royalties, but the artist retains all other rights to artwork, including the unconditional right to re-sell the artwork.


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