Opening Access for Authors
Publerati was founded in 2011 with the goal of opening up access for writers of excellent fiction who may be frustrated attempting to find an agent or publisher. We offer writers flexibility in that we can represent you as an agent and attempt to sell your book to large publishers, and if we don't succeed, then we will publish your work through our own imprint. We only take on authors whose novels we want to publish, but our contract allows us to represent you as a literary agent as well should you want to approach other publishers first via Publerati. The choice is yours.
We exclusively represent and publish fiction. Most publishers will ask for novels that are "like something else," whereas we are mostly interested in novels that are unique. A great example of this is Ellen Cooney's wonderful novel Thanksgiving.
We operate as a traditional publisher in that we are only paid when the author is paid, operating on a royalty basis. There are no charges for anything upfront, and we make author copies available to authors at a discount for promotional purposes.
Unlike traditional publishers, who pay 10-15% royalties on print book sales and 25% for ebooks, we pay 20% for print and 40% for ebooks. We do not publish hardcovers, which helps us focus on pricing our trade paperbacks and ebooks at prices that make sense for readers, typically ten dollars more for a paperback edition than the ebook.
We only publish fiction and are highly selective. We accept submissions directly from authors or agents and are not interested in romance, horror, or thrillers. We make every effort to provide substantive feedback on all submissions received and do our best to respond within two months, if not sooner. Please make submissions on this page.
All titles are designed in a branded look with the goal of communicating the larger social purpose of Publerati. We hope more people will read our titles, knowing that a portion of all sales is going to help spread literacy via the Worldreader Organization. Learn how you can help
We are in no great rush to pump out lots of titles. We feel bad for authors whose works come and go rapidly and prefer to provide a sustained effort to promote our books over a period of many years. New and midlist authors, in particular, need a level of commitment not always possible in a conglomerate publishing company releasing thousands of titles per year.
Editing fiction is one of the most difficult and satisfying artistic challenges. We invest as much time as necessary to ensure our books reflect the highest editorial standards. We understand the nuances of preparing manuscripts for ebook publication through all the major resellers, as well as for the Espresso Print-on-Demand machine, which is in the early years of its promising retail rollout. We release our ebooks through the Overdrive library system and for free on phones and licensed tablets provided by the Worldreader literacy program. You can read author testimonials here.
We encourage everyone interested in writing better fiction to read these books:
13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley
The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner
What If? by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter
Writers On Writing Series
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