The Puppet Press
is a private publisher. We are not a vanity press. This is
not a self-publishing site. We publish, and plan to keep publishing,
only what interests us. Since we have a broad range of interests,
one could categorize what we publish under "miscellaneous
We do not pay advances.
We are digital publishers - not print or audio publishers.
We welcome new
writers, experimental styles, short story collections, techie
books, how-to manuals and guides, romance novels, science
fiction, cookbooks, kids' books, etc. and so on. If a book
doesn't interest us, we won't read it. And if we don't read
it, we won't publish it. These are some of the topics that
DO NOT interest us: overt propaganda of any sort, pornography,
and writing of any kind that promotes hatred, abuse, or violence
against any person or any group of people.
We are woefully
lacking in foreign language skills. Therefore, we can only
read stuff written in English.
We don't charge
you a fee to consider your work for publishing on Puppet Press.
We therefore don't promise we'll get to your submission within
what you might consider a reasonable amount of time, that
we'll read the entire submission (or any of it), or that we'll
publish it. We will make every effort to let you know what
our decision is as soon as we can. Do NOT call us.
This is the way
it works: if we decide we like your manuscript (short story,
novel, novella, non-fiction book, non-fiction article ...
you get the idea) well enough to put the time an effort into
formatting it for publication and building web pages to promote
it, and we can come to an agreement with you, we'll publish
your book and split the net revenue 50-50. Net revenue works
out to be the price of your work minus the cost of the transaction
(usually about 30 cents plus 2% of the price - which goes
to the payment processor - not to us).
You grant us exclusive
rights to publish your submission digitally - as an electronic
work only - for whatever time period we agree upon (generally
at least a year). You retain the copyright and rights to your
work, and you retain the right to publish your work in print,
audio, or any other format EXCEPT as a digital work (internet
publication, web book, electronic book, eBook, e-zine article,
etc.) If we accept your work for publishing, you are responsible
for providing the complete work in the digital format we agree
upon, for getting it edited professionally if necessary, and
for proofreading the final copy before we launch it. We will
work with you on selecting an appropriate excerpt to make
available, on the "cover" art, and on reaching an
acceptable selling price.
must have completed
the work youre sending us. No proposals or works-in-progress.
You must hold the rights to your work.
communicating via email. You must have a working email address
and check it once in a while.
submissions via email (email@example.com).
You can compress the file (zip it) if you like, but use a
standard zipping tool such as WinZip.
If it is too large to email, you can mail it on diskette,
either a standard floppy or on a zip disk - but formatted
for PCs ONLY. Disks will not be returned.
only in MS Word (97 or below), rtf, or html if unable to provide
MS Word. Use a standard font such as Times New Roman. Dont
send it in text or PDF and dont use fancy formats. Submit
the manuscript as one document. Give your document the same
title (abbreviated in a way that makes sense if necessary)
as the book; dont call it "Novel.doc" or "Book.doc."
us your manuscript in printed format if for some reason you
must, but it will not be returned. If you don't include submission
information as outlined below
and a way for us to contact you via email, we'll just
hand the document to Ginger, our file clerk in charge of dealing
with stuff we don't want to deal with.
us material thats simultaneously submitted to a zillion
other publishers. We'll try to respond within three months,
but that becomes impossible if we waste our time reading material
that later gets pulled because another publisher accepted
your manuscript is edited and polished. A manuscript full
of errors might be rejected simply because it means we have
to do too much extra work to get it ready for publication.
Use your computers spelling and grammar checker, buy
a dictionary, consult reference books like Strunk & Whites
The Elements of Style available online or in any bookstore
must show notes and references within brackets beginning immediately
after the reference: blah blah blah [1. Footnote reference
etc.] more words.
as an attachment to an email. Every submission
must include your full name, pseudonym if used, address and
a brief synopsis outlining the manuscripts style, subject,
content, or genre and intended audience (make us WANT to read
your submission). The email address for submissions is firstname.lastname@example.org.