Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Submitting to Black and White


Today, I’m going to go over what publishing with Black and White will look like. For starters, we’re publishing exclusively in *Ubooks. We’re the only ones who can, so why not? What this means for you: The stories you submit can be ones that are already published, as long as you hold the necessary rights. We aren’t looking to compete with standard books/ebooks; in fact, we’ll be happy to post a link at the end of the Ubook to sites where the reader can purchase those other formats. 

What we’re looking for: Really, really good stories. Genre doesn’t matter, although it should be noted here that we’re Christians (aka we prefer clean romance to erotica). Length doesn’t matter either. You’re welcome to submit short stories, flash fiction; whatever. Ubooks are published a chapter at a time, so series are great. Shorter chapters are better, just based on the reader’s preference we’ve seen so far. Also, because of that, stories done in Ubook format will be streamlined. Think Reader’s Digest versions. If, as people get used to this format, reader’s preference changes that will be revised.

Why would I want to submit to Black and White? We work closely with our authors, getting their input on font, backgrounds, and music choices. Basically, we see our authors as partners. And why not? The story originated in them, they should have say in the finished product.  

If you’re offering Ubooks for free, how do they make money? Simple. Just like Pandora is to music, this is to books. The reader can view the Ubook for free, but only after viewing a commercial. The more times the Ubook is viewed, the more income is generated.

So, how much will I make? Royalties will work like this: For children’s books, the author will receive 25% gross of all income received, the illustrator will receive the same.  For works without illustrations, the author will receive 40% gross. The sky is the limit here. The more views, the more money you can make, so, needless to say, promotion is important and needs to be an ongoing group effort.

How do I submit? Black and White will be open to submissions beginning May first; come back here that day for the link to our new site.

We look forward to seeing what you’ve got.