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Fireborn Publishing

Fireborn

Fireborn Publishing is a new experiment in publishing.

First… Take a team of industry professionals, who have worked for multiple indie presses. Make the department heads partners in the business. Give them autonomy, within the limits of their budgets, the ability to set the standard for the high quality they’ve wanted to see in the products we offer. Support each other fully and discuss all major concerns, no less than monthly. Moreover, offer the staff a small percentage of net sales, in addition to a modest salary, to make them active partners in the success of the business. Success means investing in the business first and raises for the staff secondary.

Then… Agree to be as responsive as we can be to concerns of staff, readers, and authors. Whether owner-staff ultimately decide the idea proposed is workable or unworkable, every suggestion will be given due consideration.

Finally… Build the business with the long-term aim of cooperative community as part of the matrix.

Our Mission Statement… We intend to be the best publisher we can be. We will deal fairly with our authors and our readers, be responsive, and offer the best product we can, at reasonable prices. Fireborn Publishing is a staff-owned business with a cooperative mindset. The collective owners will put the authors first, the growth of the company and reader relationship second, and ourselves last.

Submissions are open!

  • Royalty rate: 40% for new-to-us authors, 50% for authors with 3 or more works with us
  • Length of contract: two years with automatic renewal

What do we take?:
Romantic and/or tragic love stories, romance, and erotic works

  • All pairings (MM, MF, FF, and ménage. Sorry, no MF genre fiction at this time)
  • All subgenres
  • Lengths from 5000 words and up

Author handbooks available at this link: http://www.firebornpublishing.com/Authors.html

Submissions page (and guidelines): http://www.firebornpublishing.com/Submissions.html

Sample contract available at this link: http://www.firebornpublishing.com/AuthorContractSAMPLE40.pdfhttp://www.firebornpublishing.com/AuthorContractSAMPLE40.pdf

As a bonus, we’ve invited authors submitting to us to give us their free reads to post and spotlight. It’s a good way for readers to get to know our authors and their work without financial risk. Remember that these are not technically Fireborn books, but we encourage our authors to build their audience however we can, and that includes helping them distribute their free reads, when we can.

Website:          www.firebornpublishing.com
Store:               www.firebornpublishing.com/store
Blog:               firebornpublishing.blogspot.com

Fireborn Publishing editor Alison Todd will be attending Queermance and you can meet her and talk all things Fireborn at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea.

Alison Todd: Editor

AlisonTodd

Alison discovered a talent for editing when her health prevented her from working on a regular, scheduled basis. Since May 2010, she has have worked as an Editor, Editor in Chief, and Acquisitions Editor, and currently works as an editor (content/body and line/copy) both for Fireborn Publishing and on a freelance basis. She also write reviews for Top 2 Bottom reviews in an attempt to give back to the industry and lower her monthly expenditure on books, which her sister, who she lives with, thinks is far too high. As well as meeting up regularly with fellow MM readers in Melbourne, she is a semi-active part of AQRM (Australasian Queer Romance Meets).

Her reading habits are extremely varied, although at the moment she is mostly focused on the M/M genre and has recently begun to enjoy F/F and trans*. If you put a book in front of her, no matter the genre, it is almost certain she will at least take a look at the blurb. If pressed for an answer, she would say her favourite genres are science fiction, paranormal, futuristic and fantasy.

Alison will be representing Fireborn Publishing at the Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea on Sunday.

You can find Alison on Facebook, Twitter @AToddMann, and on LinkedIn.

Feb 27

Panel: Giving Birth – The Art of Getting Published

BookMaking

11:45AM Saturday 22nd March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Featuring Lindy Cameron, owner and publisher at Clan Destine Press), Jacob Coates, owner and publisher at Jaffa Books and Alison Todd, editor at Rooster and Pig and former editor in chief and acquisitions editor at Silver Publishing. Hosted by author Nicolas G. Frank.

Publishing it is said (although they never say by whom) is a lot like childbirth. Inspiration is easy to come by, exciting, fun and just like sex, it’s a bit transient. Work takes time to gestate and form, and while you bask in the warm glow of impending artist-hood, you also run around trying to set up the nursery. Do you have an ABN? Do you even need one? What about professional editing? 

Of course, all analogies can only go so far. To even get to childbirth you have to keep working, refining, redrafting and getting past the gatekeepers of taste known as Acquisition Editors. Of course, some people have no problems getting past the slush pile. Some people know how to write a submissions query. And some are on the other end reaching for the wine glass as they wade through yet another letter about someone’s pride and joy and willing the story they’re about to read to be worth risking money on…

We bring together three of the people on the other side of the slush pile to answer your questions on just what it takes to get published, and what publishing houses are actually looking for.