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It is a great time to be alive. If you are an author. Or if you like binge-watching TV shows. Also, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Social media is great too. When it’s not being cruel and vindictive. In it’s nicer moments, it can help you connect with your peers. Oh, and independent publishers. Thanks to them, traditional publishing is no longer the only path to writing success.

Of course, modern technology means authors today have to pound away at keyboards. Long gone are the days of scratching at parchments with a quill. Other things have changed, too. Author incomes have dwindled. There has been a general decline in reading around the world. Those who do read want you to write for them. However, they do not wish to pay you for it.

Still, silver linings. What do money and means of writing, or indeed living, really matter? As long as we can tell our stories to the world, right?

Enter, the independent publisher. The unsung hero of the writing world.

Opportunities at Hand

Love and passion for the craft is what it’s all about in the end, or so one hopes. Fortunately, such is true of a number of publishers who – and many of whom are authors themselves – run small, independent presses.

They provide a wide variety of stellar publishing opportunities to both new and established authors. Helped along by the advent of print-on-demand platforms, they have made it easier than ever for aspiring authors to have their work published.

In most cases, they make little to no profit, and yet they toil away, often bearing expenses out of pocket, all for the love of a good story. A lot of the opportunities they offer, therefore, only pay in exposure and an addition to your writing resumes.

There are, however, a range of paid opportunities available as well, where you can earn direct cash, royalties over time, and some remarkably innovative forms of compensation.

Recently, I have had the immense privilege of working with, and having my stories accepted by, some of the publishers you will find in the list to follow. There are those also on the list to whom I hope to submit a story or two soon. While I may not have worked with them personally, not yet, they do come highly recommended by fellow authors and friends.

So without any further ado whatsoever, here is a list of independent publishers to whom you should consider sending your work:

Clarendon House Publications

The brainchild of Grant Hudson, Clarendon House nurtures authors in a way few, if any, other publishing companies can claim. They published a dozen anthologies in 2018, and plan to do the same this year. Grant has also created a vibrant, engaged community of authors through The Inner Circle Writers’ Group on Facebook. I would personally encourage all authors to join the group if you haven’t already. The help, support, and encouragement you find there is truly incredible. Oh, and the group has its own monthly magazine which offers even more publishing opportunities.

Why You Should Submit

From Their Website: “Clarendon House anthologies at present do not pay, but each accepted author receives a free e-copy of the complete anthology upon publication.

Inner Circle Writers’ Group anthologies each have a competition, in which the readers vote for the best story in each volume. The author of the best story in each volume is then offered an opportunity to publish a collection of his or her short stories with Clarendon House Publications – upon which royalties are paid. Accepted authors therefore have a path to becoming paid authors.”

Need I say more? I don’t think I could give you a reason to submit more eloquently than Grant himself has done.

Zombie Pirate Publishing

From Their Website: “Zombie Pirate Publishing was founded in a small Australian backyard in 2017 with an aim to creating opportunities for authors all around the world.”

Owned and run by Adam Bennett and Sam M. Phillips, Zombie Pirate Publishing has released eight [8] anthologies at the time of writing, with a 9th currently open for submissions. They too have created a vibrant online community through their Facebook group, where they have recently announced a paid novelette writing contest.

Why You Should Submit

While they do not currently pay for submissions, they do run a Patreon page where they hope to raise enough funds to start paying contributing authors. The anthologies they publish feature amazing stories from a range of talented authors, and the submissions calls are always fun. Adam and Sam are excellent editors, in addition to being wonderful storytellers themselves. They are easy to work with, respond promptly, and are always willing to help.

Black Hare Press

Dean Kershaw and his team have, over these past few months, taken the world of independent publishing by storm. They offer a unique pathway whereby you have to be published in at least one of their drabble anthologies to be eligible for their paid and/or royalty-shared anthologies. The first drabble anthology is due to be released on 25th June, 2019 with the rest to follow in the months to come.

Why You Should Submit

Black Hare Press have a highly professional team, always ready to help and support contributing authors. They have a range of projects in the pipeline which I feel certain I’m not allowed to divulge but which have me gloriously excited. Furthermore, they invite submissions for paid drabbles which are posted online on their website.

Fantasia Divinity Magazine & Publishing

From Their Website: “We are dedicated to spreading great stories and strive to offer quality, and friendly services for authors everywhere. Although we are small, we want to give both readers and writers the experience they deserve.”

The founder, Madeline L. Stout, is an excellent editor, and has put together a wonderful team who have released a number of anthologies and novellas already, with dozens more to come this year and beyond.

Why You Should Submit

Fantasia Divinity offer a multitude of publishing opportunities, including short stories/novelettes in anthologies, and individual novellas and novels. Compensation offered varies with each submissions call for anthologies. They do not require you to hire an agent for novel queries.

To Be Continued …


Read: A Review of ‘Getting Your Short Stories Published – A Guidebook’ by Steve Carr


Stay Tuned for Part 2 of this post where you will discover even more independent publishers. While you wait, please do not forget to like, comment, and share.


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