About StoneThread Publishing
StoneThread is a traditional, royalty paying epublishing company. A few points:
- We publish only those works on which we’re proud to put our company name. If we accept your work, it will be showcased among other excellent works.
- We publish only electronic books, but we publish them in all electronic formats and distribute them to all major ebook vendors in over 90 nations worldwide. NOTE: If print publication is of primary importance to you, or if you would prefer to have one publisher who handles both print and ebook publication, please do not submit your manuscript to us.
- Like any traditional publisher, we provide proofreading, eformatting, cover design and all other integral parts of the publishing process at no charge. We also are the only publisher who does this, subsidy or otherwise. Consider
- Subsidy publishers charge a “setup” fee and other fees for services, including layout, cover design, etc.
- Even the so-called “traditional” print publishers charge authors for formatting, layout and cover design by keeping most of the royalty for themselves and paying only a pittance.
Download a sample of our Publishing Agreement
- First, if you submit your work to StoneThread Publishing and we accept it, we will consider your input, but like any other traditional publisher anywhere, to protect both our own reputation and the reputation of our authors, we must retain artistic control over editing, formatting, layout and cover design. If you cannot agree to this stipulation, please do not submit your manuscript to us. Thanks for your consideration.
- When you submit a manuscript to us for publication, we assume it’s polished and ready to go. If you believe your manuscript needs to be edited or if you aren’t sure, we recommend sending it to our partner at HarveyStanbrough.com first for a free sample edit. The editing service at HarveyStanbrough.com is owned by the same guy but it’s completely separate of StoneThread Publishing.
- Receiving an edit or a proofread from HarveyStanbrough.com or any other source neither implies nor guarantees acceptance for publication. Likewise, you do not have to have your manuscript edited through HarveyStanbrough.com in order to achieve publication through StoneThread Publishing.
- Publication with StoneThread neither implies nor guarantees the marketablility or sales of your book. It just means that we believe in you and your manuscript. We will do our best to market and sell your work, but as is the case with almost all publishers today, you will have to do much of the marketing and publicity yourself. Our role as the publisher is to support you in that endeavor.
(Download a PDF copy of this Style Tipsheet.)
(Note: Formatting your manuscript as follows is not required for submission. It just makes it a little easier to read. However, please do pay particular attention to items 4 – 8 below.)
- Original manuscripts should be 1.5 spaced in 12 point Times New Roman.
- The first line of each paragraph should be indented by .20″. Use the paragraph formatting tool, not the tab bar.
- In any long passages that are being read silently (journal or diary entries, letters, etc.)the overall section should be block indented by .40″ and the first line of each paragraph should be indented by .20″. Remember that the greeting and signature would be all the way to the left (block indented but not first-line indented). Again, use the paragraph formatting tool, not the tab bar.
- The overall title of the work should be in bold font attribute and centered.
- Any chapter or section titles should be in bold font attribute and left-justified.
- At the end of a chapter, hit Enter twice and begin the next chapter. (Don’t use page breaks or otherwise force each chapter to begin on its own page. That’s for print publication layout, and even then it’s the layout artist’s job, not the writer’s.)
- NOTHING IN THE MANUSCRIPT SHOULD BE IN ALL CAPS (unless you have something like a television or radio station’s call sign, e.g. WBAP or KTLA, that typically appears in all caps), and nothing should be in bold font attribute except as indicated above.
- Don’t use drop caps, page or text borders, rules (lines) or any other special layout formatting.
- Use quotation marks only to indicate spoken dialogue.
- Use italics to indicate unspoken thought, including anything short that a character is reading silently (brief notes, signs, and so on). You may also use italics (sparingly, please) to indicate emphasis. (Most often, emphasis comes from context.)
To Create a Concise Synopsis, Follow This Format:
(Download a PDF copy of this Concise Synopsis Format)
- Title of the Book (Synopsis)
- Author Name
- Genre(s) or Category(ies)
- The first paragraph should consist of no more than a sentence to a few sentences to convey the core of your book. (For example, Title of Book is about CHARACTER NAME, a smart, attractive female detective who encounters a murder victim whose life is eerily similar to her own.)
- Beginning with the second paragraph, introduce each main character and talk a little bit about each major turning point or major plot point in the book. Don’t bog down your synopsis with unnecessarily detailed description.
- Please use Times New Roman 12 point font.
- Please use 1.5 line spacing and indent the first line of each paragraph (use the paragraph formatting dialogue box) by .20″.
- In the synopsis, the title of the book should always be in uppercase.
- In the synopsis, the first time you mention a major character the name should be in uppercase.
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