About StoneThread Publishing
Note: StoneThread Publishing is not accepting submissions at this time.
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.
- 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.
- Our authors receive larger royalties. Whereas traditional print publishers pay 15 to 25% royalty on ebooks, we pay 45% royalty or higher. (See our StoneThread Publishing Royalties).
- In addition to selected novels and nonfiction, we actively seek and publish novellas and collections of short fiction.
Download a sample of our Publishing Agreement
- If you submit your work to StoneThread Publishing and we accept it, we will consider your input, but 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.
- Past tense is the natural voice of narrative. Manuscripts presented in present tense narrative will be rejected out of hand. (Note: Present-tense narrative is not the same thing as first-person narrative, in which a character is also the narrator.)
- When you submit a manuscript to us for publication, we assume (and much prefer) it’s polished and ready to go. Manuscripts rife with spelling or punctuation errors and manuscripts in which the narrator is an unnecessary nuisance (e.g., narrator using the sense verbs, narrator using stood or sat or gave as a throw-away verb, narrator telling the reader what the characters say instead of letting the characters speak in dialogue for themselves, narrator taking over the story with present-tense narrative, etc.) will be rejected out of hand.
- 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″ or .30″. 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″ or .30″. 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.)
- AVOID USING ALL CAPS (except radio station call signs, etc.), 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 To Create a Concise Synopsis)
- Title of the Book (Synopsis)
- Author Name
- Genre(s) or Category(ies)
- The first paragraph should consist of no more than 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 has eerily mimicked her own. And now, like the victim, Character first or last name has a killer on her trail as well. The first time you mention a major character the name should be in ALL UPPERCASE. The rest of the time it should be capitalized normally. Every time you mention the title of the book it should be in ALL UPPERCASE.
- Beginning with the second paragraph, tell us the story of the book. The synopsis should introduce each main character and talk a bit about each major plot point or turning point, and that’s all. Avoid bogging down your synopsis with unnecessarily detailed description. Despite what any of the writers’ manuals recommend, a synopsis need not be a certain length. If one page is enough, that’s fine. If it goes longer, that’s fine too.
- Please use Times New Roman 12 point font and 1” margins all around.
- Please use 1.5 line spacing and indent the first line of each paragraph (use the paragraph formatting dialogue box) by .20” or .25” or .30″. Please do not put an extra space between paragraphs.
- Most importantly, remember that your synopsis is also your interview. It showcases your ability to write. Make sure it’s clean and that it represents your best writing effort. If your synopsis is rife with spelling errors or wrong words (He through the ring into the bayou) chances are we won’t read your manuscript.
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