FAQ

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What is Duck Prints Press?

Duck Prints Press is a small press independent publisher that works with fanfiction authors to put their original stories into print.

Are you only open to fanfiction authors? What if I don’t write fanfiction?

Our vision – our goal – our niche in the huge world is to work with fanfiction authors to publish their original works. As such, we only work with fanfiction authors. If you don’t write fanfiction and you’re looking for a publisher to work with that is as dedicated to working with L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ authors as we are, here is a list of other small presses focused works by queer authors about queer characters: https://blog.reedsy.com/lgbt-publishers/

Where are you based?

We are based in Schenectady, New York, USA. We have contributors from around the world.

Do you take unsolicited manuscripts?

No, and if you send them, we’ll be peeved. Repeat offenders may be permanently banned from working with us.

Are you a vanity press?

No. A vanity press takes payment from an author and, in exchange, publishes their work. That is not how we operate. Authors cannot get an “in” by paying us, nor by supporting our projects, purchasing works we sell, buying us ko-fis, or backing our Patreon. When we open submissions for future publications, the work of applicants will be reviewed “blind,” and no preference in selection will be given to people who offer us payment or back us (in fact, trying to bribe us could lead to being banned). When authors are selected for our anthologies, they are paid for their work by the word, and authors who publish their individual works with us are paid royalties.

I’m an author – how do I work with you?

Duck Prints Press is starting small by taking applications from fan-authors to contribute to anthologies, and we will initially only be working with authors who are involved in our anthologies. Once stories for an anthology are completed, if we’ve had a positive experience with an author, we will approach them about their interest in participating in future Duck Prints Press projects going forward, and if they wish to, we’ll form an agreement and proceed from there. At the moment, the only way to become a Duck Prints Press author is to apply to be a contributor in one of our anthologies.

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I’m not 18 yet but I’d like to get involved. What are my options?

While we’re not able to work with individuals under 18 for multiple reasons, we absolutely do want to encourage young writers – and when you do turn 18, you’re immediately eligible and we’d love to hear from you. As such, we recommend that you follow one (or more) of our social media accounts and/or sign up for our mailing list (you can find all our social media and our mailing list sign up on our Contacts Page). Also, we’d love to hear from you on some of our smaller events – for example, we host #drabbledaysaturday weekly on our Twitter, and there’s no age restriction on that, and we often put out calls for writing questions and such on our Tumblr. And keep writing! You’ll only improve in the meantime. We know how hard it is to wait, but don’t worry – when the time comes, we’ll still be here, and you’ll be ready.

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Once we’re in one Duck Prints Press anthology, what will be the process to be included in another in the future?

This is a really good question, and one we don’t have a solid answer to yet. Right now, we’re focused on producing our first anthology and making it as good as we can – we’ll start thinking about subsequent anthologies when we’re closer to done with this one. That said, in our future anthologies we’ll likely set aside some “writer slots” for people we’ve previously worked with and some for “new writers” who’ve not previously published with Duck Prints Press. The slots for those we’ve worked with will be distributed based on interest, availability, and, if there are more individuals interested than slots, we’ll probably use something like a lottery to keep things fair. It’s relatively unlikely that we’ll expect people to “reapply” as if they’ve never worked with us before, though we may decide that some anthologies are only for new-to-us authors.

Don’t let that get you down, though, because once authors have done an anthology with us – assuming things go well, and all involved parties want to continue a professional relationships – you will be invited and encouraged to speak with us about publishing other original work of your creation. That can be anything from a drabble a day to the epic multi-novel series of your dreams – or non-fiction, or poetry, or children’s books, or, or, or. We’re a multi-genre publisher. Once authors join us, our base premise is we want to publish what you want to write. So even if you’re not in others of our anthologies, you’re in Duck Prints Press, and you’ll definitely have opportunities to publish with us.

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Can I hire someone from Duck Prints Press to help me with editing, art, manuscript formatting, beta-reading, or other writing-related services?

At the moment, no, but we are hoping to be able to offer these services at hourly and/or by-the-project rates in the near future. This is separate from publishing with us: hourly/per-project rates are for individuals who don’t wish to publish their novel under our imprint – whether their goal is to self-publish or to work with another press or agent. Those who publish under our imprint do not need to pay for editing, formatting, or other parts of the publishing process – Duck Prints Press is paid for our part of bringing the novel to market when we take our share of the sales price.

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How are authors paid?

Anthology contributors are paid by the word. Authors who publish stand-alone short stories, novellas, and novels with us are paid royalties on sales of the manuscript. We are not able to pay royalties to anthology contributors, because of the accounting acrobatics required, and we’re not able at this time to pay an up-front amount for a novel or other work, because we don’t yet have the capital. We are not able to publish novels at the moment, but when we start doing so, we hope to be able to pay authors between 80% and 90% of the cover price. Exactly how much we’ll be able to pay can’t be projected because it depends on budgetary factors we can’t be predicted until we see how we grow over the next six months to year. (For comparison, most self-publishing platforms pay 70% to 75%).

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Where will books produced by Duck Prints Press be available?

Post-publication, books we publish by only one author are only available on the Duck Prints Press website. We also sell our anthologies on Amazon. Many of our works will be funded with crowd-sourcing, and as such will be available for pre-order before publication to people who back our campaigns.

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I’m a different type of creator, such as an artist, and I’m interested in getting involved. How can I work with you?

Right now, you can’t. Ultimately, we hope to be able to recruit other types of creators and to publish art books, audio books, and a range of types of media. However, at the moment, this is beyond our capacity. We’ll be outreaching to individuals we know and who have the skills required. We appreciate your interest, and we hope in the future we’ll be able to work with you! Feel free to follow one of our social media accounts so that when we are ready, you’ll be among the first to know!

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I’m interested in applying to one of your anthologies – does it matter what type of fanworks I’ve created or what fandoms I’ve created for?

No. When we put out calls for submissions, we welcome all fanwork creators regardless of what fandom, ship, or type of fanfiction they’ve written. Poetry, twitfics, song fics, self-inserts, and other types of fanwork also all qualify. As long as the minimum requirements outlined in the submission call are met, and the works fit under the broad umbrella of being fanfiction, you can apply. 

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How often does Duck Prints Press publish anthologies?

Since we’re brand new, we’re starting with one, and “how often” is a question for after we’ve seen how the first goes. However, ultimately we hope to publish either two or four a year on a regular schedule, or we might switch to a “periodical” model for publishing short stories. How exactly we’ll proceed depends on many factors we can’t predict yet. You can learn more about our first anthology here!

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What types of original works does Duck Prints Press publish?

Currently, we are only doing narrow, targeted fiction anthologies, and works by our founding staff. However, as we grow and as writers join Duck Prints Press as collaborative members, we will be publishing any works these individuals wish to publish any genre of fiction, including romance, literary fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, other genre works, erotica, and poetry. Works can be of any length, drabble through epic, and will be priced accordingly. We will also consider publishing non-fiction, if that’s a direction that our authors wish to go.

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What eBook formats do you offer?

We offer all works in PDF, ePub and Mobi. If there proves to be a demand for other formats, we would consider expanding our options.

Do you offer print-on-demand services? Do you sell print books through your website?

At this time, no. Print copies of our anthologies and other projects will only be available to backers of our crowd-funding campaigns. We may have a few extra copies that we retain for giveaways and/or rewards, but otherwise, if you want a print copy you’ll need to purchase one through our campaigns when they run.

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What forms of payment can you take?

Paypal, Venmo, and the following credit cards: American Express, Discover Card, Diners Card, Mastercard, Visa, Click to Pay, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Microsoft Pay.

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How do you price stories and books?

In the interest of transparency and fairness, we’ve standardized how we price books, as follows (all prices are in US dollars):

  • Drabbles, micro-fiction and flash-fiction (up to 1,000 words): 25 cents
  • (Very) short stories (1,001 to 3,000 words): 50 cents
  • Short stories (3,001 to 7,500 words): 99 cents
  • Novelettes (7,501 to 20,000 words): $1.99
  • Novellas (20,001 to 50,000 words): $3.99
  • Novels (50,001 to 100,000 words): $4.99
  • (Long) Novels (100,001 to 150,000 words): $5.99
  • Epics (150,001 words to 200,000 words): $6.99
  • (Even longer) epics: add $1 per 50,000 words.

In addition to these base prices, for novellas, novels, and epics, the price is $1 higher for the first three months of it’s release – a premium for earlier access, if you well, before the story reverts to our standard pricing scale. So, a new release novella would be $4.99, a new release novel $5.99, etc.

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This all sounds like an amazing idea and I want to help support you, but I’ve already bought your available books or they don’t interest me – is there another way I can fiscally support you?

Yes! You can buy us a ko-fi, back us on Patreon, or buy our merchandise on RedBubble! Visit us on those sites to learn more about what rewards we can offer to people who support us.

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Are you affiliated with Carnation Books? How about with Big Bang Press?

No, we’re not, though they have a similar mission to us. If supporting small presses that work with fanfiction authors on publishing original fiction sounds like something you’d like to support, you could check them out, too! And Big Bang Press is…something…but no, we have no relationship with the people who were involved in that project.

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