Resources

Creating and curating an extensive list of art, writing, design, and other resources is outside the scope of what Duck Prints Press is able to do. For general resources, we recommend you follow us on one or more of our social media accounts, where we often post about or share resources we’ve found helpful. Here, we present a collection of resources we use internally to help us run Duck Prints Press and that we thought would be helpful for transparency purposes, to help creators who work with us, and to do our part to help ensure that people who are working in similar fields to us don’t have to “reinvent the wheel.”

List of resources provided here:

Duck Prints Press LLC Press Kit

Our Press press kit includes information about DPP, links to access media assets, how to contact us, upcoming events, and detailed profiles of our anthologies, novellas, and novels.

Duck Prints Press Advance Reader Program

Helping grow interest in our publications requires a robust, active group of people posting reviews for our short stories, novelettes, novellas, novels, and anthologies – and that’s where you come in! We’re looking for readers to post reviews to Goodreads, Storygraph, our webstore, and elsewhere – both of unpublished stories (e-book advance reader copies) and of existing stories. Read up on the Advance Reader Program and, if you’re interested, submit your application to become an advanced reader today!

The Fandom Lexicon

Fandom has it’s own, unique vocabulary that can vary from platform to platform and fandom to fandom, and that has changed over time. The many fans, young and old, in Duck Prints Press have pooled our knowledge and experience to assemble a fandom lexicon with brief definitions of many terms and links to additional resources. A work in progress: we are currently adding letters to the lexicon weekly.

Controlled Vocabulary

We use a controlled vocabulary to ensure that we tag stories consistently. Similar to the tags used on Archive of Our Own and some other platforms, this two-tiered system enables us to thoroughly label our content so that people can more easily find media to their taste and avoid things they’d rather not read. Note that, while we do post and tag explicit works, you will not be exposed to related tags if you click this link – the not-safe-for-work kink tag list is on a separate page, linked from this page.

Duck Prints Press Official Style Guide

A compilation of weird grammar rules, common spelling and grammar issues, instances where we deviate from the Chicago Manual of Style standard usages, our preferred document formatting specifications, and much, much more! Our editors use this guide to help make decisions and to save time – now you can use it too!

Duck Prints Press Free Zine

Starting in fall, 2023, we are semi-regularly releasing a zine with information about the Press, story excerpts, and more. View the current zine, or download past ones, here!

Current Submission Review Rubric for Author Applicants

We use a rubric to review all applications we received from authors. For transparency purposes, we make this rubric available publicly. You can review the current (as of spring, 2023) version of that rubric here!

Single- or Co-Author Story Submission Guidelines

For authors who have established a relationship with Duck Prints Press (by contributing to our anthologies, completing one or more stories for our Patreon, etc.) are encouraged to work with us to publish their original fiction! For these individuals with whom we’ve worked before, we’ve written up guidelines on what we’re looking for, our publishing capacity, what we can offer, and what we expect. DUCK PRINTS PRESS IS NOT OPEN TO UNSOLICITED MANUSCRIPTS. This document is shared publicly as a courtesy; people who contact us with unsolicited works risk being permanently banned from working with the Press.

Past Newsletters: General Audiences

Past editions of our “General Interest” newsletter. (You can sign up to this mailing list here!)

Past Newsletters: Explicit

Past editions of our “Explicit” newsletter. (You can sign up to this mailing list here!)

Sample Contracts

To help people considering working with us know what to expect, we’ve made samples of the contracts we use available to the public. These contracts outline rights assignments, payment, copyright, and other legalities. The following samples are currently available:

Author Contract Samples:

  • Author Contract: Anthology Contributor: A sample of the contract we typically use when working with authors who contribute to our anthology projects.
  • Author Contract: Book Published for Royalties: A sample of the contract we’ve used when working with authors who publish their original novellas and novels with us. This sample applies specifically and solely to e-book sales.
  • Author Contract: Short Story Published to Patreon: A sample of the contract we’ve used when working with authors who publish their short stories to the Press Patreon account. This sample applies specifically and solely to e-book sales.

Artist Contract Samples:

  • Artist Contract: Anthology Contributor: A sample of the contract we typically use when working with artists who contribute to our anthology projects.
  • Artist Contract: Merchandise Commissions: A sample of the contract we typically use when we commission artists to produce the art for merchandise we sell during our Kickstarters.
  • Artist Contract: Cover Art: A sample of the contract we typically use when we commission artists to make covers for our books.
  • Artist Contract: Art Pieces Published to Patreon: A sample of the contract we’ve used when working with artists who publish their artworks to the Press Patreon account.

Other Contract Samples:

  • Audio Book Narration and Recording: A sample of the contract we’ve used when working with voice actors/narrators doing work-for-hire audio book narration for Duck Prints Press.

Sample Invoice Form: For Individuals Doing Commission and/or Contract Work

This is an invoice template than anyone working with us is welcome to use for billing us. Using this isn’t a requirement; many people simply don’t have their own invoices already written so we thought providing one would be helpful.

Duck Prints Press Blog: Posts Tagged Writing Advice

We post weekly blog posts on a wide range of topics. Feel free to email us, comment on our blog posts, use the form on our “contact us” page, or drop us an ask on Tumblr if you’ve got a question you’d like us to answer!

Duck Prints Press Blog: Posts Tagged Prompt List

Searching for some inspiration? We love to create prompts! We also love getting prompt list requests, so mail us, comment on our blog posts, use the form on our “contact us” page, or drop us an ask on Tumblr if you’d like your idea made into a prompt list.