Inkubus Publishing LLC (IP) is an independent publisher focusing on male-male romance and erotica. It is our mission to provide a venue for authors who may not fit the mold of traditional publishing. Below, you will find a breakdown of the pieces we are seeking as well as the services and compensation we offer.
What We Want: IP is looking for pieces that focus on intimate relationships between two (or more) consenting adult males. The sexual interaction may range from PG (fade to black) to X (explicit descriptions). IP will not publish pieces that focus on rape, incest, pedophilia, or bestiality. If the piece is in sci-fi or fantasy genres, the characters must be sentient. All works must be original to the author. No fanfiction will be accepted under any circumstances.
IP will publish novelettes (10,000 to 20,000 words), novellas (20,000 to 50,000 words), novels (50,000+ words), and independent anthologies (a collection of short stories totaling at least 50,000 words). Short stories (less than 10,000 words) can be submitted to the current open call for IP-sponsored anthologies, if they meet the submission guidelines.
Submission Requirements: These are the rules for submitting pieces to IP. Please follow them for all submissions, and ask questions when in doubt. Pieces that do not follow these requirements will be rejected until they are properly formatted.
1. Before submitting, query us here. After you send your query letter, we may ask for a synopsis of the piece. Yes, writing a synopsis is worse than being flayed alive, but it’s part of the process. Please do not send a synopsis unless we request it.
2. If we request a piece, it will be sent electronically through submittable.com. We do not accept physical copies of manuscripts under any circumstances.
3. Double space the document. This is probably the most important part of submitting a piece.
4. Indent each paragraph, including the first paragraph. Justification may be set to “align left” or to “justify.”
5. Do not put extra space between paragraphs. Scene breaks should be denoted with a “#” between the separate paragraphs.
6. Author's name, title, and page number should appear at the top of each page after the first page.
7. Use italics, not underline, or bold, or ALL CAPS, for emphasis.
8. Once a manuscript is submitted, please allow 90 days from the date of submission before emailing questions about the manuscript’s status.
Breakdown of Services: The expenses of editing and formatting the piece will be counted against royalties paid to an author, unless the author and IP have otherwise laid out a contractual agreement for how these services ought to be paid prior to the piece’s publication. The rate for these services will be outlined below.
Book Cover: If IP provides a book cover, that expense will be counted against royalties paid to an author unless the author and IP have a contractual agreement to pay that service prior to the piece’s publication. If IP purchases the cover design, the author will have input into the selection of a book cover design, but the ultimate choice will belong to IP.
If the author wishes to pay for the cover design prior to publication, IP and the author will negotiate a contractual agreement wherein the author will have final say on the cover design. If the author provides his/her/their own cover design, IP and the author will negotiate a contractual agreement wherein the author will have final say on the cover design.
Promotion: IP will help to promote the book on its website (inkubuspublishingllc.com), on its Facebook page, and on its Twitter account prior to, during, and subsequent to the publication process. This will be completed without further cost to the author. IP will provide marketing outside of the criteria listed above at its discretion and expense, without additional cost to the author.
The author will be responsible for promoting the piece on his/her/their website/Facebook/Twitter/in person/etc. at his/her/their sole discretion and at his/her/their expense.
Editing: If an author wishes to have IP edit his/her/their piece but chooses not to have IP publish the piece, this service may be purchased at $20/hour. Any editing services performed by IP will be charged in one-hour increments with a minimum service time of one hour. Payment must be made prior to delivery of the edited manuscript.
If an author chooses to have IP publish their work, editing will be included in the process at no extra charge.
Formatting: If an author wishes to have IP format his/her/their piece but chooses not to have IP publish the piece, this service may be purchased at $20/hour. Any formatting services performed by IP will be charged in one-hour increments with a minimum service time of one hour. Payment must be made prior to delivery of the formatted manuscript.
If an author chooses to have IP publish their work, formatting will be included in the process at no extra charge.
Advance Payment: Given the fact that IP is an independent publisher, advance payments are not possible at this time for financial reasons. If, in the future, it becomes possible for IP to make advance payments, existing authors will not be grandfathered into the ability to make advance payments. This will be stipulated in all contracts.
Royalties: For physical and/or digital copies of the piece sold through an online retailer—eg., Amazon, Smashwords, Google books—the author will be paid 10% of the cover price. For physical copies of the pieces sold through traditional venues of the publisher’s choosing, the author will be paid 7% of the cover price.
If the publisher chooses to offer a discount on the price of the book, the author will receive 10% of the online discounted price and/or 7% for the physical copy discounted price through the traditional venue of the publisher’s choosing.
Royalties will be paid via PayPal, check, or money order no later than the 20th of the month following accrual of the royalties. For example, royalties accrued between March 1st and March 31st will be paid to the author no later than the 20th of April.
The author will not begin receiving royalty payments until all contractual expenses accrued by IP and billed to the author have been paid in full.
The author will be provided an itemization for each month, unless no copies are sold. In the event no copies are sold, the author will be notified no later than the 20th of the month following the accrual period.
Author Copies: Regardless of expenses owed by the author for editing/formatting/etc., the author will receive 10 physical copies of the published piece at no expense to the author subsequent to the piece’s publication. The copies will be mailed to the author at no expense to him/her/them, unless the author chooses expedited shipping. If expedited shipping is chosen, the author will be required to pay for shipping expenses prior to the package being shipped. The author will retain 100% of the profits made from selling the author copies.
Additional Author Copies: If the author chooses to purchase additional physical copies of the piece, the author will be given a 25% discount of the publisher’s cost of the book. The author will be responsible for paying 75% of the total price plus the cost of shipping. Payment must be made by the author prior to the books being shipped to him/her/them. The author will retain 100% of the profits made from selling the additional author copies.
Larger discounts may be given on bulk orders. Those discounts will be discussed, agreed upon, and applied to the order cost prior the order being submitted by IP. The author is responsible for paying his/her/their portion of the cost prior to the order being placed and/or shipped.
Physical Copies sold by IP: IP reserves the right to sell physical copies of the piece in traditional venues chosen by IP. The author will be compensated as explained in the section entitled “Royalties” above.
Marketing: The author will not receive a royalty payment for any copies, whether physical or digital, that IP chooses to give away as part of a promotional venture or in an attempt to garner reviews for the book. Free giveaways will be limited to at most once every three months for digital copies, and at most once every three months for physical copies. No more than 15 digital copies and no more than 15 physical copies will be given away in a calendar year.
The author may request that IP run a promotional sale of the piece. If IP chooses to run the promotion and is able to run the promotion, the author will be compensated as explained in the section entitled "Royalties" above. Should the author choose to run a promotion of physical copies in his/her/their possession, they may do so at their own discretion and without permission from IP.