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Top Ten Areas for Improvement When   Writing Fiction

Read Founder Caleb Mason's blog "Outsights" on BookBusiness.

We encourage everyone interested in writing better fiction to read these books:

13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley
The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner
What If? by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter
Writers On Writing Series

Writing Resources

Publerati is a member of The Council of Literary Magazines and Publishers.

We have compiled a document to help writers of fiction improve their work, based on the many submissions and published works we see at Publerati.

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Editorial Expertise

Editing fiction is one of the most difficult and satisfying artistic challenges. We invest as much time as necessary to assure our books reflect the highest editorial standards. We understand the nuances of preparing manuscripts for ebook publication through all the major resellers, as well as for the Espresso Print-on-Demand machine, which is in the early years of its promising retail rollout. We release our ebooks through the Overdrive library system and for free on phones and licensed tablets provided by the Worldreader literacy program. You can read author testimonials here.

We are in no great rush to pump out lots of titles. We feel badly for authors whose works come and go rapidly and prefer to provide a sustained effort to promote our books over a period of many years. New and midlist authors in particular need a level of commitment not always possible in a conglomerate publishing company releasing thousands of titles per year.

Branding Considerations

We only publish literary fiction and are highly selective. We accept submissions directly from authors or agents and are not interested in romance, horror, or thrillers. We may be appropriate for quality works deemed to be too narrow in interest to work for large publishers, as well as for writers looking for broader distribution than solely through Amazon. Please make submissions on this page.

All titles are designed in a branded look with the goal of communicating the larger social purpose of Publerati. We hope more people will read our titles knowing that a portion of all sales is going to help spread literacy via the Worldreader Organization. Learn how you can help.


Publerati only publishes literary fiction and we are highly selective. Whereas many publishers will ask for novels that are "like something else," we are mostly interested in novels that are unique. A great example of this is Ellen Cooney's wonderful novel Thanksgiving.

We operate like a traditional publisher in that we are only paid when the author is paid, operating on a royalty basis. There are no charges for anything upfront, and we make author copies available to authors at a discount for promotional purposes.

Unlike traditional publishers, who pay 10-15% royalties on print book sales and 25% for ebooks, we pay 20% for print and 40% for ebooks. We do not publish hardcovers, which helps us focus on pricing our trade paperbacks and ebooks at prices that make sense for readers, typically ten dollars more for a paperback edition than the ebook.

Authors First