Why choose Dreaming Robot Press?

Today there are more options than ever for a writer to explore. If you have a great young adult or middle grade science fiction or fantasy manuscript and you’re considering going indie vs a small press, we’d love to talk with you.

The contract for each author is unique, but here are some highlights:

  • We believe we’re putting out the sorts of books that parents, teachers and librarians want to know about. We contact blogs, sites and reviewers regularly with new releases.
  • We do electronic version first, and if market response is favorable, proceed to print.
  • If you do move to a print copy, we have established relationships with Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and are working to add more distributor relationships.
  • Money flows to the author. Dreaming Robot Press is not a subsidy press, vanity press, or anything else that charges you to get your book into the hands of readers. We do not require authors to pay any upfront costs.  DRP covers all expenses of printing, cover design, formatting, marketing, and ISBN.
  • Just because we’re small doesn’t mean the bar isn’t high. It’s possible we may like your story but feel it needs work. If so, we can suggest editors that we’ve worked with in the past – but they’re not affiliated with DRP.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are considering submitting a work for publication by Dreaming Robot Press, here are some things you should know:

  • We are a small, boutique press. We are committed to our readers, titles and authors. Because we don’t have the resources of larger houses, we are very selective as to which titles we decide to invest our resources.
  • We believe strongly in our mission to publish quality science fiction and fantasy stories with a focus on representation and diversity, and we choose our projects accordingly.
  • We pay for all costs associated with the production and marketing of your book, including developmental and line editing, cover art and advertising.
  • We want your book to be as polished as possible. If we select your book for consideration, we typically go through at least two rounds of developmental revisions. This is an exciting process as together we bring out the best possible story. If you are not willing go to through developmental edits, we ask you to refrain from submitting your manuscript.
  • Revisions take time.  It typically takes eighteen months to two years between acceptance and publication.
  • We will send paperback advance review copies to all traditional review outlets in advance of your publication date. If you have personal connections with reviewers, let us know and we will gladly send them a copy.
  • Our advertising is primarily through targeted online ads.
  • We distribute through Ingram to libraries and bookstores throughout the country and the world. We primarily print POD. If your books sells particularly well, we will do a small print run.
  • We offer 40% net of your book sales, both ebook and print, to be paid quarterly. We do not offer advances.
  • If you are pitching a series, please submit the manuscript for the first book, the outline for the subsequent books and a note as to what stage of draft those books are.
  • In your cover letter, please list 5-10 comparable titles that you think have would have a similar reader base as your work.

Click here to review a sample contract.