The Royal Publisher of Oz
Publisher of Oz is a small-press, independent publisher of books that
build on the saga begun by L. Frank Baum.
Submission Guidelines for Authors and Illustrators
If you are interested in publishing your book with The
Royal Publisher of Oz, and have not been first contacted by me, please
drop me a line
You will be asked to submit a minimum of the first three chapters of
your manuscript in Word. If your manuscript is already online, you will need to
send me an active link to the story. If you have not completed the
manuscript, you must submit a writing sample of your current story or
The Royal Publisher of Oz is also looking for illustrators. Send me a link to
your portfolio (if online) or four or five sample illustrations.
The Royal Publisher of Oz is only looking for
manuscripts that are consistent with the world established by L. Frank
Baum and his successors as noted on the
Mainline Timeline of The Royal Timeline of Oz. Though you need not
have full knowledge of these works, you should be open to creative ways
of adapting to this history. No MGM, Wicked, Tin Man
or Oz the Great and Powerful fanfics or slash.
The Royal Publisher of Oz
does not publish works
that are overly violent or sexual, although dark fantasy and horror are
acceptable, provided they are in keeping with the universe established
by Baum and his successors.
Although the Royal
Publisher of Oz does not publish the work of children, we are supportive
of your endeavors. If you are a young Oz fan that is serious about
writing, check out these good tips
here and keep on writing!
If you are an author looking to publish your Oz book,
please read the following publishing guidelines, as well as the submission
guidelines listed below.
The Royal Publisher of Oz and you
(the author) agree to the following
guidelines regarding your manuscript (the work):
The author must be professional and responsive to any and all communication
before, during and after the process of manuscript writing and/or book
creation. This includes the editing process in which changes
may be suggested to help improve the work, as well as to maintain consistency with the Oz series.
50% of net profits. Profits are only accrued after first the publisher's
and author's expenses are reimbursed. All expenses
are upfront. The
publisher incurs all costs involved in producing the work,
including the cost of the ISBN and
distribution. The author incurs the cost of the illustrator. Once
expenses are recouped, you will be added to the payee list and paid
directly from the printer we use to print and distribute the book
(generally, Lulu.com and/or Createspace.com), who will reimburse based
on the method and schedule they have determined and listed on their
The Royal Publisher of Oz selects and utilizes professional
illustrators only. Artwork will include a color cover, illustrated
chapter-headings, and full-and-half page interior black & white
illustrations. If you are an illustrator, send a sample of your work via
link or email. Any additional arrangements should be first discussed with the publisher.
The Royal Publisher of Oz retains exclusive worldwide rights to
publish print copies of the work for seven years, after which
The Royal Publisher of Oz retains nonexclusive rights to publish print
copies of the work so long as it remains in print. Should the Royal Publisher of
Oz breach this clause or cease to exist as an entity, all rights reverts to the author.
In the event of a breach of any clause of this Licensing Agreement by
either party, the non-breaching party shall give the breaching party
thirty (30) days to cure the breach. If the breaching party does not
cure the breach, then the non-breaching party may terminate this
Licensing Agreement. A Notice of Breach shall be mailed to the breaching
As the copyright holder, the author maintains the rights to his work, but grants the publisher permission to
reference the characters, environments, objects and events from the
work in auxiliary works.
Books are published as a print-on-demand model. This means that the
printer produces copies of the books as they're ordered. Neither the
author or publisher are required to house copies of the work in a
warehouse or location.
As is true for most small-press publishers, our resources are
very limited, so
marketing is a joint effort between the author and publisher. This
means that whatever
efforts you can make towards promoting your book is beneficial.
Several means of helping to spread word of your book include blogs,
websites, social media, and, if possible, attendance at local genre conventions.
This, of course, is not
mandatory, as we recognize that not every author is interested (or able
to) promote herself. If you should choose to attend conventions, note that
whatever expenses you incur are your own. Similarly, whatever
expenses The Royal Publisher of Oz incurs at convention appearances are
If any provision of this License Agreement, which will be governed by
the State of New York, is held void or unenforceable, the balance
thereof shall remain in full force and effect. Venue for any dispute
involving this License Agreement shall be proper in New York County
Courts or the Nassau County District of New York. In the event of a
dispute under this License Agreement that cannot be worked out
informally, the parties agree to participate in good faith with
non-binding mediation conducted by a neutral third party, prior to
bringing any legal actions against one another.
Any questions, concerns or comments, please drop me a
As the author, your book receives the following:
Professional proofreading and editing for content, grammar, and
continuity with the Oz series.
The Royal Publisher of Oz utilizes a developmental editor to
help strengthen the content of the work.
Professional layout and production of either a cloth-bound hardcover
and/or trade paperback.
Black-and-white interior illustrations and color cover.
(Deluxe editions can include interior color.)
An ISBN number and global distribution, which means availability from online retailers like
Amazon.com and availability from
One free copy of the book. You may also purchase up to an additional
ten books at a discounted rate.
Promotion, which includes an online presence on The Royal Publisher of Oz and
The Royal Timeline of Oz websites and Facebook page, Amazon.com and/or Lulu.com,
a press release and advance notification of the book on Oz forums and
fan sites. Additionally, the book will receive a review in The Baum Bugle, the official journal of The
International Wizard of Oz Club.
Support, guidance and assistance from the beginning
to the end of
Please note: There is no
requirement to purchase your own books. We are not a vanity press.
Be aware that the audience is made up of a small niche of fans. In other words,
if you're looking to get rich and famous from your Oz book, you're in
the wrong era.