Black Bed Sheet Books/Diverse Media
Acquisitions: c/o Acquisitions Department. Estab. October 2008. Publishes hardcover and trade paperback originals and reprints, and ebooks. Publishes 10-15 print titles per year, 20-30 ebook-only titles. Receives 40% of books from first-time authors; 90% from unagented writers. Pays average of 14% royalty on wholesale price for print books, 18%-50% on ebooks. Does not yet offer advance. Publishes book up to one year after acceptance, with an average of 6-8 months. Accepts simultaneous submissions. Publishes fiction and nonfiction of all types, but specializes in horror fiction.
Past titles: Forest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead (edited by J. Travis Grundon, contributors include Del Howison, Joe Moe, and Mr. Ackerman himself), Blood Orchard by S.D. Hintz, The Butcher Bride by Vince Churchill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies by Kevin Mellor, The Last Church by Lee Pletzers.
A Word from the Founder
Thank you for your interest in Black Bed Sheet Books.
In October 2008, I set into motion what it takes to establish a bona-fide publishing company out of my garage and two other offices inside my home. If this venture proves to be an extremely successful one, I’ll still be operating out of my garage and home, but perhaps in larger ones. Even if it doesn’t go that far, I’ve submerged a great many years of my life into not only the art of writing as a profession, fiction as well as non, but into the entire process of taking something creative from typed manuscripts to computer documents to something scribbled on grocery store paper bags or napkins, packaging them into a bookstore-quality products and presenting them to the world…..my own works, as well as works of others, since 2002 under the name of Diverse Media. I decided that the time had come to take my publishing pursuits to the next level and to establish Black Bed Sheet Books as a credible, reputable, and successful publishing venture. Since my reputation and focus is built upon the genre of horror literature, that is what BBS specializes in. I will not limit myself nor BBS to this genre, and all avenues are open, hence the byline “fine publishers of exemplary literature, fiction and non.”
In the past, I’ve invested my writing career into publishers and agents that fell short of even minimal expectations. As a result, I’ve become fiercely independent. I’ve been working for myself and as a result brought myself farther into my career, and I have the will and means to do the same for you.
My objective is to be the ideal publisher I as a writer always wanted to have, and I intend to carry out that mission to the fullest. I will work with each one of my authors to meet the highest quality publishing standards, and release each title to the broadest marketing and selling potential utilizing all the tools and resources available to me.
What We Offer
ü Professional editing
ü Professional book design, interior layout inside and out, with exterior art and cover design that not only makes authors proud but sells books
ü Printing & distribution through Ingram's Lightning Source; our books are printed in the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom & Europe, Australia, Brazil. We utilize Lightning Source global distribution channels as well as independent channels.
ü Our titles are available and orderable through brick & mortar book stores and chains
ü Our titles are returnable (although we are a small publishing company, realizing the expenses resulting from returned books, returnability status does fluctuate but they start off returnable as new releases to encourage brick & mortar stores)
ü We will assign each print title with an 10 & 13-digit ISBN and a Library of Congress number, along with all the registration procedures a publisher makes that isn’t the responsibility of the author after signing
ü We believe an author signing with us should pay absolutely nothing for anything regarding their book, so we accept no fees. Since we’re small and just starting out, we will make every effort to pay for marketing/promotional materials such as posters, book marks, buttons, pens, t-shirts, trinkets, but will consult with the author as well as third party investors for funding on such items. It is our endeavor to be able to pay fully for these expenditures ourselves in the near future.
ü Appearances/signings: we have a multitude of resources for our authors actively and physically making appearances and signings. Working with each author on an individual basis, we will actively negotiate on the author’s behalf convention/book store/event appearances/signings and work with the author to provide an adequate number of books to sell at such events. We also group our authors together in events such as genre conventions, where we hold meet & greets and raging hotel parties, host entertainment, hobnob with industry hefties, and exploit our authors to important people.
ü Despite the climate of the current economy, we will strive to be kick-ass for you. This isn’t a fly-by-night endeavor. We’re not afraid to admit we’re starting off small or profess our limitations. We believe we have what it takes to accept, package, and market a literary product to our mutual success.
ü Movies/foreign print translations, to which we will actively seek these avenues for each of our authors. Currently, we are represented in Asia by the Chengdu Rightol Media & Advertisement agency. Some of our authors already have independent film deals, comics and graphic novel deals. We are also working on producing audio books.
ü We spotlight and promote our authors on FRANCY & FRIENDS, a popular internet radio show sporting over 70,000 unique listeners and in its third year, sponsored by Black Bed Sheet, and is a minor affiliate of Fox Television. Its past guests and recurring personalities include FOX's HELL'S KITCHEN contestants and coverage each season, legendary soul singer Solomon Burke, David Faustino, Courtney Gains, Jonathan Maberry, John Skipp, Craig Spector, Corin Nemic, Stephen Geoffreys, Bill Moseley, Jake Busey, Brad Loree, Jeff Conaway & Vikki Lizzi, Conrad Brooks, Tommie Habeeb (creator & host of Cheaters), the Young Rebel Goombas, horror host Mister Lobo, notable stand-up comics, and a number of successful horror genre independent filmakers, actors, and actresses.
ü We produce and create exceptional book trailers.
ü We produce television spots and advertise our authors on BLACK HAMSTER TV, our own web television channel which streams from Veetle.com, Freedocast.com, and is embedded on a growing number of sites across the internet including ours. It showcases independent and mainstream horror, offbeat retro commercials, music and sick humor, dark animation, and soon original productions!
ü We are partners with A Shot in the Dark Comics, who work with us on comic/graphic novel adaptations.
ü We are partners with Hacker's Source Magazine, by Eve Blaack Publications, a leading independent print/online magazine in its eleventh year which focuses on independent horror in all forms.
Distribution Channel Partners and Markets:
· Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, and anywhere else in the world Amazon.
· Baker & Taylor
· Barnes & Noble
· Bertram's - major trade wholesaler in the UK (servicing over 1,000 booksellers) with links to major traders in Western Europe.
· Blackwell Book Services - international library supplier
· Coutts - library supplier and retailer
· Cypher Library Supplier - a leading supplier to UK public libraries
· Dawson Library Supplier - supplier to academic, institutional and specialist libraries in the UK and mainland Europe.
· Gardner's - major trade wholesaler, servicing the major UK book chains and internet shops as well as European booksellers.
· Holt Jackson - January 2005, a leading library supplier
· Ingram Book Company & Spring Arbor Distributors, Ingram International (Chapters-indigo.ca)
· Nielsen BookData - the UK's main bibliographic company (not a trader)
· Paperbackshop.co.uk - January 2005, a major e-retailer and Marketplace trader on Amazon
· The Book Depository - a major e-retailer and marketplace trader on Amazon
· Chengdu Rightol Media & Advertisement (Asian foreign market)
We also plan, over the course of the near future, to further establish alliances with organizations devoted to publishers/small press, and the like, and to provide benefits for our authors, employees, and sub-contractors.
We hope you choose Black Bed Sheet Books as your next publishing endeavor.