Welcome to the Grey Wolfe Publishing Submissions Portal!

Please read the guidelines below and then click a category to begin the submission process.

Whether you are submitting your work to one of our Writing Contests, our Legends Literary Journal, one of our Community Service Anthologies, or sending us your complete manuscript for a Complimentary Review…
We have a few guidelines:

  • The purpose in requesting your full contact information is to more easily send complimentary copies to contributors.  Your submission will not be accepted without your full contact information.
  • All submissions must be sent electronically in either MS Word, PDF, or RTF format.  We do not accept hardcopy (paper) submissions.
  • All work must be double-spaced, with a blank space between paragraphs.
  • The margins should be set at one inch.
  • All submissions must be written in English.
  • We have no preference as to font choice, but it must be highly legible, and black.  Swirling and colored fonts are difficult for the review and editorial process.
  • The author name (and pen name, if you use one), along with the title of the piece, should appear in the header of your submission.
  • We understand the editorial process may change your work.  However, the work you submit should be your “best paw forward”.  Be certain you have resolved most spelling, punctuation and grammar errors before submitting.
  • Include your contact information in the header of your submission… name, phone number, email address.
  • Contest entries and Journal or Anthology submissions received after the deadline date will not be considered for publication.
  • Manuscripts seeking a complimentary review should expect a return correspondence within two to four weeks.
  • To streamline our submission process, you now have the option to submit photos or illustrations with your writing.  Including these, of course, is optional.  However, to be included for publication, they must be submitted simultaneously, with your writing.
  • Photographs and illustrations must adhere to Grey Wolfe Publishing's ethical standards; which means they may depict anything that is representative of the piece,  excluding explicit sex; explicit drug use; graphic violence against women, children, or animals. (If you are unclear regarding these exclusions, please send an email to info@greywolfepublishing.com for clarification and approval.)
Thank you for submitting to Grey Wolfe Publishing.
We look forward to reading your work!

For 2016 we're borrowing some writing prompts from a great book, found at Writer's Digest Shop:

A Year of Writing Prompts: 365 Story Ideas for Honing Your Craft and Eliminating Writer's Block by Brian A. Klems and Zachary Petit.

We've posted a creative writing prompt each month which we hope will challenge your  writing craft.  Your task is to write up to 2,000 words about each prompt.  Prizes will be awarded each month for the winning entry. We must have a minimum of three (3) contest entries each month in order to award a prize.  There is no entry fee to submit to the monthly contests, and you may enter as frequently as you wish, and as early as you wish.

Prizes will be awarded each month for the winning entry. We must have a minimum of three (3) contest entries each month in order to award a prize.  There is no entry fee to submit to the monthly contests. 

Please type the name of the monthly contest in the header of your submission.  You may enter as frequently as you like, and as early as you like.  Each winning entry will be featured on our website and the winning entries, as well as honorable mentions, will be published in the next general edition of our Legends Literary Journal

Visit our website to read each monthly prompt, and click the monthly contest icon next to the description of each contest to read the winning submissions that month. 

Each month we will award a $25 Visa Gift Card!  There is no entry fee.  All judges decisions are final.

Writers may submit multiple entries, under separate submission.  Grey Wolfe Publishing accepts simultaneous submissions, and pieces previously published, as long as original copyright ownership can be provided, if requested.

Submission Deadline is the last day of each month.

Winners agree to grant one-time print publication rights, as well as right to publish selected pieces to the Grey Wolfe Publishing website. The Grey Wolfe Publishing editorial team's decisions regarding submission inclusion are final. Inclusion in the Legends Literary Journal is intended as a tool to build your writer’s platform and to add to your writing career momentum. Contributing authors are not paid royalties; however, each contributor will receive a complimentary copy of the Legends Literary Journal.

Legends is an annual, literary journal. The goal of this collection is to bring awareness to the hundreds of talented writers that live among us. It is also our intent to assist writers to build their platform and their reputations within the global writing community. Writers may submit from anywhere on Earth... but they must submit in English!  Submissions are only accepted through this electronic portal.  Paper submissions are NOT accepted.  Multiple pieces of writing must be submitted separately.  Please do not group several submissions into a single document!

Contributors wishing to achieve the goal of publication may submit short stories and anecdotal essays of not more than 8,000 words; or poetry of not more than 45 lines.  Writers may submit up to eight pieces, and they may mix styles (poetry, prose, personal essay), if they choose. Grey Wolfe Publishing accepts simultaneous submissions, and pieces previously published, as long as original copyright ownership can be provided, if requested.

This is a special edition focusing on the Love Story (Romance). 

According to the Romance Writers of America, the main plot of romance writing must revolve around two people as they develop romantic love for each other and work to build a relationship. Both the conflict and the climax of the piece should be directly related to that core theme of developing a romantic relationship, although the novel can also contain subplots that do not specifically relate to the main characters' romantic love. Furthermore, a romance novel must have an "emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending."

In general, romance writing rewards characters who are good people and penalize those who are evil, and a couple who fights for and believes in their relationship will likely be rewarded with unconditional love.

As long as your submission meets those criteria, it can be set in any time period and in any location. There are no specific restrictions on what can or cannot be included. Even controversial subjects are addressed in romance novels, including topics such as date rape, domestic violence, addiction, and disability.  Although most romance writing is about heterosexual pairings, we will accept writing that includes romance between same-sex couples.

However, erotica and sexually explicit material will NOT  be accepted for this anthology.  Your submission should exclude explicit sex; explicit drug use; graphic violence against women, children, or animals. (If you are unclear regarding these exclusions, please send an email to info@greywolfepublishing.com for clarification and approval.)

Submission Deadline is August 1, 2017; with an expected release date of November 1, 2017.

Contributors agree to grant one-time print publication rights, as well as the right to publish selected pieces to the Grey Wolfe Publishing website. The Grey Wolfe Publishing editorial team's decisions regarding submission inclusion are final. Inclusion in the Legends Literary Journal is intended as a tool to build your writer’s platform and to add to your writing career's momentum. Contributing authors are not paid royalties; however, each contributor will receive a 50% discount on a copy of the Legends Literary Journal (to help cover printing costs).

Proceeds from the sale of Legends: Passion Pages 2017 will benefit the American Heart Association.

Ends on September 30, 2017

Write To Meow is a bi-annual, anthology. The goal of this collection is to bring awareness to the plight of the thousands of cats that are currently suffering in shelters and needlessly walked into the gas chamber.

Contributors wishing to achieve the goal of publication may submit short stories and personal essays of not more than 8,000 words; or poetry of not more than 45 lines, with a central theme or character involving cats.

Writers may submit up to five pieces, and they may mix genres, if they choose. We accept simultaneous submissions, and pieces previously published, as long as original copyright ownership can be provided, if requested.

Submission Deadline is September 30 of 2017; with an expected release date of December 15, 2017.

Contributors agree to grant one-time print publication rights, as well as right to publish selected pieces to the Grey Wolfe Publishing website. The Grey Wolfe Publishing editorial team's decisions regarding submission inclusion are final. Inclusion in Write To Meow is intended as a tool to build your writer’s platform and to add to your writing career momentum. Contributing authors are not paid royalties; however, each contributor will receive a 50% discount coupon to purchase a copy of Write To Meow so that more of the proceeds can be donated to the charity.

Proceeds from the 2017 Write To Meow anthology will go to the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida.  They are a   501(c)(3) charitable organization. Big Cat Rescue is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world dedicated to abused and abandoned big cats.  They are home to about 80+ lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.

Ends on October 31, 2017

In ancient times, curses were often attached to books to protect them from vandals. 

This book is a collection of literary curses re-imagined, and the stories of those vandals who did not have a healthy respect for the consequences.

Contest Rules, Requirements, and Guidelines

Chapter One:
  • Write either an ancient or modern curse that might be used to protect a book from thieves or vandals. 
  • Imagine the scribe who would have written the curse.  Tell us, why did they feel the need to protect the book with a curse?
  • The book being protected should match the time of the curse, i.e. an ancient book is protected by an ancient curse; a modern book is protected by a modern curse. 
  • Only divulge the text of the curse and the circumstances of the curse's creation; don't reveal the consequences just yet.
Chapter Two:
  • Tell us a story in which a character first discovers the book. Describe the title, type, genre, or purpose of the book, and the circumstances surrounding the discovery.  It can be a fiction or non-fiction book that is discovered.
  • You must include the geographic location and year when the book is found.  The book may be found on Earth or somewhere else.
  • Describe your main character and how he or she discovers the book's curse.  Remind your readers of the text of the curse.
  • Feel free to include as many subplots and secondary characters as you feel necessary to tell your story.
  • Does your main character steal or vandalize the book?  Describe how and why he or she perpetrates the act.
Chapter Three:
  • What curse consequences does the main character and any secondary characters encounter?  How do they endure, manage, escape or fail when confronted with those consequences?
  • Don't forget to include an interesting and well-contrived ending.
Submission Guidelines:
  • You may include curse consequences ranging from gentle to gruesome.
  • We will accept submissions from "G" to "R" ratings.  So, blood, guts, and gore are all acceptable. However, sexually explicit entries are prohibited.
  • Contest entries will only be accepted electronically through the Grey Wolfe Publishing Submission Portal (blue button below).  Accepted formats are Open Office, MS Word, or RTF.  Paper submissions will not be accepted.
  • Entries must be a minimum of 2,000 words; and may reach a maximum of 10,000 words. Entries may not exceed 10,000 words.
  • Entries will only be accepted from the USA and Canada; and must be written in English.
  • As this is a writing contest, submissions will NOT enjoy editorial support before publication, and not all entries will be published. So we suggest that you "put your best paw forward" and correct any errors before submitting.
  • There is no entry fee for this contest.
  • We must have a minimum of 15 submissions to award ANY prizes for this contest.
  • Employees, and current Grey Wolfe Publishing and Write Duck Press authors are eligible to enter and win.
  • Writers may submit as many entries as they choose, but each must be submitted separately.
  • Multiple entries included on a single submission form will disqualify ALL entries submitted on that form.
  • Writers are encouraged to submit brief bio information and a headshot (300dpi jpg format black & white only) to publish should their entry take a top prize or honorable mention award.  These additional pieces will not be requested from writers or past anthology contributors if they are not included at the time of contest entry. 
  • The Submission Deadline is October 31, 2017.
Prizes:
  • The top three winning entries and many "honorable mentions" will be published in the Legends: Curses 2017 anthology. 
  • 1st Prize: $100 and a complimentary Write Duck Press Full Migration Publishing Package (expires 6/30/18).
  • 2nd Prize: $50 and a 50% discount on a Write Duck Press Full Migration Publishing Package (expires 6/30/18).
  • 3rd Prize: $25 and a 25% discount on a Write Duck Press Full Migration Publishing Package (expires 6/30/18).
  • Authors of published entries will receive a 50% discount coupon toward the purchase of the Legends: Curses 2017 anthology.
  • Expected Release for this anthology is December 31, 2017.

Grey Wolfe Publishing’s  2018 Pack Compendium
It's A Calendar... A Writing Tool... A Reading Journal...            A Literary Directory


Are you an Author, Literary Group or Organization, or the Planner for a Literary Event? 

Consider advertising in The Pack Compendium!

Inclusion of your literary group, organization, book, or literary event in The Compendium is super easy!  Your simple text listing is FREE!  Or, if you want to include a logo or book cover image, your multi-media listing is just $10!

What’s In This Book?

This book is designed as a fun tool to help writers stay committed and connected to their craft and readers stay connected to their community, while keeping their daily schedules on track.  It includes several features that we believe will be an inspiration for both writers and readers…

·      Monthly Calendar… to keep track of your monthly writing progress, including bookish events being held all over the world, and a list of special recognition dates within the literary world.  Tracking your monthly word count progress – or the reasons why you didn’t write on a given day - will strengthen your writing habit.

·      Daily Calendar Pages… for you to reserve time for your writing practice, while also keeping all of your other commitments in one place, easily accessible.  Set realistic goals for word counts, chapter milestones, outlines, character and world –building maps – your goals are specific to you – writing them down makes them easier to attain.

·      Daily Inspirational Quotes… about writing and books… to keep you emotionally fueled up for your day of writing and reading.

·      A Reading Journal… with suggested reading lists and film recommendations for a new genre each month.  Those who write also need to read, it’s the best way we know to improve your craft.  Have fun with these lists.  Add your own TBR titles, and check them off as you go.  Readers will enjoy learning about "new to them" authors and titles worthy of their attention.

·      A Monthly Contest Brainstorming Page… so that you can record those quick ideas wherever you are.  Or, if you’re not working on a monthly writing contest prompt, feel free to use that space to record other notes, directions to a meeting place, email addresses, website URLs, grocery lists, etc.  Don’t leave the pages blank – use them!

·      Literary Inspired Puzzles… to add a bit of fun in between writing sessions… because we understand that the writing process includes a required bit of procrastination and deviance from the regimen of writing.  Readers will also enjoy these fun literary inspired puzzles... they make great conversation starters at parties!  Take a moment and have a little bit of fun.  Relax, the break will do you and your writing good!

·      A Directory of Writing Groups and Organizations...  Writing communities are essential to the momentum of your writing practice.  Book Clubs are a fun way to stay connected to your favorite authors' careers, and perhaps discover new authors and their books.  Here, you’ll find links to writing groups, critique groups, book clubs, and social groups for writers... and anything else we can find that we think might benefit writers and readers.  Connect with others who will support your work and keep you accountable while expanding your love of literature.  This is by no means an exhaustive list… but it’s a nice place to start.


The Compendium is an annual publication, and current contributors will be given exclusive access to next year's edition before anyone else! 

The Compendium will be distributed through our website.  It will also be featured at the book festivals where we have reserved tables/booths throughout the year... and it will be available on Amazon.com in print format. 

Due to the utilitarian design of the book,
The Pack Compendium will not be available in Kindle format at this time... however, we are developing an app that we hope will serve readers and writers digitally with similar information.  Watch our website for updates on this exciting development!

Imagine... reaching readers and writers all over the world with a compendium of information designed especially for them!  This is your target audience.  Don't miss out on this FREE advertising opportunity!

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Grey Wolfe Publishing Radio Broadcast.  We are excited to help you create greater awareness of your book(s) and your writing career.  Read the information below carefully and then submit your materials and get ready to promote! 

THE SCHEDULE:

Our goal is to record one new show monthly, beginning Thursday, May 18,2017, and every-third Thursday thereafter.  We’ve chosen Thursday as it was most popular among the authors we polled.  All broadcasts will begin at 12:00pm EST.  You are expected to be connected with us no later than 11:55pm.  We will be producing the session live, allowing for fans to call in and ask questions.  The show will also be recorded for our archives and made available for fans who could not tune in for the live broadcast.

CONNECTIVITY:

No matter where you live, we will set up a phone connection to conduct the interview.  You will be given a phone number and URL to promote the show's "call in" guests. 

THE SHOW FORMAT:

After a brief introduction, you’ll be given about 8-10 minutes to perform a reading from your book.  If you have several titles, choose one  wisely.  This is an excellent opportunity to promote a new title, or one that hasn’t received the kind of exposure you might have wanted,  or a book you’ve published some time ago and would like to remind readers that it’s available.  Be sure to choose a segment of your book that entices readers to buy… but not one that gives away a critical part of the plot – or the ending!  Remember, this is meant as a moment to generate buying enticement, not offer spoilers!

After your reading, we will take questions from fans, or we’ll jump right into our interview discussion… depending on the audience attendance for your segment.  Our intention is to keep the interview informal and as organic as possible.  We will gladly explore tangents, just as long as they don’t stray too far off topic.  And, remember, if fans call in, we can’t predict what their questions might be; but we’ll handle as many of them as we can.

TIMING:

Segments begin at 12pm EST and last for a half hour.  We’ll begin our sign off procedure at about 12:25pm to ensure that we don’t run over time.  If you have several books and you’re interested in doing a separate segment to promote each, we can accommodate that during future shows.  Just let us know if this is something you’d like to explore.

CONTENT:

Because we will be broadcasting live, we won’t have the ability to edit the content, so be sure to keep your readings and conversations “G” rated and “family-friendly”.  We will prompt you to tell readers where they can buy your book(s) and where they can leave reviews, so be sure to have those URLs handy.  We will have them as well, in the event that you forget or stumble through them.  Also, we encourage you to let listeners know where they can meet you… upcoming festivals, readings at bookshops, and other signing events.  We intend that our author interview radio broadcasts will be an opportunity for you to promote your work and your writing career, so be sure to take full advantage.

Once we have received your information, we’ll send you a notice about when you are scheduled to appear on the show.  Keep in mind; if you are traveling or have a prior commitment on a day that you are scheduled, you have the option reschedule your segment, as long as we have at least two weeks advance notice of your need to reschedule. 

No-show authors will not be rescheduled or invited to participate again.


PROMOTE THE BROADCAST! 

Saturate social media and your email list with notices that you will be appearing on the air with Grey Wolfe Publishing in the days and weeks leading up to your show date.  And then, continue to promote your segment after the broadcast is archived into our station.  We’ll make sure you have the phone number to give to readers and fans so they can call in on the day of the broadcast and be a part of the conversation… and once it's been archived, we’ll be sure to give you the URL for your segment so they can listen to the archived show afterward. 

REMEMBER… IF YOU DON’T TELL PEOPLE, THEY CAN’T PARTICIPATE AND YOUR MARKETING EFFORTS WILL HAVE BEEN FOR NAUGHT!

Set Your Writing on Fire with Grey Wolfe's Writing Coaches!

So often, we writers have a spectacular idea for a story, or a series of stories, that we are certain readers will enjoy, but we’re not quite sure how to put our writing plans into action.  While writing groups and beta readers are instrumental in honing the writing craft and should not be overlooked, tremendous value can be realized when working one-on-one with a Writing Coach. 

Writing Coaches are especially helpful for new writers who aren’t sure where to begin… or for seasoned writers who are having difficulty with one specific aspect of their book… or for those who require another set of eyes to notice gaps in plot and character continuity. 

Our Writing Coaches hold degrees in English with concentrations in Creative Composition and other disciplines.  Some Writing Coaches have certifications in Early Childhood Development to lend special expertise with children's books.

Grey Wolfe Publishing provides Writing Coach services for all genres and styles of books.  From general fiction, to young adult and children’s books, to poetry and memoir, we can help you refine your story and cultivate confidence as you realize your dream of publication.

WRITING COACH DETAILS & FEES

Grey Wolfe Publishing offers Writing Coach services to writers worldwide!  You have the option to work via email exchange, telephone, SKYPE, or In-Person sessions. 

The timelines involved in our coaching program varies from project to project because the scope of each project is very different.  One writer may only require a short amount of time in refinement, whereas another may need assistance in several areas.  We take the time that is necessary to make sure that you are comfortable with the direction your story is going, and the skills you are learning.

Coaching sessions are arranged “on demand”, which means that we will work at your pace.   We’ll take as much time as you need with each area of craft until you are satisfied and ready to proceed.  By example, one writer may want to work with their Writing Coach each week, while another may only want to meet once per month, or once each quarter.  The choice is yours.

Coaching fees are as follows:
This is not a subscription service; although you may arrange for pre-payment of several coaching sessions in advance.  Fees are expected at the time of page submission if you choose electronic coaching (email, telephone, SKYPE), or you may pay your coach directly (cash, check, credit/debit card) at the time of your in-person coaching session.
  • $50 per hour for as many pages (double-spaced in DOCX, DOC, RTF, or ODT format) as can be effectively reviewed within that time period.  In-person coaching sessions are held in the SE MI area, at a location mutually convenient to both the Writing Coach and the writer.  Writers electing in-person coaching may submit a maximum of 50 pages.  Pages not reviewed during the session may be carried over and addressed in the next session.  A $2 reservation fee is required to hold your timeslot.
*** Coaching Session Cancellation Policy: Refunds will only be authorized with a 48 hour advance email notification. Refunds may take up to five business days to process.

$50.00 - 250.00

We'll Help You Navigate Unknown Waters

Self-Publishing Coaching Services: $50 - $250


Since the advent of POD (Print on Demand) publishing technology, quality self-publishing has become more available to authors than ever before.  The problem is, so many authors don't know enough about this technology nor the industry formatting and content expectations of producing quality books.

Five Hours of Coaching Could Save Your Book From Drowning!

There are so many details an author needs to be aware of today... from layout to how to accept online credit card sales.  The questions can be daunting, but the process is not insurmountable.

Write Duck Press is here to help those who want to publish quality books and retain 100% creative control and 100% net royalty revenue.  We'll assist you through each phase of a self-publishing program, and make sure you achieve the goal of publication in a way that serves you now and in the years to come.  Here is just some of what is covered in our coaching program:

  • Flexible Scheduling: choose from either one five hour session, or five one-hour sessions via Telephone, Live Chat, GoTo Meeting, In-Person or Skype; available week days and weekends, by appointment
  • Understanding the different genres and their expectations
  • Custom cover design connections
  • Literary Agent/Print House/Vanity Press options
  • Identification Services tutorial: Including ISBN; Bar Code; U.S. Copyright Registration; Library of Congress Control Number Registration, QR Code.
  • CreateSpace & Kindle production tutorial.
  • Distribution Coaching: Amazon.com; Kindle; Barnes & Noble.com; IngramSpark
  • Marketing Mentoring: Including an author marketing reference handbook
  • Using Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, BlogTalk, Goodreads for book promotion
  • Website building, including E-commerce processes to manage book sales
  • Understanding royalties
  • Understanding the special requirements for children's books
  • And More!
Payment Process:

We offer an affordable payment plan which we believe will accommodate the financial situation of every author.  The initial deposit is made at the time of manuscript submission.  Then, the final payment is made at the time of project completion, via an electronic invoice sent to your email box.  Payment can be made through credit or debit cards, or via PayPal, or authors may mail a check when invoices are received to:

Write Duck Press c/o Grey Wolfe Publishing  PO Box 1088 Birmingham, MI  48009. 

If you meet with us personally, we can easily accept all forms of payment at the time of your consultation.

Special arrangements can be made for writers with certain financial challenges.  Discuss these possibilities with us during your consultation or send an inquiry to Info@WriteDuckPress.com before submitting your manuscript.
Write Duck Press offers a First Fifty Pages Complimentary Manuscript Review to help you wade through the murky waters of the book's editorial needs.  The manuscript review is essential before the editorial process begins.  A review allows you to understand the level of literary swimming proficiency you'll need to attain before publishing across International waters.  The review also allows us to match you with the best editorial coach for your genre and writing style.

The First Fifty Page review is mandatory before books can be enrolled in The Full Migration publishing program.

Floating Your Book From Concept to Publication


The Full Migration: $2,650 (novels & non-fiction: regularly $3,100)

Poetry & Children's Books: $2,250 (regularly $2,700)

Returning Author, Active Military, and Veteran Discount: $450 

Have you ever wanted to leave all the technical details to someone else and just write your books?  Have you ever just wanted to become and excellent swimmer and then, before the chill of winter sets in, spread your wings and take flight, producing amazing results, leaving other authors wondering how you learned to fly so effortlessly?

We understand that sometimes, writers want to embark on a book project and not worry about the details of who will do what, when.  This is exactly why we've created the Full Migration program.  Write Duck Press will nurture your project from beginning to end, creating stunning results that make you proud to celebrate your new author status!

If you're looking for full independent publishing services, rather than self-publishing... this is the program for you!

  • Our Deep Water editors will help refine your work and get it ready for the printed page. 
  • Our Nesting specialists will create a stunning layout for both print and ebook that readers will enjoy. 
  • Our Pond Designers will build a marketing platform that will generate interest and book sales.
  • Our Quack Translators will help to give your book a new voice, with a new language (one language is included, others may be purchased separately).
Plus Additional Services including:
  • ISBN numbers for all formats (Print, Ebook, Audio Book)
  • Pricing Bar Codes for expanded distribution
  • US Copyright Registration
  • United States Library of Congress Control Number
  • 20 Complimentary copies your book in Print

We will combine all of these services into one simple, easily implemented program that will produce Oceanic results with minimal logistical effort for you.  Allow us to nurture your eggs of inspiration as they develop into ducklings of plot, and grow into handsome ducks of reputation... eventually taking flight to discover new readers in every creek, river, stream, lake and sea upon the Earth!

Submission Requirements:
Write Duck Press offers a free manuscript review of the first fifty pages of your project to give you a clear understanding of what type of editing assistance your manuscript will need.  The review is mandatory before the editorial process begins.  A review allows you to see the scope of work yet to be done before the actual editorial and interior design process begins, and it allows us to partner you with just the right editor for your project. 

If you have already received your First Fifty Page Review, submitting your complete manuscript is the next step.

Technical Specifications: Novelettes, Novellas, Novels, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Memoir
  • Trade Paperback
  • Perfect Bound
  • 6" x 9″ portrait
  • 5.5" x 8.5" portrait
  • 8.5" x 8.5" square
  • 8" x 10 portrait
  • white or cream interior pages
  • Glossy or Matte Cover
  • unlimited black & white or color graphic insertions (must be provided by the author in 300dpi, .jpg or .png format).


Technical Specifications: Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books:
Children's books may be of various sizes, and we will work with you to choose the size that best suites the book's age demographic, story, and illustrations.  The Write Duck Press Children's books sizes are:

  • Trade Paperback
  • Perfect Bound
  • 6" x 9" portrait
  • 5.5" x 8.5" portrait
  • 8.5" 8.5" square
  • 8" x 10" portrait
We endeavor to bring your special vision of your children's book to life, as you imagine it.  You will work with our children's book designer and editor who holds a certification in Early Childhood Development to come as close as possible to the book you want to create. 

Our children's book layout designs do not have layout choices as each book requires different creative approach.  All children's book designs include full-color pages, table of contents for chapter books, and font selections that will enhance the visual appeal of your children's book.  However, as with all creative processes, there are some limitations as to what is possible. 

A complimentary consultation with a Write Duck Press lifeguard is paramount to the success of your children's book.  We suggest that you schedule a consultation before you order children's book design services.  Submitting the first few pages for a review is extremely helpful... or you may schedule a personal consultation to review the manuscript with our editor and discuss next steps.  To arrange for a consultation, contact us at Info@WriteDuckPress.com.

Publication Timelines: The average time from manuscript submission and first payment to publication is four months. Additional time may be necessary for complex interior layouts that include multiple graphic insertions, and books which require our artists or photographers to create illustrations and photos.

Non-Exclusive Agreement:  Our agreement is non-exclusive, which means that you are not bound to Grey Wolfe Publishing for any period of time.  Once the book design services are complete, those files belong to you, forever. Copyright Registration and Library of Congress Control Numbers are secured in your name. You may change publishing houses at any time, with the understanding that a new ISBN will be required to do so.

Payment Process:

We offer an affordable four-payment plan which we believe will accommodate the financial situation of every author.  The initial deposit is made at the time of manuscript submission.  Then, four payments are made at each stage of the  publishing process, via electronic invoices sent to your email box.  Payment can be made through credit or debit cards, or via PayPal, or authors may mail a check when invoices are received to:

Write Duck Press c/o Grey Wolfe Publishing  PO Box 1088 Birmingham, MI  48009. 

If you meet with us personally, we can easily accept all forms of payment at the time of your consultation.

Special arrangements can be made for writers with certain financial challenges.  Discuss these possibilities with us during your consultation or send an inquiry to Info@WriteDuckPress.com before submitting your manuscript.

Legal Notice:
We highly recommend that all potential authors discuss our services and costs with their attorney or another trusted advisor.  We want to be certain that you are 100% comfortable with our business practices before signing with us! 

We also highly recommend that potential authors research other book design service organizations to be certain that you are receiving the services that are most important to you at a fair price.  This is not something to jump into... it took a lot of time to write your book, now take the time necessary to be sure that you are 100% comfortable with the company that will help you bring it to bookstore shelves.

$200.00 - 400.00

Encouraging Your Book To Become The Best Representation of Your Imagination!


Deep Water Editorial Services

Poetry & Children's Books 100 pages or fewer: $400

Novels & Non-Fiction Books 300 pages (75k words)  or fewer: $800


Write Duck Press offers a First Fifty Pages Complimentary Manuscript Review to help you wade through the murky waters of the book's editorial needs.  The manuscript review is essential before the editorial process begins.  A review allows you to understand the level of literary swimming proficiency you'll need to attain before publishing across International waters.  The review also allows us to match you with the best editorial coach for your genre and writing style.

After the manuscript has been reviewed,
we will help you strengthen the editorial quality of up 300 pages (approx. 75,000 words).  Our thorough, three-stage editorial process throws a broad net around all the possible editorial fish that might wriggle past the single line approach of other editorial service providers. 
  • Ground Water Edit: Overall check of basic spelling, grammar, sentence structure, appropriate word choice. 
  • Rivers & Streams Edit: A second look at the correction of grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure,  appropriate word choice; general consistency;  basic fact checking; basic character development. 
  • Open Water Edit: Final correction of grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, appropriate word choice; story flow; logic; consistency of style; world building; advance character development; deep fact checking. 
  • Manuscripts containing more than 300 pages are edited at an additional charge of $1.00 per page.

We will return all edits to you via email attachments utilizing the "review"  or "sticky note" feature in MS Word.  Although the average time for each editorial project varies based on the subject matter and the degree of work to be accomplished, our expectation is that most books will be edited and ready for the Nesting (layout) process in three months, or fewer.


Payment Process:

We offer an affordable four-payment plan which we believe will accommodate the financial situation of every author.  The initial deposit is made at the time of manuscript submission.  Then, the final payment is made at the time of project completion, via an electronic invoice sent to your email box.  Payment can be made through credit or debit cards, or via PayPal, or authors may mail a check when invoices are received to:

Write Duck Press c/o Grey Wolfe Publishing  PO Box 1088 Birmingham, MI  48009. 

If you meet with us personally, we can easily accept all forms of payment at the time of your consultation.

Special arrangements can be made for writers with certain financial challenges.  Discuss these possibilities with us during your consultation or send an inquiry to Info@WriteDuckPress.com before submitting your manuscript.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: Manuscripts seeking editorial services should be submitted in MS Word for PC format, double-spaced, 300 pages (approx. 75,000 words) or fewer.  Manuscripts should be submitted in #12 Calibri font, with 1" margins, left justified, with block format (no paragraph indents), and a space between each paragraph.  Be sure that all contact information is typed in the header of your document before submitting.

***Before Submitting your manuscript, please be certain that you can work in Microsoft® Word throughout the editorial process.  Our systems are not compatible with Apple® programs.


$37.50 - 150.00

Comfort and Protection for Your Words

Print Nesting Services: $300

E-Book Nesting Services: $75


Once you've completed the Deep Water process and are confident that your words can swim with all the strength and determination of your imagination, it's time to build a Nest to gently contain those words and give them a protected space for readers to discover them.  This Nest is the interior layout design for your book.

We will arrange your words upon the page according to industry standards, and offer a format that is comfortable to read over long periods of time... time enough for readers to perhaps become so taken with the gentle waves of your words, that they don't want to emerge until the story is finished.  Our focus groups have told us that Write Duck Press has developed a Nesting approach that supports that "keep swimming, keep reading" energy.

We'll design pages that are comfortable to read with plenty of white space to enhance flow.  Interior designs can be created for novels, fiction collections, poetry, non-fiction, and children's books. 

***If you have not had your book edited by Write Duck Press, we can still perform Nesting Services for you... but please understand that we will not make any changes to the content of your book.  We will simply provide the interior design.  Any content and/or editorial errors discovered after publication will remain the responsibility of the author, and the author will not hold Write Duck Press responsible, legally, or in any other way, for these errors.

Included in all of our Nesting Services are the following features:

  • Two Interior Title pages.
    • Cover Reproduction page
    • Title Signing page
  • Dedication and/or Acknowledgements pages.
  • Chapter Head pages with or without illustrations.
  • Four Variable Interior Design Formats to choose from:
    • Calibri #11 or #12
    • Times New Roman #11 or #12
    • Ariel #11 or #12
    • Century Gothic #11 or #12
  • Unlimited illustrations, charts or graphs (provided by you in 300 dpi, jpg format) tucked neatly into the text with captions.
  • Footer Material including author name, page number, title of book.
  • Author Bio Page, including your headshot (provided by you in 300 dpi, jpg format).
  • Archive Files in both PDF and MS Word formats (CD via priority mail and files via email attachment) ready for upload to your favorite publishing/print house or CreateSpace.

Included in the E-Book Nesting Services are the following formats:
  • Mobi (Kindle)
  • E-Pub (Nook and others)
  • Smashwords
  • PDF
Children's Book Authors:  Custom created illustrations by our award winning artists will create engaging visuals for your children's books for an additional fee of $50 per illustration.

Payment Process:

We offer an affordable payment plan which we believe will accommodate the financial situation of every author.  The initial deposit is made at the time of manuscript submission.  Then, the final payment is made at the time of project completion, via an electronic invoice sent to your email box.  Payment can be made through credit or debit cards, or via PayPal, or authors may mail a check when invoices are received to:

Write Duck Press c/o Grey Wolfe Publishing  PO Box 1088 Birmingham, MI  48009. 

If you meet with us personally, we can easily accept all forms of payment at the time of your consultation.

Special arrangements can be made for writers with certain financial challenges.  Discuss these possibilities with us during your consultation or send an inquiry to Info@WriteDuckPress.com before submitting your manuscript.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: Manuscripts seeking interior layout services should be submitted in MS Word for PC format, double-spaced, 300 pages (approx. 75,000 words) or fewer.  Manuscripts should be submitted in #12 Calibri font, with 1" margins, left justified, with block format (no paragraph indents), and a space between each paragraph.  Be sure that all contact information is typed in the header of your document before submitting.

Comfort and Protection for Your Words

Print Nesting Services: $300

E-Book Nesting Services: $150


Once you've completed the Deep Water process and are confident that your words can swim with all the strength and determination of your imagination, it's time to build a Nest to gently contain those words and give them a protected space for readers to discover them.  This Nest is the interior layout design for your book.

We will arrange your words upon the page according to industry standards, and offer a format that is comfortable to read over long periods of time... time enough for readers to perhaps become so taken with the gentle waves of your words, that they don't want to emerge until the story is finished.  Our focus groups have told us that Write Duck Press has developed a Nesting approach that supports that "keep swimming, keep reading" energy.
We'll design pages that are comfortable to read with plenty of white space to enhance flow.  Interior designs can be created for novels, fiction collections, poetry, non-fiction, and children's books. 

***If you have not had your book edited by Write Duck Press, we can still perform Nesting Services for you... but please understand that we will not make any changes to the content of your book.  We will simply provide the interior design.  Any content and/or editorial errors discovered after publication will remain the responsibility of the author, and the author will not hold Write Duck Press responsible, legally, or in any other way, for these errors.

Included in all of our Nesting Services are the following features:

  • Two Interior Title pages.
    • Cover Reproduction page
    • Title Signing page
  • Dedication and/or Acknowledgements pages.
  • Chapter Head pages with or without illustrations.
  • Four Variable Interior Design Formats to choose from:
    • Calibri #11 or #12
    • Times New Roman #11 or #12
    • Ariel #11 or #12
    • Century Gothic #11 or #12
  • Unlimited illustrations, charts or graphs (provided by you in 300 dpi, jpg format) tucked neatly into the text with captions.
  • Footer Material including author name, page number, title of book.
  • Author Bio Page, including your headshot (provided by you in 300 dpi, jpg format).
  • Archive Files in both PDF and MS Word formats (CD via priority mail and files via email attachment) ready for upload to your favorite publishing/print house or CreateSpace.
Children's Book Authors:  Custom created illustrations by our award winning artists will create engaging visuals for your children's books for an additional fee of $50 per illustration.

Payment Process:

We offer an affordable payment plan which we believe will accommodate the financial situation of every author.  The initial deposit is made at the time of manuscript submission.  Then, the final payment is made at the time of project completion, via an electronic invoice sent to your email box.  Payment can be made through credit or debit cards, or via PayPal, or authors may mail a check when invoices are received to:

Write Duck Press c/o Grey Wolfe Publishing  PO Box 1088 Birmingham, MI  48009. 

If you meet with us personally, we can easily accept all forms of payment at the time of your consultation.

Special arrangements can be made for writers with certain financial challenges.  Discuss these possibilities with us during your consultation or send an inquiry to Info@WriteDuckPress.com before submitting your manuscript.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: Manuscripts seeking interior layout services should be submitted in MS Word for PC format, double-spaced, 300 pages (approx. 75,000 words) or fewer.  Manuscripts should be submitted in #12 Calibri font, with 1" margins, left justified, with block format (no paragraph indents), and a space between each paragraph.  Be sure that all contact information is typed in the header of your document before submitting.

$150.00 - 500.00

Allowing The Creative Waters To Dry Up Erodes Your Writing Career!

Full Marketing Pond Design Services: $1,150.00

Regular Water Pump & Pond Aeration Maintenance to Avoid Dredging: $100/month


Just like a natural pond, a properly flowing book marketing program is, for the most part, low-maintenance and works gently with Mother Nature.  As your pond expands with new books for readers to enjoy, one literary lily pad helps them move around your pond to the next with a simple joy as they become comfortable in your waters.

Yet on occasion, your pond needs a little nurturing.  Just like anything else you find in creation, your Book's Marketing Pond has different needs at various times of the year.  We will assist you in bubbling during the winter to avoid a freeze-over; we'll create a little bit of noise in the spring to attract new eyes; in summer's heat, we'll freshen your pond with fragrant enticements; and we'll prepare your pond for autumn's changing winds.


THE FILTRATION SYSTEM: THE CUSTOM COVER DESIGN: $300 

After the Deep Water and Nesting Services have been completed, the custom cover design is the most critical part of your Marketing Pond's Design.  Your book's cover is the Filtration System that attracts readers to begin turning pages.  Without a thoughtfully created cover, specific to your unique story, your book will not float upon the waves closest to the shoreline, within easy reach of your audience.

THE WATER PUMP: THE AUTHOR WEBSITE: $400

The amount of maintenance your  book's Marketing Pond requires generally depends on the type of Water Pump that bubbles your your pond to avoid stagnation.  In the book world, your Water Pump is your author website.  For example, if the pump sits at the bottom of the pond, with no attention from you, then you may find yourself involved in major dredging of algae and parasites, which could involve a complete pond redesign.  This can get rather expensive in both time and money... especially if you're busy writing your next book, and don't have the time to devote to dredging. 

If you don't have a way for readers to easily find you within the literary storm's fury of hundreds of thousands of other author's books, you may suffer a writing career that crashes against a fractured jetty.

A standard website includes the following pages (additional pages can be added on as your career grows at $25 per page):

  • Home page with an event countdown clock.
  • About page with an extensive author interview.
  • Published works page with all of your currently available books (cover art, synopsis, etc), including "buy" links.
  • A Contact page with a newsletter sign-up form, so readers can send you reviews and other messages easily.
  • A Blog page to keep your fans interested in you and your writing career.
  • Social Media links on every page.

POND AERATION: THE MARKETING MATERIALS: $450 

If your message to potential readers doesn't reach fresh air on a regular basis, then your pond will be void of the little fishes and plants that spawn your popularity and keep your writing career above water.  Bookmarks, media kits, posters and the like, are the lures that get interested readers to nibble at your work.  Satisfy the hunger of one reader, and others floating by will take notice, and perhaps dip their toes into your book's pond. 

Important elements to Pond Aeration include the following:
  • An "interactive excerpt" or "look inside" preview with the code to insert into your website, and a link to share in emails and on social media.
  • 250, two-sided, custom bookmarks with your book's cover and synopsis on the front, ISBN, availability, and your website information on the back.
  • 250, two-sided, custom postcards with your book's cover, order information, and QR Code on the front, with your return address and mailing space on the back.
  • One 11" x 17" poster mounted on foam board and laminated to use at book festivals or signings as a table or window display.
  • A Media Kit which includes front and back cover slicks, an author headshot slick, an author one-sheet (bio/resume), a book one-sheet (synopsis/key passages), a social media one-sheet (suggested social media messages, tweets, postings), sample interview questions (to supply to the media for greater accessibility), notable scenes for interviews, a press release, two ARC (Advance Read Copies) editions in digital format, a marketing handbook (with tips and tricks for signings and daily marketing techniques), and a media kit archival disk for future use and duplication.
***If Write Duck Press did not design your book cover, you must supply it to us in full color jpg 300dpi when ordering Water Pump or Pond Aeration services.

***Book Trailers are outside the boundaries of typical Pond Design Services.  Book Trailers are produced by special request, and project costs vary, depending on the scope of the project.  Contact us at Info@WriteDuckPress.com for information regarding book trailers.


Payment Process:

We offer an affordable payment plan which we believe will accommodate the financial situation of every author.  The initial deposit is made at the time of manuscript submission.  Then, the final payment is made at the time of project completion, via an electronic invoice sent to your email box.  Payment can be made through credit or debit cards, or via PayPal, or authors may mail a check when invoices are received to:

Write Duck Press c/o Grey Wolfe Publishing  PO Box 1088 Birmingham, MI  48009. 

If you meet with us personally, we can easily accept all forms of payment at the time of your consultation.

Special arrangements can be made for writers with certain financial challenges.  Discuss these possibilities with us during your consultation or send an inquiry to Info@WriteDuckPress.com before submitting your manuscript.
$150.00 - 200.00

Reach New Readers Across The Pond... and Beyond!

Quack Translation Services: $400

Foreign Language Cover Design Services: $300

Not all ducks are alike in the world.  Not everyone swims in the same pond or quacks in the same language... this is why we offer book translation services.  We know that it can be difficult to reach out to a variety readers of differing languages.  Not everyone speaks English, and we understand that in order to reach a greater worldwide market, your readers should have an opportunity to read your work in their native tongue.

Our flock of language experts will translate your book, using specialized software, retaining the page format.  Then, they will carefully proofread your work to be certain that nothing has been lost in translation.  Idioms, numbers, names, and other special words or phrases can often be misread when working on a translation.  This is why we have expert speakers, some native to the language they specialize in, some are instructors of the language, to watch for any small drop that might slip through the cracks.  While not everything can translate perfectly from English to another language, we do our best to produce a foreign language version of your book that you will be proud to promote.


TRANSLATION DELIVERY:

Timelines may vary, depending on the specific language being translated, and the availability of that language expert, but in most cases, full translations are completed within three to four months.  Translations are delivered back to you on an Archival CD, in MS Word format and PDF, print ready.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:  All manuscripts submitted for translation services must be submitted in Microsoft® Word format.  Our systems are not compatible with Apple® programs.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE COVER DESIGNS:
We offer new, professionally developed cover designs for each foreign language edition of your book.  It is important, especially for marketing purposes, to be certain that the look and feel of the cover represents the language into which is has been translated.  Our expert designers will easily create designs that will enhance sales of your book overseas, while keeping as close to as they can to the original theme of the English version in their design.

LANGUAGES SUPPORTED FOR TRANSLATION:

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • German
More languages will be added shortly.  If you have a specific language request, please send an email to us at Info@WriteDuckPress.com and we will do what we can to accommodate your request.

Payment Process:

We offer an affordable payment plan which we believe will accommodate the financial situation of every author.  The initial deposit is made at the time of manuscript submission.  Then, the final payment is made at the time of project completion, via an electronic invoice sent to your email box.  Payment can be made through credit or debit cards, or via PayPal, or authors may mail a check when invoices are received to:

Write Duck Press c/o Grey Wolfe Publishing  PO Box 1088 Birmingham, MI  48009. 

If you meet with us personally, we can easily accept all forms of payment at the time of your consultation.

Special arrangements can be made for writers with certain financial challenges.  Discuss these possibilities with us during your consultation or send an inquiry to Info@WriteDuckPress.com before submitting your manuscript.

Enhancing Your Storytelling With Spoken Word

Audio Book Recording Starting at $3,000


Bilateral Breathing is the ability to swim while breathing in two different ways.  For books, that means print or e-books and audio books.  Write Duck Press will help you create an audio version of your book that will become a favorite pastime for readers who can't pick up a book... those who commute and travel... those who want a distraction while performing household chores... those who are vision impaired... and those who want a gentle way to relax while soaking in a tub, while stretched out on the beach,  or while curled up with a favorite furry friend in the evening before bedtime.

TWO DIFFERENT STYLES OF AUDIO BOOKS TO MATCH YOUR VISION
Single Narration: A single voice reading the book to the listener... just as you remember your parents, teachers, and librarians reading to you as a child.  It's a direct, word-for-word audio version of your story.

Multiple Narration: Many voices coming together to read your work as you had intended, with each voice representing a different character.  Created in the style of "old-time" radio shows, your manuscript is converted into a script, with superlative narration eliminated, and then recorded with a full cast of characters.  These recordings are vivid to the ear, full of expression and imagination.

BILATERAL BREATHING MANDATORY EVALUATION: $100 Fee (non refundable, but applicable to full program fees)
Before we embark on swimming the arduous channel of Audio Book Production, our coaches must be confident in your book's strength to endure the choppy waters ahead.  Each book is measured individually to be certain that it won't drown when sent into the tumult of the recording studio.  Therefore, each author seeking inclusion in the Bilateral Breathing Program must first submit their manuscript to Write Duck Press for a mandatory, full evaluation.  We evaluate for proper editing, appropriateness of language, structure, and whether the book is more suited to Single Narration or Multiple Narration.  The evaluation process takes approximately thirty days to complete, and authors are then contacted to discuss potentials for audio book production at that time. 

If your book doesn't meet our evaluation standards for the Bilateral Breathing Program, you may be invited to take advantage of our Deep Water services to prepare your book more completely for this endeavor.

AUDIO BOOK DELIVERY:
Timelines may vary, depending on the length of the work, whether single or multiple narration is preferred, and availability of studio, equipment, and voice actors.  In most cases, full audio books are completed within six months or fewer, after the manuscript has been evaluated and a script has been created.  Upon completion, audio books are delivered to you via priority mail, on an Archival CD, in MP3 and/or MP4 format.  Three copies are provided as a part of the Bilateral Breathing Program.  Supplementary copies may be purchased by the author for an additional fee.

*** Write Duck Press produces Audio Books for common USA CD quality listening standards only, and does not distribute audio books, or guarantee that the technical specifications for the audio books that we produce will meet any particular distributor's requirements. 

BILATERAL BREATHING PROGRAM PRICING
Audio books come with their own set of special circumstances, including, but not limited to, technical specifications, studio and equipment availability, voice actor availability, and script writing.  Therefore, it is impossible to quote final pricing until the evaluation process has been completed.  The evaluation fee is $100 per manuscript and/or book.  Production starts at $3,000 per project, and may increase based on the above named factors, and any unforeseen circumstances which impact production.

Payment Process:

We offer an affordable payment plan which we believe will accommodate the financial situation of every author.  The initial deposit/evaluation fee is made at the time of manuscript submission.  Then, additional payments are made at milestone intervals throughout the project in the amount of $500 each.  Invoices for these payments are sent electronically to your email box.  Project progress will not be moved forward until each milestone payment has been received.  Payments can be made through credit or debit cards, or via PayPal, or authors may mail a check when invoices are received to:

Write Duck Press c/o Grey Wolfe Publishing  PO Box 1088 Birmingham, MI  48009. 

If you meet with us personally, we can easily accept all forms of payment at the time of your consultation.

Special arrangements can be made for writers with certain financial challenges.  Discuss these possibilities with us during your consultation or send an inquiry to Info@WriteDuckPress.com before submitting your manuscript.