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Submission Guidelines

SLG Publishing is switching to an Image Comics model of publishing, positioning ourselves as more of a service/consulting company than what we had been doing in the past quareter century.

Leveraging 25 years of publishing experience into a consulting and service business is a natural progression for SLG as times change and more and more people are opting to self-publish or start their own ventures or expand their existing ones.

So, if you have an idea for a project that you would like to see get both digital and print distribution drop us a line at dvado@slgpubs.com. We can help you avoid many of the common mistakes of trying to self-publish your work while offering the strength of a brand that has been made its name discovering new talent and has managed to survive for 25 years in a business now known for longevity.

Our services are also a good fit for media companies who want to being concepts to market through graphic novels or comics and who are also looking for non-traditional means of distribution that still allows for maximum exposure.

Does that mean that SLG will no longer be pursuing traditional publishing partnerships with creators (one where we foot 100% of the bill and assume all of the financial risk)? No. We will still take on the odd project that we find compelling enough to risk our money on. Fo that, continue reading the submission guidelines below (do that regardless of how you intend to work with us).

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SLG Publishing accepts unsolicited submissions by mail and email. Please follow these guidelines when you send in a proposal.

1) We only review projects.
We do not accept scripts without artwork, or art samples without a story. If you are only a writer or only an artist, you need to find someone to work with BEFORE submitting your project. We know this sounds unfair to some people, but please keep our situation in mind. If we attempt to hire an illustrator to draw your script, or vice-versa, we are creating a work-for-hire situation where the artist or writer is going to (rightfully so) expect us to compensate him or her for their time. All members of the creative team need to be fully committed to the project BEFORE it is submitted.

2) If you send your submission through the mail, always include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your submission or your email address.
While we will contact you via phone or email if we are interested in publishing your work, we will not pay postage to send you a rejection letter. If you want to receive a reply, include a SASE. If you want your submission returned, be sure to not only include sufficient postage, but an envelope large enough to hold your materials.

3) All submissions MUST include a cover letter that clearly explains your project.
Do you envision a series or graphic novel? (Please note that at this time, the market favors graphic novels.) Black and white or color? (If you look at our published books, you'll notice that color books are the minority.) We need to know what you want to do, and what you want us to do. If we just get some pages or self-published work without an explanation, it will likely go unread.

4) Let us know if this is a simultaneous submission.
We need to know if you have submitted this book to other publishers. If we contact you about publishing the book, and you are also talking with other publishers about it, it is a matter of professional courtesy to let us know. If you have already signed with another publisher, also let us know. We do not "bid" for projects. We have a standard contract we use with all our creators, and they all receive the same terms. We are very proud of our publishing history and treatment of our creators, and expect anyone who wants to work with us to do so on the basis of this tradition. We will not begin discussing business with anyone until we are sure WE are the publisher that THEY want to work with.

5) Be sure to include ALL of the following:
* A Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) if you do not include an email address for reply.
* A cover letter
* A synopsis (no more than five double-spaced pages) outlining your story/series, INCLUDING how it ends.
* Character Descriptions
* At least five pages of finished (penciled, inked and lettered) panel-to-panel art (pages that tell the story, not pin-ups)
* A list of possible titles

Electronic Submission Guidelines
If you prefer you can submit your project to us by using an online form. Fill out the form and attach your proposal as a pdf file of no more than 10 MB in size. Please make your cover letter page one of the pdf file (there are several online resources for making a pdf file, don't ask us how to do it) and follow all of the other guidelines here (except for the Self Addressed Stamped Envelope of course as your reply will come via email).

The Electronic Submission form can be found on our website by clicking this link. You can also paste this address into your browser:
https://www.slgcomic.com/Submission-Form_ep_83-1.html

And here are some things you should not do when submitting to us:

1) Do not send CDs or refer us to your website.

2) Do not send original art.
This means do not send your actual artwork — the piece of paper you drew on, the one-of-a-kind that you can’t replace.

3) Do not include postcards, stickers or other promotional material in your submission.

4) Do not send your submission by registered or certified mail.

5) If you receive your rejection letter through email, please do not reply asking for clarification or defending your work.

6) Please do not call the office to check on the status of your submission.
If it has been more than six months since you submitted, you may email submissions@slgpubs.com to check on its status.


Once you have your proposal together and ready to send, you should keep a few points in mind:

Just because we’re a small company doesn’t mean we’re not busy.
In fact, it means that the two people in the editorial department often are very busy. We try our best to read submissions in a timely manner, but please be patient.

We’re still nice people, even if we don’t like your project.
Please keep in mind that when we review your work — we’re not making value judgments about you as a person — we’re merely reviewing a comic book project. Likewise, if we don’t like your work, it doesn’t make us any less human. Sending us hate mail, nasty emails or berating us at a convention is a sure way to guarantee that SLG will never, ever, ever-in a-million-years, publish your work.

We do NOT discuss contracts and business terms prior to evaluating your project.
First submit your proposal. If we like it, we’ll start talking business. But in brief: all books published by SLG are creator-owned — that is they remain the property of the creator. We do not pay advances or page rates; all creators are paid a royalty — a percentage based upon the number of copies sold. The terms of our contracts are confidential and between ourselves and our creators. Do not call or email to find out how much you would be paid or would make if we publish your book. We always hope creators will make money from their books, but this is a small industry, and that doesn’t happen too often.

SEND YOUR SUBMISSION TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:

Submissions Editor
SLG Publishing
P.O. Box 26427
San Jose, CA 95159-6427

Or email it to submissions@slgpubs.com

ONCE AGAIN, DO NOT SEND SUBMISSIONS TO US VIA REGISTRED, CERTIFIED OR ANY OTHER METHOD THAT REQUIRES A SIGNATURE!

Really, sometimes we have to wait in line at the post office for upwards of 20 minutes just to get ONE submission. Seriously, we might reject your project out of both spite and the fact that you decided not to follow this one simple instruction.

Thanks again for your interest in SLG/Amaze Ink.

Dan Vado, President and Publisher
Jennifer de Guzman, Editor-in-Chief
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