Furry Publishers – A Resource for Artists and Authors
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When I first joined the Furry Fandom, there weren’t many fandom publishers, and most printed works were vanity press or self-publishing. These days, it seems that the world of Furry Publishing has exploded in size, with many relatively new companies plowing ahead and looking strong.
However, there aren’t too many resources available for those looking to get their works published on whom to go with, and sites like Wikifur confusingly list long-dormant and dissolved companies under active publishers. So I went ahead and compiled a list of currently active fandom publishers looking at submissions, either regularly or periodically. I do not pretend this to be exhaustive, so these listed may not be the only options available.
A word of warning: What these publishers accept may change without notice. Some only publish through submissions to anthologies, while others may open or close their submissions for certain types of media. Many of these publishers are selective in what they publish under their imprint, and are often flooded with submissions and proposals. Always do your research before sending a submission in!
When discussing a contract with a publisher, keep special care to know what rights are being sold. While most publishers only require a period of exclusivity, some may be intending to purchase complete rights to the work. Make certain that you and the publisher are both clear on what is expected from either of you!
When it comes to publishing and compensation, there are four general approaches:
- Flat payment. An up-front flat payment upon accepting your submission, sometimes per entry, sometimes per-word or per-page. There is no further compensation after this payment.
- Royalties. A royalty is a percentage of the sales of your book – the more copies your book sells, the more money you make.
- Product. Instead of cash, you receive a copy of the work, either for personal use or for you to sell yourself.
- Vanity. Instead of being paid to have your work published, you instead pay the publisher to print your book or comic for you. You pay the full cost of printing and take the entire stock. Publishers may have a clause letting them purchase copies from you at a discount of the cover price.
And finally, if you know of a Furry Publisher that is not included on this list and is currently active, please feel free to drop a tip!
Rabbit Valley – Comics, Novels, Anthology Submissions, Vanity Publishing
The oldest active publisher on this list, Rabbit Valley is also a distributor for other publishers, having a table presence at conventions all around the world. Rabbit Valley offers vanity press printing for Comics and Novels, and is accepting submissions to publish Comics.
Furplanet – Comics, Novels, ‘Zines, Anthologies, Artbooks
Furplanet was founded in 2004 as an online store for Furnation, and as an independent company in 2008. It publishes a variety of novels, comics, anthologies, and more under it’s own imprint as well as the Bad Dog Books label. Furplanet is currently accepting submissions for comics, novels, ‘zines, anthologies, and artbooks.
Jarlidium Press – APA, Comics, Novels, Anthology Submissions
Jarlidium Press is a publisher of various anthologies, comics, and periodical ‘zines. Current regular titles include the APA North American Furs, Xformations (adult transformation art/comics/stories), and Squeak! (adult M/F or F/F comics and pinups). Jarlidium also offers the short-run “ArtZone” and “WebcomicArchive” lines, as well as their Royalty option for comics and novels.
Antarctic Press – Accepting Portfolio submissions
Antarctic Press is a comic publisher that originated many Furry titles over the years. A more traditional comic publisher than others, they take submissions of portfolios rather than works to be published.
Sofawolf Press – Novels, Graphic Novels
Another well-known Furry publisher, Sofawolf Press publishes many authors and artists, as well as the Heat periodical. They are currently closed for Novel and Graphic Novel submissions, but periodically open for anthology submissions.
Goal Publications – Novels, Novellas, Single-Author Collections
Another newer publisher, Goal Publications focuses on the written word, seeking novels and novellas in the 20,000 to 140,000 word range, and single-author collections.
United Publications – Novels, Comics
A UK-based publisher and distributor, United Publications has published many Furry titles in the past. They are currently accepting submissions of completed novels or comic-style books.
Thurston Howl Publications – Novels, Anthologies
Thurston Howl is another publisher that handles anthologies and novels. Their editors get involved with editing and preparing your novel for publication. In addition, Thurston Howl also offers marketing, distribution, and web design services.
Sanguine Games – Roleplaying Games
An oddball in the list, Sanguine is the publisher of the Ironclaw and Myriad Song tabletop RPGs. While mostly an in-house publisher, Sanguine sometimes considers outside submissions.
Weasel Press – Novels, Novellas, Poetry
A “Beat” publisher, Weasel Press say they specialize in the weird and the oddball. They specialize in the written word but say they would consider graphic novels or artbooks. Weasel Press publishes erotica under the Red Ferret Press imprint.
Armored Fox Press – Anthology Submissions
A publisher of anthologies, Armored Fox Press looks primarily for work relevant to the anthologies being worked on. They pay a half-penny a word for accepted submissions.
Furry Writers’ Guild
While not a publisher, the Furry Writers’ Guild is worth mentioning due to its collection of resources for authors, including a “Market” listing of publications or publishers currently accepting written submissions.
Radio Comix – Comics, Comic Anthologies
Once a powerhouse of the Furry Comic world, RadioComix has been dormant in recent years. However, the publisher is planning to come back into action late 2017, starting with a kickstarter for issue 194 of Furrlough, one of the longest running North American comic anthology titles and arguably THE longest running Furry comic title. RadioComix plans to have an updated submission guideline posted around that time for future issues.
For more like this, see also Fred Patten’s articles about furry publishing.
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That’s Armoured Fox Press. (I can’t underline the ‘u’ in this format.)
I’ll blame my US English autocorrect for that one.
Thank you for that Fred. 🙂
One which is missing is Australia-based Jaffa Books. http://www.jaffabooks.com.au/ They are also on Twitter @JaffaBooks
I actually took Jaffa books off the list because in an email from them, they told me they were in an indefinite closure for submissions.
Without some sort of timetable for accepting submissions, or a regular anthology to submit to, I didn’t feel it appropriate to list them here.
Not furry publishers, but there seem to be some German furry bookshops that specialize in carrying imported American and Australian furry books.
Feel Furry (Oops. It seems to be gone.)
Do they carry any of the German furry murder mysteries?
Oh, I’m going to have to add Fusselschwarm to my “Marketplace” article I’m writing. Being an English-language type of guy I tend to miss out on foreign-language sites.
That would be very much appreciated. 🙂
Feel free to contact me: email@example.com
Never heared of Feel Furry. Do you mean http://kittyfluff.de/ ?
The FUSSELSCHWARM is the remaining mail-order-business of the bookstore MAENNERSCHWARM (closed 2 years ago). We stock books by many of the above mentioned publishers. Sadly none of the furry murder mysteries you´ve asked about. But we can oder em on request. 😉
No. Feel Furry used to have an attractive website with a distinctive cartoon banner — although, come to think of it, it was in Brussels, not Germany. Its website was in English, so it was easy to overlook that it wasn’t German.
Kitty Fluff does look worth adding to this list.
I’m now very curious about the history of Feel Furry. It has Facebook, Twitter and YouTube posts that are still online.
Ah, now the penny drops. Came across Feel Furry myself years ago but did not have any business with em. Sorry!
Kitty Fluff is the atelier of two fursuit makers but also a physical store for faux fur, plushies and other furry merchandise. The FUSSELSCHWARM provides em with some comics, books and games.
Listing the rates would greatly help.
Most furry publishers pay less than 1 cent per word.
Most non furry publishers pay 8-10 cents a word.
So for a 2500 word story, this is the difference between getting less than $25 or maybe $250.
The URL for Goal Publications should end in submissions-guidelines, not submission-guidelines. One letter difference.