What are we looking for?
At Black and White we publish exclusively in Ubooks and currently we are publishing only kidlit, particularly picture books/graphic novels/comics, as our format works very well with the highly visual. We are also interested in chapter books and young adult. Our style preferences are varied, what matters to us most is writing. It must be exceptionally good. Please forward samples of your work to the email listed below.
What are Ubooks and what will it look for me to publish in that format?
Ubooks are a patent-pending book format where the book is a video played at reading pace and enhanced with mood-stirring music. These books are the perfect foundation for our reading program, which you can view on the link above.
Presently, all of our Ubooks are released on our YouTube channel. Shorts will be released all at once with longer works being broken into segments or chapters, just as in a traditional book. Each of these chapters will be a separate video. These stories/videos will be free for the readers to enjoy. We feel this is one of the great advantages Ubooks has. People are used to getting their books for free between Bookbub, Kindle First, etc. This mentality has made it very difficult for the new author to break into the market. Ubooks are the solution. The book is free, just as the reader has come to expect. If they're free, how do I get paid? Like Pandora is to music, Ubooks are to books. A short commercial viewed at the beginning of each chapter is how income is generated. More views, more income. The sky's the limit. That's why social media and marketing are so important. How much do I get paid?Authors will receive 25% gross of all royalties received from commercials viewed: illustrators will receive the same. Due to the nature of Ubooks, you may be able to publish a book in this format that's already in print, as long as you hold the necessary rights. It's not our intention to compete with traditional books; in fact, we'll be happy to set up a link to your book/ebook at the end of the Ubook.
Sounds good? We think so too.
How to submit: Email a brief description of your project to: firstname.lastname@example.org along with the first 250 words pasted in the email. If the story is under 1000 words, send the entire piece. Illustrators, please email examples of your work. If we're interested, we'll be in touch.
We look forward to hearing from you.