What if you were asked to work for 2 hours and get paid $5? You probably wouldn't do it, unless you were desperate. Up until this fall, our entire team (editors, founders, readers, graphic designers, etc...) have worked entirely for free with all of the money from book sales being funneled back into the press to pay for the next book.
But the founders and main editors of the press sat down this summer and decided that it was time to give back to those readers who spend a lot of their "free time" reading submissions. The editors and founders themselves won't be taking any funds for reading submissions.
So, 2017 marks the end of free submissions at Unsolicited Press. But,we think it's fair. In fact, we've made it a lifetime submissions fee. You only have to pay it once and you can submit to Unsolicited Press forever without ever paying the fee again...pretty good deal considering some presses charge it every go around.
We've already received a few complaints about charging a reading fee, but you know what, our readers deserve to be compensated for their time. And think about it? If a read take two hours to read your ENTIRE book, they should be thanked for it in the form of a fiverr for that latte at Starbucks.
For those of you who choose to pay the fee and submit, we want to thank you for your support and trust in our team.
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