Self Publishing

While we're limited to traditionally publishing only a handful of titles each year, we still want to help cultivate a rich landscape for lovers of the deep and dark.

With that in mind, we would like to offer assistance to authors looking to self-publish in our genres via the products and offers below.

Our Thoughts on Integrity & Vanity Publishers

I feel like it’s important to explain that Grendel Press is not a vanity publisher. At no time will we ask for money in exchange to publish your work.

Novel submissions are for our traditional and hybrid publishing contracts in which we pay an advance, editing, cover design, and formatting fees for your novel in exchange for a percentage of royalties. 

That being said, we offer the services below to assist authors who choose to self-publish in order to increase the quality of content releasing under our favorite genres.

Purchasing products from us is not required and will not affect your chance of acceptance to our traditional contracts.

Apply for a Grendel Press ISBN
For approved requests, we offer a single ISBN for $45, and two ISBNs for $75.
Proofread & Formatting for Ebook + Paperback
$0.012 USD per Word Proofreading is the final step of the process before sending your manuscript for print. At this point, it should be free of most grammar and spelling mistakes. The purpose of proofreading is to catch any last-minute mistakes that both the author and the previous editors have missed. You may email us at any time with additional questions at
Why do you need an ISBN?
You might not! It depends on where and how you want to publish.
I only want to publish an ebook on Amazon - Ok, then it's not necessary because Amazon supplies its own identification number, an ASIN, instead.
I want to publish my paperback on Ingram Spark - Offers a free ISBN if you publish with them. It's $49 for their service and it includes one ISBN under their imprint.
What do you mean 'under their imprint?'
Here's the deal. ISBNs are only sold by certain ISBN distributors based on their country. Bowker handles all ISBNs in the United States where we are located. Every ISBN must be registered under a publisher. Publishers purchase ISBNs in bulk because they are expensive otherwise.

So when you use an ISBN through IngramSpark, your book will show one of their imprints as the publisher when it is distributed to retail stores, etc.
Ohh... is this why we have to apply for a Grendel Press ISBN?
Exactly! While our publishing imprint won't be on your physical book, it's important to us that customers know that any book containing our imprint fits our genres and interests our readers.

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