Featured Publisher: Constellate Publishing, A New Publishing Company Promoting Canadian Content
We are pleased to showcase new publisher, Constellate Publishing today at Pandora’s Box Gazette. Located in Vancouver, BC, editor Ellen Michelle is known for her work with speculative fiction and anthologies. She recently started this new publishing company that will celebrate and promote Canadian creators.
Constellate publishing had an interesting start. Ellen Michelle launched this company with an e-zine project based on Patreon. Monthly subscribers receive a new short story with illustrations each month. Subscribers have the opportunity to get additional rewards like interview content, access to an exclusive feedback group, and short story editing from Ellen.
Constellate Publishing projects, including the e-zine, will only publish Canadian authors and artists. You may be wondering why this publisher will only focus on Canadian content when that’s a smaller market than the US. Ellen said, “There’s so much amazing talent in our country that it seems silly to go elsewhere to find content. I believe in supporting local businesses as much as possible, and that includes authors and artists.”
Stories published by Constellate will be within the genres of speculative fiction, specifically science fiction, fantasy, crime, mystery, and horror, with a focus on cross-genre works and the bizarre, weird fiction that can’t be put into a genre box. The e-zine features one story a month of 5,000–10,000 words with cover art and additional illustrations.
Ellen wants to support local businesses, as well as compensate her authors and artists fairly. Contributors to the e-zine receive a 30% royalty payment for the month their story is live (30% to the author, 30% to the artist, 30% to Constellate, and 10% for Patreon’s fees). Ellen plans to grow the e-zine to two stories a month once it reaches a certain subscriber goal, but that growth will not happen until half of that royalty amount will still be a competitive rate for both authors and both artists.
About Ellen Michelle
Ellen Michelle has been working in book publishing for three years as a freelance editor, managing editor for a small press, and book reviewer. She specializes all of her work in speculative fiction (primarily science fiction and fantasy, but also crime, mystery, and horror), and enjoys working with independent and first-time authors as well as curating anthologies. Ellen is a Master of Publishing candidate at Simon Fraser University, and recently launched her own publishing company: Constellate Publishing.
Connect with Ellen online on Patreon, on Twitter, or via email. Ellen is available for interviews, media appearances, speaking engagements, and/or book review requests - please contact Mickey Mikkelson by email or by phone at 403.464.6925.