Publishing Options


Welcome to Pumpkin Vines Publishing and Illustration

Pumpkin Vines is more than just a publishing house; it's a haven for stories that breathe life into the unique landscapes of New England. As an independent literary press and custom illustration provider, we take pride in curating and crafting books for both children and adults that resonate with the rich tapestry of our region. 

Cowrite a childrens book by Katherine DeSilva


Hybrid Publishing

Author-Centric Decision-Making
When working with traditional publishers, authors often surrender control over their stories. Pumpkin Vines prioritizes your vision. Collaborate with us, and we'll ensure your book is written and presented exactly as you envision it. Enjoy the final say in how your story is crafted and communicated to the audience.

Ideal for First-Time Authors
Breaking into big-name publishers is challenging for first-time authors. Pumpkin Vines welcomes new voices, providing opportunities for authors without extensive backgrounds or experience. Our focus is on the merit of your book idea, fostering an environment where your unique story finds a home. 

Retain Ownership and Control
Traditional publishing often means signing away rights to your book and relinquishing control over its creative and promotional aspects. Pumpkin Vines offers a different approach – hybrid publishing. With us, you retain ownership of your book, maintaining greater control over both the creative process and promotional strategies. 

Hybrid Publishing with Pumpkin Vines

At Pumpkin Vines, we understand that every author's journey is unique. That's why we offer a hybrid publishing option, blending the best of traditional and self-publishing models to cater to your individual needs.

How Hybrid Publishing Works
1. Submission and Evaluation
The process begins with the submission of sample pages or the entire manuscript. Our team evaluates the content to determine its suitability for publication. Not all submissions are accepted, aligning with industry standards. Some manuscripts may be accepted on a contingency basis, with the option for additional developmental and/or copyediting.

2. Package Options
Upon acceptance, authors are presented with a range of package options tailored to their requirements. Packages cover essential services like design, production, and distribution, with the flexibility to choose enhanced services such as developmental editing, marketing materials, or media outreach. Authors can opt for a pre-designed package or create a custom plan according to their needs.

3. Transparent Pricing
At Pumpkin Vines, we prioritize transparency in pricing. Authors receive clear information about the costs associated with their chosen package. It's essential to note that, like any publishing endeavor, there may be additional costs for tasks such as advance reader copies, shipping, storage, and permissions. We ensure authors are aware of these potential expenses upfront to avoid unwelcome surprises.

4. Additional Costs Awareness
We recognize that authors may not be familiar with all the nuances of the publishing process. To address this, we provide clear communication about potential additional costs before the book reaches readers' hands. Whether it's obtaining an ISBN or hiring a proofreader, we guide authors through these aspects to enhance their understanding and experience.

Hybrid Press at Pumpkin Vines

Our hybrid publishing model emphasizes collaboration, allowing authors to take an active role in their publishing journey while benefiting from professional support. With editorial, design, and marketing teams in place, Pumpkin Vines ensures that your book receives the attention it deserves.

Consider Pumpkin Vines as your partner in bringing your unique story to the world. Our hybrid approach combines the strengths of traditional and self-publishing to provide a personalized and effective publishing experience.
Reach out to us via the What's App link on our website to start a conversation about your hybrid publishing journey with Pumpkin Vines. We look forward to helping you bring your literary aspirations to fruition. 

We will assist in publishing chapbook-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction (novellas), and children's books that are 24-75 pages long. We will also assist in publishing 70-110,000 word novels that meet our criteria.

  • 1:1.25 Ratio - 8" x 10" (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
  • 1:1.5 Ratio -  6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
  • Landscape Size Ratio -  8.25" x 6" (20.96 x 15.24 cm)
  • Largest Art Book Ratio -  8.27" x 11.69" (21 x 29.7 cm)
  • Square Art Book Ratio -  8.25" x 8.25" (20.96 x 20.96 cm)
  • Square Childrens Book Ratio -  8.5" x 8.5" (21.59 x 21.59 cm)
  • Standard Paperback Ratio -  5" x 8" (12.7 x 20.32 cm)

Crowdfunding for Your Book 

At Pumpkin Vines, we understand that resources and financial support may pose challenges, especially for emerging authors. That's why we believe in the empowering potential of crowdfunding to bring your literary dreams to fruition. Crowdfunding allows you to engage directly with your audience, turning them into active participants in the creation of your book. 

Funding your book shouldn't be a daunting task. Pumpkin Vines is here to support you every step of the way. Whether you choose self-funding, crowdfunding, grants, or contests, we believe in the creative value of each writer.
Embrace determination, creativity, and the right funding strategy to turn your literary dreams into a published reality. Start writing, start funding, and let the world discover your unique story with Pumpkin Vines as your trusted partner. 

The Crowdfunding Journey
When you choose to crowdfund your book, you invite others to be part of the worlds you craft through direct contributions. It's more than just financial support; it's a collaborative journey where backers become invested in the incredible outcomes of supporting up-and-coming writers.

To make your crowdfunding campaign successful, keep these key points in mind:
Set Clear Goals: Be specific about your goals, outlining what you aim to achieve with your book. Clearly define how the funds will be utilized, making your campaign transparent and trustworthy.
Share Your Story: Craft a compelling narrative that shares your journey, passion, and the unique aspects of your book. Make it relatable and personal, allowing potential backers to connect emotionally with your project.
Know Your Audience: Understand the audience you're trying to communicate with. Tailor your campaign to resonate with them, addressing their interests and values. 

Diverse Crowdfunding Options
Explore various crowdfunding options, each offering a unique approach:
Platform Variety: Consider platforms that align with your crowdfunding vision. Each platform has its strengths, from the structured selection process of some to the creative freedom of others.

Campaign Flexibility: Choose between fixed or flexible funding models based on your project's needs. Fixed goals require reaching a threshold, while flexible funding allows you to receive contributions even if the goal isn't fully met.
Community Engagement: Leverage platforms like Patreon to build a sustainable income stream by connecting directly with monthly patrons. Provide teaser content, videos, and tiered rewards to attract and retain a loyal audience.
Hybrid Models: Explore innovative models like Publishizer, combining crowdfunding with traditional publishing. Launch campaigns to test audience interest and potentially secure major publishing deals. 

Collaborative Services
Pumpkin Vines

Katherine, owner of the Wee Fae ‘Ouse is a single mother with Multiple Sclerosis on a mission. Katherine is an author and artist whose stories take place mainly in Essex County, Massachusetts where she lives. From September to June she is a full-time Special Educator teacher for teens with social and emotional disabilities.

Katherine has her Masters of Science in Special Education and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has taught value-based sexual education classes for youth of all ages for the past 10 years. She enjoys promoting open conversations about living sustainably, social-emotional wellness, and sexual well-being.

Katherine DeSilva

Do you have an idea?

Co-write a book with Katherine. 
Although there are a range of ways to structure a co-written book here are a few a starting points to consider. 

Once the book is ready for production (based on the structure that was chosen initially) it can be published in one of the following ways:
- You work with a publishing company and pay contracted rates.
- Self Publish under your Kindle Direct Publishing / B&N Press (or similar) with you paying contracted rates plus legal fees.
- Self Publish under my Kindle Direct Publishing / B&N Press (or similar) with me paying royalties to you and no upfront costs to you except legal fees.

Promotion of a new book is a huge undertaking. Please be sure that your are ready to get your face and our story out there. This means that you will need to commit to scheduling and attending book signings and promotional events. 

Sign a Collaboration Agreement 

Step 1 is a legal Collaboration Agreement.  This protects your idea and my writing.  Once the agreement is finalized we will have a few conversations about the story concept.  You will share relevant documents and photographs. 

Get Writing & Illustrating

I then take our notes and collaborative work and write a children's story.  You will then be required to sign a non-disclosure before the first draft and initial concept illustrations are shared. 
Once the story and illustration concepts are approved I will complete all of the illustrations, typeset, have it edited, and get the book ready for production. 

Production & Promotion 

Once the story and illustration concepts are approved I will complete all of the illustrations, typeset, have it edited, and get the book ready for production. Once the book is ready for production the most important piece is promotion.  As a co-author you will need to be ready to get the book noticed. When promoting a book you must be willing to have 10-50 copies of the book on hand (depending on the size of the event) These books can be purchased at cost when working with KDS or B&N.  When working with a publishing company you usually will need to purchase a set number of copies and pay for them upfront based on the run requirements. 

Pumpkin Vines

Katherine DeSilva is 'Ipswich.Green'
Illustration, Stories, Games, Wearables & Household .

174 High Street
Ipswich Village, Suite 105

Ipswich, MA 01938

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