The next information I took straight from their website, http://www.variancepublishing.com/ . Variance has a two-fold mission. The first coincides with most publishers, the second does not.
Mission 1: To publish the best fiction from new and established authors, launching and sustaining long time bestselling careers for books in the genres of: thriller (techno, political, medical, science, etc) action-adventure, science fiction, fantasy, horror and historical.
Mission 2: To be author friendly, collaborating with authors on all parts of the publishing process and treating them like partners rather than possessions. We want to develop long term and successful relationships with the folks who make publishing possible, the writers.
Question #1, What type of submissions is Blip looking for? " Blip is looking for anything that has thrills and chills, just like Variance, only geared toward a Young Adult audience. Following the same instructions via the submissions page will get you off on the right foot." Variance submissions page.
Question #2, Once a contract is signed, how long until publication? "That varies from book to book, but typically under a year."
Question #3, Do writers have input on cover art/ interior art? "Of course! As our mission states, we are an author friendly publishing house and I am always looking for input from the author...who else knows the book better?"
Question #4, As Blip gets rolling, how many books do you plan to put out each year? "That's currently unknown. We currently have two ebooks slated for this year (Jaded and Torrein: Age of Fear) which have the potential to go through a print run for nation wide brick-and-mortar sales. It truly depends on if we get submissions we can get behind and feel that the audience will too." HERE THAT! Send in those submissions.
Thank you Stan!
My final question I took the answer directly from their website, as an author it is information I wanted to know.
Question #5, What does Variance offer for book royalties to authors? "Variance offers industry standards as a base royalty for all books. 8% for paperbacks. 10% on hardcovers. However, being an author friendly publisher we offer a scale on hardcovers. After a certain number of sales, the royalty increases to 12.5%, then again to 15%, much higher percentages than most publishers offer."
Hope this helps get you on the road to publication!