Darkwater Syndicate is creating kick-ass books by indie authors.
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WHO WE ARE
We are Darkwater Syndicate—the publishing company with a defense contractor's name—and we kick ass. Founded in 2008, we are a full-service indie publisher of fantasy, science fiction, horror, comedy, and thrillers. Our twofold mission is to promote indie authors and to offer the best in reading entertainment. With your support, we will discover, foster, and promote the very best in indie literature, and produce absolutely gorgeous books.

That's not just talk. Take one look at our books and you'll see we aren't like other indies. We're small, but we punch above our weight. Our books have been awarded fourteen international accolades, including first place in both the International Book Award and the IBPA President’s Book Award contests. We have global distribution through two dozen worldwide partners, the biggest of which is Ingram, which provides us access to over 40,000 retailers, libraries, schools, and universities.

We've got a winning team of skilled and passionate people running our company, and we'd like you to be part of our success. We're not like the big, conservative publishers who are bogged down by sales fads and committees on what's trending; nor are we shy when it comes to publishing controversial, cutting-edge fiction.

To show you we mean business, here's what we've accomplished in one year's time:
  • Signed the UK's legendary Guy N. Smith, best-selling author with over 100 books
  • Two-book deal with Chris Cobb, sci-fi author endorsed by NYT best-seller Piers Anthony
  • Grown a portfolio of over 40 authors
  • Published 10 new books in 6 months
  • Won or placed as finalist in 8 major awards competitions
  • Signed film & TV actor Matt Weight (Rescue Me) as audiobook narrator
  • Signed stage & TV actor Christopher Walsh (Chicago Fire, Betrayal) as audiobook narrator

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?
You're going to get fiction—lots of it. We focus on five genres: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, thrillers, and comedy. We've already established ourselves in fantasy with The Gullwing Odyssey (an Amazon Kindle Top 5 Bestseller in 2014), and horror with our Shadows & Teeth series. Both are favorites among critics and readers alike. They've won first place in major literary contests and have secured influential editorial reviews.

But we're not stopping there—we intend to grow in every other genre we represent. As for how you'll get that fiction, check out our pledge tiers. Rewards come in the form of free books, free shipping, purchase discounts, and more. You'll also get the satisfaction of knowing you have fostered the career of one or more indie authors.

Our tier rewards are a win-win if you're a reader. If you're an author, a pledge of as little as $1 monthly grants you access to our patron-only posts on how to further develop your career and generate sales.

WHY PATREON?
Several reasons:
  • Because we believe that every good story deserves to be shared with the world.
  • Because authors should be rewarded for their time, talent, and efforts.
  • Because with your support, we can empower more indie authors by publishing kick-ass books.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Put briefly, the money goes into producing A-list quality ebooks, audiobooks, hardcovers, and paperbacks. We keep our operating costs extremely low and reinvest profits back into the company. The majority of our costs come in three P's: payments to authors, production, promotion.

It should not come as a surprise that payments to authors is the first of the three P's. We value the time and talent authors invest in telling their stories. That is why we are proud to offer authors an unparalleled royalty of 50%. That's right, half the net proceeds. Rewarding our authors is good for business, because it provides greater incentive for them to produce more of the great stories our readers love.

Next is production. A lot goes into producing books, even after the author types "The End" on the last page. We invest a great deal of professionals' time and effort in the production of every book we publish. Just look at our covers—they're top-notch, and that's speaking strictly of the art team's talents. This isn't an accident. People really do judge books by their covers, and our investments in cover art pay dividends. Each author also benefits from in-depth structural, line- and copyediting. This technical nitty-gritty may not be as apparent as a flashy cover, but it is vital to a book's success. Other indies may charge the cost of these services to authors, or even withhold royalties until these costs are recouped, but we don't. We pay our authors royalties starting with the very first sale.

Last is promotion. We promote our authors through a variety of international channels, including several major conventions, our biggest being the annual Miami International Book Fair in November, which is one of the most vibrant events of its type in the western hemisphere. And as mentioned earlier, we've got global distribution reach with Ingram, which puts us into 40,000 outlets worldwide.

OUR STAFF
Our full-time personnel consist of a small, eclectic group of professionals, one of whom is a dragon. We pride ourselves on being the first—if not the only—publishing house with a dragon on staff.

Antonio Simon, Jr.
Head of Business Development & General Counsel
Mr. Simon is an entrepreneur, attorney, and seasoned multidisciplinary professional with over 15 years of experience. He oversees sales in the business-to-business and retail sectors.


Ramiro Perez de Pereda
Head Acquisitions Editor
Born in Cuba in 1941, Mr. Perez serves Darkwater Syndicate as its Head Acquisitions Editor—he heads the department, he does not collect heads, a point he has grown fond of making.



Douglas Fairbanks
Associate Editor
There are two things Mr. Fairbanks enjoys above all: being different and telling a good story. He is an unnervingly talented individual, so long as people don't ask how he does what he does. That would "spoil the magic."


Apara Moreiya
Associate Editor

Apart from being Darkwater Syndicate's unofficial mascot (and unintentionally running up the company's fire insurance premiums), Mr. Moreiya is an associate editor working closely with Antonio Simon, Jr.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
We've been in business for over ten years, and it's been profitable throughout. We're not going anywhere but up. Now, with the advent of Patreon, we're able to invite you to sit shotgun on our mission to bring vibrant new books, and their authors, into the limelight. Buckle your seatbelt—you're in for a fun ride.

Yours Sincerely,

Antonio Simon, Jr.
Head of Business Development
Darkwater Syndicate, Inc.
Tiers
SUPPORTER
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you! Every little bit helps. Your support will help us discover and promote the very best indie authors. Here's what you get:
  • Advance notice of our latest releases.
  • Access exclusive content on the Patreon wall, where you can interact with us and take sneak-peeks at our upcoming projects and cover art before anyone else!
ADVOCATE
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
As an Advocate, you'll get a discount on all purchases and the chance to buy our latest releases before anyone else.
  • 10% discount on products ordered directly from us via email.
  • Advance notice of our latest releases.
  • Access exclusive content on the Patreon wall.
INSIDER
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Here's where things start to heat up. In addition to a 10% discount, Insiders get free shipping too.
  • 10% discount & free shipping on products ordered directly from us via email.
  • Advance notice of our latest releases.
  • Access exclusive content on the Patreon wall.
CONNOISSEUR
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
Connoisseurs of our fine fiction receive bigger discounts and one free ebook monthly (our choice). Our authors receive royalties on these sales, so your support will foster their careers as well. You'll get:
  • One free ebook monthly.
  • 15% discount & free shipping on products ordered directly from us via email.
  • Advance notice of our latest releases.
ASSOCIATE
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
Congrats on your promotion! Associates receive two free ebooks each month (our choice). Now you're fostering the careers of twice as many authors! You'll also get a bigger discount on purchases, and we'll recognize your support by adding your name to our wall of patrons.
  • Two free ebooks monthly.
  • 20% discount & free shipping on products ordered directly from us via email.
  • Your name on our wall of patrons as a Associate-tier supporter.
  • Advance notice on our latest releases. 
EXECUTIVE
$35 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
Executives receive first-class rewards befitting of their corner office status. This tier is limited to 50 supporters. In addition to other great rewards, your name will be printed on a special "Thank You" page in every future anthology we publish while you remain at this tier or above. 
  • Three free ebooks monthly.
  • One paperback of your choice.
  • 25% discount & free shipping on products ordered directly from us via email.
  • Your name printed on a "Thank You" page in future anthologies.
  • Your name on our wall of patrons as an Executive-tier supporter.
  • Advance notice of our latest releases.
BOARDMEMBER
$50 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
Welcome to the boardroom! This tier is limited to 50 supporters and offers the best of the best in terms of value and benefits. Along with the rewards listed below, you'll get the exclusive benefit of your choice of any one special edition hardcover of any book we've published. These special editions represent the very best in our craftsmanship.
  • Four free ebooks monthly.
  • One special edition hardcover of your choice.
  • 30% discount & free shipping on products ordered directly from us via email.
  • Your name printed on a "Thank You" page in future anthologies.
  • Your name on our wall of patrons as an Boardmember-tier supporter.
  • Advance notice of our latest releases.
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$0 of $350 per month
At $350 per month, we can produce one new book about every two months.
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WHO WE ARE
We are Darkwater Syndicate—the publishing company with a defense contractor's name—and we kick ass. Founded in 2008, we are a full-service indie publisher of fantasy, science fiction, horror, comedy, and thrillers. Our twofold mission is to promote indie authors and to offer the best in reading entertainment. With your support, we will discover, foster, and promote the very best in indie literature, and produce absolutely gorgeous books.

That's not just talk. Take one look at our books and you'll see we aren't like other indies. We're small, but we punch above our weight. Our books have been awarded fourteen international accolades, including first place in both the International Book Award and the IBPA President’s Book Award contests. We have global distribution through two dozen worldwide partners, the biggest of which is Ingram, which provides us access to over 40,000 retailers, libraries, schools, and universities.

We've got a winning team of skilled and passionate people running our company, and we'd like you to be part of our success. We're not like the big, conservative publishers who are bogged down by sales fads and committees on what's trending; nor are we shy when it comes to publishing controversial, cutting-edge fiction.

To show you we mean business, here's what we've accomplished in one year's time:
  • Signed the UK's legendary Guy N. Smith, best-selling author with over 100 books
  • Two-book deal with Chris Cobb, sci-fi author endorsed by NYT best-seller Piers Anthony
  • Grown a portfolio of over 40 authors
  • Published 10 new books in 6 months
  • Won or placed as finalist in 8 major awards competitions
  • Signed film & TV actor Matt Weight (Rescue Me) as audiobook narrator
  • Signed stage & TV actor Christopher Walsh (Chicago Fire, Betrayal) as audiobook narrator

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?
You're going to get fiction—lots of it. We focus on five genres: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, thrillers, and comedy. We've already established ourselves in fantasy with The Gullwing Odyssey (an Amazon Kindle Top 5 Bestseller in 2014), and horror with our Shadows & Teeth series. Both are favorites among critics and readers alike. They've won first place in major literary contests and have secured influential editorial reviews.

But we're not stopping there—we intend to grow in every other genre we represent. As for how you'll get that fiction, check out our pledge tiers. Rewards come in the form of free books, free shipping, purchase discounts, and more. You'll also get the satisfaction of knowing you have fostered the career of one or more indie authors.

Our tier rewards are a win-win if you're a reader. If you're an author, a pledge of as little as $1 monthly grants you access to our patron-only posts on how to further develop your career and generate sales.

WHY PATREON?
Several reasons:
  • Because we believe that every good story deserves to be shared with the world.
  • Because authors should be rewarded for their time, talent, and efforts.
  • Because with your support, we can empower more indie authors by publishing kick-ass books.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Put briefly, the money goes into producing A-list quality ebooks, audiobooks, hardcovers, and paperbacks. We keep our operating costs extremely low and reinvest profits back into the company. The majority of our costs come in three P's: payments to authors, production, promotion.

It should not come as a surprise that payments to authors is the first of the three P's. We value the time and talent authors invest in telling their stories. That is why we are proud to offer authors an unparalleled royalty of 50%. That's right, half the net proceeds. Rewarding our authors is good for business, because it provides greater incentive for them to produce more of the great stories our readers love.

Next is production. A lot goes into producing books, even after the author types "The End" on the last page. We invest a great deal of professionals' time and effort in the production of every book we publish. Just look at our covers—they're top-notch, and that's speaking strictly of the art team's talents. This isn't an accident. People really do judge books by their covers, and our investments in cover art pay dividends. Each author also benefits from in-depth structural, line- and copyediting. This technical nitty-gritty may not be as apparent as a flashy cover, but it is vital to a book's success. Other indies may charge the cost of these services to authors, or even withhold royalties until these costs are recouped, but we don't. We pay our authors royalties starting with the very first sale.

Last is promotion. We promote our authors through a variety of international channels, including several major conventions, our biggest being the annual Miami International Book Fair in November, which is one of the most vibrant events of its type in the western hemisphere. And as mentioned earlier, we've got global distribution reach with Ingram, which puts us into 40,000 outlets worldwide.

OUR STAFF
Our full-time personnel consist of a small, eclectic group of professionals, one of whom is a dragon. We pride ourselves on being the first—if not the only—publishing house with a dragon on staff.

Antonio Simon, Jr.
Head of Business Development & General Counsel
Mr. Simon is an entrepreneur, attorney, and seasoned multidisciplinary professional with over 15 years of experience. He oversees sales in the business-to-business and retail sectors.


Ramiro Perez de Pereda
Head Acquisitions Editor
Born in Cuba in 1941, Mr. Perez serves Darkwater Syndicate as its Head Acquisitions Editor—he heads the department, he does not collect heads, a point he has grown fond of making.



Douglas Fairbanks
Associate Editor
There are two things Mr. Fairbanks enjoys above all: being different and telling a good story. He is an unnervingly talented individual, so long as people don't ask how he does what he does. That would "spoil the magic."


Apara Moreiya
Associate Editor

Apart from being Darkwater Syndicate's unofficial mascot (and unintentionally running up the company's fire insurance premiums), Mr. Moreiya is an associate editor working closely with Antonio Simon, Jr.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
We've been in business for over ten years, and it's been profitable throughout. We're not going anywhere but up. Now, with the advent of Patreon, we're able to invite you to sit shotgun on our mission to bring vibrant new books, and their authors, into the limelight. Buckle your seatbelt—you're in for a fun ride.

Yours Sincerely,

Antonio Simon, Jr.
Head of Business Development
Darkwater Syndicate, Inc.

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Tiers
SUPPORTER
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you! Every little bit helps. Your support will help us discover and promote the very best indie authors. Here's what you get:
  • Advance notice of our latest releases.
  • Access exclusive content on the Patreon wall, where you can interact with us and take sneak-peeks at our upcoming projects and cover art before anyone else!
ADVOCATE
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
As an Advocate, you'll get a discount on all purchases and the chance to buy our latest releases before anyone else.
  • 10% discount on products ordered directly from us via email.
  • Advance notice of our latest releases.
  • Access exclusive content on the Patreon wall.
INSIDER
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Here's where things start to heat up. In addition to a 10% discount, Insiders get free shipping too.
  • 10% discount & free shipping on products ordered directly from us via email.
  • Advance notice of our latest releases.
  • Access exclusive content on the Patreon wall.
CONNOISSEUR
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
Connoisseurs of our fine fiction receive bigger discounts and one free ebook monthly (our choice). Our authors receive royalties on these sales, so your support will foster their careers as well. You'll get:
  • One free ebook monthly.
  • 15% discount & free shipping on products ordered directly from us via email.
  • Advance notice of our latest releases.
ASSOCIATE
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
Congrats on your promotion! Associates receive two free ebooks each month (our choice). Now you're fostering the careers of twice as many authors! You'll also get a bigger discount on purchases, and we'll recognize your support by adding your name to our wall of patrons.
  • Two free ebooks monthly.
  • 20% discount & free shipping on products ordered directly from us via email.
  • Your name on our wall of patrons as a Associate-tier supporter.
  • Advance notice on our latest releases. 
EXECUTIVE
$35 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
Executives receive first-class rewards befitting of their corner office status. This tier is limited to 50 supporters. In addition to other great rewards, your name will be printed on a special "Thank You" page in every future anthology we publish while you remain at this tier or above. 
  • Three free ebooks monthly.
  • One paperback of your choice.
  • 25% discount & free shipping on products ordered directly from us via email.
  • Your name printed on a "Thank You" page in future anthologies.
  • Your name on our wall of patrons as an Executive-tier supporter.
  • Advance notice of our latest releases.
BOARDMEMBER
$50 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
Welcome to the boardroom! This tier is limited to 50 supporters and offers the best of the best in terms of value and benefits. Along with the rewards listed below, you'll get the exclusive benefit of your choice of any one special edition hardcover of any book we've published. These special editions represent the very best in our craftsmanship.
  • Four free ebooks monthly.
  • One special edition hardcover of your choice.
  • 30% discount & free shipping on products ordered directly from us via email.
  • Your name printed on a "Thank You" page in future anthologies.
  • Your name on our wall of patrons as an Boardmember-tier supporter.
  • Advance notice of our latest releases.