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Royalties earned beyond the advance will be paid on a monthly or quarterly basis depending on the amount earned. Contracts will be fair and clearly written in plain terms. 

Barbadum Books is not currently open for submissions, but the goal is to open up in the Fall of 2018 so check back, subscribe to our blog, or follow us on social media to stay abreast.

Strong characters and tight storytelling will be at the heart of every book we publish. Make us feel something. No emotion = No interest.

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, traditional westerns, and romances will be very hard sells, but never say never. The various author quotes through the website do a great job of defining the kind of writing we want to see.

Barbadum is the Latin word for bearded, and Barbadum Books is the creation of longtime writer, Texas storyteller, and bearded bard, Travis Erwin.

Like any good beard, a robust story grows organically, but still it must be tamed lest you end up with a tangled out-of-control mess. Barbadum was born out of Travis's independent spirit and craving to not only tell and share a good story of his own creation, but to foster an author friendly independent publisher that other authors will be proud of to call their publishing home.

It is growing still and thus small. The mission is to be a royalty paying publisher that offers at least small advances on every book acquired. These advances will not be substantial, but as a longtime writer himself Travis believes every writer deserves a check the day they sell their work.

“Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them -- in order that the reader may see what they are made of.”

– Kurt Vonnegut

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