Get Published with Purple Unicorn Media

For every book published, Purple Unicorn Media will assign an ISBN registered with Nielsen, which gets the book into the trade catalogues available to all major bookshops. We will send the Legal Deposit copies to the six National Libraries, and promote the book by creating an individual page on our website, and advertising across our social media accounts.

Purple Unicorn Media will work with the author to create and edit the manuscript and organise an appropriate cover, including title blurb and author note. An approval copy will be sent out to the author when the digital version has been agreed, and if approved the book will go live in print and electronic formats.


Purple Unicorn Media offers two routes to publication.

Traditional Model

Authors may query and submit their work, and if successful we will agree a publishing contract without fees. This will be on the traditional model, and will see a split in the royalties of 70% to the author, 30% to the publisher. Authors will receive a monthly statement, 2-months in arrears, and direct payment via either bank transfer or Paypal once payment has been received from the retailers by Purple Unicorn Media.

Examples of books published under this traditional model are Thamesmead by Steve McAuliffe, What's Not To Love? by Rose McConahy, and The Angels' Trumpets by Alexandra The Great.

Purple Unicorn Media accepts queries across all genres, but has a special focus on poetry, travel, journals and essays. When querying please include a statement of your existing profile, if relevant, including any pieces published in magazines, on blogsites, or performed live. PUM is happy to reprint in any collection individual pieces which have previously been published where copyright has not already been assigned.

Price Plans

Alternatively, authors may pay to be published.

Our pricing is designed to be simple to understand, with a Standard Package to which features may be added to upgrade to Extended, or to DeLuxe. We do offer a Basic Package that is the most slimmed down available, but the price differential between that and the Standard Package is determined by our legal obligations for Legal Deposit of your book with the National Libraries. In addition, we have an Ebook-Only Option, if you just wish to see your book available for download.

Standard Package For £200, Purple Unicorn Media will do the following:-

Edit your book, set it up, and list it for sale
Provide one print ISBN, and one ebook ISBN
Send the Legal Deposit copies to the National Libraries
Send you one copy of your book
Promote it through our website, Twitter and Facebook
Create an Amazon Author Page, and listing at Goodreads

Extended Package The Extended Package builds on the Standard, and for a total of £350 offers in addition:-

A second ISBN for the other ebook version (kindle or epub)
Send you five copies of your book
Send five copies of your book to bloggers and reviewers

Deluxe Package The DeLuxe Package builds on the Standard, and for a total of £500 offers in addition:-

A review of your cover by a professional graphic artist
A second ISBN for the other ebook version (kindle or epub)
Send you five copies of your book
Send five copies of your book to bloggers and reviewers
Creates a specialist version of your book, e.g. hardbacked


Basic Option For £120 Purple Unicorn Media can provide a basic package:-

We will list your book and send it to the National Libraries via Legal Deposit
Provide a print ISBN
Promote it on our website

Ebook Only Option For £40 Purple Unicorn Media can create a solely ebook version of your work:-

Edit your book, set it up, and list it for sale
Provide one ebook ISBN (kindle or epub)
Promote it on our website