Submissions

Submission guidelines

We respond to every submission. Feel free to contact us if you would like to get to know us before submitting your work.

Use the Contact Form to query us with your submission proposal. The proposal must be a work that is completed. We are not interested in hearing proposals for manuscripts that are not yet written. Include in your querry word count, genre, target audience, and information about your author platform (including link to your author page/s) and marketing and promoting strategies.

If we like what we see in your proposal, we may ask to see the manuscript. If we ask to see it, please follow these instructions:

We only work with Word docs. Attach it to an email.

Include INSIDE THE WORD DOCUMENT at the top of your manuscript the:

  • word count (we consider a novel to be over 50,000 words)
  • genre (or subgenre)
  • targeted audience
  • your name
  • your email address
  • link to your author platform

Helpful hints

Just like a book cover, first impressions matter. Send us a complete manuscript that you have sweated suffeciently over, that well proofed, and that you are proud to share. When you finish a manuscript, let it sit for a while. Give it to your beta readers (who Stephen King calls your ‘ideal readers’.) Use their feedback. Draft and redraft. Proofread again. And again.

Then send it to us.

We’d prefer that you do not submit simultaneously elsewhere.

These are some books to keep on your desk and re-read when you finish a manuscript:

• Renni Browne and Dave King, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print, published by William Morris, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
• Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, published by Hodder.
• Steven Jame, Troubleshooting Your Novel: Essential Techniques for Identifying and Solving Manuscript Problems, published by Writers Digest Books.
• Chuck Wendig, Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative, published by Writers Digest Books.

There is a lot of information out there on developing an author platform. If you do not already have one, research the topic. Invest in your own brand.

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