Welcome, and thank you for coming to our site!
We love authors, so much so that we gave you your own portal. Author submissions are the lifeblood of any successful publisher, and we don’t want to bury information on how to submit to us at the bottom of the main site.
We’re looking for our next great read, something we call Books to Live In. You’ve got one of them on your shelf, right now. The book with the cracked spine and worn pages, the one you’ve read so often you can recite some of it.
Do you have a story so good and so gripping that you can imagine it on somebody’s shelf, its spine cracked and illegible? If so, we want to see it.
We publish adult (over 18) and YA (9th-12th grades), novel-length genre fiction. We’ll look at any good tale, but what we want to see most urgently revolves around these genres:
- Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense
- Science Fiction & Fantasy
- We’ll even look at Westerns
We’re looking for polished, edited, and properly formatted manuscripts.
At this time, we’re not interested in:
- Stories for children, middle-grade and younger
- Previously published works (This includes titles published with another company and self-published titles. Please do not submit to us if your title has ever been for sale anywhere).
A note on formatting: it isn’t arbitrary. Proper formatting indicates that you are a professional who takes his/her craft seriously. For more detailed guidelines, please see this article on WritersDigest.com, What Are the Guidelines for Formatting a Manuscript?.
Yes, we know that’s boring. But sometimes, you just have to stick with the industry standard. Please don’t send us manuscripts that are formatted to be e-book or print ready. Send us the original manuscript in standard format.
With regard to length, we’re not looking for novellas (shorter than 65,000 words, give or take) or tomes big enough to serve as door-stoppers ( longer than 125,000 words, give or take, depending on genre). It depends on the genre. If you’re unsure about the appropriate word count for your novel, please see this excellent article on WritersDigest.com, Word Count for Novels and Children’s Books: The Definitive Post.
Please note! We don’t accept submissions via email, snail mail, fax, carrier-pigeon or bicycle messenger. We ONLY accept submissions via Submittable.com. Don’t have an account yet? Go ahead and sign up for one – it’s free, and it’s the only way you’ll be able to submit.
We welcome unagented manuscripts. However, our submission evaluators will prioritize agented manuscripts.
Note: We don’t welcome simultaneous submissions. If you have submitted to another publisher, or are shopping for an agent, please wait until you’ve heard from all of them before submitting to us. We won’t negotiate with an author who attempts to use our interest in their book as leverage for getting an agent, or as a bargaining chip with another publisher.