We publish novels, novellas, and collections in a variety of genres, though we prefer science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
A note on horror submissions: Unless we’ve specifically asked for it, we do not want gore, blood, intestines, etc. Nor do we want tales of abuse and revenge because these are so limited in character complexity. What we are looking for, horror wise, are really good stories that are spooky and/or psychologically terrifying.
We hope to publish 4-8 novels, 4-8 novellas, and 2-4 collections a year. If you want to get our attention, develop your characters, make us care what happens to them; develop your plot thoroughly and give it some good twists; make your dialogue credible – DO NOT allow television and its so-called snappy dialogue and witty repartee to influence your dialogues – we don’t want smart-ass characters, we want smart ones, dangerous ones, and sympathetic ones. Characters the reader can relate to.
These publications are formatted in trade paperback perfect bound. Novels can range in length from 60,000 to 125,000 words. Novellas can range from 18,000 to 35,000 words. Story collection lengths should be at least 20,000 words, poetry collection lengths at least 40 pages.
Although we will consider reprints, original stories will receive the highest priority.
How to submit your work:
Please do not submit your novel directly. First, send a query letter with a synopsis of approximately 700-1000 words telling us what the story is about. Based on the information in the query letter, we will then decide whether to ask for the manuscript. If we want to see it, we will tell you how to submit it.
Send your query letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to put “Novel” in the subject line. Response time for queries is 2-4 weeks. Response time for submissions can be up to 3 months or longer.
Please do not submit your novella directly. Send a query letter of approximately 500 words telling us what the story is about. Also send an rtf document containing the first four pages of your novella. Based on the query letter and those first four pages, we will then decide whether to ask for the manuscript. If we want to see it, we will issue you further instructions.
Again, please do not submit your collection – stories or poetry – directly. Send a query letter of approximately 500 words that describe the general aspects of the collection. Also send an rtf document that includes the first two pages of three different stories, or four sample poems, as appropriate. If we decide we want to see the full manuscript, we will ask for it.
Payment for novels is 20% of actual print sales and, if also released as an e-book, 50% of actual e-book sales; contributors may also purchase unlimited quantities of their work at 30% off the cover price.
Payment for novellas and collections is $15.00 plus 10% of actual print sales and, if also released as an e-book, 50% of actual e-book sales; contributors may also purchase unlimited quantities of their work at 30% off the cover price.
If your work is accepted, be prepared to arrange signings and readings at local bookstores and at whatever conventions you can attend. You’re the best promoter of your work. We’ll help and advise but you’re the one who has to read and attend. If you attend conventions, try to get on some of their panels and promote yourself and your work thereupon.
Please address any other queries to email@example.com.