SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT
If you browse our site you'll get a feel for the genres we like to publish, but that's not the whole story. At the time of writing (April 2019) we don't have any Sci-Fi / Fantasy, however we will have several titles over the coming months. While we would like to publish more in the genres we currently sell, we are not closed to other genres too. Nothing ventured, as they say.
We are looking for:
We are not looking for:
Surprise us, dazzle us, sell us your work, but don't go over the top - temper the language of your submission to demonstrate that you understand who will love your book, who will get the most from it, and how we can reach that audience together.
(300-500 words - keep it to a single sheet)
This is where you sell us on your vision for your book. We are looking for a unique twist, a new voice, a different perspective - there is little that is genuinely new in this world, so we need to know why this book will captivate a reader.
DO: Describe what the reader benefits and takeaways are (non-fiction).
DO: Outline the plot to the very end - no surprises. If you want us to publish it - we need to know how it finishes, and why readers will care (fiction).
DO: Explain the character journey and how they grow/change (fiction).
DO: Write in the third person.
DO NOT: Fill it with hyperbole unless you can back it up. You may describe it as amazing, but why is it amazing?
DO NOT: Say the book is for 'everyone', no book ever is.
> Sum up the book in one catchy sentence.
> Who is the core type of reader for this book - describe them.
> What problem does the book solve?
> Why is it unique / different?
> ONLY if it is important, why did you write it?
Now carefully edit to make the submission concise, punchy, and compelling for us to take it on and not turn it down. Check your spelling, show us you care about your submission, and that we can expect the same from your work.
Authors seem to have great difficulty in writing 200-300 words that sell their book. But that's the business we are in. So take your time and craft a back cover description that will hook the reader (and that starts with us).
Start with a headline.
200-300 words of captivating copy.
It's that simple! Perhaps not easy, but certainly simple enough. We aren't expecting this to be the final copy for the back cover, but what it does is to help us to see that you understand who your book is for, and how to engage them.
Look at the books on your shelf and see how they are done - what worked in getting you to buy the book? Learn from the hundreds of examples you probably have in your house. If not there, go into a bookshop.
We have a form to complete which gives us the information we need to disseminate to retailers and other trading partners. It also asks for the information we need to do the iportant things - like paying royalties. See the submissions menu to the left of this page.
These guidelines save time and effort at both your end and ours - please read carefully.
File Naming Convention
We get a lot of manuscripts, and they can get lost in a filing system if the naming convention isn't obvious. Calling your book 'My Book.doc' might make sense at your end, but it doesn't help at ours.
Our Convention is:
name of the book v1 DN.docx
where v1 is the version number, and DN is the author/editior of this version.
name of the book v2 AB.docx
Then it goes to AB, who adds one to the version number and changes the intials to show they dealt with it last.
name of the book v3 DN.docx
...back to DN...
name of the book v4 FG.docx
...and then off to someone else for a proofread.
At any time we can all refer to the latest version by number, and know who handled it last.