(We accept electronic submissions only.)
Please send electronic submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Subject Line: The name and genre of your story.
- Email Body: Your legal name, your byline (if you have one), a short query with your contact information, the word count/category of your manuscript and a short synopsis about your story.
- What category does your story fall in?
- Micro Fiction: up to 100 words (too short to publish unless in a collection)
- Flash Fiction: 100 to 1,000 words (too short to publish unless in a collection)
- Short Story: 1,000 to 7,500 words (e-book only)
- Novelette: 7,501 to 20,000 words (e-book and/or print)
- Novella: 20,000 to 50,000 words (e-book and/or print)
- Novel: 50,000 and up (e-book and/or print) if your book is more than 120,000 words, you might consider making it a sequel or a trilogy.
- Attachments: Please, do NOT put your story in the body of the email. Send the first three chapters as an attachment. We will request the rest at the proper time.
- Formats: We accept doc, docx, rtf, txt and wps (see below for manuscript setup preferred by most publishers).
MANUSCRIPT SETUP FOR PAPERBACK-PRESS
(Electronic submissions only please)
- Margins: Top and Bottom 1 inch and sides also 1 inch. This option is found in your ‘Page Layout tab.
- Font: Times New Roman 12 pitch, please. Puts approximately 250 words per page. Easy to approximate word-count if you don’t have the word count feature.
- Spacing: Double space manuscript. The only exception is the top left portion of the first page where your personal information is and the top right where the manuscript information is located.
- First Page: Put your legal name, mailing address, phone number and email address single spaced in the upper left-hand corner. In the upper right-hand corner, put the genre and word count. Eight lines below the last line (which should be your email address), put the title of your story, then double space and put ‘by’, double space and your byline. If your byline is different from your legal name, the publisher should quickly reason out that you want the story published under the pseudonym and the check sent to your check-cashing/or legal name and address. (Names will be officially covered in a contract.)
- Start Story: Start your story two double spaced lines under that but DO NOT put Chapter First Paragraph… Do not justify your manuscript, other than the left side; the right side should stay jagged.
- Paragraphs: Use standard paragraphing throughout your manuscript. Do not insert and extra line between paragraphs. Indent four or five spaces (I personally prefer 4) at the beginning of each paragraph. (Please use the ‘Paragraph’ option, or your ruler. Do not use Tabs and don’t manually space. In MS Word, this is what you’re looking for. If you want something italicized be sure and do that within the manuscript. Don’t do anything cute, such as fancy fonts. Keep it plain, professional and easy to read.
- Header: Use a header, no footer. The name of the manuscript goes on the left side of the header, while your last name and page number ore on the right although the opposite is also acceptable. The first page of your manuscript does not have a header, but counts as a page.
- Scene and POV Changes: For POV changes within a scene, double space between each one if change can’t be made smoothly within the scene.
POV Change: He didn’t care what they thought of him, but he wished he knew what Miss Jones was thinking. Stacey leaned against the door and closed her eyes, thankful for Sugarbear’s safety. She put her little friend on the floor. “Sugar, don’t ever do that again. You scared me.”
Scene Change: On the other hand with scene changes, double space, center then put three asterisks between as done below.
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- Following Chapters. Start each succeeding chapter about 1/3 of the way down the next page. Do not put a blank page in between chapters. Type Chapter Two, Three… space twice then start your paragraph. (see the following) e.
Daron rounded the corner into the kitchen. Wonderful aromas of roast beef, potatoes and freshly baked pies greeted him. His chief cook and bottle washer Lupe, a short, round Mexican woman with her graying black hair piled in a bun atop her head, stood at the stove.
“Did you get them all settled, son.” The woman put butter into the mashed potatoes and began to stir them.