Mirror World Is Open To Novel, Novella, And Collection Submissions

Deadline: December 31st, 2018

To submit to Mirror World Publishing, please send the following:

  •  A query letter (stating the genre, word count, and target audience of your manuscript)
  •  A one-page synopsis of the plot, including the ending
  •  The first three chapters or equivalent sample, attached as a .doc or .docx file

All submissions should be sent to:

[email protected]

 

Expect us to take up to six to eight weeks to respond. We try our best to provide some feedback regardless of acceptance and we respond to all queries we receive.

Our submissions period annually is typically from November 1st until the end of the year. Outside of this period, we accept submissions by personal invitation only.

In the meantime, we encourage you to improve your submission by watching the videos below, reading our guidelines, or keeping up with our blog for helpful tips and tricks of the trade.

We’re a small independent Canadian press and we are passionate about success. We partner with our authors to make the books we produce the best they can be and we aim to market them together for maximum exposure. We’re proud to be able to offer full paperback and e-book services, higher royalties than the industry standard  (50% of net profits), author copies at better than wholesale rates, and worldwide distribution. We respond to all queries we receive within six to eight weeks with a personal response including suggestions on how to improve your manuscript even if it is not the right fit for us, so there is no need to send a follow-up inquiry.
We’re looking for Escapism Fiction…

Our goal is to provide our readers with the ability to escape the mundane through wildly creative fiction. We’re looking for books that act as gateways to other worlds, times, or versions of reality. We prefer strong story telling and strong character development as well as imaginative settings and interesting themes. If your manuscript transports a reader somewhere else, tells an engaging story, and then brings them back feeling like they learned or experienced something new or unique, then we want to publish your book!

*If you are not Canadian or do not currently reside in Canada, we are still willing to review your submission, however due to government regulations regarding grants, we are regretfully only able to publish a small number of international titles each year. 

 

As for genres, we consider primarily:

  •  Speculative Fiction
  •  Fantasy
  •  Science-Fiction
  •  Romance, incl. LGBT
  •  Adventure
  •  Paranormal
  •  Comedy
  •  Historical
  •  Cross-Culture
  •  Portal Fiction
  •  A blend of any two or more of the above genres
  •  Cross-genre, mixed genre, or things that don’t fit genre norms
  •  Outside the box thinking, imaginative and creative fiction
  •  Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade, or Children’s 

 

As for types of manuscripts, we consider primarily:

  •  Novels (130,000 words maximum)
  •  Novellas (25,000 words minimum)
  •  Collections of poetry or short stories with a cohesive theme or a continuous story arc*
  •  Graphic Novels (art included)
  •  Children’s books (art included)
  •  Colouring books (art included)
  •  Roleplaying System Guidebooks (art included)

We don’t like to limit ourselves, so if you have something you think would fit with our current list of published works, please send it. We’d rather take a chance outside our comfort zones than miss something great.

That being said, here’s a list of things we’re NOT interested in:

  • Non-fiction
  • Memoirs or autobiographies
  • Literary fiction
  • Self-help or inspirational fiction
  • Hard Sci-Fi or Military Sci-Fi
  • Horror
  • Thriller/suspense/true crime
  • Christian or other religious fiction
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Contemporary romance
  • Poetry anthologies or short stories

Via: Mirror World Publishing.x

Death’s Head Press Is Open To Novels, Novellas, And Collections!

Deadline: March 31st, 2019
Payment: 50% royalties on all novels, novellas, and collections! Advances will be offered in some cases.

Death’s Head Press is dedicated to publishing dark fiction in all its forms. Genres that fall into this category include Horror and all its sub-genres (gothic, splatterpunk, bizarro, etc.), Dark Erotica (think erotica with a supernatural or spooky twist), Dark Science Fiction (such as Alien or Event Horizon), and Dark Fantasy (like the works of Tanith Lee and Clive Barker). Crime and Adventure works may be considered, as long as they have a dark or twisted slant.

We are looking for new and seasoned authors! If you’ve never been published before but you’ve got a damn good tale to tell, then we want to hear from you. If you have published numerous short stories and novels, and are just looking for a different outlet for your work, then we definitely want to hear from you.

Death’s Head Press does not care about–nor will they make any decisions based upon–your race, gender, sexual orientation, or political stance. We care about the stories you write, period! In fact, if you feel the need to mention your race, gender, sexual orientation, political stance, or any other information not pertinent to your story or writing experience, then we’re going to assume you felt your writing alone was not strong enough to be accepted.

With that said, here is what we’re looking for in novels, novellas, and collections:

  • Death’s Head Press is seeking original novellas and novels 20,000 to 120,000 words in length that fit into the categories of dark fiction described above.
  • We want striking, well-crafted manuscripts with original themes. Our readers expect unconventional stories that surprise, entertain, and frighten them in new ways. We are not afraid of topics that are offensive, violent, or horrific.
  • Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions are okay. Please, if your work gets accepted by another publisher prior to us accepting, let us know.
  • We also accept short story collections, though, we ask they be at least 40,000 words in length.
  • Let us stress, we want clean manuscripts! We understand that none will be perfect and error-free. However, if we receive a manuscript that has clearly not been proofread by the author and is riddled with grammatical mishaps, then it will be quickly deleted. As Sweet Mama Brown would say, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
  • Manuscripts received outside of the indicated dates will not be read, unless we have given the author specific approval otherwise.

How to submit:

  • Email your submission to [email protected] with the Subject line reading either NOVEL, NOVELLA, or COLLECTION.
  • Consider the body of your email the cover letter. Give us a brief description of your work (3-6 sentences), list any previous published works, and tell us any relevant information about yourself.
  • Attach your entire manuscript to the email in .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats.
  • Use 12 pt font in Times New Roman.
  • Your author name, email address, book title, and word count should appear on the first page of your manuscript. All subsequent pages should have your name, title, and page number in the header.
  • Again, get your work as clean of grammatical errors as possible. We don’t expect a perfect manuscript, but if it is riddled with one mistake after another, then we’re unlikely to accept it.

We pay 50% royalties on all novels, novellas, and collections! Advances will be offered in some cases.

SCARE US!

Via: Death’s Head Press.

Parvus Is Open To Novel And Novella Submissions

Deadline: July 15, 2018
Payment: Advances of up to $1,000. Digital royalties start at 25% of sales and escalate up to 50%.

We’re entering our third year of operations here at Parvus and growing steadily. We released one title in 2016, two in 2017, and have five on deck for 2018. Right now, we’re buying for our 2019 and 2020 catalogs.

If you want to really get to know what we’re about, you may want to check out our publisher’s guest appearance on the Hybrid Author Podcast (Episode 19), where Colin talks about Parvus’ founding and some of our publishing philosophy.

But if you just want a quick overview, here it is:

Digital First

We are a digital first publisher. This means that our growth strategy is built around starting as a digital press and transitioning, when the time is right, into a traditional distribution model.

We give our books the same level of care and attention as any other publisher in the genre, and your books are available to readers through all of their favorite retailers. We market our books to the same industry blogs and reviewers. We advertise in the same trade magazines. We’re just smaller, faster, and you’re going to love working with us.

Author Driven

Our background is in building winning teams, and that’s the approach that governs us in the publishing process. You bring your talent as a storyteller and we bring together all of the designers, artists, editors, marketing, and production needed to help your book find the biggest audience it can.

And we never lose sight of the fact that this is your book. We will communicate and consult with you every step of the way.

Fair Pay

Our contracts are written in the plainest language our lawyer would allow. Which is pretty close to English.

We pay advances of up to $1,000. Digital royalties start at 25% of sales and escalate up to 50%. We pay on time, if not faster, and royalties are paid quarterly.

You write great books, we provide the capital, the sales team, and the resources to make them successful in the market. Plain and simple.

We’ve Got Your Back

We’re your team. We’re working for you every single day. Our editors are some of the best in the business and their one goal is to help you make your book the best possible version of itself.

Our sales and marketing team is promoting Parvus and Parvus titles every day, building relationships throughout the trade to help drive sales. And they’re here to help you with your own efforts, by advising on your own direct marketing strategies and blog posts or by providing support with graphic design.

We work for you and your book, and we’re thankful for the trust our authors give us every day.

How to Submit

Our general submission guidelines are below. Please read them carefully, because they spell out exactly what we’re looking for. We’re pretty careful about following the “say what you mean” adage, so if your book doesn’t match our criteria, it will not be accepted. This doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t personally love your psychological thriller novel the next time we’re on an airplane, but it means that we aren’t the right publisher for it. So please don’t submit them.

Also, we handle submissions differently than some other folks, so please pay extra special double secret attention to our guidelines. Thank you!

Submission Guidelines

General:

  • We’re a publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
  • We’re accepting only completed novellas (Minimum 17,500 words) and novels (Minimum 60,000 words). Do not query manuscripts on spec.
  • We’re accepting only works that have not been previously published in any form (including self-published).
  • We are not accepting translations of foreign language works.
  • Manuscripts may take up to 90 days for a response. If you haven’t heard back in 90 days, please feel free to ask for an update. Really, we’re very approachable.
  • Submissions are only accepted electronically through our submission management system; Word Document or PDF attachments only, please.
  • We welcome submissions from authors without representation.
  • We have an impartial reading system in place. Please be sure to strip all personally identifying information (name, address, etc.) from your manuscript. (See “Policies” tab for more information.)

Policies:

Impartial Reading

On first read, our submission team does not have access to any of your personally identifying information (Name, email, address, etc.) They have only your manuscript. This is to limit the impact of unconscious bias on our evaluation process.

Be CERTAIN to remove ALL personally identifying information from your manuscript before uploading it into our system. You will enter this data into our submission manager, and it will remain associated with your manuscript.

Failure to adhere by this requirement will result in your submission being rejected unread.

Focused Calls

All authors are welcomed to submit their manuscripts for our open submission calls. We may, however, have focused calls periodically that are targeted at certain authors, genres, sub-genres, etc.

Please do not submit your manuscript in response to a focused call for which you do not meet the requirements. It’s not a great way to establish a relationship with us.

Fantasy:

We are currently interested in the following:

Novels and Novellas.

Epic, Dark, Contemporary, and Urban Fantasy and Modern Myth.

Both YA and General Trade.

Books with compelling characters, new settings, and depth.

Stand-alone books.

First books of series.

We are currently not interested in:

Completed, unpublished, multi-book series.

Erotica.

Sexual content masquerading as character development.

Hard Sells:

Fantasy works where the hero is the hero because of who they are instead of what they do (unless you subvert the trope).

Re-treads of Western European high fantasy epics without true innovation or depth.

Scifi:

We are currently interested in the following:

Novels and Novellas.

Military SF and Space Opera, Near Future, Dark Future, and Post-Apocalyptic.

Both YA and General Trade.

Stand-alone books.

First books of series.

Humor. (Please, oh please, send us some amazing SF humor)

We are currently not interested in:

Multiple books (If you have books 1-4 written of a series, we’re only going to evaluate book 1 and we encourage you not to highlight that there are other completed books.)

Re-treads of The Walking Dead.

Erotica.

Sexual content masquerading as character development.

Abstract, absurd, or non-conventional narrative styles.

Verse.

Hard Sells:

Hard SF (unless it contains some amazing characterization and a compelling story)

Zombie apocalypse.

Submit:

Our open call can be found here: https://parvuspress.com/2018-open-call/

Thank you!

Via: Parvus Press.

Taking Submissions: Unnerving Novelettes, Novellas, Novels, and Collections

Payment: 50% of net profits for eBooks and paperbacks and unlimited discounted paperback copies available
Note: Make sure you read full submission guidelines on the link at the bottom before sending anything in!

Open now to Novelettes (10,000-17,000 words), novella (17,001-45,000 words), novels (45,001-250,000 words, open to series so long as first book is completed), and collections of short stories (15,000-45,000 words).

Please submit only: Commercial horror, suspense, thriller, and crime, at this time. For I’m nothing too abstract or bizarre, weird is fine as long as there is suspense and a story arc.

Monsters, bad people, ghosts, witches, ominous everyday items, slashers, original zombie situations, haunted houses, kidnappings, heists, murders, plots to murder, etc.

No cop dramas. No war stories). No adventure horror.

Collections must be at least 50% externally published anthology/magazine/chapbook reprints.

Reprints welcome for novellas and novels, through preferably those a few years removed from print (or those that didn’t see print for very long). Previously self-published books are an extremely difficult sell.

Short releases will be digital only, with a window for further submissions past closure for omnibus paperback possibilities or joint releases of similar stories (minimum for physical publication is 21,000 words).

Pay rate is 50% of net profits for eBooks and paperbacks and unlimited discounted paperback copies available (rate determined with each title, and potentially fluctuate based on printer prices). No advances.

Writers must agree to assist in marketing efforts (blog appearances, interviews, etc.). Don’t submit if you don’t want to help.

Edits range from minimal to heavy, don’t submit if you are unwilling to consider changes.

Submit no more than twice to this category per open period (periods might last as long as three months).

Cover letter, explain story in no more than three sentences. Give two sentence bio. List top three credits, blog address, Facebook or Twitter address (I will look before I offer contract).

If you’re not on social media, there’s no way you can get the word out sufficiently after releases, and your work will not be considered (unless you own a bookstore).

Also, I am not interested in stories from authors who cannot tell hate speech from free speech. If you’re harmful in story or in real life to people based on religion, sexuality, sex, race, or place of birth, don’t bother submitting. I look into people prior to working with them.

Response time will vary, but I will respond within six months, usually within one month.

If you need to withdraw or change file, do so on Submittable (to change, withdraw and re-submit, but no more than once because it eats submission window space – 300/month).

NEVER SUBMIT MORE THAN ONCE PER CATEGORY AT ANY GIVEN TIME. FOR REAL.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, notify me if another editor beats me to acceptance when you withdraw the submission.

Send any questions or queries about reprint interest to me, Eddie Generous, at [email protected]

Will close once enough stories are found.

http://www.unnervingmagazine.com/submissions

JournalStone Is Currently Open To Novels, Novellas, And Fiction Collections

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We are currently OPEN to fiction collection, novella and novel submissions. (9-14-2016)

Guidelines for all submissions:

  • JournalStone is currently accepting manuscripts with the following genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal in the Young Adult and Adult markets. We reserve the right to consider the subject matter and how best to utilize it. JournalStone does not practice censorship of any author’s work.
  • In your cover letter, tell us the word count, genre, and a brief synopsis of the plot. Submissions without this information cannot be reviewed.
  • Please attach your manuscript in your email as a .doc,. docx or .rtf file. Do not paste your text in the body of the email.
  • The title of your email subject line and file name should read: “Submission [type] – [title] – [genre] – [last name]”. For example: Submission Novel – Carrie – Horror – King.
  • For proper formatting of your manuscript, please follow the Shunn way.
  • We consider the quality of the editing in our review process. Please fully proof read and edit manuscripts prior to submission.
  • Do not submit a work-in-progress. We only accept completed works.
  • Allow two to three months for a response to your submission. We may respond more quickly, but we cannot guarantee timing.
  • Please do not send follow up e-mails. We will notify you when we place your work in the queue, and will contact you when we have completed our review.
  • Inform us if this is a previously published work. If you have self-published the same work, we would like to know the details about your effort. You may include website links in your email, to direct us.
  • Email your cover letter and completed manuscript to jess [at] journalstone.com

 

What happens when you submit to JournalStone?

JournalStone will review your submission and decide whether we can publish it. Often, authors receive comments about their text, prior to any approval, with suggestions for improvements, or clarifications in the story. While this does not guarantee a firm acceptance, it can certainly help, and can ease the next few steps.

If your work is approved for publication, our president, Christopher C. Payne, will contact you with a contract for your review. Upon acceptance of that agreement, we will begin to move your manuscript through the editing and development channels. This part of the process can take a few, to several months. You will be involved the entire way.

Once editing and development is complete, your new book will be printed in proof form, and it will be reviewed again for any additional work. You will get a chance to see it, too! When approved in that first printed form – your book is ready for the release! JournalStone will begin to distribute and promote your book, to make the world aware of it.

*These are general guidelines to the publishing benefits provided; the contract serves as the final agreement, between JournalStone (publisher) and all authors, for work undertaken.

Novel And Novella Submissions Are Open At Dark Park Publishing

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$150 advance, plus royalties to be paid every 6 months, plus 10 free copies of the print edition

Dark Park Publishing is currently accepting well-written novels and novellas in all areas of Dark Fiction.

Works can be Horror, Dark Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Western, or Dark Comedy in any genre. What we are looking for, besides an entertaining read, is unique storytelling. Whether it’s a strikingly original premise, a mash-up of genres never done before, or a tale told in an unconventional (but effective) style, if your work presents fresh ideas and a distinctive voice, we’re interested!

Submission Guidelines (please read fully before submitting):
• Complete works should be 25,000+ words for Novellas and 50,000+ words for Novels.
• Work must be written in English.
• Work should be submitted as a Microsoft Word doc/docx. (See details below.*)
• Work must be received in proper manuscript format. See example HERE. (Except, please put only one space after a period, not two.)
• Work must be original to author. Persons submitting must hold copyright to the material, or have legal authority to submit work on behalf of author.
• Work cannot have been previously published in any form or market.
• No simultaneous or multiple submissions.

*Authors wanting to submit their work for consideration should initially send only the FIRST 50 PAGES OF THE WORK (double spaced) as an attachment. In the body of the email, author should provide a brief (1-3 sentences) description of the storyline, and word count of complete work.

Submissions should be emailed to [email protected]
Use “Submission – Title of Your Work – Your Last Name” as your subject line (and don’t forget to attach your work).

Authors of works accepted for publication by Dark Park will receive a $150 advance, plus royalties to be paid every 6 months, plus 10 free copies of the print edition of the book when available.

**Follow @DarkParkPub on Twitter for the latest book updates.

Via: Dark Park Publishing.

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