Novellas: 30,000-40,000* words in length
*works outside preferred length may be considered on a case by case basis
Our primary interest is in crime (mystery/thriller/suspense) sci fi, fantasy and horror; however, we love genre blends and champion works that infuse the best elements of genre. Whether you weave romance in with your mystery or have a sleuth who's a ghost, we're interested.
We accept simultaneous submissions from authors without representation; if you accept representation or accept a publishing contract elsewhere please do us the courtesy of emailing to withdraw your submission.
We will consider up to two submissions per author at a time; please feel free to indicate in your query letter that you have additional completed projects.
***Agents should query the acquisitions editor directly.
Please include the following:
1. A query with 3 paragraphs as follows, in the body of your email:
- Paragraph 1 about the work. Include word count, genre, plot pitch.
- Paragraph 2 about the author. Can include relevant experience, including life experience related to the story and/or writing experience, information about any other novel projects in the works or planned, talents that can contribute to production, such as being a voice actor. Diverse authors are encouraged to identify themselves. #ownvoices authors should identify themselves. Please list the author's social media accounts with corresponding links.
- Paragraph 3 about the intended audience for the submission. Who will read this? Is there a specific age group or group of people dealing with a particular issue or who have a particular interest this will appeal to? What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
2. The complete manuscript, which should be attached as a word document. Follow standard manuscript formatting guidelines (William Shunn).
3. A synopsis of 1-3 pages (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt, 1-inch margins). This can be attached as a word document and should be named for the manuscript, with the word synopsis included in the document title.
4. Please address the following at the bottom of your query letter:
Is this intended to launch a series? Provide any details about number planned, and any drafts already written.
Have you had books previously published? Please indicate any reasons that your book may not have sold ideally (ie: small foreign press with limited distribution).
Please note if you were invited to resubmit to this work to us.
Feel free to note any other experience you have, such as screenwriting or audiobook experience.
****All four items should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line as follows:
submission/book title/novella/word count
In the event that you realize you have missed one of the required items please resubmit all material again in a new email. Multiple emails with bits and pieces increases the likelihood that part of your submission will be lost.
Submissions can be addressed to Submissions or Sandra Ruttan.
Sex in stories must be consensual, no minors, no animals, no exceptions.