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See what it took to publish my first novel
DAW Books, Inc.,
375 Hudson St., 3rd Floor,
New York NY 10014-3658.
Peter Stampfel, submissions editor
P.O. Box 20547
New York, NY 10021-0070
276 Fifth Ave., Suite 1008,
New York, NY 10001
Don D'Auria, Executive Editor.
CHANGE: Don is out, and Dorchester no longer publishes print books, concentrating solely on ebooks.
Drake Valley Press
2120 Queen Street East, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M4E 1E2
Elder Signs Press
P.O. Box 389
Lake Orion, MI 48361-0389
Elder Signs Press (ESP Books) is a publisher of quality genre fiction. It publishes 8-10 books a year. When submitting please use the standard submission format — submissions that do not use this format will be destroyed. Please be sure to read the guidelines before submitting. ESP Books is the primary book line for Elder Signs Press. For other genres, consider our imprint: Dimensions Books
Strong characters who with developed personalities that motivate them are important to the story. Intriguing plots or the unexpected are also essential. Exploration of the human condition and the unknown are works that make ideal candidates for publication.
Dark Fiction Thrillers
Faber and Faber UK
74-77 Great Russell Street
Direct Dial:0044 (0) 2079273825
Tom Doherty Associates, LLC,
175 Fifth Avenue, 14th Floor,
New York NY 10010.
Fax: (212) 677-7456
Natalia Aponte, Editor
Claire Eddy, editor (susp)
Independent aquisitor: Patrick LoBrutto
firstname.lastname@example.org ( runs editing business)
Melissa Ann Singer Senior Editor
Bob Gleason Editor
We have an open submissions policy and consider tens of thousands of projects a year. Every proposal that reaches us is reviewed by at least one member of the editorial staff. We apologize in advance for replying primarily with form letters; unfortunately, there's no other way to handle responses in a timely manner.
Please read this entire section before submitting; following our guidelines will ensure you a fair hearing by our editorial staff.
Please note that these guidelines are intended for writers who do not have agents.
Your submissions packet should include:
The first three chapters of your book, prepared in standard manuscript format on white paper. (If your chapters are really short or really long, or you don't use chapter breaks, you may send the first 40-60 pages of your book, provided you stay under 10,000 words.) The submitted text must be made up of consecutive pages and should end at the end of a paragraph, not in mid-sentence. Standard manuscript format means margins of at least 1 inch all the way around; indented paragraphs; double-spaced text; and Courier or Times Roman in 10 or 12 pitch. Please use one side of the page only and do not justify the text. Do not bind the manuscript in any way. Make sure the header of the ms. includes either your name or the title of the book and the page number (on every page).
A synopsis of the entire book. The synopsis should include all important plot elements, especially the end of the story, as well as aspects of character development for your main characters. The synopsis should run between three and ten pages in standard manuscript format.
A dated cover letter that includes your name and contact information and the title of the submitted work. Briefly tell us what genre or subgenre the submission falls into and mention any qualifications you have that pertain to the work. Please list any previous publications in paying markets.
A self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope for our reply letter. Unfortunately, it's no longer possible for us to return submissions due to a change in postal service policy that requires packages weighing more than a pound be mailed at a post office. Since we use a company mailroom rather than a post office, when we try to return submissions, they are sent back to us by the postal service or disappear in transit. We recycle your proposals. (That's not a euphemism for being tossed in a wastebasket--we recycle all white paper.) If you live outside the United States, please go to http://www.usps.com/onlinepostage to see internet postage options. If you do not include an SASE, you will not receive a reply at all.
Please send only one proposal in each submissions packet. If you have written a series, send a proposal for the first book only. If we like what we see, we'll ask for the rest.
Many people include postcards for us to return when the proposal reaches us. Unfortunately, we don't open submissions until we're ready to read them, so you'll likely get the "I got it" postcard the same day you receive our response to your project.
If you want to be sure that your manuscript was delivered to our offices, please ask for a return receipt or a signature confirmation when you post it.
Don't stop reading! Here are some tips to help the whole process work smoothly:
Don't send a query letter. It's practically impossible to judge a project from a query. We'd rather see your proposal.
Don't send submissions or inquiries by email or fax. We do not respond to emailed or faxed submissions, queries, or inquiries about the status of submissions.
Don't send disks. We want to read words in black type on white paper. And it's not that we don't trust you, but your system might have viruses you don't know about.
Don't send us the only copy of anything. Things get lost in transit.
Don't send interior or cover art or an author photo. There's time for that later, if we like your project.
Don't send jewelry, food, toys, 3-dimensional representations of anything, or anything that might be construed as a bribe. Over the years, we've seen all of the following and more: handmade bracelets and earrings, anatomical models, home-baked cookies, fine fabrics, fancy bookmarks, cocoanuts, fancy manuscript boxes . . ..None of this has any impact on our consideration of your work. The work has to sink or swim on its own merits.
Address submissions as follows:
Paranormal Romance: Acquisitions Editor, Paranormal Romance
Science fiction and fantasy: Acquisitions Editor, Science Fiction and Fantasy
General fiction of all types including mysteries, thrillers, mainstream fiction, women's fiction, and horror: Acquisitions Editor, Fiction
Children's and Young Adult: Acquisitions Editor, Children's and Young Adult Division Note: We publish books for chapter book, middle grade, and young adult audiences. We do not publish picture books.
Generally we respond to unsolicited submissions within 4-6 months. Unfortunately, your manuscripts and our replies sometimes go astray in transit. Because of the volume of submissions, it's not possible for us to track down any individual project; please don't call for a status report. If you have not heard back from us after six months, please resubmit.