Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many of the major publishing houses rely on their ties with literary agents and in-house promotions to find new authors. But don’t despair; today we’ve come up with a list of nine places — from off-the-beaten path publishers to special back doors of the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission.
Masque Books: Prime Books has launched the new science fiction and fantasy imprint Masque, and they’re looking for submissions! The imprint is currently searching for SF/F romance that fits the themes of space opera/planetary romance, supernatural spies or what the publisher calls “Crackfic.” Masque pays a $100 advance and 50% net royalties of all digital receipts. For more information on each call, click here. If you think you’ve got the perfect story for Masque, contact acquisitions editor Natalie Luhrs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entangled: If you’ve got a fiery, engaging love story waiting to be published, you may want to check our Entangled’s new digital-first imprint, Entangled Edge! They publish e-books across a variety of subgenres, so whether your romance is contemporary, paranormal or extra hot, it might be just the story Edge is looking for. You can learn more on Entangled Edge here and read about Entangled’s submission information here.
Total-E-Bound: It might still be January, but UK e-book publisher Total-E-Bound is looking ahead with their calls for 2013 erotic romance anthology submissions. Have you got a short, steamy tale with a BDSM theme or that features men in uniform or sexy ménage cowboys? Total-E-Bound wants to read it! You can learn more about their specific calls and how to submit here.
Carina Press: New Adult is the hot new thing, which is great news for writers who have been trying to sell their romance manuscripts featuring college-aged characters. It’s not quite YA and not quite adult fiction, but it’s exactly what Carina Press is looking for! Harlequin’s digital-first imprint is now acquiring contemporary New Adult manuscripts that are at least 500,000 words. For specifics and how to submit, click here.
Red Sage: But what if you’ve got a great story in a condensed format? Then maybe you should consider Red Sage, a digital publisher searching for novellas across the genres with a penchant for romantic elements and heat. Rather than specifying a specific type of story, the publisher says “a great story is a great story,” and writers should feel free to submit their 25,000 - 100,00 word manuscript no matter the genre or sub-genre. Click here for more on Red Sage and their guidelines.
Cleis Press: While many publishers still have open calls for 2013 anthologies, it’s never too early to start looking ahead to 2014, which is exactly what author Radclyffe is doing. The author is now accepting submissions for the Cleis anthology Best Lesbian Romance 2014, which she will be editing. If you’re sitting on a short, steamy f/f love story, you’ve got until March 1st to send it in for consideration. Get more details and the full submissions guidelines here.
Aurora Historical: Think historical romance is only for the big six? Thank again! Musa’s imprint Aurora is seeking historical romance manuscripts of all pre-Twentieth Century time periods and locales. The publisher is accepting stories that have never before been released, as well as manuscripts that you have recently had the rights reverted to. As long as your story is 5,000+ words and is a historical romance, Aurora may be the perfect publishing home for you! For more submission info and special calls, click here.
Highland Press: Highland Press Publishing wants to expand their inspirational fiction line to include more contemporary and historical stories, which means they need submissions from you! The publisher specifically calls for stories with romance and happily ever afters, but no graphic sex scenes. If your faith-based story is packed with love and has a happy ending, you can mail a hard copy of your manuscript to highland Press for consideration. Click here for the publisher’s full submissions guidelines.
Boroughs Publishing Group: Boroughs Publishing Group is on the hunt for excellent love stories for digital release. Romance tales of all sub-genres are welcome — both novel and novella length. The publisher has room for stories of all shapes and sizes, from “space cowboys, gargoyles, the hunk next-door … ” and beyond, the publisher is putting their focus on the story. And backlist titles are welcome! For more information on how to submit, click here.
Did we miss one of your favorite places to submit work? Let us know in the comments below. For more suggestions of establishments that may be a good fit for your manuscript you can check out our Agents List or our Publishers List.