We are not accepting unsolicited submissions at this time.
Our production schedule is completely full for the rest of the year. Please check back at this page in late 2012 for more information about getting published in 2013.
See our FAQ for more information about how micro-publishers differ from self-publishing and vanity presses.
In the mean time, here are some tips to help you know what to expect when the time comes:
Pick a publisher or agent who specializes in your genre. For example, Panama Hat Publishing, Ltd. publishes juvenile fiction, focusing on books for middle grade and young adult audiences. Make sure your manuscript is appropriate for your intended audience. This means more than just subject matter; make sure you have carefully reviewed paragraph and sentence structure and limited yourself to a vocabulary that is age-appropriate. Stretching the vocabulary of your readers is a good thing, but making your text inaccessible to them means it will need a lot of editing before it can be published.
Edit your manuscript for grammar, punctuation, and content to the best of your ability before submitting it. Make sure your cover letter is well-edited. If you are new to writing you need to familiarize yourself with the Chicago Manual of Style. You may have used other style manuals for academic papers, but CMOS is the gold standard for trade publishing. If you would like help finding a professional editor, see our Services.
Every agent or publisher will have their own rules with regard to the format of the manuscripts they receive. Some may want a query letter and an excerpt, while others may want your full manuscript. You might think the rules seem silly and arbitrary, but it’s actually for your benefit! They do this to have consistency so they can handle a large volume of manuscripts and review them efficiently and objectively. Most places are very up front about what they want to see, so take a few moments to review their requirements, and reformat your manuscript to match for each and every submission. While many places are moving to electronic submissions, most publishers still require hardcopy manuscripts. Put the same effort into packaging and “selling” your manuscript as you want your publisher to put into producing your book.
Finally, have patience. It takes time for reviewers to carefully consider your work. If you are impatient and want an immediate answer, the answer will always be “no” because you haven’t given the reviewer enough time to get to know your manuscript. However, the harsh business reality is that most submissions do get rejected. Keep trying and remember that a “no” doesn’t necessarily mean that it is unpublishable, just that your manuscript didn’t connect with that particular agent. Remember: it only takes one “yes”!