WHAT TO SUBMIT
TYPES OF BOOKS TO SUBMIT:
We seek a limited number of genre fiction single author novels, novel series, and anthologies per year. We do not contract multi-author works.
ADULT GENRES [PG rating preferred]:
Adult genres we consider at this time include: Fantasy, Romance (includes: Historical, Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal, Western), and Science Fiction. Inquire about other genres.
JUVENILE FICTION [G rating required]:
Juvenile fiction, which includes chapter books, is for children ages 8-12 and must be rated G (for all audiences). Series are preferred, but stand alone novels will be considered.
YOUNG ADULT [G-PG rating]:
Young Adult novels are for teens ages 13-18. Series are preferred, but stand alone novels will be considered. Genres to submit under Young Adult include: Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical, Science Fiction, and Western.
Novels should be 35,000 words minimum to 100,000 words maximum. These length requirements are necessary to meet our print and digital production requirements.
Novel series are popular in all combinations of Science Fiction and Fantasy for all ages (juvenile, young adult, and adult). Due to the nature of writing ongoing series, we understand the need to contract forthcoming titles in a series by proposals. This is done on a case-by-case basis.
All submitted manuscripts must be finished and require only a copy edit (proofing) or light edit in the case of longer works. We look for great stories with a strong writing style and good character construction.
CONTENT AND RATINGS:
All genre fiction works must fall under a standard PG rating. This means no "graphic content" that would mandate an adult R-rating (i.e. eighteen or older). Young adult books should be as close to a G-rating as possible. We do not take works that contain inflammatory content of any kind, nor do we publish graphic content.
Fiction novels should be written in simple past tense using either third person deep limited (i.e. one POV character per scene) or first person. Romance novels may be written with floating viewpoint, as long as the "POV switches" are in limited large blocks per scene (preferably no more than two switches per scene). As a general rule, one POV character per scene is preferred. [POV = point-of-view]
NOTE: Authors who need private editing and/or file formatting assistance may contact us for a list of recommended editors.
GENERAL SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED AT THIS TIME
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HOW TO SUBMIT:
Works over 50,000 words must be finished prior to submission and require no more than a light edit. Works under 50,000 words must be finished and require no more than a copy edit. Novel submissions begin with a partial (first three chapters plus prologue, if applicable) and a full synopsis (outline in paragraph form). Works under 50,000 words should be submitted in their entirety. All files must be in proper format (see below). Send all email inquiries in plain text. DO NOT send attachments without prior approval. Unsolicited files are deleted unread and SPAM is reported.
The following information should always be included with a publisher query: Author Name (real name), Writing As (pen name, if applicable), Mailing Address, Phone Number, Email Address, Author Website, Title of Work, Series (if applicable), Genre, Word Length, Rating, Plot Synopsis (250-500 words describing the plot, including the beginning and the ending), Manuscript Status (finished or unfinished), Publication Status (unpublished or previously published. Providing this simple list of data in a cohesive manner makes a good first impression.
Our standard non-subsidy contract specifies worldwide publication rights for print editions, digital editions, performance rights, and related synergy products. The author must verify legal ownership of the work in question by providing proof of copyright. We do not offer advances on royalties nor work through agents. All contracted authors (and artists) must be resident USA citizens of eighteen (18) years or older with valid USA social security numbers for tax purposes and royalty payment options.
We only contract original works from the author or artist. Proof of copyright must be provided through US Copyright Office registration certificates (or a copy of the application with the certificate to follow). For copyright forms and information, see the U.S. Library of Congress at www.loc.gov or U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORKS:
Previously published titles are accepted on a case-by-case basis. All print and digital rights must be free to contract. Prior publication information must be submitted, including former publishers, ISBNs, formats, reviews, awards, and distribution of any kind (free or for sale). Copies of all applicable contractual releases and rights reversions must be included before new contracts can be issued.
NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS:
We do not read simultaneous submissions, i.e. works submitted to multiple publishers at the same time. Thanks!
UNDERSTANDING THE MARKETPLACE:
Authors must understand both POD (print-on-demand) and ebook marketplaces, as well have the ability to promote their books through personal websites and social media sites. Local promotions are also encouraged.
Manuscript editing is performed digitally through RTF (Rich Text Format) manuscript files. The author must provide a clean digital file for editing purposes, and must be able to send and receive limited email file attachments during the editing process. Digital files are to be created according to the below formatting guidelines, using a word processor that handles resident portable standard RTF files in Times New Roman (font size #12, i.e. TNR-12).
FILE FORMATTING GUIDELINES
APOSPROPHES: Be sure all apostrophes are turned correctly.
BRAND NAMES: Do not use brand names that require a registration (®) or trademark (™) superscript. Instead, either use generic terms or invent your own brand names.
CHAPTER BREAKS: Use hard page return between chapters.
CHAPTER HEADERS: Center chapter headers starting at line-3.
DASHES: Use long dashes with—no spaces between words.
DIALOG: Dialog must be punctuated correctly and have proper dialog tags and tag placement. Never begin a dialog sentence with a dialog tag. INCORRENT: He said, "The tag is in the wrong place." CORRECT: "Well," she replied, "put the tag in the right place."
ELLIPSES: No spaces set inside sentences...with four periods at end…. [as shown]
EMPHASIS: For emphasis, use plain text with Italics or ‘single quotes’. Do not use ALL CAPS (except at the beginning of chapters and scenes). No bold or underline.
FILE DELIVERY: Email attachment (RTF) [3-MB maximum]
FILE TYPE: Resident RTF (Rich Text Format); do not convert
FONT TEXT: Set body text, header, and footer in Times New Roman size-12 (TNR-12).
HYPHENS: Use hyphens only in standard phrases, such as mother-in-law.
LINE INDENTS: No hanging indent codes.
LINE SPACING: Use single line spacing for text body, as well as in the header and footer.
NUMBERS: Never start a sentence with a numeral of any kind. Always write out the first word as text. As a general rule, any number requiring more than two words to write out as text can be rendered as a numeral. Just be consistent throughout the document. Here is an example: Fourteen people answered 222 questions on the survey.
PAGE FOOTER: Set no page footer, but make sure its font is set to TNR-12 single-space.
PAGE HEADER: Put TITLE / Author on header left (TNR-12 single space).
PAGE MARGINS: Set page margins at 1.0" all around on a standard 8.5" x 11" page.
PAGE SIZE: Use a standard 8.5"W x 11"H page trim.
POINT-OF-VIEW (POV): Use either third person restricted (i.e. one POV character per scene) or first person. Novels must be written in one POV style. Mixed POV styles are not allowed, meaning no mainstream.
PUNCTUATION: No semi-colons (;). No double punctuation (such as !? or ...?). No [brackets] or (parentheses). Use colons (:) sparingly. See above for dashes and ellipses.
QUOTES: Double quotes go “outside the punctuation.” Single quotes go ‘inside’.
SCENE BREAKS: Center three asterisks one space apart (* * *) below the last sentence in the scene. Skip one line. Then start the next scene flush-left with the first word in ALL CAPS.
SYMBOLS: Do not include any symbols in the text.
SMART TAGS: Disable all word processor smart tags.
SUPERSCRIPTS: Do not include any superscripts in the text.
STYLE CODES: Disable all word processor style codes.
TABS: Set one Manual Tab at 1/2-inch. No Auto-Tabs.
TEXT BLOCKS: All body text must be justified. No ragged-right. Center chapter headers and scene break asterisks.
VERB TENSE: Fiction novels should be written in simple past tense (i.e. ran, walked, saw). Mixed verb tense (i.e. mainstream) is not allowed.
WIDOW-ORPHAN CODE: Disable paragraph widow-orphan setting.
WORD PROCESSORS: We suggest: Microsoft Word (versions 2002-2003 or 2010), Open Office Writer, or Atlantis Word Processor. All files must be created in standard portable RTF (Rich Text Format).
NOTE: It is the author's responsibility to create a properly formatted RTF file for submission purposes. THANKS!
Dragonfly Publishing, Inc.
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