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Submission Guidelines

Thank you for considering Spencer Hill Press as a possible home for your book. Finding the right home for your work takes time and effort, and we are excited to be part of your journey. We do currently accept manuscript submissions but we have a few criteria that we ask you to follow when you submit to us. Failure to follow our submission guidelines may result in rejection of your book. Spencer Hill Press focuses on fiction, particularly YA and Romance. We do accept Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Middle-Grade submissions. We are particularly interested in books that are series. We do not accept manuscripts that are not complete.

How do I submit?

Digital submissions are the only way potential authors or agents can submit. All submissions are accepted through our portal at Submittable only. Simply click on that link, follow directions, fill out the forms and upload your typed manuscript and supporting materials in PDF file format. We do not accept hard copy, faxed, shared link, or on disk submissions.

What should my submission include?

  • A cover letter with a little bit about yourself and how you came to write the book.
  • A synopsis of your book. Keep it direct, simple, and under one page (300 – 400 words).
  • The target audience for your book and how you believe your book appeals to that market.
  • A list of relevant social media contacts including bloggers, any traditional media and/or organizations that would help in the promotion and publicity of your book.
  • Links to your social media and website.
  • All of your contact details so we can get back to you.
  • A minimum of three sample chapters or 50 pages or you may submit the full manuscript.

Is there any genre you do not accept?

  • Poetry
  • Educational material
  • Nonfiction

When and how will I hear back?

Due to the volume of submissions, response time may take 12 to 16 weeks. No acknowledgment of receipt will be sent. Submissions will be reviewed in order of receipt, and we will contact you following our review. Spencer Hill Press will not discuss submissions over the phone.

FAQs About Writing A Good Submission:

  • Avoid “pasting on” elements that aren’t crucial to your story. If your submission would be roughly the same without a dystopian setting or a character’s “diverse” background, you’d be better off taking it out completely.
  • Keep all of the elements of your submission consistent and appropriate for your target audience. If you’re writing a middle grade story, don’t use complicated words that your readers won’t be able to understand… but don’t talk down to your audience either.
  • Grab your reader right off the bat. Even if you submit a full manuscript it is the first three chapters or first fifty pages that determine whether we will read more, so make your story stand out from the start.
  • Seek as many outside opinions on your manuscript as possible. Share it with writers’ groups in person or online, ask advice from a mentor, or use a beta reader—get as much feedback as you can before submitting.
  • Polish your submission. Correct typos, use proper grammar, and format your manuscript with an appropriate font, margins, etc. so that it’s easy to read.
  • Make sure the content of your submission materials matches the content of your manuscript. If your cover letter claims that your book fits into a certain genre or your synopsis mentions that your story has certain features, make sure that that is actually true.
  • Be familiar with your audience. Have a clear idea of what genre you’re writing and what kinds of people will likely read your book. Although you don’t want to be derivative, it’s helpful to be knowledgeable about other books that are in the same genre or have similar audiences, so you have an idea of what potential readers might be looking for.
  • Cultivate a social media presence and emphasize it in your cover letter. We are particularly interested in authors who can demonstrate that they have an existing fanbase or the potential to expand their audience.
  • If you have previously submitted your manuscript to us and were encouraged to resubmit after making changes, make a note of that in your cover letter.

Here are links to some articles that you might find helpful. We’re not endorsing anything in these articles, we just wanted to give you a leg up on your own research.

https://janefriedman.com/start-here-how-to-get-your-book-published/

http://thinkwritten.com/6-tips-for-submitting-your-manuscript/

http://www.ian-irvine.com/on-writing/what-publishers-hate/

 

We’re looking forward to reading your submission!

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