It’s always sad when a publishing company decides to close up shop. Sadly, we’ve lost two lesfic publishers this year.
Today was to be the last day for our open submissions for our Nuance imprint, but then we started receiving queries and submissions from authors whose works have been recently orphaned by PD Publishing closing its doors.
We’ve decided to retool our submission guidelines a bit and to keep our call for submissions open. As always, we’re interested in previously published books, as well as unpublished manuscripts.
We’re looking for stories that are positive, quirky, clever, funny, light, breezy . . . you get the idea. No stories driven exclusively by angst or melodrama or excessive navel-gazing or endless strife or paint-by-number plots. We love stories that make us laugh, or at least smile a lot, and stories that stray from the garden path of expectation in amusing ways. In other words, stories that are fun and original and entertaining and if they have an out-of-the-blue surprise or two, or clever twists, even better. We are also interested in books that tackle serious topics or historical eras or events if they are approached in a well-written, well-researched realistic way.
The protagonist must be a lesbian and the story must be character-driven, well-written, and well-plotted. We are looking for literary, mystery, action/adventure, romance, speculative fiction, historical, and those quirky stories the defy category. We’re not interested in horror, erotica, strong sexual situations, or extreme violence.
Okay. Here are the instructions.
If your book has been previously published and you want to re-publish it, we’ve made the first step simple for you. All you have to do is send a query to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us a bit about your book(s) and yourself.
If one of our staff, authors, or close associates has unmercifully twisted your arm (and bribed you with all kinds of sparkly and decadent things) and otherwise enticed you into submitting your previously published or unpublished book to us. Send a query to email@example.com and don’t forget to mention who did the arm twisting.
If you’re submitting an unpublished manuscript . . .
Please send, in the body of an email (no attachments please):
1. a cover letter that includes the title of the work, author’s name, the genre (spec fic, mystery, romance, adventure, etc.), word count.
2. a very brief synopsis of the book. A synopsis is not a back cover teaser. It’s a summary of the plot of the book from the perspective of the main character(s), including how it ends.
3. the first chapter (including a prologue) Do not worry about formatting, we won’t have any problem reading your submission.
Please put Submission: The Title of Your Book in the Subject Line and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re interested in novellas – 20,000 to 50,000 words and full-length novels -50,000 words and up.
Thank you. We look forward to your submissions.