Submission Guidelines

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We are looking for anything from short story (10,000+ words) on up to epic novels. These stories can either be character or plot driven, but must be well executed and well edited to be considered for our traditional publishing model. Manuscripts that appear to be poorly edited may be rejected, although we reserve the right to offer hybrid/co-publishing rather than traditional publishing. However, due to only accepting a small amount of manuscripts each year, there is no guarantee that hybrid/co-publishing will be offered.

If you wish to have your manuscript considered for traditional publishing, but have not yet obtained editing services, you may do so through our services website, or from any editor you chose. Please note: Obtaining editing services from The Red Pen of Doom, does NOT guarantee your submission for publication will be accepted.

Please let us know if your manuscript is not complete or is unedited, as these are only eligible for our hybrid/co-publishing model, as they require much more time and resources to polish and get ready for publishing. If you do not indicate that your manuscript is unfinished/unedited and that you are seeking hybrid/co-publishing, your manuscript may end up being rejected.

As such, we are looking for children’s, middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult novels. At this moment we are not accepting picture book submissions.

While we will accept submissions of previously published works, the author will be required to show proof that full publishing rights have reverted back to the author. If self-published, and the publisher is showing anything besides a variation of the author’s name, author must be able to show substantiated proof that the imprint name does belong to them.

Currently, our main focus is on paranormal, fantasy, romance, thriller/mystery, horror, and any of their sub genres. This doesn’t mean we aren’t interested in other genres! The only submissions we are not accepting are for non-fiction and historical (if your historical novel does fall under the paranormal or fantasy genre, then we may still consider it).

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, we just ask that if you receive an offer from another publisher, that you notify us in order to let us know you would like it removed from our database or if you would like us to expedite our decision. Our expedited decision will come within seven days of request. Please be sure let the other publisher know their offer is under consideration and that you will need some time in order to allow other publishers to make an offer or pass on your project. Just make sure you don’t make them wait too long, and they may give you a deadline!

Please follow the instructions on our traditional and hybrid/co-publishing pages on how to submit your query.

Our normal response time is currently 2-4 weeks.