We are a digital publisher, and all submissions are done electronically. No snail mail submissions will be read, or returned. Please do not send us query letters without the manuscript attached. If we're interested in the story, we want to dive into it right away!
We accept simultaneous submissions, but request that this information is provided to us up front. If another publishing house contracts the work under review, we require immediate notification of such.
We do not accept multiple submissions. One work at a time, please.
We seek new, previously unpublished works. Your submission must have electronic, print, and audio book rights available. If any of these rights are not available, please don't submit. Once you are established as an Umbral Press author, we may consider reprint works, only if the author can provide proof that they hold exclusive right to the work. We are working toward adding audio books to our repertoire, and will inform our authors once that is available.
Umbral Press will only consider works of fiction intended for an adult audience. All submissions must contain elements of one or more of the following: paranormal, horror, fantasy, science-fiction, mystery, or action-adventure. We do not publish non-fiction, children's books, cookbooks, contemporary (unless it contains one or more of the aforementioned required elements) or poetry. Stories may include romantic elements, but that is not required.
We will not consider works containing: sexual situations with underage characters (this includes historicals where underage sex was acceptable), rape as titillation, and hate speech meant to defame a particular sect. This list may not be all-inclusive.
We expect submissions to be well-written, using active voice, and error-free. We prefer third-person point of view, but may consider well-written works in first-person, too.
All submissions must be prepared according to the following guidelines:
Rich Text Format (.rtf) files only. Other file formats will not be opened, or read. Do not paste your manuscript in the body of the email. We only accept full manuscripts. We do not contract on proposal, or partials.
Single spacing. Indent new paragraphs 0.5 inches. Do NOT use tab indents.
1 inch margins
Arial 12 point font
Do not include headers, footers, or page numbers.
Begin new chapters on the next page using a page break, and note it as Chapter One, Chapter Two, etc.
Italicize words for emphasis, or internal dialogue. Do not use underlines.
For scene breaks, use two line breaks, followed by three centered asterisks, followed by two more line breaks.
No embedded images. Not all eBook formats support embedded images.
In the upper left corner of the first page, please include, in this order:
Author's real name
Author's pen name (if any)
Author's snail mail address
Author's phone number
Author's email address
A title page is not necessary. The title should be centered on the first page.
In the body of the email, please list:
The book's blurb.
A 2-3 page synopsis, including the ending.
A short biography of the author, including previous published works (if any), as well as other interesting info you'd want your readers to know about you. This information will be listed on the author's bio page on our website.
A brief marketing plan, including links to your website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress, etc., and chat sites where you plan to promote, should we accept your work for publication. The cooperation of authors & publisher in promotion is critical to book success. Get creative! Umbral Press will promote your work through Facebook, Twitter, and will be adding other promotional venues in the future. We will also provide our authors with more promotional information upon contract of your work.
Our current read time is 60 days. If you do not have a response after that time period, please email us for a status update.
Please submit works here: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, write: Submission: Title by Author (or pen name), i.e. Submission: Quintana Roo, Yucatan by Scott Harper.
Umbral Press is a royalty-paying publisher. We do not charge authors for their work. We provide editing and cover art. We do not use cover art provided by the author.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to email us at email@example.com and ask. We look forward to seeing your work!