January 26, 2013

Write for Us

At Edward Allen Publishing, we’re on a quest.

Today’s readers are hungry.

They’re hungry for excitement in storytelling—whether romance, adventure, fantasy or mystery. They’re hungry for stories that transport them from their everyday lives to worlds or times far away. They’re hungry for believable, relatable characters that make them laugh or cry, for characters they want to meet.

Today’s readers hungrier than ever for fresh voices and stories that make them think or make them feel better just for having read the words.

At Edward Allen Publishing, we know there are many talented authors whose minds are brimming with those exact stories, and we’re on a quest to bring those stories to readers.

Edward Allen Publishing is currently open for submissions in all genres of commercial fiction

and certain categories of non-fiction.

Beginning in 2016, we’re offering two ways to publish with us.

The first is the more traditional model we’ve been following since our inception. Edward Allen bears all up-front costs of production, distribution and marketing. In return for that investment, we retain publishing rights to your story pursuant to a mutually agreed-upon contract. We control the editing and cover design. Royalties are split in favor of the publisher, again to reflect the financial investment made.

The second method is through EAP Assist, a “hybrid” model designed for authors who are ready to take on more control and more cost for their projects. The author bears up-front costs for our publishing services – including print and e-book formatting and distribution. In return, the author retains publishing rights, control over editing and cover design and more.

Go here to learn more about the EAP Assist model.

Regardless which model you choose, if you have a great story to share (and your manuscript is complete), please send an e-mail with information about your project and a brief synopsis (3 to 5 pages) to:

What we’re looking for

Plain and simple, we’re looking for solid/strong writing, stories that provoke thought or emotion, and characters that interest us. We believe people read to be entertained, and that’s what we aim to do—entertain.

Currently we are seeking commercial fiction in all lengths and genres, as well as certain categories of non-fiction (biographies, history, memoirs, to name a few) and poetry.

What we’re not looking for

We won’t accept stories with bestiality, rape as titillation, pedophilia or stories that otherwise promote or glorify degradation of life (human or animal).

While we don’t require our stories to have HEA or HFN endings, we hope to entertain, engage and even enlighten our readers, and to always leave them wanting more.

What to expect

You can expect to receive an acknowledgement of your query within a week. If you submitted but have not received a response, please don’t hesitate to follow up. If we request a partial or full, please give us up to four weeks to review. We promise we’ll get back to you as soon as we’re able. (We’ve traveled this road, and we know how tough the wait can be!)

If for whatever reason we’re unable to accept your work, we’ll do our best to give you concrete reasons—not just canned responses—as well as suggestions for improvements, if applicable.

Some Helpful Tips

Your query letter should include:

  • Genre
  • Word count
  • A sentence or two summarizing your book. (No need to repeat what is included in your synopsis.)
  • Prior publishing credits
  • A bit about you personally – e.g., do you belong to professional writing organizations; do you have experiences that are germane to the telling of this story?

Be concise. The goal of the query letter is to interest us enough to read the synopsis. That’s it.

Proofread! While we won’t turn anyone away for a misplaced comma (smile), we’ll view your query letter (and synopsis) as a good indication of your professionalism and skills as a writer.

Your synopsis should:

  • Be written in the style of your manuscript. We want to “hear” your writing voice.
  • Give all major plot turning points, including plot twists. Cliff-hangers are not appreciated! We need to know the details to determine if the plot structure is sound.
  • Provide a clear summary of secondary plots.
  • Show character development.
  • Be relatively free of grammatical errors and typos.