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Our Submissions are OPEN – Here’s what we’re looking for…

This is it. The moment you’ve been waiting for;our submissions are open once again!

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As a small independent publisher, what we’ve found works best for us is to open our submissions in the fall and leave them open until we’ve confirmed our new releases for the upcoming year. This year we’re looking for 3-5 titles to release in 2017 and we’ll keep accepting submissions until we find them.

So how do you submit to us? Well, it all starts here. On our website’s submissions page we list all the types of books we’re looking for and all the ones we absolutely will not be interested in. We also outline what to send us, where to send it, and how long you should expect to wait for a response. We’ve also included some helpful links to videos we’ve made to help you prepare your manuscript and submission package, not just for us, but for anywhere you choose to send it.

But what’s going to set your submission above the rest? What are we really looking for? Well, I’ll tell you.

Your Query Letter

When we receive a submission, the first thing we look at is your query letter. Typically this should be in the body of your email to us. What we’re looking for here is a sense of who you are and what your book is about. Your ability to write well matters even in your query letter because it is your first impression. We’re also looking for the following bits of information:

  • Your genre (or target audience)
  • Your word count (or scope of the project)
  • Your credentials (or writing history)
  • Your concept, what hooks your reader.

Your Synopsis

Next, we’re going to look at your synopsis. This should be no more than one page and is simply a way of introducing us to your story, your setting, your characters, and the plot. We’re looking to see if the story interests us, but we’re also trying to gauge your ability to tell a story and wrap it up effectively. We want to see how the story ends and we want to see your style as a writer. Please include:

  • Your setting
  • Your main characters
  • Your concept, what hooks your reader
  • Your major plot points
  • A satisfying conclusion

Your Sample Chapters

We ask you to send three chapters with your submission package. We’re looking specifically for an engaging opening. We want to be drawn into your story’s world immediately; We want to care about your main character and we want to be interested in what’s going to happen to them. In short, you need to hook us, your reader. Then, you need to hold our attention for three chapters. If you can do that, we’ll ask to see more. We’re looking for:

  • Your style, or ‘voice’ of your writing
  • Your inciting incident, (again, what hooks your reader)
  • Your writing ability (and level of polish)
  • Your world-building
  • The believability of your characters
  • How well you’ve realized the potential we detected in the query letter or synopsis.

If you receive a rejection letter from us:

There are a number of reasons that we might not want your manuscript and we will do our best to tell you exactly why that is. We strive to provide detailed notes for you so that you will be better prepared no matter what steps you choose to take next in your publishing journey. Keep in mind that publishing is a very subjective and selective business and that what doesn’t work for one publisher, may work well for another. Some of the common reasons we pass on a manuscript are as follows:

  • It’s not in our genre, or doesn’t fit with our current list of titles (see our collection here)
  • It’s not ready for publication and needs improvement of some kind
  • Something in it conflicts with our message or values (learn more about us, here)
  • It just didn’t interest or engage us
  • We ask for the full manuscript, but the story doesn’t realize the potential we see in the sample

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I hope you’ve found this blog post helpful and I look forward to reading your submissions!

Go to http://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/submissions to get started!

 

Our 2016 line-up has been chosen!

We’re super happy to be able to say that in just a few short months, we’ve found what we think is an amazing line-up of new releases for 2016!

book-seriesBack in November 2015 when we re-opened submissions, we anticipated a flood of query letters and we weren’t wrong. Thank you to each and every person who submitted to us. We obviously couldn’t publish all the great manuscripts that were sent our way, but a large number of them were a joy to read and review and we hope that the feedback we were able to provide helps you on your path to success.

That being said, we’re are officially closing submissions once again until sometime in the fall of 2016. If you are interested in submitting to us in the future, I would suggest checking our guidelines here and then subscribing to this blog to be kept up to date with our announcements and updates.

Until all the details are finalized, I can’t tell you what other books we have waiting in the wings for 2016, but here’s a review of the two we’ve already announced:

Black Lightning by K.S. Jonescoming May 17, 2016

Set in Arizona, Black Lightning is a juvenile fantasy/sci-fi adventure about a ten year old boy who, amid trying to come to terms with his grief over the loss of his parents, stumbles into a portal opened by black lightning and finds himself stranded in a strange land called Hearth.

This Night Sucks by Elizabeth J. M. Walkercoming June 17th, 2016

In this young adult vampire comedy, Lana is a high school senior enrolled in Vampire Education – a class to teach students about the very real presence of vampires. She scores a date with the crush-of-her lifetime, Pete, but the date goes sour when Pete’s ex girlfriend, Katy, shows up all bloody and pissed off.  Lana quickly realizes that Katy is not just her ordinary bitchy self – she has been turned into a vampire which, in turn, takes Lana and Pete’s date from a hot and steamy make-out session to an unexpected vampire-hunting expedition.9079872_orig

More announcements and introductions are coming soon, as well as cover reveals for these two fabulous titles, so make sure to subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already. 2016 is going to be fun!