Submissions

SUBMISSIONS UPDATE:

Due to the high volume of pending projects, we are temporarily closed to submissions. We will continue to consider the work by the authors who previously published with us or have manuscripts pending for publication. We will reopen for submissions after we finalize our publication plans for 2014 and 2015.

If you have submitted a manuscript to us, we will contact you as soon as possible with the response.

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SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES:

Please note that due to high volume of submissions we will not respond to the authors who do not follow our submission guidelines, outlined below. This includes, but is not limited to, submissions of incomplete manuscripts and outlines of work in progress, failure to include cover letter, synopsis, or sample chapters, or file attachments sent with the original query.

Finally, we no longer consider simultaneous submissions. If your book is under consideration elsewhere, please do not send it to us.
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WHAT WE LIKE AND DON'T LIKE TO SEE:

We love fantasy fiction based on fairy tales, myths, and legends, and will seriously consider work of any length that falls into this category. We also enjoy well-written stories that fall into the categories and genres described below, including science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and romance. We prefer fantasy over science fiction and will only consider hard technological sci-fi if it is extremely well executed.

5 common openings that will likely result in a rejection:

1. A lengthy description of the setting, historical and cultural aspects of the world, or a retelling of the character's entire life prior to this point in time (we prefer the "show, don't tell" kinds of openings)

2. A lengthy, often dynamic and witty, dialogue between the characters who know each other well but give the reader no clue of who they are and what they are doing here (we like being introduced to the characters so that we could relate to them)

3. A detailed, vivid description of a villain who loves to be evil for the sake of being evil so that he/she could show these weaklings what true evil can be like (we love well executed villains, but do not enjoy a detailed and extensive description of character that will unlikely generate sympathy or interest from the readers)

4. A name-heavy opening with lots of foreign names and details that are likely to get us lost (we don't like to be overwhelmed)

5. An opening with typos, grammatical errors, or extensive word repetitions (we enjoy good prose)

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SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES:

Novel-length fiction (60,000 words and above):

1. Fantasy: any sub-genre, from traditional to urban. We are looking for strong, engaging writing and character-driven stories. We do not mind traditional settings and familiar plot elements as long as they are well executed.

2. Well-researched historical fiction with elements of romance.

3. Science fiction: we are looking for engaging character-driven stories with a broad appeal, focusing on personal interactions rather than technology. Cross-genre feel, historical settings, and magical elements are encouraged.

4. Young adult and middle grade books. We prefer fantasy, but will consider other submissions on individual basis.

Multi-book series are welcome, but each book has to be a stand alone with all the major plot lines wrapped up and all the important emotional conflicts resolved.

Short fiction (up to 60,000 words) in the same categories, to be considered for publication as a stand-alone book or incorporated into one of our anthologies.

Fiction submission guidelines:

Please e-mail your cover letter (including your credentials, if any, and a brief description of the book), synopsis and the first three chapters pasted into the body of the e-mail as plain text with line breaks between paragraphs to dragonwellpublishing(at)gmail(dot)com. We do not open attachments, and messages with attachments will be deleted unread.

Non-fiction:

We accept submissions of how-to, self-help, and reference titles that have a potential to appeal to a broad circle of readers. Please query with complete manuscripts only, as we do not have a possibility at present to develop book proposals.

Please e-mail your cover letter (including your credentials, if any, and a brief description of the book), synopsis and the first 30 pages pasted as plain text into the body of the e-mail to dragonwellpublishing(at)gmail(dot)com. We do not open attachments, and messages with attachments will be deleted unread.


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