Rise of the digital publisher: more places for writers to submit.

Digital publishers seem to be popping up everywhere these days, and the big publishers seem to be jumping on board, too, with new imprints being announced all the time. Which is good for the writer, I guess, as it gives us more places to submit to, especially since they don’t require you to have an agent in order for you to submit to them. And for those who dream of seeing their books in print, a few say they will do print runs for their big sellers.

If digital publishing is something you wish to consider here is a list of bigger publishers that have started an e-imprint.

Bloomsbury is the newest one to start an e-imprint. Bloomsbury Spark is focusing on titles for Teen, YA and New Adult readers in multiple genres.

Bloomsbury say, ‘If you’re an author, Bloomsbury Spark is the premiere place to publish your work. Why? Because we are a hands-on, full-service publishing house. We will publish you globally but market you locally. We are not just interested in publishing your book; we want to help craft your career.’

They are looking for manuscripts between 25,000 and 60,000 words long.

If you are from US, Canada, UK,Europe, ROW, Australia or India, there are emails address for you to submit your work to. Find out more at:
http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/bloomsbury-spark/

Momentum is Pan Macmillan Australia’s digital imprint. Momentum is open to publishing fiction and non-fiction in most traditional and non-traditional genres and are open to submissions INTERNATIONALLY. This includes new and previously published shorter length stories, essays and journalism between 15,000 to 50,000 words, genre novels and non-fiction between 50,000 to 100,000 words and longer and complex narratives of over 100,000 words. We’re also interested in serialised novels or work that is intended to be serialised.

They are particularly interested in publishing fiction that works well digitally. This currently includes science fiction (hard and soft), fantasy (epic and urban), speculative fiction, romance, mysteries, thrillers, crossover young adult, crime and horror. However, they are willing to accept submissions in other genres.

They like fiction with a global focus. Extremely local or parochial fiction based in Australia (or elsewhere) will struggle to find a home with an international readership. Having said this, a story is a story. If your book is set locally but has universal themes and will work anywhere, please consider sending it in.

You can only send them your submissions on Mondays between 12 am and 11.59pm AEST.

Find out more at:
http://momentumbooks.com.au/submissions/

The following are more e-imprints that have opened up imprints connected to big publishing houses here in Australia and are open to submissions from Australians only. (Sorry International readers.)

Hooked, is the new e-imprint from Random House Australia for readers 15+. They were looking for romance stories and were open to submissions for about a month only and have now closed, BUT they did say they will be opening again periodically so keep your eyes open.

Destiny Romance is the digital only imprint from Penguin Australia. It is interested in romance stories between 25,000 and 100,000+
you can read their submission guidelines at:
http://www.destinyromance.com/writers-centre

And lastly there is Escape Publishing, the digital imprint of Harlequin Enterprises Australia. They are ACTIVELY seeking submissions.

They are looking for exciting new authors and fresh new stories in all sub-categories of romance, including (but definitely not limited to):
• Romantic Thrillers
• Romantic Fantasy
• Urban Fantasy (with romantic elements)
• Science Fiction Romance
• Dystopian
• Steampunk
• Paranormal Romance
• Contemporary Romance
• Historical Romance
• Saga (with romantic elements)
• Erotic Romance
• M/M romance
• F/F romance

Stories can be any word length from:
•5,000 – 10,000 (short story)
•11,000 – 50,000 (novella)
•50,000 – 80,000 (short novel)
•81,000 – 100,000 (novel)
•100,000+ (long novel)

You can find out more at:
http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/submissionsguidelines

While you are at the website checkout Escapes blog, Kate, the Editor, recently did some post on what she is looking for, really helpful stuff.

Happy submitting 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Rise of the digital publisher: more places for writers to submit.

  1. Hi Rochelle, there’s also Hague Publishing (http://haguepublishing.com) who specialise in Speculative Fiction (primarily Sci-fi and Fantasy), and whose submissions are currently still open for this year. I could be biased, however, as they’re my publisher 🙂

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