WE NEVER CONSIDER PAPER SUBMISSIONS
ALL INQUIRIES SHOULD BE VIA E-MAIL!
We consider all genres except books for small children and non-fiction. Only books for Ages 12 and up, please. We are actively seeking romance, mystery, and action adventure.
WE DO NOT CONSIDER UNSOLICITED MANUSCRIPTS.
BUT we will be happy to look at a query letter at any time. That is just to cut down on inappropriate submissions. We are always open to good work.
Write us a query letter and tell us about your project.
A QUERY LETTER should be about three paragraphs long:
PARA 1: Tell the title, genre, number of words, and a little about the story, characters, or content.
PARA 2: Tell why it will be interesting to readers and who would buy the book.
PARA 3: Tell a little about yourself and your writing experience
Have you published in the past but now your book is out of print?
We can be a home to the homeless. If you have previously published work that you'd like to see back in print, AND If you have a text .doc or .rtf file of your book, we'd be happy to consider picking it up for publication again.
Click here to download a .pdf copy of our e_book contract.
We Have Expanded into Print
We plan to move more of our titles into print throughout the next year. They are trade paperbacks printed on acid-free paper, with full color covers, and are, in every way, the same as a hardback book, but with soft covers. Print books will be published under our Cambridge Books, imprint, a division of Write Words, Inc.
We have entered into a printing relationship with Create-Space that lists our titles not only in their own catalog, but at Amazon.com, Target.com and many other distributor sites.
This is a big step for us and we are excited about it.
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Style Tips and GUIDELINES for ebooksonthe.net
The publisher at ebooksonthe.net aims to produce books that are consistent in style and usage, just as paper publishing houses utilize a "house style" for their printed products. So before you submit your manuscript for review, please check it for the following:
PLEASE, YOU WILL MAKE OUR TYPESETTER'S LIFE A LOT EASIER IF YOU DO NOT TRY TO FORMAT YOUR MANUSCRIPT, OR ILLUSTRATE IT, OR USE ANY ALL CAPS AND FANCY FONTS IN IT
This advice will help you avoid breaking rule two below.
There are only two rules that apply:
Never confuse your reader.
Never make work for your editor.
But there are GUIDELINES and here they are.
* Manuscripts should be sent as attachment files in .rtf format. Rich Text Format is a commonly utilized format that converts easily from one text processing system to another.
Whatever word processing program you use—Word, Word Perfect, Ami-Pro, etc. most will permit you to change the format of your file to rich text, by using the "Save as" command under the File menu. It is NOT enough just to change the name of the file. The "SAVE AS" option MUST come into play.
HINT: The right file will be easier to find if you rename it with RTF in there somewhere.
* Please mark your scene breaks with three asterisks, not just two extra lines of white space alone; white space is often lost during conversion to html and other book formatting software, so if you use a double line break with nothing in it, your carefully planned scene breaks will ALL disappear into one solid block of text when the book text block is moved into the typesetting program.
* Manuscripts should be single spaced, without any extra lines between paragraphs.
PLEASE USE A RETURN ONLY AT THE END OF A PARAGRAPH
Because the typesetting program will easily replace your indents. Do not use a bunch of space bands at the beginning of a paragraph to indicate a paragraph indent. In fact no indent is fine. If you go to all the trouble of putting them in, we just have to take them out.
Book manuscripts should be all in ONE long file—not an individual file for each chapter—and they should be formatted without headers or footers in Times New Roman 12 point type.
If you have illustrations, number them before the names in order of appearance, put them in separate .jpg files, and clearly mark the line of text they should be near, by typing in the manuscript [Insert 1.Sunset.jpg here]. Then send us a separate list of captions for each numbered illustration.
* Pause indicators and how we would like them formatted:
Hyphens-use the hyphen key.
Dashes—You type an em dash by holding down the Control key and typing 0151 on the numeric keypad if you are using Times New Roman. If you don't want to do this, use three hyphens, with a space on either side. Dashes are brief pauses used in dialogue to indicate an interruption or a change of thought. They are rarely used in narrative, where a comma should do the job for you.
Ellipses [. . .]—typed as three dots with spaces between, but not at the ends. In TNR these are created by holding the Control key down and typing on the keypad 0133. There are exactly three dots in an ellipsis! An ellipse pause is long enough to count to three, but not quite as long as "Five minutes later." NEVER use more dots for longer pauses.
When you use ellipses to indicate a pause and they come at the end of a sentence or in a place where other punctuation might be appropriate, the three ellipses dots should be followed by the appropriate punctuation, a period, comma, or even a question mark.
Remember, do not be redundant. If it is stated in the narration that there was a pause in conversation, there is no need to use an ellipsis. Ellipses can, and do, slow the PACE of your story.
Watch hyphenation. Be a minimalist, and make sure each and every one of your hyphenations is necessary. Check the dictionary to see if a word is a compound word that gets no hyphen. Be lighthearted not light-hearted.
On the other hand a hyphen IS needed if there are two modifiers and one modifies the other. For instance you might make your character good-looking. You can have a “good” character, but not a “looking” character, so the hyphen is needed to tie the two words together so they both apply to your character.
* We prefer to see narrative written in the past tense. Most narrative is written in past tense, dialogue in present tense, and flashback in past perfect tense. If your whole book is in present tense and if that was a conscious choice and if you feel STRONGLY about it, we can discuss it. And if the entire book, written in the present tense, is well-done, we won't mind at all. But we would still prefer to see the narrative in past tense because, to speak frankly, often entire books written in the present tense don't do themselves any favors and readers may too easily be confused between narrative and dialogue and can lose all track of any flashbacks.
* Thoughts are typeset in plain text when a thought tag (David thought) is used. Do NOT place quotation marks around thoughts, though this was done often in the past, it is not done now.
First person, direct thoughts, without a tag, are set in Italic type, which is available in most word processors. In most programs the way to indicate Italics is to highlight the text, hold down Control, and strike the i key.
The Caps and Fonts Guidelines
Please DO NOT type anything in all caps, in your manuscript. No, not even the title. If we see it, we will fix it, but we do not always see everything and ANYTHING typed in all caps, will DISAPPEAR WITHOUT A TRACE, when the file is converted to some E-Book formats. We sell many books to owners of those brands of e-books. Help us make sure all of your book will be available to those readers. Bad enough when things like CHAPTER ONE, etc. disappear from the manuscript, but it's even worse when someone SHOUTS THE ANSWER, AT THE DENOUEMENT, and the whole solution to the mystery is gone.
Please do not use fancy fonts in your manuscript. If you choose a font that doesn't happen also to be present in the receiving computer that text, too, will disappear.
Names are capitalized. Pronouns are NOT. If Mom is used as a name it gets a cap. If you talk about your mom, the “your” makes it a pronoun. The following sentence is correct because the “my” before mom makes it a pronoun.
My mom said Dad would be late tonight.
Okay, it looks funny, but it’s right all the same.
Same rule applies for other kinds of formal address.
Captain Tyler Morris, of the Maryland State Police. –is correct
But so is – Morris was our captain, when I was a state trooper.
We were all taught to “BE consistant” in keyboarding or typing classes. But typesetting rules are different from what we were taught there and in English Composition, too.
The Numbers Guidelines:
We use the rules from the Chicago Manual of Style, with some adaptation. Numbers are spelled out to 99, and numerals are used for numbers of 100 or above.
Sounds simple, but some things can be tricky. Time for instance. It is 10 a.m., but ten o'clock. It is never 10:00 a.m. (avoid using those extra zeros, as they can confuse the eye), but it is 10:15 a.m. If there's no a.m., then it's ten o'clock (spelled out) in the morning, or whatever
And measurements, especially measurements with hyphenations, deviate from the rule. A child may be two years old, but if it's hypenated he becomes a 2-year-old. A 36-foot boat came into play in a recent manuscript.
Money can be tricky as well. It is never $2,000.000.00, but should be written as $2 million dollars. (Yes the dollars is usually spelled out, too, even though the dollar sign is present. There were 10,000 men on the battlefield, should be ten thousand, even though it's more than 100, because of all the the zeros, but if it's 10,313 men, then the numbers are used.
The Galley Process
Some e-book publishers do no editorial work at all, take the manuscript just as you send it and post the book, warts and all. This has gotten e-book publishers a reputation for being "sloppy." Others are equally as meticulous as publishers for mass market print houses. We tend to fall somewhere in the middle but leaning toward meticulous.
Please remember that corrections at the galley stage are tedious, time-consuming, and difficult to make, so this is NOT an opportunity to REWRITE YOUR BOOK. Send corrections only for typos and mistakes that absolutely MUST be changed.
We use the Chicago Manual of Style with some "house" rules that are unique to our house, as noted above—a.m. and p.m. are used instead of AM and PM, to avoid caps, and so on. We have reasons for everything we ask a writer to do. When you receive your galley a PDF file, some corrections will have already been made. We suggest you print the galley before looking for errors. They are far easier to see on paper than on screen. Then make us a list of needed corrections in the following format:
Page # The Number that SHOWS at the bottom of the printed page. Corrections will be made in the typesetting file where those numbers reside.
Paragraph # with the first counting as Paragraph ONE, even if it is a partial.
Column # if your book is typeset in columns
Line # of the line WITHIN the paragraph, not for the whole page.
The whole line as it appears.
The whole line as it should appear.
Yes, that's right. Please type the whole line. We have good and valid reasons for asking you to do it this way. Here are some facts you may not know about the typesetting and galley process. And on to the next.
1. The PDF is a PDF because we do not want you to make corrections yourself in order to save us work. You may know perfectly well that a character doesn't use a pear of scissors, but not every author we work with has known that.
2. We know you want to help, but again, the rules for typesetting are different from those for typing dissertations. In any case corrections are not made in the PDF, but to the typesetting file that is in a Whole Other Program, and then a second and corrected PDF is regenerated from that, so your making corrections would not help us in any way, though we appreciate your thinking of us. It just won't work.
3. Because the typesetting file changes as corrections are made, paragraph numbers and even page numbers may also change. We need enough words to be able to use "search" to find the mistake, if it isn't where you said it should be. For this reason it is important to type the error exactly as it appears—mistake and all, and the correction exactly as you Wish it to appear.
4. Keep a copy of your list and e-mail us a copy in .rtf format. We will then make the corrections and you can use your copy to check behind us and make sure we didn't miss anything when you get your corrected galleys back.
5. Your book is important to us. Your book is a good book, or it wouldn't have gotten this far. We take pride in our work. Please help us make our files as clean and error-free as we possibly can.