Submissions

Ghostwoods Books is currently only accepting complete manuscripts in answer to one of our Calls for Submission or in response to a request from one of our editors.

We’ll be calling for various things from time to time so check the calls regularly if you’re interested in working with us. If your manuscript is for a specific call or has been requested, please submit, in a format MS Word can deal with, preferably .doc, .docx, or .rtf, using our Submittable page. If you don’t have a Submittable account, you will need to create one. (It’s free!) You will get an auto-reply message and you’ll be able to easily see how we’re progressing with your manuscript. Bonus!

Current calls for submissions

Working Title: The King in Orange (This will likely change to include the word Trump on the final project.)
Genre: Horror, supernatural and/or cosmic
Word count: 5000 to 8000
Due date: (Extended) April 30, 2017
Payment: We plan to Kickstart this project. Therefore we will be able to pay a decent per word rate (we hope it will be at least 5c per word) as an advance, plus our usual 50% royalty split after the advances have been earned out. (Please note: In the event that we do not secure the funding, we will have to rethink how the book will be produced. For that reason, we can’t say for certain how much the rate will be.)
Other: No reprints, please. We sign contracts laying out our terms. We buy world English rights for print and ebook (with an option to produce an audiobook), exclusive for six months after publication. We edit up to our (high) standard. We will work with authors whose stories we feel are not quite ready but whose story largely fits what we’re looking for. We will let you know that we plan to work on it at the time we offer you a deal contingent on getting it right. In this way we can give writers a chance who might not otherwise have one. See more details and submit here.

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GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Things not to include: PDFs; file formats MS Word can’t open; ZIPs, RARs, Executables, image files or viruses; ludicrous bravado; unfinished books; Public Domain works you’ve copied; manuscripts you don’t own all the rights to; multiple different books; books substantially shorter than 60,000 words or longer than 150,000 words; and poetry — simply because we know nothing about it.

Please submit the whole manuscript in standard manuscript format, i.e. 11 or 12 pt. proportional serif font like Times New Roman or Garamond, left justified, MS Word or compatible format.

Please include only a title page (if you want one), your name and contact information and your manuscript. There should be nothing else in your file: no cover, no synopsis, no letter, no table of contents, no acknowledgments, etc. Just BOOK.

We use Submittable to receive and reply to submissions. If you query us via email (submissions@gwdbooks.com) please do NOT include attachments. They’ll just get lost in the black hole that is our Inbox. Instead, wait for a reply. If we’re interested, we’ll send you a link to the correct Submittable category.
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