We regret that unsolicited manuscript submissions are not accepted. Looking for a literary agent in the Literary Marketplace is a fantastic place to start if you want to publish a novel. In addition to online databases, libraries often have copies of magazines with writing contests in them. Search these directories to see if your work has been published before sending out samples.
If you've ever thought of approaching publishing houses about one of your novels, you might hire a literary agency, and there are many of genuine publishing houses who accept submissions from writers without agents as well! Who would have guessed? As you are all aware, I have never been formally published. I'm essentially self-published. But I have had several of my stories published in various anthologies and magazines over the internet. There are also online journals that will publish articles for money. These are called pay-to-publish websites. There are also bulletin board systems (BBS's) out there that allow people to post messages for others to read. Some BBS's also offer forums where topics can be discussed among users.
So there you have it: books can be written, submitted to publishers with no response, published in anthology form, or posted on message boards. It is a very creative industry and anyone can get involved if they want to.
Unsolicited manuscripts or proposals are not accepted by Pan Macmillan, Picador, or Macmillan Children's Books. All of our submissions are handled by literary agents. If you have an interest in pursuing a book project with any of these publishers, then your best option is to find an agent who specializes in representing children's books.
Unsolicited manuscript submissions and unsolicited enquiries are not accepted by Hachette Book Group publishers (with the exception of Yen Press—see below). Many large publishers use a policy similar to this. It protects against endless requests for rights, which can be difficult or impossible to obtain, as well as saving time for more important work.
However, if you are already working with a writer who is published by one of our authors, please do not submit your manuscript to another author at Hachette Book Group. The best way to get your work published is through our established editorial processes. We would also like to encourage writers to seek out these processes rather than trying to go it alone.
In addition to our traditional publishing programs, some of our authors have developed other ways of reaching an audience. Some write crime fiction for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine; others write historical fiction for Young Historical Fiction Readers (Youthful) and Children's History Books (for example, Hilary McKay writes under the name Henry Holt). Still others write science fiction for Yen Press. There are many ways to get your story told!
Hachette Book Group is a major publisher in the US and abroad. With offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, we are globally recognized for our prestigious literary awards and unique storytelling programs.
How to Send Your Work to Literary Magazines
So we combed the Literary Magazines and Small Presses databases at pw.org for editors who are taking unsolicited submissions during November (and, in many cases, into December and beyond) and who do not charge a fee for the opportunity of seeing your work. There are several dozen names on our list.
Some of these journals have guidelines for material to be considered for publication; others don't. Some explicitly state they will not consider anything but original works written in English. Others don't include such language about genre or subject matter. But whatever the case may be, most of these publications want to see what you've done before submitting material to them. You can find the details on how to submit work for consideration at each journal's website.
Literary magazines that take unsolicited submissions are an excellent way to get your work read by some very knowledgeable people. Many publishers take year-round interest in reading new writing so if you think something you wrote could fit one of these magazines, then send it in!
These publications accept manuscripts from writers directly. They have a specific emphasis, as do most publishers who do not require an agency. However, if your work falls within one of the areas they publish, your submission will be read. Their door is always open to new talent.
Note that literary agents can make submissions on behalf of their clients. If this happens, then the agent should include her or his own name in the subject line or first paragraph of the e-mail. Also, remember to follow any instructions they provide. Otherwise, you might get rejected just because another writer had a better chance with the editor.
Most publishers are not interested in receiving unsolicited manuscripts. A small number of publishers may give priority treatment to authors they know and like. But even they expect to receive proposals before they will consider submitting their list.
The best way to find out if someone else has submitted your work is to check with the publisher. Most publishers will tell you if this has happened with some frequency.
Even if your work is apparently unique, don't assume that means it will be accepted. The only way to find out is to submit it and see what happens.
It is not difficult to publish your work. You may go the traditional route and send your work to a literary agent, who will then sign you up for a publication deal if it is accepted. Sell your novel for free on Kindle and receive some positive feedback. Or, you can choose to publish it yourself by using one of the many print-on-demand services. This way, you keep all the rights to your work and can decide later whether or not to make it available for sale.
The first thing you need to know about getting a book published is that it is a long process. It usually takes one year from submission to publication in print form. That means if you want your book to be available for purchase before you finish writing it, you will have to start early!
After you have written your book, you will need to find a publisher for it. Look for a company that fits what you are looking for (e.g., does not require you to use an outside editor), has good reviews from other authors, and seems like it will take care of you during the publishing process. Then, follow their instructions very carefully! It is important that you do everything they ask you to do because there were many books that became hits after being recommended by big names such as Oprah Winfrey or JK Rowling.