Our Submission Guidelines

We are delighted you’re considering working with us, and genuinely look forward to seeing what you bring to the literary world! Here are some basic guidelines that will help make all of our lives easier.

Manuscript Formats

Send us your complete, finished manuscripts in digital format. It makes the whole process faster and less expensive if we don’t have to mail copies of your manuscript back and forth.

Please use a standard book manuscript format when you submit your book to us. If you’re not sure what one is, here’s a good source. Except please, not Courier. Or Comic Sans.

Please submit the complete manuscript in .ODF, .DOCX, or .RTF format to If you want bonus points, also attach a .mobi file (that will help our editorial team be able to read it faster).

Include the following in your cover letter/email:

  • Title of your book
  • Your real name
  • Your snail mail address
  • Your email address
  • Genre
  • Approximate word count
  • Synopsis

Non-Fiction Submissions

Due to the different requirements around non-fiction books, we would prefer to see a proposal before you send us your final manuscript. If you need a template to work from, we have some sample proposals available here you can use.

Submission Deadlines

We accept submissions all year long.

We will usually try to acknowledge receipt of your manuscript within 72 hours. We’ll also try to let you know whether or not we’re interested in working with you to publish your book within 30 days after that. Both of these periods may vary, though, depending on the number of manuscripts we’ve received during that time.

Although we accept submissions at all times, during the month of November we neither release books nor look at submissions, because nearly the entire Paper Angel staff participates in NaNoWriMo. You’re more than welcome to come follow us over there.

Contacting Us

Please don’t contact us about the status of your manuscript unless at least 30 days have passed since we acknowledged receiving it. If you did not receive a acknowledgement, please feel free to contact us.

Submissions FAQ

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions that our authors ask. Please read through these before contacting us. Please.

What kind of books do you accept?

We’re pretty much open to everything and anything. We’re not about pushing any particular social or political agendas. We’re here to help you get your book published. That said, we are most interested in:
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Historical Fiction
  • Inspirational Non-Fiction
However, if you have a story that doesn’t fit into one of these categories, and believe that there’s a market for it, let’s see if it’s something that we might be able to get excited about as well.

How long does my book have to be?

Short answer

However long it takes for you to tell your story.

Longer answer

We’re open to books pretty much of any length, but really prefer that they be at least as long as a novella. This makes pricing and managing other costs much easier. In terms of a standard, we use the SFWA guidelines for word count.

How long will it take to get my book published?

Our goal is to have your book available for sale two months after you deliver your final manuscript to us. There a lot of moving parts to the process and, as we all know, life happens and sometimes it may take a little longer. It’s really up to you, though. This is a partnership and you will need to fulfill your commitments to us in a timely manner as much as we need to keep ours to you.

How much can I expect to be paid for my book?

Short answer

It depends on how many copies of it we sell.

Longer answer

We don’t pay advances and we don’t charge you anything up front. Instead, we invest our time and resources to help you successfully launch your book. The more successfully we work as a team, the more copies of your book we’re likely to sell, which means we’ll all make more money. Each contract we have with our authors is different, depending on the skills and resources that they bring to the table, so there’s not a “one size fits all” answer to this question.

What’s so special about November?

Because during the month of November nearly all of us here participate in National Novel Writing Month. We are in no way affiliated with them—it’s just something we do we do every year—and you should too. Check it out when you get a chance.