From the Desk of: The Submissions Editor
Hello, all you lovely readers and writers.
I thought I would take a moment to sit down with you guys and have a chat about what I look for as a Submissions Editor.
As many of you know, we currently have an open submissions process that connects you, the writer, directly to us, the publisher. Every day, new submissions roll in, and I get the pleasure to sort through them. I spend a good portion of the week reading through inquiries and deciding whether or not a manuscript will be sent off to the other editors for review. Our submissions were closed for a time but are now open once again. Therefore, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give you guys some tips for submitting to us.
First, I want to emphasize that I read every submission we receive with only one exception. If you don’t upload your manuscript during the submissions process, there is nothing for me to review. Now, I see a lot of manuscripts come through and my least favorite ones to read are written in a ridiculous font or format. My first tip is to submit your manuscript as a Word document or PDF file and make sure that the text is in a legible font (such as Times New Roman, Helvetica, or Arial) and is no larger than 14pt. When I have to read a manuscript written in 16pt. Chiller font (and yes, it has happened), I am less likely to be fully invested in the actual writing and plot. It’s extremely distracting and makes the writer look unprofessional.
My second tip is to fully fill out the submissions form. Those are the first things I read when I receive a submission. If you leave it blank or only include a few words, it makes me think that you aren’t serious about becoming a published author and doesn’t prepare me for your manuscript. If you include a query letter, please make sure it has been proof-read. I read a lot of query letters that have multiple spelling and grammatical errors, and while it doesn’t necessarily affect my thoughts about your actual manuscript, it makes you seem a little bit unprofessional.
My last tip is to be patient. I receive hundreds of submissions every week. Some of them take longer to read than others. Sometimes I'll take a few days to consider a manuscript, and sometimes I can make a decision right away. Constantly emailing us to check on your manuscript’s status is fine, but we really appreciate your patience.
Well, that’s all I have for you today. I hope some of you found these little tips useful.
If you would like to submit your manuscript to us, visit amberjackpublishing.com/book-submissions. Please make sure to read our disclaimer before submitting!
Jenny C. Submissions Editor | Social Media Manager Amberjackpublishing.com