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Etopia Press Submission Guidelines

Etopia Press is currently looking for the best, most unique, most well-crafted stories out there — and we know they’re out there. Traditional genre fiction, non-traditional or cross-genre fiction, general and literary fiction — there’s no limit to where a writer’s imagination can go when he or she is inspired, and there’s always a reader who wants to be taken along for the ride.

What We’re Publishing

Electronic and print books in all genres. The future of publishing is in emerging electronic markets and media, and we specifically want to pursue them. But we also want to make books available in trade paperback for authors and readers who just like them better that way.

What We’re Looking For

Traditional Genres: Fantasy, Urban fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Action, Horror, Historical, Erotica and Romance — all subgenres, all heat levels from sweet to erotic, including ménage and poly, BDSM, fetish, etc.

Non-traditional or Cross-Genres: Historical sci-fi, erotic thrillers, paranormal mysteries…you get the idea. Add to this whatever your muse tells you to write that may not fit traditional categories. Will all non-traditional ideas work? Probably not. Will we accept anything just because it’s “different?” Nope. But if you can make it work, and make us stay up too late at night reading it, you’ll probably keep other readers up late, too.

General Fiction and Literary Fiction: If you write this, you know what it is.

Young Adult: We’re looking for young adult books in all the above categories (except erotic, obviously). We’re looking for stories that speak to teens and young adults and the challenges they face in today’s world, whether the story is contemporary, fantasy, historical, or something else. No preachy, dogmatic, or goodie-two-shoes stories (unless the story is about the trials and tribulations of being a goodie-two-shoes in a world full of street gangs, werewolves or Russian mafia).

LGBT:  We happily and proudly accept and encourage LGBT works in all the above traditional, non-traditional, general, and literary categories.

Interracial, Multicultural, BBW, etc. People come in all colors, shapes, sizes, creeds, sexual orientations, cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds…the list goes on. Diversity is a good thing.

What We Won’t Publish

  1. Porn (erotica and erotic romance are not “porn”).
  2. Rape for titillation; pedophilia/necrophilia/bestiality/incest; sex between adult characters and characters under 18; bodily functions for sport (this is not the same as capture fantasy romances, shifter and vampire heroes, etc.).
  3. Racial or gender intolerance, hatred, bigotry, etc. (where it’s presented as “a good thing,” “the norm,” or “the ideal”).

What Lengths We’re Looking For

We’re actively seeking novels, novellas, and short stories in all categories. Word count: whatever the story will support.

For short stories, be sure there’s an actual thematic point. It’s easy to get caught up in a mood or a feeling or an event, but make sure there’s a reason for it all. For erotica and erotic romance shorts, be sure there’s an actual plot holding the sex together. Short sexy stories are great, as long as they’re short sexy stories, plot and character development required.

For novels and novellas, there’s no maximum word count, but if it’s very long, be doubly sure it’s all story. Watch for wordiness, repetition, unnecessary scenes, etc. We love “big books,” but there has to be sufficient conflict and story movement to justify a huge word count.

Right now, we’re especially looking for stories between 30,000 and 75,000 words. If you’re interested in having your book go to print, we’re currently considering books about 40,000 words and up.

A Note on Fan Fiction

Please don’t send us stories based on your favorite TV shows, movies, books, anime, manga, video games, etc. Fan fiction can be a great way to connect with other fans and keep your favorite worlds alive, but we can’t publish it. Changing the names of characters isn’t enough to qualify the story as an “original work.”

How to Format Your Submission and Where to Send It

We accept email submissions only. Email them to the executive editor at submissions@etopiapress.com.

Your submission should include:

1. A standard submission cover letter in the body of your email.

  • Write your contact information in the top left corner: Real name, address, phone, title, pen name if any, and the word count of your manuscript according to MS Word
  • Include your web or blog URL and any publication credits you may have.
  • And don’t forget the most important part—that short blurb that will pique our interest and make us eager to read more!

2. Complete manuscript, attached as an .RTF file

  • Write your contact information in the top left corner of the document itself (not the header): Real name, address, phone, title, pen name if any, and the word count of your manuscript according to MS Word
  • No spacing between paragraphs (Word 2007 defaults to this style, but you can change it by clicking “change styles” in the home tab and selecting Word 2003. See the help files in MS Word for more information)
  • Times New Roman, 12 point font
  • 1.5 line spacing

3. Short synopsis (2 or 3 pages, same formatting as the manuscript), also attached as an .RTF file

Questions?

Email us at help@etopiapress.com and ask. Or leave a comment. Or fill out the form on our Contact Us page. We’re happy to help. And we can’t wait to read your work!

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