Submitting Your Work
Submissions are now open! Please read everything carefully as things have changed, including the submissions address.
So you're a writer…
Well, you’ve come to the right place. We publish novels, novellas, and collections in a variety of genres, and though we focus on science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, and horror, we'd love to branch out to speculative fiction, mysteries, non-fiction, and anything else you can come up with. Our goal is to publish fantastic books all year long.
The format of publication will be decided on a case-by-case basis. In general, books will be paperback, case laminate, or hardback with a dust jacket of varying sizes.
Generally, these are the rules we follow:
A novel is anything over 40,000 words
A novella is between 20,000 and 40,000 words
A novelette is between 7,000 to 20,000 words
Story collections should be at least 30,000 words
Poetry collection lengths need to be at least 30 pages
Although we will consider reprints, original stories and books will receive the highest priority.
The Flavors We Crave
We publish all kinds of different books and novels but we’re focusing on horror, fantasy, science fiction, and steampunk. These are the things we think are not only the most popular genres of books, but the most fun to write, edit, and read. To help you understand what we mean by these terms and better help you understand what we’re looking for we have some tips below on what we think these genres are.
For horror there are several things we want as horror has different aspects to it. We are looking to genuinely inspire fear but we’re not necessarily looking for gore or anything like that. That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t take a well written slasher book. However, what we’re really looking for is the creep factor, the fear factor. We want horror books that would give Stephen King nightmares, that make people afraid to turn off the lights, or even that make them want to look over their shoulder. We want atmosphere, pacing, plot, and terror. Make. Us. Afraid.
Fantasy is a broad term. It encompasses a lot of different subgenres and ideas. Fantasy can be angels and demons fighting secret wars on Earth. It can be other worlds where dragons and magic rule. It can be vampires and witches and more. The point of it is to dream of things that never were and build characters that are compelling and real to introduce us to those dreams. Character development is one of the most important keys to a good fantasy novel. Making a character interact with a world that shouldn’t exist and make it seem believable. Make us root for the hero and hate the bad guy, even if we love the bad guy at the same time. Bring amazing worlds of magic and fancy to life and fill it with characters that drive us to be better, to dream more, and to inspire.
Good science fiction should explore the human nature and what it means to be human and alive. Yes, even aliens can be “human” for lack of a better word and have humanity. What we’re looking for here are works that explore the human condition through technology – be it now on Earth, or in the distant future among the stars. We want to see great characters working through problems, or discovering that humanity and technology have certain limits, such as we see in the Alien series or even HP Lovecraft’s works. We want to explore what kind of futures we or other races and species might have, and see what the technology that might take us beyond the stars and into other dimensions might be like. It can be as simple as making only voice contact with another alien species, or as big as an intergalactic war and the fallout that results. We want solid stories that explore it all.
Steampunk worlds feature interesting machines that run on gears and steam, rarely more advanced that something one might find in the early 1900’s. It deals with outcasts and bandits, as well as societal norms and the impact of evil governments, monarchies and regimes. What we want to see are interesting characters and fun devices. Find ways of making artificial limbs that are little more than gears and springs. Show how characters deal with the shape of the world around them. Remember, it can be a lot of things, so it can be as simple as a fantasy world where one race has taken over and is using rifles and trains to ship off a “lesser race” to “detention camps.” It can be Earth where technology never evolved past the steam train, but we have boats that fly over the ocean using strange forms of magic, technology, and willpower. The most important things to have are the technological aspects as well as well written characters and character development.
We’re always open to different genres. Mix and match the genres, tell us true stories, write that urban detective you’ve been dreaming about for years. You never know what will happen unless you submit.
Payment for printed publications is 20% of actual print sales and, if also released as an e-book, 40% of actual e-book sales; contributors may also purchase unlimited quantities of their work at 30% off the cover price.
All payments are sent biannually within 60 days of January 31st and July 31st.
How to Submit
We do not work with agents as we are independent entirely and prefer to work directly with the authors.
Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org following the guidelines below.
In the subject line of the e-mail, put Submission, your last name, and the title of the work submitted.
SUBMISSION EXAMPLE: “Submission – Michaels – The Day the Dragon's Landed”
In the body of your email, please introduce your book. Tell me a little about what it's about, include a full query letter if you like, tell me what lead you to write the book. This doesn't need to be too formal. I'm looking for a summary and some details.
Attach your full manuscript to the email in docx or other Word standard documents with no extra formatting (no header/footer/page numbers) and if you want to earn extra points, putting it in Times New Roman font at 12 point is appreciated, though not necessary. Please do not send PDFs. They are difficult to work from and cause more problems then they solve when getting a book set up for print.
Next, make sure your contact information is in the upper left corner of your manuscript and in your email. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript.
CONTACT INFORMATION EXAMPLE
J.H. Tobin Word Count: 5772
14 N Moore St
New York, New York 10013
paypal [if any]:email@example.com
If your submission does not include your contact information, Branching Realities Independent Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.
If you have any further questions, feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org as well.