This is a long post. If you are serious about submitting to us, please read. If you are new to publishing, it may also be worth a read.
A reminder that we are a tiny press. This means you will not get an advance from us at this time. If you feel that you need an advance to accept a publishing contract, you should consider a larger, or more established, press.
Please understand that while we are small, we are selective. Remember, we are not charging you. We are not a self-publishing platform.
It can take over a month (and generally at least three months) before we respond to a query, depending on our current load.
Vampires are dead!
Please, no more vampire novels.
The market is saturated. The genre is getting stale. The ideas are getting recycled. We know we may be missing out on the next Twilight by saying this, but: Please no more vampire stories!
We prefer email (you may not get a response from snail mail)!
If you send a full manuscript via snail mail, we WILL NOT return the manuscript. Period. Our time is valuable and anything over 12 ounces requires a wait in line at the post office due to security measures the post office has in place. It is simply not practical for us to deal with full manuscripts in the mail.
Please send an email cover/query letter with the following attachments in doc, docx, rtf format. We may simply NOT READ anything in another format (including zipped files and wps files [the old Microsoft Works]). PDF is not our preferred format, but we can read that:
- The complete manuscript, or a sample of at least 50 pages (we prefer entire manuscript when emailing), please also include a word count.
Note, while we like the entire manuscripts, we may not read it in its entirety–we will read at least 25 pages.
- A synopsis of your work. Chapter by chapter is acceptable (and if we accept your manuscript, we will probably ask for chapter by chapter).
Remember, a synopsis does NOT have the cliff hanger nor the “hook” to try and get you to read the entire manuscript. Keep the synopsis to less than 5 pages.
- The query letter itself should include word count, genre and/or target market.
A note on genre: We do not currently accept manuscripts whose main focus is a religious one. Spiritual is one thing, but an overt organized religious aspect is currently not our forte. We accept almost all popular fiction genres, literary fiction, and creative non-fiction.
Please mention former publications if applicable, if self published, some indication of sales is appropriate. We consider “AuthorHouse” to be self published.
All submissions must include complete contact information for the author and (if applicable) the author’s agent (if applicable).
A note on size: A novel to us is over 60,000 words. On occasion we will accept over 40,000 words. Below 40,000 is a novella to us and as a tiny press, not feasible economically for print. If you are comfortable with eBook only, we may consider novellas. The possible exception to this is juvenile fiction.
A note on short stories: We consider short stories for our coffee break shorts, or eBook collections. For print, we will consider short stories as a collection, but collections must exceed 40,000 words and the editorial process is longer and not as detailed. We are open to linked novellas/short stories that add up to more than 40,000 words. At this time, due to the overhead of creating and tracking an upload, you will not get paid for a short story. We will read and edit it. Your only benefit from us posting a short story is that it means it met a bar for acceptance and you don’t have to bother with the administrivia of putting this out there on Amazon and B&N and possibly iTunes (the latter is often not done).
We encourage direct submissions, but agents are welcome. Include full name, postal mailing address, telephone number with area code, and e-mail address.
To repeat: we do accept e-mail attachments (many publishers and agents prefer all content in text of email, but we do not) in Word, RTF (or PDF format if you must)–our preference is Word (doc, docx) or RTF.
New Libri is a newer company. Not surprisingly, that means we are excited to build our community and we are interested in authors who are early adopters and we embrace new authors and authors who for a variety of reasons may want a small publisher.
As an author you may wonder if you should submit to us, versus a more established publishing house. We encourage you to do both–submit to us and submit to others. All of us at New Libri are, and have been, authors (and editors and entrepreneurs); we know how hard it is to break in. However, don’t simply submit to us as part of a shotgun approach, that is usually really clear from the query note and we generally will simply delete it.
Why an independent, small, new, press is potentially advantageous (we assume you know all the disadvantages):
•We deal with new authors as our primary source.
•We are more hands on editing than most large houses.
•Our eBook process is not generic conversion: this is important if you have looked at the formatting of ebooks between Kindle, Nook, and iPad. Although this is becoming better as technology progresses, we believe we still have a well formatted eBook.
•We are focusing on the community of authors we bring on board. Authors participate in the process and in shaping the company. This is true of most small publishing houses.
•Your contract is author friendly — we offer a larger percentage than most publishing houses.
•All publishers expect the author to handle a lot of the marketing–we are just more upfront about it–we do expect you to do a lot of the marketing.
•You always retain the rights to your manuscript and if anything should happen to us, we give you the ebook and print layout formats to use.
•We actually read at least 25 pages of every submission.
New Libri vs. self publishing. A final note to discourage you, or rather to keep expectations low. You can do all of this yourself. Self-publishing is relatively simple. We encourage you to consider self publishing. You won’t sell more with us than you would self publishing. See the above section as to what you get with us. We are brutally honest about this. If you don’t do the marketing, it won’t get done. In 2015 approximately 1 million TITLES were published in the self publishing world. The pot of money for those titles was just over $200 million. The statistical average in gross sales for a book is thus $200. You have probably heard about a number of very successful authors who self publish. This lowers the statistical average in sales for most self-published books to well under $100. Truthfully, for almost all books, small, medium, or large publisher, this statistic is not much better.