18 January 2011

Open Call for YA/ Romance Fiction Submissions: Imajin Books

Post date: 18 January 2011
Deadline: 15 February 2011

The search is on! Imajin Books is looking for quality fiction!

We are now accepting submissions until February 15th, 2011.

Imajin Books is looking for novels in various genres, including YA, romance, mystery, thrillers, horror. At this time we are not looking for science fiction, but may consider your work if it's a crossover genre with one of the above.

Please follow these submission guidelines carefully and check here for updated guidelines when submitting new manuscripts.

Do not query us if you are not interested in giving us your ebook rights for a period of 3 years minimum. Paperback editions are optional and discussed with authors who prove successful with marketing their ebooks.

Submission guidelines:

1. We accept email submissions only.
2. Your query should include a brief bio, writing background and publishing history. It should also clearly state the genre of your novel, the word count, pen name if used. List the social networks you're on and links to blog and website. Tell us about your novel in three sentences. Hook us! But keep the email portion short--one page if printed.
3. We accept manuscripts from 50,000 words to 90,000 words.
4. We accept Microsoft Word documents 2003-2007 and PDF files only.
5. Send us a query email and attach a sample of the first 5 chapters, along with a 5 paragraph synopsis attachment that reads like back cover text.
6. Please allow 4 weeks before sending us a second email or reminder.
7. Multiple submissions are fine -- until we offer you a contract.
8. We DO accept previously published or self-published works as long as you can prove you now hold the rights and have a letter of rights reversion from your past publisher.
9. If you don't have an agent, that is fine with us. We prefer not dealing with agents as our contract is simple, fair and not usually negotiable.

Formatting guidelines:

1. Send samples SINGLE spaced only.
2. Do not use tabs. Use settings under Paragraph formatting to indent paragraphs.
3. Times or Times New Roman fonts only, including title.
4. Use italics and bold where necessary; no old school formatting with these please.
5. Use 1-2 line spaces for scene breaks.
6. Do not add spaces after paragraphs.
7. Do not use strange symbols or uncommon formatting or punctuation. Double quotations for dialogue.
8. No graphics. We do not normally publish books with illustrations.

What are we looking for?

1. Quality, professional writing and unique voices and stories.
2. A novel that has seen solid editing. If your book needs rewriting and a lot of substantive editing, it probably won't pass our vetting system.
3. Unique characters, concepts and situations.
4. Passion in the writing and in the author's efforts to promote him/her work/self.
5. Internet savvy writers. If you have a website, blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Goodreads, Shelfari accounts, you'll move to the top half of submissions. If you use these networks regularly, you'll move to the head of the line.
6. If you know Cheryl Tardif from a social network, you'll move to the top of the TBR pile. If you don't know me, get to know me. You know what they say: it's not what you know; it's WHO you know. :-)

Email queries to imajinbooks@shaw.ca

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