Submissions

Submission Guidelines

We publish:

  • Action and Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Domestic drama
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • New adult (NA)
  • Paranormal (including paranormal romance)
  • Psychological thriller
  • Satire
  • Science fiction
  • Women’s fiction (chick lit, romance, family sagas)
  • Young adult (YA)

We do not publish:

  • Children’s fiction
  • Erotica
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry

What we look for

We only accept finished manuscripts of between 50,000-100,000 words. That said, we won’t quibble if something shorter or longer catches our attention. While we are flexible, we don’t consider submissions of less than 40,000 or more than 120,000 words. (This does not apply to competitions and compilations we run.)

Page-turning fiction makes us smile. With this in mind, think bold writers. Scribblers delivering a good hook. A host of memorable places and characters. Specifically, anything that keeps us absorbed with each page. Of course, every story is different. What grabs one reader may not snare another. Do we like diversity? Certainly!

Do the legwork

Bringing the main components of your manuscript together is vital. Therefore, do some research. It pays! You’ll find countless online articles to assist. In addition, we post handy tips in our blog and newsletter from time time. Subscribe today!

What we need from you

Firstly, before submitting, make sure you have checked your manuscript. You don’t want your work finding its way to the slush pile. Try reading the story aloud. Have a friend read it. Invite constructive criticism. Ultimately, remember you are writing for the reader. A crisp, well-written synopsis should join your manuscript. There are many online resources that offer a helping hand. We also have a blog post on this topic. 

The more professional your submission looks the better. It will certainly receive our attention if you’ve made an effort. Before emailing, check spelling, grammar, and punctuation in all documents. Then, check again.

Following submission

We deal with a high volume of submissions and our team carefully considers each one. As we only publish a select number, a limited percentage will make it. On receipt of your submission, we send a confirmation email. We then aim to be in touch within eight weeks. At that stage, we will confirm acceptance or rejection of your submission. Unfortunately, we are unable to individually critique.

If you are successful

You will receive an email if your manuscript is acceptable. We will confirm the next stage and your involvement going forward. Once you are happy to proceed, we issue a publishing agreement.

We strive to assist our authors. Working together, we will bring your manuscript to publishing standard. Our  complimentary benefits will help shape a promotion and marketing plan. As well as our input, you should be proactive. Though not guaranteed, this could equate to more sales. In today’s crowded market, maximising your book’s potential is key. Success requires hard work, persistence, and dedication.   

Are you ready?

We only accept electronic submissions. After all your hard work, don’t make the simple mistake of ignoring the guidelines. Please use the format stated below and email submissions@whisperpublishing.co.uk with the following:

  • A query letter
  • A full manuscript (Times or Arial font, 12pt, 1.5 or double spacing) in Microsoft Word or PDF file format (.doc, .docx or .pdf)
  • A one-page synopsis (Times or Arial font, 12pt, 1.5 or double spacing)
  • A short biography. Include details of what inspires you to write and your writing history. If you have won any competitions or awards, let us know.

Please send the documents as attachments and not in the body of the email.