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We do not publish: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 and look for those with a word count of 50,000-100,000 words. If a submission of slightly shorter or longer length catches our attention, we would not quibble. While we are flexible, we do not consider submissions of less than 40,000 or more than 120,000 words. (This does not apply to competitions and compilations we run.)

We seek marketable, page-turning, quality fiction with a host of memorable characters, places, and scenes. Our team of readers relish bold writers who deliver a good hook and keep them absorbed with every page. We know every story is different. Before submitting, we suggest you research how to bring the main components of your manuscript together. You will find innumerable online articles to assist. We will be posting handy tips in our blog and including them in our monthly newsletter. Sign up today!

Before submitting, make sure you have checked your manuscript thoroughly. You don’t want your work finding its way to the slush pile. Try reading the story aloud or have a friend read it. Invite constructive criticism and remember, you are writing for the reader. A crisp, well-written synopsis should accompany your manuscript. There are many online resources to assist. We also have a blog post dedicated to this topic. 

The more professional your work looks the more likely it will receive our attention. Before emailing, check spelling, grammar, and punctuation in all documents.

Following submission

We deal with a high volume of submissions and our team carefully considers each one. As stated above, we only publish a select number and only a limited percentage make it. Once we receive your submission, we send a confirmation email and aim to be in touch within eight weeks. At that stage, we will confirm whether your submission has been successful. Regrettably, we are unable to individually critique.

If your manuscript is acceptable, a member of the Whisper team will contact you to discuss bringing it to publishing standard and your involvement as the author. If you are happy to proceed, we issue a publishing agreement.

As a small, independent publisher we will endeavour to maximise your book’s success by working with you to implement a promotion and marketing plan. As well as our  input, we advise and expect our authors to engage in their own campaign. 

If you are ready, email with the following:

  • A query letter
  • A full manuscript (1.5 or double spacing) in Microsoft Word or PDF file format (.doc, .docx or .pdf).
  • A one-page synopsis (1.5 or double spacing)
  • A short biography telling us about yourself and your writing history, including any competitions or
  • awards you have won

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