I like to be helpful and offer advice to other authors where I can, after all, we are all in the same boat. So here's a few tips for submissions to Castrum Press.
Manuscripts are primarily judged on plot and characterisation as I look to publish new material with powerful plots, solid science and strong characterisation. I prefer novels to be between 70,000 and 100,000 words, but, if the plot is good I will consider exceptions.
Our payment rates are very competitive and, should your manuscript meet our publishing criteria, we are upfront about the service you can expect from us and what we expect from Castrum Press authors.
I've kept the submission procedure simple. There is no need for a query or cover letter. Just fill out the form, upload your novel synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript.
- THREE CHAPTER SAMPLE.
The submitted sample must be exciting, it must grab the reader by the proverbials and leave the reader gasping for more, after all, this is the sample that every reader obtains free from ebook stores prior to purchase.
Look at your work objectively and check it meets this criteria. Very often it is possible to re-arrange your scenes and/or make small changes to make this happen.
- BASIC PROOFREADING AND EDITING.
Here's a basic checklist to follow prior to submitting your work which shouldn't take long and is easy to do:
- Use spell check and grammar tools.
- Proofread your work.
- Check character/place/ship names are correct throughout.
- Check for plot holes.
Editing is a different matter altogether, Castrum Press uses professional editors for all our work, however, there are plenty of tips which can make the process smoother for author and editor. Here's a few such tips:
- Although specific to blogs much of this article applies to any writing including novels: 7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful | Smart Blogger
We are looking for authors with an online presence - blog, facebook, forum or whatever medium you choose to connect with your readers. Every author should know how important it is to have your own fan base, and, let's face it, there's nothing nicer than readers telling you how much they enjoyed your work. But, how can readers contact you? If you don't have an online presence, start one as soon as possible, it doesn't have to be complicated or expensive - facebook fan pages are free or follow these very handy instructions from writersdigest.com | How to Create a Free Author Website on WordPress and don't forget to add a mailing list for your fans to sign up to and get notified of your latest news.
MAILCHIMP offer a forever free plan so long as you've got 2,000 or fewer subscribers across all lists in your account and you can send up to 12,000 emails per month.
Now that you've spruced up your manuscript, set up your social media sites and mailing list - you're good to go - fill out the submission form and I will be in touch!