Fiction Submission Guidelines
We do not currently accept or publish submissions for fairy tale retellings, bully romance, billionaire romance, erotica romance or children's books or picture books. Other than that, we will consider publishing fiction books in the following genres:
Romance (most sub-categories)
If you have a book that falls within one of the categories we currently publish, it must also meet the following criteria.
- You must have a completed full-length novel (60,000+ words minimum, depending on genre).
- Your story must be original and a fully developed idea prior to submission.
- We do not accept fanfiction submissions.
- We accept one submission at a time and will accept submission from authors with or without literary agents.
Edit Your Manuscript Before You Submit
Please do your best to edit your manuscript before you submit it for review for your best chance at being offered a book contract.
The submissions that tend to stand out the most are the ones that read well because of lack of grammatical errors, typos, or plot holes, and we want you to have your best chance. If they contain any of these types of errors, our team is likely to pass on your story.
Please note, we do understand general errors, and if accepted your manuscript will be professionally edited before publication, this simply serves as a tip to be better noticed by our team.
PRIOR TO SUBMISSION IT IS NECESSARY TO READ AND AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
The material you have submitted is the Author's own creative and/or well researched work.
The material you have submitted is not currently published on any platform or submitted for publishing through any other company.
At all times the right of the Author to the intellectual copyright of his, her or their work, will be maintained.
Butterdragons Publishing guarantees the privacy and intellectual property of the Author and maintains said privacy at all times.
No information regarding any Author's personal details, email addresses or similar contact data will be disclosed to any third parties without the express permission of said Author and will only be used for correspondence.
Butterdragons Publishing cannot be held responsible for the loss, damage or non-return of any material sent to us in hardcopy or otherwise.Please ensure you have a copy of whatever you submit to us.
HOW TO SUBMIT A MANUSCRIPT
Please email the following to submissions @ butterdragons.com
Subject line: Pen Name, Genre, Manuscript Submission or Book Proposal
In the body of the email please include the following:
Any current or past publications
Manuscript Word Count
A brief 2-3 paragraph summary of what your manuscript or proposal submission is about.
Attach edited manuscript formatted in the following way:
1 inch margins
(If it is a book proposal and not the full manuscript, please submit the first 2-5 Chapters only)
please submit a .doc, .docx or .pdf file only
Again, please only submit one manuscript at a time. If you have previously submitted to us and have not heard back, please do not send a second submission as this will result in an automatic denial.
If your manuscript or book proposal isn't a good fit for us to publish, feel free to send us another submission for a different book after we've responded to your first submission.
If our editors decide to publish your manuscript, we can then have a conversation with you about potentially publishing other books you've written.
Once your submission is received it is considered for publication by our team , who will assess content, subject matter and suitability.
If our team considers the work appropriate for our company, we will put forward an offer of publication.
If the story is accepted but needs to be changed in some parts, we will provide that feedback respectfully, and will accept a resubmission once changes have been made, and will at that time reconsider offering a contract.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are the answers to some of the most common questions about manuscript submissions.
How long does it take to publish a book and what happens after I submit my manuscript?
It takes on average anywhere from six months to a year for a raw manuscript to be published and the process requires numerous steps. The manuscript undergoes content editing, copy editing, proofreading, and formatting in various formats. The appropriate book cover is created by our cover designer, as well as abundance of promo material. In most cases the audio book is created as well, which is a separate process of additional several months.
Do you accept unsolicited manuscripts?
Yes, we accept unsolicited manuscripts, and we review all submissions within 30-45 days. Note: Due to an increase in recent submissions it may take us longer to provide a formal response to a submitted manuscript.
Do you accept book proposals?
Yes, we do accept book proposal submissions for fictions books. Please see the requirements above for submission guidelines.
What if I don't have an agent?
No problem! Most of our submissions are from unagented authors, although we do accept submission from literary agents.
How much does it cost?
We're a no-fee independent book publishing company. That means we never charge a fee to publish books. We earn our profit when we sell books for you.
Do you guarantee you will publish my book?
No, we cannot guarantee we will publish your book.
Even if you meet all the guidelines on this page, we review all submitted manuscripts and decide on a case-by-case basis if it makes sense for us to offer a deal to the author. Authors who are receptive to constructive criticism and are willing to set their egos aside in order to learn and grow are welcome to resubmit their manuscripts for consideration after making editorial changes.
Do You Accept Physical Submissions?
No, we do not review any physical manuscripts. Any submissions sent to us by mail will be discarded, so please save a tree and read the submission guidelines above.
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU WILL NOT PUBLISH IN THE LISTED GENRES?
We will not publish anything that falls into the following:
- Demeaning presentation of women, races, sexual orientation, religion or any other kind of disrespectful presentation of any human beings, places, or animals of any kind.
- No kinks that cause a forced reaction, or the character interprets distress as excitement or pleasure, and is encouraged to do so.
- No emotional abuse, child abuse, rape or dubious consent. The only exception is if it is in the past, and something that the characters are dealing with and they grow from it.
- No incest or implied incest
Do You Have More Questions?
Simply email us at submissions @ butterdragons.com