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Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in submitting to Manta Press! We know your manuscript is dying to be unleashed upon the world, but there are a few things you need to know before sending it our way…

To start, we are looking for horror, sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, mystery, and suspense thrillers targeted toward adult, young adult, and middle grade readers. Our ideal word count is between 30k and 80k words.

Secondly, and we can’t stress this enough, we are looking for fully-edited manuscripts. While our team proofreads and makes minor corrections to the manuscript during the formatting process, we do not perform content nor line editing. We do have a couple of excellent, reasonably-priced, and personally vetted editors that we can highly recommend should you need one.

As for marketing and promotion, MP utilizes social media to promote our company and books, up to and including sharing/retweeting/etc anything our authors post. However, any forms of paid promotion are the responsibility of our authors. As most authors know, (or will soon find out) most small presses simply don’t have the budgets to pay for extensive marketing campaigns. The difference between Manta Press and some others is that our authors get to keep the majority of royalties from their hard work and expense. (Yes, you read that correctly.) We keep a minor percentage for our part, but a large percentage goes to our authors. You know, the ones doing the real work (ie. the writing, editing, promoting). That means if you’re going to submit to Manta Press, you must be of the mindset to actively market your book should we choose to publish it. (And yes, including your marketing plan with your query would most certainly earn you bonus points)

So, now that you know what to expect from a relationship with Manta Press, if you are still interested in pursuing publication with us, please email us at with your query, a brief synopsis, and the first few thousand words of your manuscript in the body of your email. Please include the title, genre, and word count in the subject line. If we read your sample and find ourselves unable to sleep until we’ve read the whole story, we will follow up with a request for the entire manuscript. Until then, please allow 4 – 6 weeks for a response one way or another.

Thanks again for your interest in Manta Press.