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How to Publish with 
Edina Publishers

Thank you for your interest in working with us!

We are interested in stories that:

 

Have strong LGBTQIA+ representation.

The story must have significant representation(s) of queerness and/or queer communities. 

 

Are diverse. 

We want our books to positively reflect racial, physical, and gender diversity.

 

Have themes of inclusion for LGBTQIA+ people. 

We would like to publish stories that reflect an overall sense of hope for a bright future. 

Submission Guidelines

We do not require that you be represented by a literary agent. We welcome unsolicited manuscripts when submissions are open!

Please note the following requirements and send all emails to submissions@edinapublishers.com.

 

1. Submit a query letter/cover letter that includes the following:

  • Information about your manuscript, including the title, genre, intended audience, total word count, and a compelling 2–3 sentence blurb.
  • A brief explanation of how this book is different from others in its genre(s).
  • Your contact information and a bit about you as an author.

2. In your initial email, please include an outline/synopsis:

  • Be brief and concise.
  • Give us an overview of what your manuscript is about and where it’s going. 
    For nonfiction, a table of contents is acceptable. 
    For fiction, an overall plot summary or chapter-by-chapter outline is adequate.

Next Steps

Once you have sent your initial email, we will reach out to you. If we want to see more, we will ask that you submit your first and last chapter in a digital format. 

When submitting anything to us, please observe the following guidelines: 

  • Please do NOT submit your work in the body of your email. Attach everything as a PDF, Google Doc, or Word files.
  • For text, use 12-point font with one-inch margins and indented first lines.
  • Each page of the entire manuscript should be numbered in sequence (not by chapter.)
  • Spellcheck and proofread your manuscript before submission. Ideally, this should be nearly ready to publish. Your submission should represent your best work; we do not want a first draft.
  • For nonfiction books, please see the Copyright Permissions section below.
  • For children’s picture books, please submit artwork along with your manuscript. If you do not have artwork but wish to submit anyway, we can discuss the illustrations via email. (We do not currently have an illustrator on staff.)
  • At this time, we can only accept manuscripts that have English as a primary language.
  • We do not accept AI-generated content of any kind.
  • If you are under 18, parental/guardian approval is NOT necessary to submit a manuscript. However, if your manuscript is accepted for publication, parental/guardian consent WILL BE required before we can move forward.

Once you have submitted your manuscript to us, we ask that you allow us at least four weeks for a response.

Copyright Permissions & Protection

If your submission includes material that is copyrighted by someone else, it is your responsibility to clear the use of all text, including lengthy prose quotations and all lyrics and poems. 

Be cautious about using excerpts of works (including song lyrics) by established writers/artists. These can be very difficult to obtain permission to use and usually cost a lot of money. 

If you are telling a nonfiction story, please secure permission from your sources, even if their names have been changed. (If a person can identify themselves in a story you have written, you probably need their permission.)

Rest assured that we will not steal your idea or any part of your manuscript. Under current U.S. copyright law, your work is already protected the minute you write it down on paper. It is not necessary for you to register your manuscript for copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office before submitting it. 

If your book is chosen for publication, we will submit the necessary forms to register the copyright in your name.

For further information and specific copyright questions, please review the Library of Congress Copyright Office's FAQ.

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