For Writers

Posted by on September 15, 2011 in On Writing | Comments Off on For Writers

For Writers:

Your work is important to us. We want to see your writing and we want to give you the best opportunity for success. Our requirements are simple. Help us keep it simple and help yourself to a greater chance of Spectacle publishing your work. On most nights you will find us looking for three types of work: fiction novels, fiction short-stories, and non-fiction books.

Fiction Novels

In round numbers we’re talking about something of about 60,000 – 100,000 words. For works somewhere in this range contact us at

The one page query letter is your chance to dazzle us with your writing skill and convince us that we need your book. We want to know a little bit about you: where you’re from, what you like, what you do, and if such things are relevant to your writing.

We want to know about your book: what it’s about, what it means, how long is it, if it is finished and why it should be published.

All in one page – 300 words. Simply put: the easier it is for us to assess your writing the easier it is for you to have it published.

Next, we require an outline. Outline should dictate the general flow of your novel so that we can understand where you’re going with this story. Please attach your outline as a file to your query email. Acceptable file types for outlines are: .DOC, .RTF or .PDF. Please do not paste your outline into the email.

Also attached to the query email we want three sample chapters (or 5000 – 10,000 words worth of chapters). The sample chapters can be in .DOC or .RTF file types. Please do not send a .PDF of your chapters. Also, see below for what we expect to see when we open your file.

Fiction Short Stories

First important note is that we only accept short fiction when we specifically ask. Occasionally, we seek short fiction for various themed anthologies. This is a great way for us to get to know you and perhaps lead to greater things. But, only when we’re actually asking.

Short fiction is typically between 2500 and 5000 words. Now, some people don’t care for math, and we know that some stories only need a haiku in order to be told. The numbers are guidelines, nothing more. When we’re looking for short fiction please submit your work to

Your email submission will include: your name, a brief biographic summary, and two to three sentences about your story. Attached to the email will be your story in .DOC or .RTF file type. DO NOT paste your story into the email. Please.

Non-Fiction Books

The guidelines are roughly the same as the guidelines for fiction books. The significant difference is that you need to convince us that you are an authority on the topic and thus capable of a flawlessly factual book. The editorial process for non-fiction is different than the process for fiction. Due to the wide range of non-fiction types and in the interest of brevity I will just say: send us your one-page query, outline, and a few sample chapters and then we’ll talk.

What We Expect To See

In the interest of simplicity and all that you hold holy please keep it simple. When we open up your work we’re interested in reading your work. We are not impressed by your formatting. All sample chapters and short story submissions must be attached as a .DOC or .RTF file.

DO NOT paste your story into the body of an email.

In your file we expect to see your work. Your words are pretty; word-processor formatting is not pretty.

Ideally, we would like a .DOC file with your name, email address, and story title at the top. Everything default (right justified) and without headers and footers.

Simplicity is the name of the game. Anything that distracts from being able to read your work is not cool.

Give me text; write me something amazing. Let our art department make it pretty.

Books go:

Stories go:

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