If you are an aspiring author, like most of us Write Romantics (except the lovely Helen P, who is already on her way), you will no doubt have heard that getting an agent is actually more difficult than getting a publisher in the current climate – perhaps you’ve even experienced it first hand?
So what’s a girl (or boy) to do when they know that they have written a fantastic book and can’t get past the gatekeepers, aka the agents? After all, most of the publishers out there won’t accept unsolicited manuscripts, right? The truth is, there are actually an awful lot of publishers who will look at your brilliant manuscript.
Inspired by the fantastically exciting news about the launch of Novelicious Books yesterday, I have started to compile a list of publishers who accept such submissions, in a range of romance sub-genres. I thought I would share this with you and perhaps we can continue to grow the list – all suggestions welcome! Just click on any of the links below to take you to the submissions page. It is, of course, up to you to do the related research on how suitable any publisher on the list below is, in terms of their ability to meet your aspirations, and to double-check that they meet the RNA criteria, if that’s applicable to you.
Publishers taking un-agented submissions (digital and traditional)
Crooked Cat (submissions temporarily closed)
Myrmidon Books (submissions temporarily closed)
There are also lots of other digital publishers and loads more non-UK publishers who take un-agented submissions and I will update the list with these (as I work my way through them!) and add suggestions that anyone else out there wants to put forward.
Another way to squeeze past the gatekeepers, or perhaps even get one to let you in, is to enter competitions. There are lots out there, but one specifically for novel writers (and girls only this time I’m afraid fellas) can be found with Mslexia, at the link below:
Again, if anyone else wants to add information about competitions, we can build up a bank of these too.
I have only tried five agents and two publishers, which I am told is a pitiful attempt at getting one. However, if my novel doesn’t make it past the reading panel of the publisher it is currently with, strangers who are holding my dreams in their hands, then I intend to make an all out assault on the rest of this list of publishers. Any gatekeeper who tries to get in my way had best beware!
Good luck to anyone else out there submitting and do add in your suggestions here too, so that we can build up and re-post the list on a regular basis. I hope you find the links useful.