Black Spot Books is a traditional, royalty-paying publishing house with full editing, design, and marketing teams that help perfect and promote your work in partnership with the story's best publicist: you.
We publish titles in speculative fiction, including genres of fantasy, dark humor, thrillers, and paranormal. We especially love projects that explore what may lurk beneath the waves, and other nautical themes. We are particularly interested in full-length (60,000 word plus) novels, however we will also consider novellas. Currently we are only representing US-based authors.
We do not publish work in mainstream romance/erotica, cozy mystery, political fiction, religious fiction, YA/children, poetry, memoirs, cook books, or screenplays.
Our books are published in paperback and ebook formats. Black Spot Books are distributed to brick-and-mortar booksellers across the United States and Canada (including Amazon and Barnes and Noble), independent booksellers, and libraries as well as every ebook retailer. We do our best to bring your work to new audiences and our promotions team is eager to get your book into the hands of as many reviewers, buyers, and readers as possible and actively market our titles throughout every facet of the publishing market.
We accept rolling submissions and maintain an ongoing publication calendar. Our current response times fluctuates and is currently approximately 16 weeks. If you have not heard from us after this time period has passed, please email us. DO NOT RESUBMIT.
Simultaneous Submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
What Black Spot Books offers:
Distribution to well-known book retailers and independent bookstores
Competitive royalty rates with semiannual payments
Professional covers designed by an artist guided by your vision
Multiple revisions with quality editorial staff who work with you to help you craft your best story
A robust marketing and promotions team, as well as references to services to help support you
We expect our writers to join us in marketing and supporting your books - no one can tell your story as well as you can!
Questions can be emailed to submit (at) blackspotbooks (dot) com.
Please include in your Submission:
1) A Cover Letter
Real Name and Pen Name (if applicable)
Approximate word count
A short blurb about your book
Any awards or writing affiliations
Website, social links, and contact information
2) A Brief Synopsis
A two-page synopsis of your entire project.
3) Your FULL Manuscript
Times New Roman 12 pt font
NO headers, footers or page numbers
Word doc or docs format only
Author name and title on first page only
Please be sure that your manuscript has been thoroughly self-edited and is free of spelling and grammatical errors.
To submit your manuscript for consideration, please click the button below. Emailed submissions will be deleted.