Submissions

We are accepting manuscript submissions. What we’re looking for:

Strong voices in genre fiction: mystery/suspense, cozy mystery, mystery thrillers, romantic suspense and romance (contemporary and historical). We also consider general fiction, historical fiction and westerns, particularly if you have a strong promotional plan.

Your story must have likable characters and a happy or at least hopeful ending. Series proposals are welcome.

We prefer the word count to be between 70,000 and 100,000, but books between 50,000 and 70,000 words will still be considered.

 

Submission Guidelines

Please read through carefully. Submissions that do not follow our protocol will not be considered. 

  • Please do not submit manuscripts via a bulk email messaging services (SendGrid, MailChimp, etc.) as none of these services can follow our guidelines.
  • Unagented and agent submissions are welcome.
  • We do not consider new books that have already been published in any format, including eBook only.
  • We ask for your consideration, if you have not heard from us and sign a contract with another publisher, please let us know.
  • We discourage multiple submissions, but authors should keep us informed if a manuscript is no longer available.
  • We do welcome reprints from established authors of titles that are currently out of print, unless they are already available in any eBook format. Please have proof ready that the rights have reverted to you.

 

Requirements 

1. The first consecutive 50 pages of your manuscript as a PDF or Microsoft Word document, formatted as follows:

  • Include title page with complete contact information, genre category and word count
  • Double-spaced
  • Use Microsoft Word defaults for indenting the first line of each new paragraph (the indent should be .5 inch).
  • 12-point, Times New Roman font
  • No extra returns between paragraphs and dialogue
  • Include headers and page numbers

2. A synopsis:

  • Please be sure this includes how the book ends.
  • We do not accept synopses or excerpts that are pasted in the body of the email.

3. Your biography:

  • If you have a strong promotional plan for your book, please tell us about that as well.

 

Submission Checklist

Please submit your query and three attachments as either a PDF or Microsoft Word document to jennifer@coffeetownpress.com

In the email subject line, include:

  • CP GENRE Query: TITLE by AUTHOR (Example: CP Memoir Query: The Crow’s Beak by Gayle Newman)
  • We receive many submissions, and those that are not clearly labeled are easily overlooked.

In the body of your email query, include:

  • The word count of your full manuscript.
  • A summary of the message of your manuscript in three sentences or less (if you can).
  • We do not accept excerpts or synopses that are pasted in the body of the email.

The title page of your submission and each attachment must include:

  • Your contact information (full name, mailing address, phone number and email address)
  • The title and word count of your manuscript.

When naming your attachments, include:

  • The title of your manuscript in the file name.
  • Use synopsis, sample 50 and bio&promo to describe each file. (Example: THECROWSBEAK-synopsis; THECROWSBEAK-sample50;THECROWSBEAK-bio&promo)

 

Disclaimer: Please note, submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.

 

Thank you for your cooperation! When authors follow our submission guidelines, it helps us review material more efficiently.