A variety of different requirements depending on publisher and medium.
|Submitting for consideration to publish is something an author should research carefully because there are many different requirements for book publishers, magazine publishers, and self publishing. Not every book publisher for example wants or requires the same information, nor do the want the content submitted the same way.
There are several ways to submit for publication. Some publishing companies no matter if it is for a book, magazine, or self publishing use a dedicated form for the author or agent to fill out. Others want the submission to be sent by email only, snail mail only, the provided form on the website only, and by agent only. Also, there are submissions allowed by any of the different methods giving the agent or author a choice. Sometimes the company will accept submissions from either the author, author representative (other than agent), or author agent. find out if unsolicited submissions are accepted and if yes, then by author or agent, or both. If submissions for solicited works may be submitted by author, agent or both. Be aware that there are open submission times which are posted on a submission page and that any submission submitted during closed submission times is rejected.
Be diligent in the reading of important specific directions because some publishing companies will return your written work, but most of the time they will not return it to you. Usually postage is required if you have the option for having your work returned.
The format for a submitted item is critical because if it is not followed to the letter the submission will be rejected and often not returned. The line spacing and margin spacing is often the cause for rejection because single or double spacing or margins of one or two inches are required. A certain font or size of the font when specifically asked for is something else which would cause a submission to be rejected because these guidelines were not adhered to as directed.
Multiple submissions sometimes are or are not allowed. Usually if a multiple submission is allowed it is asked that the author or agent notifies the publisher immediately if that particular piece is chosen for publication by another publishing company, so that the submission can be removed from consideration.
Some other things which may be requested are: a market analysis of the potential readership for the book. Who is the reader? To what trends does the title speak, a list of similar titles including the publisher, date of publication, and a brief explanation of how your book differs from what's currently available. and author/illustrator/photographer biography that includes publishing credits and credentials in the field.
When this option is available, a confirmation of receipt, should include a self-addressed stamped postcard for the editor to put in the mail upon receiving your proposal. After searching and reading about submitting for publication requirements I have not often read many of the above options.
Book publishers may or may not accept unsolicited submissions. Occasionally there are divisions or cousin companies which are a branch or part of the parent publishing house where authors mostly, or sometimes agents may submit manuscripts instead of to the parent company because usually this parent company only will accept solicited manuscripts.
Some publishing houses want a list of things that another will not accept. Additional information may be wanted by one publishing company while another may ask for the minimum. The requirements vary greatly and so does the required quality of the potential product and the details for the submission form/guideline information.
Usually entire manuscripts or partial manuscripts are required and other times the publisher only requests a synopsis or proposal explaining about the details for the written item.
A caution about publishers is to be careful about your choice for publishing because there are publishers available who will publish just about anything, and then you will be abligated to pay a bill for every service you agree to for the publishing process.
Submitting to magazines require diligence in knowing and understanding the requirements because there are usually several different types of content which may be submitted for consideration to publish.
Submissions for: contest Submissions - poems, short stories, creative nonfiction, videos, and sometimes blog posts may be accepted especially when they are submitted during "call for submissions" which happens usually between certain month of the year.
When a submission is accepted it may be restricted from publication for a fixed amount of time, or until at minimum after publication. Depending on the situation, payment for submissions can be a copy of the magazine in which the submission was published, or a gift card of a small amount such as $40, or $15 dollars to $100. There are times when the more popular magazines have a larger budget and may pay as much as $100 to $1000for a submission that has been accepted for publication.
There are many more considerations for self publishing which the author needs to learn about and consider before embarking on a self publishing venture. the link below is for a publishing company that has a nicely laid out page of self publishing resources which may be helpful to you. I am Not recommending any particular self publishing company. This information is strictly for educational purposes which I hope will give you an idea about the period steps and tasks needed to get our book published.
Publishing is something which should not be rushed because editors and other staff members be they volunteers or paid employees know the difference from a piece which was thrown together quickly with no editing or very little editing. Doing the research is of greatest importance so that the work you intend to submit goes to the correct publisher who is looking for what you have written. There are so many guidelines and so many publishing opportunities to submit to that hap haphazardly submitting to which ever one comes up first for example will usually result in rejection. It very important to get to know the publication you are interested in submitting to by reading some of the content, studying the submission guidelines and very closely following them. Only when the work of editing is complete, the research and studying is complete, and the most appropriate book, magazine, and self publishing company are carefully chosen to match your situation and work should you submit for publication.
After submitting do not expect to hear from any one soon because there are far too many submissions for the staff to consider. it can take months to about a year for conformation of publication. Usually after the for waiting for conformation is over and you've not heard from where you submitted the work, it is likely that the submission did not get consideration for publishing. This doesn't mean you should hurry to submit again because every submission is treated like a first time submission.
Submitting to a multitude of publishing houses is not a good idea because this causes a major traffic jam in the functioning of the publishing houses. It is far better to choose about 7 to 9 places for submitting and then wait a little while before submitting to other different publishers.
As you submit to the publishers you should keep details records of the details about your material submitted and the publishing house where you sent that material. This will help you to keep track of the time frame, what material and to whom it was sent. another bit of information that I think would be most helpful is to keep track of any rejected materials and if possible finding out why or how these materials can be improved. When you send out only your best of the best in my opinion is it worth trying to get published.