Authors: General Submission Guidelines
Authors…this is your opportunity to get free advertisement and share what you love about your book! The goal of our magazines is to introduce readers to new independently published and self-published authors. If you have a book published by a small press, an independent publisher or you've published it yourself, then we're interested in receiving an article from you. Please understand our magazines are specifically for our reader audience, so we are not accepting any articles about marketing, networking, self-published how-tos or trends in the publishing industry. Put yourself in the reader's seat and think about what would interest you regarding “behind the scenes” articles about books you read. Also, the forums on our website are not the place to advertise and post information about your books. They're a place for readers to share information and interact with each other about books. If you are interested in advertising with us, please visit our Advertising page for information on affordable rates and options.
Please click on the magazine name below to see specific guidelines for what each magazine is looking for. In general…
We accept electronic submissions ONLY. Send a query letter to query (at) mysticalpress (dot) com and be sure to include “QUERY – [INSERT NAME OF MAGAZINE]” in the subject line of your submission.
Article length: 250-400 words (we are NOT accepting flash fiction, short stories or excerpts at this time – non-fiction articles ONLY)
Article format: Please include your article in the body of your e-mail following your query letter. E-MAILS WITH ATTACHMENTS WILL BE DELETED.
Though we would LOVE to pay our authors with cash compensation for submitted articles, we are not able to do so at this time. But, as we grow, this is our goal. At present, we provide compensation to authors through the tie-in with their novels. Instead of having to pay for ad space, authors have the opportunity to provide a “behind the scenes” peek into some of the interesting information that contributed to their novel/novella, thereby spotlighting the author and their book!
ONLY Quality Indie and Self-Published Fiction
Please note: At this time we are NOT accepting articles featuring novels that are published by “The Big Six” or their digital imprints. Our magazines are designed to introduce readers to quality independent/small press authors and self-published authors.
ALSO, we strive to provide QUALITY independent and self-published fiction to our readers. Our readers are our first concern. Though we cannot read every novel featured in submitted articles, know that we WILL examine the first sample pages available for viewing at retail sites OR request an electronic review copy of your novel for quality assurance purposes only. Storylines, characters and settings are all a matter of taste, so we will make every effort to judge your fiction on a technical level. These are the criteria we take into consideration:
- Professional-looking cover
- Professional formatting
- Professional presentation
- Well-edited material with little-to-no errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation and maturity of writing structure
Reviews of your book posted on the Internet (e.g., Amazon, Barnes & Noble, GoodReads, etc.) are taken into consideration for quality assurance. However, LACK of reviews will NOT hurt your submission. We understand that new books have yet to be in front of readers and also how difficult it is to get reviews. This is one of our driving forces in creating these magazines!
We DO NOT do reviews. There are plenty of websites and bloggers that provide these services. Please do not ask us to review your book.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at publish (at) mysticalpress (dot) com.
Specific Magazine Submission Guidelines
Click on the magazine name below to learn about the specific requirements for each magazine, including ideas for what we're looking for.
- Romance Through Time – For Lovers of Historical Romance
- The Grim Reader – For Lovers of Horror
- Seduced After Dark – For Lovers of Paranormal/Supernatural Romance – COMING SOON!
- Merlin's Library – For Lovers of Fantasy – COMING SOON!
- The Galactic Cantina – For Lovers of Science Fiction – COMING SOON!
- The Danger Diaries – For Lovers of Mystery, Suspense & Thrillers – COMING SOON!
- [Name to be determined] – For Lovers of Erotica & Erotic Romance
- [Name to be determined] – For Lovers of Young Adult Fiction – COMING SOON!
- [Name to be determined] – For Lovers of Memoirs – COMING SOON!
- [Name to be determined] – For Lovers of Non-Fiction – COMING SOON!