Submission Guidelines

Bold Strokes Books is interested in quality works from serious authors. Every manuscript is individually evaluated by the selections director and by select reviewers. A thorough review is a time-consuming process: therefore, we do not review manuscripts that have been simultaneously submitted to multiple publishers. Please note that we do not publish poetry.

For more info the specifics of our publishing process, see our FAQ page .

For questions or to submit a manuscript, please email: Selections Director: Len Barot.

  1. A confirmation email is sent within 5 days of receiving a manuscript. Please query us if you do not receive one.
  2. Due to the large volume of submissions, we do not provide critiques.
  3. Our average time to decision regarding publication is 16 weeks.
  4. Reprints will be considered only with proof of termination of the previous publishing contract.

General Submission Information:

Submit the entire manuscript using Microsoft Word ® .doc(x) or .rtf as a single file attachment.

Please include a cover letter in body of email containing:

  • A one page synopsis of the plot (including the ending) with working title, category or genre, and word count
  • A short author bio including name, address, email, phone, website, and previous and planned publications
  • Indicate if the submitted manuscript is a reprint along with previous publication data

Preferred Word Count

  • Romance, Crime/Suspense, Speculative Fic, Mystery, Intrigue/Thriller: 45,000 - 120,000
  • Contemporary, Historical, Saga, General: 75,000 - 100,000
  • Young Adult fiction: 45,000 – 75,000
  • Erotic fiction: 50,000 - 80,000
  • Novellas (all genres) 15,000 - 30,000
  • Non-fiction: Query


  • 1 inch margins on all sides, 12 point Times New Roman
  • Double space, indent .5 inch paragraphs, and do not skip lines between paragraphs (no html formatting)
  • Triple space scene breaks with # or *** centered in middle line
  • Use the “Enter” key to start a new paragraph or a new line of dialogue. Do not use hard returns at the end of a line of text within a paragraph
  • Do not use “Tabs” in the manuscript. Set your paragraphs to automatically indent on the first line.
  • Do not use two spaces after a period