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Submissions

Thank you for querying with Nightshade Publishing®. Below is a document with a set of rules and guidelines about the query letter, document formatting, and story content. If a query falls outside of these guidelines it may not be up for consideration with Nightshade Publishing®. Also listed below the guidelines is an outline of everything Nightshade provides as a publisher to the authors we sign.

Nightshade Publishing® is looking for fantasy novels in the New Adult/Adult category. Novels in these categories are completed at a minimum of 75,000 words. We are accepting queries for novels that go up to 110,000. We may consider Young Adult novels—but we are not actively looking for YA novels. 

Queries will open on March 31st, 2024, and will run until July 31st, 2024.

Please do not email us for an update on query position. We will respond to authors in due time (we will be aiming for a two week span between receiving a query and sending a response, but that is not guaranteed).

If you are offered representation for your story at another publishing house, do let us know so we can respond appropriately.

We look forward to reading your queries,

The Nightshade Publishing® Team

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Of Ink and Paper

Of Ink and Paper is an anthology of short stories and poems revolving around the process of writing. . .
Closed for Submissions

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Balloon Children

This anthology is a look back at childhood and the fantastical memories we have. . .
Closed for Submissions

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The House Built Between the Branches

This anthology dives into the world we find deep within the woods. . .
Open for Submissions till 3/23/2023

We do accept previously published pieces so long as the rights to said piece have reverted back to the author and the author understands any requirements from the previous publisher about republishing their story.

Novel Submission Guidelines

Novel Submission Guidelines

If you are looking to submit for the Nightshade Novel Open Call, please read this submission guideline before submitting your query.

Anthology Submission Guidelines

We do accept previously published pieces so long as the rights to said piece have reverted back to the author and the author understands any requirements from the previous publisher about republishing their story.

Submission Guidelines

We have a set of guidelines for authors to follow for submitting stories and poems for anthologies to Nightshade Publishing.

What's Included With Publishing?

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Editing

Nightshade Publishing® will at no cost to the author provide several rounds of edits on any manuscripts signed to the company. Edits include Developmental, Line, Copy, and Proof Reading all as needed.

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Formatting

Nightshade Publishing® will at no cost to the author provide interior formatting of the novel in any and all editions sold, including paperback, hardback, and epub.

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Cover Design

Nightshade Publishing® offers two cover design options for authors. One in which the publisher contracts an artist and one in which the author contracts an artist with Nightshade's aid. This is discussed in depth in the publishing contract.

Nightshade Marketing Assets

Marketing Assists

Nightshade Publishing® will at no cost to the author provide social media marketing assists to the author, along with posting to Nightshade's own social media accounts. The company will also work with the author to make a press kit and will aid the author in other marketing endeavors.

Wide Distribution

Nightshade Publishing® will at no cost to the author provide wide mass distribution of the authors book. This will make books available for purchase through brick and mortar stores, and online globally to customers.

Editing

Nightshade Publishing® will at no cost to the author provide several rounds of edits on any manuscripts signed to the company. Edits include Developmental, Line, Copy, and Proof Reading all as needed.

Formatting

Nightshade Publishing® will at no cost to the author provide interior formatting of the novel in any and all editions sold, including paperback, hardback, and epub.

Cover Design

Nightshade Publishing® will at no cost to the author provide a cover artist for the novel signed. Nightshade will work with the cover designer to make a cover for the authors book. If an author has an artist they wish to work with, Nightshade will do their best to contract said artist. If an author specifically wants to contract an artist on their own it will be something worked out between the author and the company before the author contracts an artist.

Xanna Renae

Nightshade Publishing