The submission process is a
critically important initial step on your journey
toward publication. This is your first chance to show
you can write well (and read and follow directions!).
Please send us your submission
by email. We will respond within three business days
to acknowledge receipt, and then we will let you know
within 60 days if we are interested in the work. We
assume that since you submitted your work to us, you
are free to negotiate with us for a contract should
we wish to speak with you about it.
Do not submit any manuscript
that you that you plan to send out as a simultaneous
submission to other presses or that you have already
sent to any other publisher who has not responded
to your submission. We understand that you want
to maximize your time usage, but the LPP evaluators
also need to avoid investing time and energy in a
novel that might be snapped up by another press. We
*will* get back to you as swiftly as we can. Please
give us time to do the review.
Your submission must be e-mailed
to Submissions (at) LaunchPointPress (dot)
com and submitted using the Microsoft Word
program. If you created your book in some other program,
it must be converted to Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx
or .rtf) prior to submission.
In the email subject line, enter the title of your
manuscript followed by author name and the word count.
Example: SUBJECT: My Title – My Author Name – 81,500
In the body of the actual email,
please provide the following:
xxx• Legal name and any
pen names you write under;
xxx• Full physical address,
email address(es), and phone number(s);
xxx• Your website links
and/or social media links;
xxx• Short biographical
info (perhaps 200-500 words);
xxx• Detail your publishing
history, if any;
xxx• Tell us about the
genre or genres your book seems to fit into;
xxx• If the book has
been published before or someone holds any rights
to any aspect of your manuscript, please explain that
xxx• Tell us specifically
why your book would appeal to a lesbian audience and
why your work would be a good fit for LPP.
ATTACHMENTS TO THE EMAIL
As attachments to the email, you must include three
xxxxx1. A synopsis of
the entire work (no more than 500-600 words) including
a plot summary that tells the beginning, middle and
xxxxx2. A description
of characters and of place/setting along with your
sense of what genre you're writing (no more than 300
xxxxx3. The entire completed
Word-compatible manuscript in .dot(x) or .rtf as a
single file attachment. Format it in a standard fashion
(8.5x11-inch page, single-spaced, one-inch margins
all around, nothing in the headers and footers, and
no usage of manual tabs). Do not use HTML formatting.
Highlight in RED any news articles, lyrics, diary
entries, quotations from other sources, etc. that
may need different formatting from the standard layout.
The entire document you submit
must be your creative output so that you have the
right to register it with the US Copyright Office.
If you have used someone else’s material, you must
get permission to use it before we will review your
manuscript. (This goes especially
for quoting song lyrics.)
In addition, you must be able
to use Microsoft Word’s “Track Changes” function.
If you are unfamiliar, you must learn how to use MS
Word before your work can be edited. (You can go to
Support - or to YouTube.com
- to find tutorials and helpful articles about how
to use Track Changes.)
We adhere to the elements of style in the Chicago
Manual of Style and expect to receive
manuscripts with a high standard of grammar, usage,
* When formatting the manuscript,
use the “Enter” key to start new paragraphs or a new
line of dialogue. Never use hard returns at the end
of a line of text within a paragraph.
* Do not use hard returns to move to a new page.
* Do not insert page breaks or section breaks, not
even after chapters. Double space after your scene
breaks and place an end-of-scene signifier (### or
***) between the two scenes.
* Examine books by LPP authors to get an idea of LPP’s
style and format.
* Before submitting, have others “beta-read” your
work to ensure that you have a solid plot, characters,
* Find proofreaders to go through your manuscript
to look for typos, missing words, bad formatting,
doubled words, poor sentence construction, misspellings,
* Use a program (such as ProWritingAid or Grammerly.com
among many others) to review your manuscript and alert
you to any deficiencies.
* Make use of Google and the Internet to learn all
you can about book contracts, editing, revising your
own work, and the publishing industry in general.
WORD COUNT GUIDELINES
• Crime/Suspense/Mystery/Intrigue/Thriller (75,000-100,000)
• Historicals, generally prior to 2000 (75,000–110,000)
• Literary Fiction/General Fic: 75,000–110,000
• Romance/Romantic Intrigue/Romantic Blend (55,000
• Series/Sagas (75,000 – 100,000 each book)
• Speculative Fic/Sci-Fi/Fantasy (75,000 – 90,000)
• Paranormal/Psychological Suspense/Horror (65,000
FIVE REASONS SUBMISSIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED
• There is little or no lesbian content.
• The plot makes no sense and/or the characters are
not presented well enough to make the reader care
• There is too much “telling” (which is cerebral and
offputting) and not enough “showing” (clear description
including effective emotional "beats" and
• Poor sentence construction and many grammatical,
syntax, or usage errors throughout.
• Failure to follow the submissions instructions above.
Another reason your submission
might not be accepted is that we already have enough
authors writing in a particular genre. So don't give
up! If we do not accept your manuscript, submit it
to other presses until you find one that needs your
The submission process is very
important! Please follow it meticulously (whether
you are an author or an agent) to give yourself the
best chance of positive results. If you have questions
about the submission process, you may send your questions
to: Submissions (at) LaunchPointPress (dot)
Thank you for considering Launch
Point Press as a possible home for your book.