We're going to have to take a short break from accepting submissions because we've received so many excellent ones to consider. Unless we asked you to send us your query, please give us a little time to catch up, and come back to see when we're opening up the mailbox again. Follow us @notapipepub or on Facebook (here) to stay up-to-date regarding our availability! 

 

Submission Guidelines

 

Not a Pipe Publishing isn't accepting submissions right now.

When we do, we accept submission via email only. So that we can properly track your submission, please don’t query by snail mail, phone, in person, or through social media including Twitter or the publishers’ Facebook pages.

What we’re looking for: 

  • Young Adult and Mass Market Genre Fiction
  • Fantasy (Got faeries? Witches? Vampires? Elves? We dig it!)
  • Paranormal (Creepy is cool, but if your horror verges on torture-porn, that's not our thing.)
  • Science Fiction (especially dystopias)
  • Humor (especially if there's a there's a fantasy or sci-fi twist)
  • Romance (especially if there's a there's a fantasy or sci-fi twist)
  • Under-represented characters 

What we’re not looking for:

  • Military or spy thrillers (unless there's a fantasy or sci-fi twist)
  • Crime novels or detective stories (unless there's a fantasy or sci-fi twist)
  • Religion (unless it's fiction about mythological characters)
  • Excessive violence
  • Anything that promotes racism, religious bigotry, misogyny, or homophobia. (You have the right to your opinions. We have the right to tell you to f--- right off.)
  • Erotica (We don't yuck on your yum. Just not our thing.)
  • Memoir/autobiography (If you're a big enough deal that people are clamoring for your story, you're too big a deal for us. If you aren't, reflect on that before sending anyone your memoir or autobiography.)
  • Biographies
  • Non-Fiction (We don't have the fact-checkers or a big enough liability insurance policy.)
  • Children's Picture Books (Love 'em. Can't afford to print them.)
  • Novellas or short stories (except perhaps in completed novel-length collections)
  • Poetry  (We love to read it but don't know how to sell it.)

How to submit your email query:

  1. Follow these directions carefully or we'll be irritated before we even get to your writing, and neither of us want that.

  2. Make sure we publish the kind of project you’ve written. (And we do mean written, past tense. We don't option incomplete manuscripts.) 

  3. Send an email to notapipepublishing@gmail.com

  4. In the subject line, write QUERY and the title of your novel. This is important. If you forget this, your may get lost.

  5. In the body of the email, include your one page query letter and the first ten pages of your manuscript. We love debut authors, so don't let a short publishing resume slow you down, but do let us know if you have anything published already.

  6. Address the query letter to our submission editor, Paige Gorman.

  7. Please do not add any attachments, including images. Because of virus concerns, any email with an attachment will NOT be opened.

  8. We DO accept simultaneous submissions. Because we are a small press just starting to expand our offerings, we are not yet able to pay advances, so if you are able to sign on with a larger company who can offer you an advance on your work, go with our blessing and no hard feelings. If you decide to allow us to publish your novel, we will offer assistance with cover, layout, printing, distribution, press, marketing … everything we can to make you successful!