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Submission Guidelines

Updated November, 2014

~ Now Accepting SUBMISSIONS ~

NOTE: We do not keep submissions that are sent in during the time we are closed - no exceptions.

Before you submit any work to SynergEbooks, please read the FAQs section (http://www.synergebooks.com/faqs.html) and these guidelines thoroughly.

- SynergEbooks is a non-subsidy digital publishing house, not a vanity press or self-publishing site. We pay royalties of 15-40% on electronic formats* and CD-ROMs, and 15-30% on paperbacks*. Children's book authors and illustrators will receive 25% royalties (each) in all formats**.

- SynergEbooks will NOT guarantee to put your title into print (see FAQs for more information).

*See FAQs and/or the Author Contract or Children's Author Contract for more information on how royalties are distributed.  

**If you have illustrated your own children's book(s), you will receive the same royalties as a regular author.

- We welcome new writers. We expect that anyone who is submitting a book to a digital publisher is computer literate, and understands that most of the marketing done for a book published in this format will be via the internet. If you are not sure what it means to be digitally published after reading the FAQs, we highly recommend you purchase at least one digital book from our website to see what it's all about before submitting your Work.

- Though we accept submissions in all available genres, we are looking specifically for the following genres:

   Nonfiction, Self-Help, Magic, Paranormal, Native American, New Age, Spirituality   

- We publish most genres of fiction, some poetry, and most genres of nonfiction. We do NOT accept works promoting racial hatred or violence, sexism, or homophobia. Please browse our site to become familiar with the genres we publish. We do not accept erotica, educational books or essays.

- We receive hundreds of submissions each year, and accept less than 10%.  If you submit poetry, it must be an anthology written by the author(s) submitting and it must have a unique and specific topic.  We no longer accept queries for poetry unless the topic of the collection/anthology has already been created.

- We no longer accept work by Independent Authors - all authors need to sign a contract with SynergEbooks to be listed on the website.  


**Every book is put into as many electronic formats as possible, including but not limited to PDF (Adobe), ePub (Nook & Kindle), and MOBI (for Kindle). 

- Please note that TO SUBMIT WORK TO SYNERGEBOOKS, YOU MUST BE ONLINE, OWN YOUR OWN COMPUTER/LAPTOP AND HAVE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS at all times (see FAQs). We are an online publishing company and we correspond with authors by email. Submissions sent via regular mail will be ignored if an email address is not included and if there is not a SASE included with your return address.

- We no longer accept submissions made via an agent, though you can have an agent and still be accepted for publication.  Your must submit your work yourself.

- We do not accept simultaneous submissions. 

- Any book you send to us must be your own original work. You must own the copyright and all publishing rights. The author retains ALL RIGHTS to his/her work. You may have your book published elsewhere in a DIFFERENT format, but you must inform SynergEbooks of this fact beforehand, in writing (via email or regular mail) and provide an ISBN number and/or link to said book once it's published. 

HOW TO SUBMIT TO SYNERGEBOOKS:

(Those who do not follow these guidelines will be automatically rejected unless otherwise previously requested by the Publisher.)

- First, be sure to check to see if we are open for submissions. Your query, written in the BODY OF THE EMAIL, should include a brief (no longer than 2 paragraphs or 300 words) synopsis of the book, along with the genre(s) you believe best fits your book, and a brief bio (no more than 200 words) of your writing credits (if any) and why you think your book will be a good fit for SynergEbooks.

- Send the first 3 chapters of your book via attached mail (NOT in the body of the email) in Word (.doc, .docx or .rtf) format ONLY. Any other formats will automatically disqualify your submission, though you are welcome to resubmit with the right attachment file. DO NOT SEND A DIFFERENT FILE FOR EACH CHAPTER.

~ .ZIP FILES ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTED ~
(If you send in more than one file attachment with an email, it automatically gets converted into a .zip file,
so make sure to only send in ONE attachment with your submission)

Label the file using title of the book - abbreviated, if necessary. Be sure to include your name and email address on the first page of the attached file so you can more easily be contacted. If we like your work, we will ask you to send the entire manuscript via attached mail, along with the description, your professional bio, an author pic (if you have one) and the cover (if you are supplying one) and any reviews (see FAQs).

- You must have completed the work you are submitting for publication. The only exception would be a series; in which case, only the first in the series must be completed at the time of submission, but a tentative schedule for completion of the next in the series will be expected.

- We do accept queries inquiring if a certain type of work is suitable for publication with us.

- Make sure your manuscript is edited and polished to a highly professional standard.
A manuscript full of errors is a mark of an amateur and will be rejected out-of-hand. SynergEbooks also reserves the right to drop any title that needs more than the basic line editing during the publication process.  If you are rejected for editing, you may resubmit once your manuscript has been professionally edited.

- When you send your submission in .doc, .docx or .rtf format, DON'T use fancy formats (Times New Roman or Arial font preferred). Submit the manuscript as ONE document, not a separate file for each chapter or section. OUTLINES AND TABLE OF CONTENTS ARE NOT NECESSARY.

SAMPLE SUBMISSION - It is highly recommended you use this form when submitting:

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SUBJECT: Submission: The Everything Book <-put title/working title in subject line of email

IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL, include the following:

Date of Submission

Author name: John Doe Penname: (If applicable)

Email: johndoe@msn.com

Mailing address (no P.O. Boxes): 10 Fleet St., New York, NY (you must include a street address when you sign the Author Contract).

Genre(s): Nonfiction

Word Count: 35,000 (or best approximation)

Description: This book has just about everything there is to say about .... everything. (Not more than 300 words.)

Brief author bio with writing credits (bio pic not necessary until Work is accepted) (Not more than 200 words.)

Let us know when you last read a digital book.

Attach 1-3 chapters of manuscript in .rtf, .docx or .doc (Word) format, with the file name being the title of the manuscript.

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The email address for submissions is synergebooks@aol.com or synergedeb@yahoo.com if the first one bounces back.

- All online queries will receive a reply within 30 days - if you mail your query, it may take up to 60 days for a reply (see NOTES below). Make sure to add synergbooks@aol.com to your address book so the reply won't be put into your spam mail.   

NOTE: If you are asked to submit your entire manuscript and do not reply via email within 7 business days, your submission will be considered rejected and you will have to resubmit to be considered again.

NOTE: If you send your submission via regular mail, your work will automatically be rejected unless you include a valid email address and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Do NOT send the entire manuscript if you mail your submission.

If we accept your book for publication, you will be sent a contract and other information via email. When you return the signed contract with your signature (via regular mail), your book will be put in the queue for publication.  The month your book is scheduled for publication, it will be edited and sent to you for final proofreading. Any changes and corrections must be made at this stage. Once your book has been converted to PDF (Adobe Reader) format, it will be sent to you for your final approval. This process may take from 6 months to 1 year, depending on our submission volume at that time, the length of your book, the genre, the amount of editing that needs to be done, and any number of other factors. A Publication Schedule will be made available for you to keep track of the publication date of your work, though that is subject to change.

COVERS: SynergEbooks will work with you and a cover artist to create a cover that fits the subject of your book. Please note that if you do not approve of the cover we have created for you, you may have to pay $200.00 or more for a cover of your choosing to be created instead (SynergEbooks does reserve the right to reject a cover that is created by the author or for the author by another party). Authors are responsible for payment of print covers - digital covers are free.

NOTE: The print and digital covers may not be exactly the same if created by different cover artists.  All print covers must be created to the printer's specifications.

If you have more questions, please check our FAQs section or email SynergEbooks at synergebooks@aol.com or synergedeb@yahoo.com

 

 
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