Broadstone Books is only as good as the authors we publish, and we are always looking for exciting new writers to add to our roster. We are willing to consider work in most genres, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, though be advised we do not publish children's literature, self-help, religion and spirituality, erotica, or technical/professional subject matter.
As a small press we issue only a few titles per year, and at present the typical wait from acceptance to publication is at least a year. If you are in a hurry to see your work in print, you should probably try elsewhere first.
Note that we do not provide editorial services beyond the preparation of accepted manuscripts for printing, so please do not query us unless you have a finished work for consideration. We are a book publisher and do not accept individual poems for publication.
Note also that at this time we publish books in print only, not as e-books.
The basics: You will improve your chances of acceptance by reading about our editorial preferences below, but here's the process for submitting your work.
We accept submissions in English only (translations and bi-lingual manuscripts are allowed), from authors living at least part of the year in North America. While we appreciate the wealth of literature from elsewhere in the world, as a small press with very limited marketing resources we do not feel that we can serve the needs of authors elsewhere in the world.
We strongly suggest you first query with a sample or description of your work, either in hard copy or by e-mail attachment in doc, docx, rtf or pdf format. Send us ten to twelve pages of your best, most representative poetry, or a chapter or single story from prose work. If we like what we see, we will request a hard copy of your full manuscript.
You may also send your full-length submission in hard copy only. If you want us to return your work make sure to include a return envelope with sufficient postage (otherwise we will recycle). Unsolicted full-length submissions received electronically will be neither acknowledged nor read!
Please do not submit more than one manuscript at a time, or while we already have your work under consideration, unless you have queried us first and received approval to do so.
We read manuscripts - oh so slowly! - in the order received, so be prepared to be patient. On samples we try (operative word, try) to respond within three months. For full-length manuscripts we can typically take up to six months to respond. For that reason we allow simultaneous submissions, but please let us know as soon as possible if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Sample Contract Click on this link to view our standard contract terms. While we are willing to consider some modification to these terms, in fairness to all of our authors we are not likely to depart from this contract in any substantive fashion. If you feel these terms are unacceptable, please spare us all the time of considering your manuscript.
If we accept your work, be aware that as a small press we do not have significant promotional resources and we will expect you to assist in the marketing of your book through readings, book fairs, social media, and other efforts to find your readership. Publishing is the easy part; selling, not so much. It is therefore helpful if you offer suggestions at the time of submission as to how you would propose to assist in the marketing of your book.
Ready to submit? See the Contact Us link for our mailing address. But you'll have a better chance of acceptance if you keep reading a bit more.
What are we looking for? Is your work right for us?
We receive far more submissions than we could possibly accept, and in the end we tend to publish the writing that we like and that we feel will have a readership we can reach. If we reject your work as not a good fit for our press, that doesn't mean we think your writing is bad. Most often it simply didn't appeal to us, or we didn't feel we could promote it effectively.
In the past we attempted to comment on most submissions, but this has become impractical given the number of submissions we are now receiving. We may comment on work we find promising if we feel we can offer constructive criticism. If we do, this is not an invitation to debate the merits of your work. If our comments help, great. If you disagree, that's also fine. Letting us know you disagree is not likely to change our opinion.
Poetry: We love poetry and feel that the primary mission of our press is the promotion of poetry, but we have our own editorial prejudices and while we will be happy to read your work you have a better chance of being published if it appeals to us. How can you tell? Try reading some of our titles (which you really should do for any press you are considering). We favor narrative poetry, and verse that treats the human condition with fresh and compelling language and imagery. Like Emily, we want to feel the tops of our heads coming off when we read! We are far more interested in how you write than what you write about. We tend to favor thematic collections over works that are simply assemblages of individual poems.
How not to get accepted? We almost never publish verse that is overtly sexual, self-therapeutic, or too self-consciously about poets writing poetry. We have a deep suspicion of the personal pronoun, and of poets who want to tell us how they feel about anything in particular - instead, poetry should make the reader feel something. We believe that writers and artists of all types should be engaged in the world, but there is a difference between poetry and polemics and we publish the former, rarely the latter.
Before sending us your work, ask yourself why anyone would want to read it, and be brutally honest in your answer. How many new books of poetry by living, breathing poets did you purchase last year? Why would anyone purchase yours?
Finally, carefully edit your work for spelling, grammar, and word choice before sending it to us. (Spell-checking software is no substitute for very careful proofreading!) One of the most common reasons we return manuscripts is that they need better editing.
Fiction: We publish (at least so far) very little fiction, and while we are open to submissions please note that as primarily a publisher of poetry, we are keenly interested in language, far more so that plot and characters. If your work is intended for the mainstream fiction market, you will be better served (and more likely to be accepted) by a publisher knowledgeable of that market (we're not). But if your fiction uses language in an original and compelling fashion, by all means let us take a look.
Non-Fiction: Aside from the list of topics we don't publish at the top of the page, bear in mind that we are a literary publisher and thus not likely to be interested in books that stray too far from the world of arts and letters. But we are open to art, memoir, biographies, critical literary essays, and social and cultural history. Hit us with a query.