OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
As part of our ongoing publishing program, INSTAR BOOKS is looking for new manuscripts! Maybe YOUR manuscript!
We’ll be open for submissions from August 1, 2017, to October 31, 2017. Any submissions received prior to or after this window will not be read (except by prior arrangement.)
Please direct submissions to email@example.com within that range of dates. Please also be advised that we will NOT read any submission packages that don’t have this exact mix of components:
- In body of email: Cover letter that includes an elevator pitch for the project, a short synopsis of the full book, its word count, and some kind of bio, including any prior publications, social media handles potentially relevant to book promotions, etc.
- As attachment: NO MORE THAN twenty-five (25) pages or two chapters, whichever is shorter, of your manuscript. Submissions in .docx or .rtf format rather than PDF are preferred by far.
- Bonus: Your favorite thing about your hometown.
If we like what you send us in the short package, we’ll request the full manuscript! (At present, we’re generally not interested in working with incomplete manuscripts, although if you’re realistically sure the project is one we would be interested in, you are welcome to query.)
We will endeavor to respond to every submission, but please be advised that we’re a small press and may not be able to achieve this endeavor! Feel free to query about the status of your submission after eight weeks from submission. (If we’ve requested the full manuscript from you, we will respond.)
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR RIGHT NOW
- book-length single-author works of fiction
- interesting, trade-friendly nonfiction proposals
- biographies of ill-appreciated historical figures (computer game creators / ppl important to Internet History a plus)
- digital literature projects that can plausibly be marketed as “books” (please be thorough in describing these)
At this time, we’re NOT looking for:
- memoir (unless your story is v harrowing)
- business books (unless your business is v harrowing)
- optimistic cookbooks
If, after reading the above, you remain in doubt about whether your project is something we would be interested in, go ahead and send a cover letter?
Please look through our back catalog and see if this is the kind of company you would like your book to keep before submitting.
There are the following general principles behind what we have published to date:
- queer literature
- digital text experiments
- fiction for people with troubles
If at least one of the above realistically describes your project, and ideally more than one, we would like to hear from you! If it doesn’t, your odds are longer! But we are excited about doing a few select nonfiction projects that may or may not fit these categories, so you could do worse than give us a try.