Tuesday, April 20, 2010

ESP's revised submission guidelines

ESP Books

Elder Signs Press (ESP Books) is a publisher of quality genre fiction. It publishes 8-10 books a year. ESP is a Qualifying Professional Market for SFWA membership. When submitting please use the standard submission format — submissions that do not use this format will be destroyed. Proper formatting tips can be found at: http://www.sfwa.org/category/manuscript-formatting/ Please be sure to read the guidelines before submitting. ESP Books is the primary book line for Elder Signs Press. For other genres, consider our imprint: Dimensions Books


Strong characters with developed personalities that motivate them are important to the story. Intriguing plots or the unexpected are also essential. Exploration of the human condition and the unknown are works that make ideal candidates for publication.


Dark Fantasy

Dark Fiction Thrillers



Dark Science Fiction

Supernatural Thrillers

Submission Method


• Proposal package

• Synopsis

• First 3 chapters

• Cover letter with publication history or specific knowledge/history


Presently we are overstocked on collections. We are looking for novels only. Remember to use the genre as a “metaphor.” There needs to be more than a formula in the work.

Average Length:

This can vary for the genre, but 80,000-90,000 words is a good average.

Response Times:

Responds in 1-3 month to queries.

Responds in 3-6 months to proposals.

Responds in 6-9 months to manuscripts.


mail to: acquisitionseditor@eldersignspress.com

Electronic Submissions Only:

Do not submit complete manuscripts unless requested. Send submissions in RTF or Word format to: submissions@eldersignspress.com


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