OUR SIX-STEP SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
First step — Depending on whether your book is fiction or nonfiction — complete the online information at the supplied links below. You can also find out more about our packages as well as the proper formatting of a manuscript at links below.
MANUSCRIPTS MUST BE FULLY EDITED BY A PROFESSIONAL FOR BOTH CONTENT & GRAMMAR UTILIZING THE CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE
ALL BOOKS GO BEFORE A REVIEW BOARD FOR VETTING
PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT ACCEPT AGENTED MANUSCRIPTS
LET US KNOW IF THIS MANUSCRIPT HAS BEEN SUBMITTED TO OTHER PUBLISHERS
WHAT OUR PUBLISHING PACKAGES INCLUDE AT THIS LINK
MANUSCRIPT FORMATTING INSTRUCTIONS AT THIS LINK
Second step — your submission information will go to a review board for consideration. Give 3rd Coast Books 60 days to peruse the material sent. We will email or call you about our decision on your submitted title. Be assured if we decide not to publish your title we will give you a specific reason for doing so.
Third step — if your manuscript is accepted and you are on board with our package pricing you will be emailed a contract to print out, sign and mail back to us. At that time, you also need to submit your fully edited and finalized manuscript (hard copy and on disk) as well as a check for the package investment which corresponds to your classification of fiction or nonfiction. You will also be sent an extensive Author Questionnaire to complete and mail back with your package.
Fourth step — the finalized manuscript will be perused by our editorial staff to look at the content, flow and grammar. We only accept “fully edited manuscripts,” but if our editors feel it needs another edit then the author is required to get the additional edit before we move forward with production.*
Fifth step — once the final edit, if needed, is completed, the book will go into production. At this step, the author will be required to do the following:
- Proof the final galley pass of the hard copy book and to sign off before it goes to print
- Proof the final ebook pass and sign off on the file (Kindle or Nook) before it is uploaded
- Submit blurbs/endorsements if received
- Help with the back cover copy
Sixth step — when the book enters production, a conference call will be set up between the author and 3rd Coast Books marketing staff to discuss the publication date and how to move forward.
*Be aware the author incurs the cost of this edit and we will refer you to a vetted editor across all genre.