To submit to Black Wolf Publications, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org containing the following:
- A paragraph describing your proposed book (i.e. what is your book about?)
- A paragraph about your background (i.e. why are you the best person to write this book?)
- An outline of the book chapters, 1 - 4 pages (i.e. What do you intend to cover in the book?)
- Sample chapter (preferably chapter 1).
Include QUERY as part of your subject line.
Please include all submission materials as part of the main body of your email, no attachments. Any submissions with attachments will be deleted unread. If your sample chapter includes images, within the text provided, give a brief description of the image to be included, but do not include the image. Do not send any additional materials unless requested to do so.
Please note that your outline doesn't need to be complete, but provide sufficient detail, so we can see where you intend to take your book/project.
Do you have an idea that you're not sure if we would be interested in? Send it anyway.
Frequently Ask Questions
Does my manuscript need to be complete prior to submission?
No. Unlike fiction, non-fiction, especially those of a "How To" nature, tends to be time-sensitive to the latest software or systems available. Things have been known to change right up to the week of release. As such, we work with the author to ensure that any instructions given are the most up-to-date as possible.
Why do I need to include sample pages if my manuscript does not need to be complete?
The sample pages provided are so we can assess your writing skills and the tone of your writing. Do you have a friendly approach that would attract readers? It's about the end-reader experience.
How long will it take before I can see my book available for sale?
The process to publication varies from project to project, depending on the editorial involvement required. We are fully aware that there will be time-sensitive information, hence we endeavor to limit production schedules to less than 6 months from the time contracts are signed. However, we do need to provide our copyeditors, graphic designers, typesetters, and proofreaders with sufficient time to do their jobs.
Will I need to pay anything to have my book published with you?
The end stages of book production are our responsibility. We are aiming to set ourselves up as a traditional publishing house. Hence, you will not be asked to pay for our editors and graphic designers. However, you will be asked to do your part in the marketing of your book.
Our reach is still small. You will be asked to share posts on your social media, send out messages to your email lists, and spread the word through your own networks. We can advise you as to when this should be done, and how to do things so you don't come across as the pushy used-car salesman, but if you want your book to succeed, you need to help spread the word about its existence.
Saying that, if your book requires a significant amount of developmental editing, we may request that you seek external editorial assistance prior to our publication schedules. We have a list of editors that we work with, or have worked with in the past, and we would be more than happy to refer you to any number of them.
How much say will I get on things like the cover design?
Very little, sorry to say. While we will ask for suggestions, the overall look and feel needs to blend in with the other books in our collection. It will be unique, as you and your book are unique, but branding requirements for books published by Black Wolf Publications are very specific.
I write under a pen name. Do I need to give you my real name too?
Yes. Contracts must be issued using legal names. However, we will respect your right to privacy, and will use your chosen pen name for all public announcements about your book. We do like to include profile images and author bios within our publications. However, we would be more than happy to help you craft your secret identity to fit perfectly with your book.