If we request a partial or full manuscript, please adhere to the Submission Guidelines below. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please do us the courtesy of letting us know it is a simultaneous submission. Full Manuscript review times vary from two weeks to three months. Do not e-mail, call, or send a carrier pigeon to ask about the status. We look forward to reading what you feel is important enough to write!
Manuscript Submission Requirements
Please read and adhere to these guidelines. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be immediately rejected—unread—and we would hate to miss a great manuscript!
The manuscript must be double-spaced (through paragraph settings, not by using double hard returns)
Courier New or Times New Roman
Paragraphs indented by first line indention through page setup controls, not by tabs or spacing.
This guideline is critical.
Do not double space (two hard returns) after paragraphs. When the document is properly set to indent first line, the carriage automatically wraps the paragraph. There is no need for an additional hard return after a paragraph. DO NOT USE TABS or multiple returns.
No headers or footers should be included in your manuscript submission. If you are using footnotes in a non-fiction writing, the footnotes should be included as part of the text, and not in the header or footer sections. (Use of footnotes and end notes is discouraged. There is usually a better way to cite sources in text with a reference at the end of the manuscript.)
Margins should be set at no less than one-half inch and no more than one inch on all sides, and all margins should be equal. No gutter should be set.
Page size should be eight-and-one-half by eleven inches.
Please use either .doc or .rtf for your submissions. (.doc format is highly preferred.)
The first page at the top of your manuscript must contain the following information in this format:
Street Address City, State and ZIP
Word Count = Approx. xxx,000
TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT(Subtitle Of Manuscript)
Body of Manuscript
Each chapter should start on its own page, labeled as Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, etc., and should be spaced down five single spaces from the top margin. If you have titles for each chapter, then type Chapter One – Title, using proper title case (do not use all CAPS).
Put page breaks at the end of each chapter.
Do not space down to a new page.
DO present a professional manuscript. If you think correct style, spelling, and grammar aren't important, then you aren't likely to get your work published anywhere, and certainly not with Vanilla Heart Publishing. We may have a professional editor provide a readability and editorial assessment of your manuscript if we believe it has potential, but we fully expect you to present an edited, professionally prepared manuscript.
There is no need to put a copyright notice on each page of your manuscript. The law grants you a natural copyright on your submission the minute you put it in tangible form, and publishers and editors would not stay in business long if that law was not followed. We know your manuscript is protected by copyright, and there is no need to put that information on every page.
DO act professionally regarding your submission. Vanilla Heart Publishing and its subsidiary/imprint companies receive a large volume of queries and contest entries each day. We will respond as quickly as possible to every properly formatted query or submission that adheres to our guidelines. We will not ask for manuscript submissions from every author. This is a part of the normal publishing process. Keep in mind, it's called a "submission," not a "demand."
We offer advances only on manuscripts we believe have potential to recover those advances quickly, so we may not be able to offer an advance to every author. Only authors who show us a proven marketing plan or a track record of book sales and readership will be considered for an advance from Vanilla Heart Publishing.
Any author who demands an advance as part of their query letter will likely be rejected. We will discuss finances (advances and royalties) only after we have requested a copy of your manuscript and have decided to offer you a contract. While we believe that all authors should be a part of the entire creative process of their novel, the query and submission time period is not the time to discuss illustrations, covers, money, royalties, and other matters. Once we have determined that your manuscript has potential, we will discuss all of those details with you in full prior to offering you a contract.
POLICY CHANGE: Manuscripts edited by third party editors must be reviewed and go through final editing pass from a VHP contracted editor, prior to publication in any format.
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