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Submission Guidelines

As a small independent publisher, Blue Trident Books publishes a handful of titles each year. Whilst we would love to accept each and every submission received, we simply do not have the capacity. We advise that you carefully read and follow our simple submission process.

What we accept:

We are currently accepting a wide range of quality, original works of Children's, Young Adult and Adult Fiction.

Our commitment to help our authors achieve success extends to both new and previously published authors.

Please ensure that your manuscript is completed before sending us a sample of your work.

Please note that we are not currently accepting children's picture books, poetry or non-fiction works.

Word Counts:

Please ensure your finished manuscript meets with our suggested genres and word counts below:

Children's Fiction

  • Children's (age 9-12 yrs) - 25,000 to 40,000 words
  • Young Adult (age 13-18 yrs) - 50,000 to 85,000 words

Adult Fiction

  • Historical - 100,000 to 120,000 words
  • Science Fiction - 90,000 to 125,000 words
  • Horror/Paranormal - 75,000 to 95,000 words
  • Fantasy - 90,000 to 100,000 words
  • Romance - 40,000 to 100,000 words
  • Mystery - 70,000 to 90,000 words
  • Literary/Women's - 80,000 to 110,000 words

What we look out for:

Here at Blue Trident Books, we are looking out for that something special. We love an original story with good narrative, where the reader can immerse themselves into the world of the lead character. There are many books and online articles that provide helpful advice on how to pull the main elements of your manuscript together before submitting it. 

Our recommendation is to think carefully before you submit your manuscript. If it’s a first draft, then it’s unlikely to make it through our first round. Check your spelling and punctuation. A great idea is to have someone read your manuscript when nearing completion ensuring that they can provide you with some constructive criticism.

Please note that we only accept submissions for completed manuscripts.

Finally, after the long journey of chopping and changing the story elements and making your edits, you have arrived at the final presentation stage. The more polished your work is the more likely it will gain its well deserved attention. Having spent so much time on the manuscript itself, we ask that you include a snappy synopsis with your submission.

What to expect:

We publish only a small number of titles each year, so please be aware that only a small percentage of submissions make it through. For first time authors it’s worth noting that immediate success is harder to achieve in comparison with established authors. As a smaller independent publisher we will strive to maximise your book’s success by working closely with you in providing a more personalised service.

Once you have submitted your work to us, you will receive an email confirmation of receipt. You will then hear back from us with our full decision within 6 weeks, (although we are doing our best to reduce this time).

Please note that we DO NOT accept hard copies as we are a fully paperless office.

Once we’ve had a chance to review your work we will then let you know whether it has been accepted or not. If your manuscript has not been accepted, please do not give up hope as we only have limited capacity.  Due to the amount of submissions received we cannot provide feedback or critiques.

If your work is accepted you will be contacted by a Blue Trident Books representative with a publishing contract offer. Our contract offer will include the next stages and timescales that are required to get your book published, such as: editing, cover design, marketing and distribution, along with expected Publisher and Author involvement.

Please note this is a publishing contract offer, which we suggest you read carefully before signing and returning to us.

What to submit:

We accept only print-ready manuscripts, preferably in .pdf format.

Please ensure that you name your attachment(s) with your name, book title and the date of submission. Eg. Name_Title_Date 

When submitting a sample of your finished manuscript please include the following items:

  • Cover letter in the email
  • A short biography
  • Synopsis
  • The first 3 chapters of your work, preferably in .pdf format

How to submit:

  1. Electronic submissions Only
  2. File formats accepted (.pdf or word document)
  3. email subject: Book Submission
  4. Name your manuscript sample attachment: author_title_date
  5. email to: or use the 'Submit Here' button below

That’s it. We do try to be flexible but, by following a general submission format it allows us to get through manuscripts faster, ensuring that no manuscript is overlooked.

We wish you the very best and hope that we can build a lasting relationship with you.

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