How to Submit
congratulations! You’ve written a book.
At WordCrafts Press and WordCrafts Theatrical Press we are always looking for great books and plays to publish. For stage plays we will need to see the completed script, but since time is everyone’s most valuable commodity, it’s always better to send us a quality book proposal rather than sending in a completed manuscript for novels or non-fiction books. If we are interested in your project, we will be in contact within eight weeks to request additional information. We do try to respond one way or the other to every submission, but sometimes life just intrudes. If you don’t hear from us within eight weeks, you can assume we are not interested in pursuing your project.
We are looking for quality fiction, non-fiction and stage plays in a variety of genres. A quick look at our current list of titles will give you an idea of the type of material we prefer.
Think of your book proposal as your job application. It should be the best reflection of who you are as a writer. It should be edited to eliminate misspellings, missing words, punctuation errors, bad grammar and poor construction.
Book & Play Proposals
here’s what we’d like to see.
- Title page. This should state either “Non-Fiction Proposal,” “Fiction Proposal” or “Stage Play Proposal,” followed by the title of your work, including any sub-title, and the actual word count for the entire manuscript. You can use a projected word count if your book is a non-fiction work in progress. If your work is a novel you should have already completed at least the first draft prior to submitting a proposal. Always include your name and contact information on the title page. If your work is a stage play use page count instead of word count.
- The Hook. This is a one to three sentence summary of your work that answers the all-important question in every reader’s mind before they plop down their hard earned money – “Why should I buy this book?”
- The Synopsis. This is an overview of the work. It should be no more than five pages walking us through the content of your non-fiction book, or the story of your novel or stage play. Not how you wrote it. Not why you wrote. Just what’s in it. This is where you tell us what makes your work stand out from the pack. If your work is fiction, this is a good place to include a list and brief description of your main characters.
- The Bio. Use this section to tell us about yourself and your credentials for writing this book or play. Include your writing background as well. If this is your first book or play, that’s okay. But if you are a New York Times Bestselling author, well, that’s okay too.
- The Market. Remember that old tv commercial where the farm wife walks past her husband and says, ‘Those cows aren’t gonna milk themselves.’ Truer words have not been spoke by man nor beast; and it holds true in the literary world, too. In today’s competitive marketplace, the author is still the best marketing tool any book or play ever had. This is where you tell us how you can contribute to the marketing process.
- The First Three. This is where you send us a sample of your work. Just the first three chapters, mind you; and no more than 50 pages. If we want to see more, we’ll ask for it. The bottom line is, if you haven’t grabbed our attention in the first three chapters, we will never make it to the fourth. If your work is a stage play, send us the entire script.
We only accept electronic submissions. Please don’t send proposals through the mail. Please send all proposals via email to WordCraftsPress@gmail.com. Include your Cover Letter, Synopsis, Sample Chapters and any other information as attachments in either a Word document or PDF file.
“The shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story.”
Anthony de Mello