Submission Guidelines

We want to help, really….

Do you want to impress the editor at Blue Merle? Read this. And only send us what we’re asking for!   We answer all queries within two weeks, providing they meet our guidelines.

Only query us when you have a complete manuscript in its final form.   If we request to see your manuscript we expect to receive the full novel by return e-mail. If you send a partial we will put you on a black list, turn your picture to the wall, and Tweet your transgression to all the universe. Don’t do that!

We are currently seeking canine fiction (including the occasional exceptional werewolf), women’s fiction, and cozy mysteries from 45,000-80,000 words. Below is a sample of the perfect query letter, which should be no more than 4 paragraphs long. You should include the first five pages of your novel in the body of your e-mail (attachments will be automatically rejected). You can actually cut and paste this sample letter into your word processor, but be sure to fill in the blanks!

Dear Ms. Ball: I am including at the bottom of this e mail the first five pages of my novel [TITLE], a [GENRE] of approximately [WORD COUNT].

My story is about [WHO IS YOUR NARRATOR] who wants [WHAT IS HIS GOAL] and must overcome [WHAT OBSTACLES STAND IN HIS WAY]. In the end he learns (HOW DOES YOUR CHARACTER GROW, WHAT IS YOUR THEME?]. [YOU MAY ALSO INCLUDE A SENTENCE OR TWO ABOUT OTHER ELEMENTS OF YOUR STORY –SUBPLOTS, ANCILLARY CHARACTERS , UNIQUE ELEMENTS, ETC. THAT WE MIGHT FIND HELPFUL]

I am [IF YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR EXPERTISE THAT QUALIFIES YOU TO WRITE THIS STORY, DETAILS GO HERE. IF YOU ARE A PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AUTHOR LIST TITLES, PUBLISHERS AND LINKS  IF STILL IN PRINT. IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST BOOK, IT’S OKAY TO SAY SO. IF YOU HAVE WON AWARDS OR CONTESTS OR ATTENDED WORKSHOPS, LIST THE MOST IMPORTANT HERE ]

I believe Blue Merle is the perfect publisher for my book because [ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO SUCK UP].  I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, NAME

PREFERRED E-MAIL ADDRESS

TELEPHONE

MAILING ADDRESS

WEB SITE

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CUT AND PASTE THE FIRST 5 PAGES OF YOUR NOVEL HERE.