Types of Submissions Casperian Books Accepts

Casperian Books accepts electronic submissions of novel-length fiction only.


Submission Rules

  1. Casperian Books DOES NOT accept simultaneous submissions.
  2. Casperian Books DOES NOT accept book proposals or queries for partially written/unfinished manuscripts.
  3. Casperian Books DOES NOT accept unsolicited manuscripts (but we DO accept query e-mails according to the guidelines below).
  4. Casperian Books DOES NOT accept snail mail queries.

Querying Casperian Books

Please make an initial electronic inquiry following these guidelines:

  1. Review the About Casperian Books and Questions & Answers pages of this website to familiarize yourself with Casperian Books and the services we can and can't offer. You may also want to review an interview about the submissions process we gave to Duotrope.
  2. Check out our catalog and read some sample chapters/books to get an idea of the writing we are looking for.
  3. Write a cover letter that includes a) a clear and concise 2-3 paragraph summary of your story, b) your ideas for marketing/promoting the book as well as its target audience, c) your publishing history, and d) your contact information, and paste it into the body of an e-mail.
  4. Below your cover letter, paste the first 5,000 words of your manuscript in plain text format.
  5. Do not attach files to your query. We will not open attachments.

Send your e-mail inquiry to . If you follow the guidelines, you will receive a response within about two weeks.


Tips for a Successful Query

  1. Make sure your e-mail is in plain text, not html.
  2. Replace all "special" Word-type characters (e.g. curly quotation marks, em-dashes, etc.) with plain text before pasting them into your e-mail.
  3. If you are citing publishing credits in your query letter, please include links to books/online journals (if available).
  4. If you have read one or more of our books, please mention it in your query letter.
  5. If you have more than one completed manuscript you wish us to consider, write one query letter with a short synopsis of each book. Do not include 5,000 word samples. If we are interested in one of the manuscripts, we will request the first 5,000 words.
  6. Be sure you have the following items written and handy in case we ask for them: a 2-3 page synopsis of the manuscript, a timeline for your novel, a detailed self-promotion/marketing plan (you'll need it!).

What's Next?

If we do not reject a manuscript based on the initial query received, we will respond with some questions to begin a dialogue with the author and explore synergies. This dialogue, a kind of "interview" if you will, is at least as important as the manuscript sample in deciding whether we request the full manuscript. We never solicit complete manuscripts based on the initial query letter.

If we do decide to read the rest of the manuscript, we request a hard copy, which should be formatted to match our manuscript formatting guidelines at least loosely (complete adherence to the guidelines isn't necessary at this point, however, we refuse to read manuscripts set in pink all caps...). Our estimated manuscript review time varies depending on workload; it is usually anything from a couple of weeks to a couple of months.

Once we (conditionally) accept a manuscripts for publication and a contract is entered into, the real work begins. A general timeline for the entire publication process can be found in this blog post. Usually, the entire publication process from contract signature to release date on average takes twelve months.

Further information can be found on the Questions & Answers page.

Current Releases


Ye Gods! A Tale of Dogs and Demons
by Lynne Hinkey


The Half-Life of Home
by Dale Neal


Pacific Offering
by Tom Mahony


Black Crow White Lie
by Candi Sary


Gospel Hollow
by Jesse Jordan


Fame & Madness in America
by Garrett Socol


Flooding Granite
by Tom Mahony


Cemetery Bird
by Bridget Bufford


Marina Melee
by Lynne Hinkey


Enter Oblivion
by C.M. Harris


alt.punk
by Lavinia Ludlow


For Certain Values of Family
by Manna Francis


Lambs of Men
by Charles Dodd White


'Nada
by Daniel Boyd


The Legacy
by John Russo


First Against the Wall
by Manna Francis


Truth or Something Like It
by Curtis Smith


The Rage of Achilles
by Terence Hawkins


Quis Custodiet
by Manna Francis


Control
by Manna Francis


Games & Players
by Manna Francis


Quid Pro Quo
by Manna Francis


Mind Fuck
by Manna Francis


Mouth of the Lion
by Lily Richards

Out of Print


Paperboy
by Bob Thurber


Imperfect Solitude
by Tom Mahony


The Gravedigger
by Ilan Herman


Hoosier Life & Casualty
by Ian Woollen


Kelland
by Paul G. Bens Jr.


Seneca Wood
by Gary Clites


Silly Little Rich Girl
by Jimmy Gleacher


The Life Plan
by Sybil Baker


And Now for a Story...
edited by Lily Richards


Rock Dance
by Jack Ballard Jr.


Sound + Noise
by Curtis Smith


End Credits
by A. F. Rützy


Without Wax
A Documentary Novel
by William Walsh


The Tea House
by Paul Elwork


Motor City Blues
by Peter Ohren


Adagio
by Chris Owen