We publish only science fiction and fantasy. Powerful plots with solid scientific and philosophical underpinnings are essential for consideration for science fiction submissions. As for fantasy, any magical system must be both rigorously coherent and integral to the plot. Overall, the work must at least strive for originality. Those manuscripts which survive the "first cut" as outlined above are then judged primarily on plot and characterization.
Style: In our opinion, simple is generally better. Good style never calls attention to itself but is appreciated nontheless.
Payment rates: very competitive.
Preferred length: 130,000 - 160,000 words. We are uncomfortable with manuscripts under 130,000 words, but if your novel is longer than 160,000 send it along regardless of its length.
Submission procedures: Query letters are not necessary. We prefer to see complete manuscripts accompanied by a synopsis. We prefer not to see simultaneous submissions. Electronic submissions are strongly preferred.
Send electronic submissions by email to #####@################## No disks unless requested. Attach the manuscript as a Rich Text Format (.rtf) file. Any other format will not be considered. Send the manuscript as a single file (do not break it into separate chapter files). Your submission must include your name, email address*, postal mailing address, and telephone number. *[If you have an alternate permanent email address, please include it, in case your primary account goes out of service.] Include a plot outline if possible.
Minimal formatting, please. Indent paragraphs; center chapter headers and scene break indicators (###, ***, etc.); use page breaks only at the end of chapters. For emphasis, choose underline or italics and use it throughout. Try to avoid bold face, as it tends not to show up. Also avoid non-standard fonts, and unnecessary changes in font face, size, etc. Make it readable, or we won't read it.
NOTE: Any viruses attached to your submission will send your manuscript straight into the recycle bin.
Reporting time: Usually within 9 to 12 Months. (Sorry, we get lots of manuscripts.)
Thank you for thinking of Impulse Books.
We are not currently accepting submissions.