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My manuscript is ready! How do I approach a publisher?

Your manuscript is ready to go! You've had it professionally edited, proofread and you've been over it a thousand times.

Where do you go from here?

There are a few things you need to remember when approaching a publisher about getting your book published. The most important thing is to visit their website first. They will have a specific section that details their requirements for book submissions. If you want a good chance of being accepted for publication make sure you visit their page to see what they require.

It is important that you read this page carefully. Follow the details specifically. If the site says they are not accepting submissions at the moment, do NOT send your manuscript anyway. If they are so busy that they have closed to submissions for the moment, your manuscript is likely to be discarded. If they provide a time when they will reopen to submissions, don't send your manuscript early. It will make them think that you either haven't bothered to read their submissions guidelines, or have chosen to ignore what they said there. Neither of these things will make them eager to publish your book.

Make sure you follow every step. If they ask for the full manuscript first, make sure you don't send a query letter or just a few chapters. Send the whole thing. If they ask for it electronically, send it that way. If they want a physical copy and request that you send a stamped, self-addressed envelope for the return of your manuscript, please do that.

Make sure that your submission includes your name, phone number, email and postal address. Include a cover letter telling them briefly who you are and what you have written about (i.e. its genre, length and any experience you have in writing in that area). This cover letter should be no longer than one A4 page.

Some of these requirements may seem like common sense, but it is surprising how many people don't follow instructions like these. Remember, the more you make an effort to do what the publisher has asked, the more likely they are to view your manuscript in a favourable light.

Once you have submitted your manuscript, it is best not to continually call or email them to find out what is going on, especially if the submissions guidelines say it will be a few weeks before they get back to you. If they have given you no specific details on when they will get back to you, contact them after about a month. If they tell you that you still have to wait, don't continue to contact them for updates. Publishers have a lot on their plate and calling them a lot will slow them down even more.

Remember to be patient. It is often a few years between the submissions phase and the publishing phase. This is a marathon, not a sprint. If you want your book published, you need to commit to a long haul to get it there.

To find out about Rhiza Press's submission guidelines visit the submission page.

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Biography Submissions

Biography Submissions

Rhiza Press is calling for biography submissions from 1 March 2014.

What we are looking for:

Our autobiographies and biographies consist of the stories of modern and past missionaries, or inspirational stories of ordinary people overcoming difficult circumstances. We prefer dramatised biographies where the stories read more like fiction rather than works of non-fiction, engage the reader in the ups and downs of life's circumstances for the person of interest rather than the author simply citing the story.

As a result please consider the rules for biographies as similar to fiction:

  • Consider point of view, characterization of your lead and other characters and the way you share the journey whether in first person style if telling your own story or third person when reciting the story about someone else.
  • Try to use the show don't tell principles.
  • Don't over dramatise or take liberties that are more extreme than you would expect likely to be in character.

Other things to consider when writing a biography:

  • Research characters as much as possible.
  • Always gain permission for all cited references or quotes prior to submission.
  • Please read the article 'Writing a Biography' by author and editor Lynne Stringer.
  • Please follow our basic submission guidelines on how to submit for this list.

Submission Instructions:

To submit a manuscript:

  • A personal CV/resume relating specifically to the field of writing.
  • A full synopsis
  • A minimum of four chapters of the book, at least three must be the start of the book.
  • Your full return details (name, address) which must also be included on the pages of your manuscript.
  • Your manuscript must be page numbered.
  • If you have not completed the manuscript when you submit a timeline of when you are submitting
  • Feedback from any editors you have worked with is welcome

We accept submissions via either post or email (never both). We do not consider query letters. Please do not phone to check on your submission. Queries can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

For email submissions, follow these guidelines:

IMPORTANT: all information and attachments are to be sent in a single email only with a total maximum size of 2MB – if that is not possible, then you should submit via post instead. Emails that do not comply with these requirements will be automatically deleted.

A cover letter in the body of the email that includes well researched information on how your manuscript compares with other books on the market, and with other books Rhiza Press has already published. An automatic response will be generated if your submission is received safely.

For postal submissions, follow these guidelines:

  • A return envelope with enough postage to cover the return of your manuscript (prepaid envelopes or parcels are best). Submissions without this will not receive consideration and will be destroyed.
  • Post submissions to: Rhiza Press, PO Box 1519, Capalaba QLD 4157

For specific details on other genre requirements visit the submissions page.

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