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  • I submitted to you months ago...
    Thank you for your patience. As you know, publishers receive hundreds of submissions every year. We want to make sure that we're giving every manuscript our full attention but this can take some time. If you haven't heard from us within 6 months, don't worry, we probably just haven't got to you yet. We reply to every author who submits to us so keep an eye on your inbox and spam.
  • Are there any costs?
    No. We do not charge for publishing.
  • Is there any written content that SmashBear would be unwilling to publish?
    We understand that our specialised genres may contain scenes of violence, sexual aggression, etc. So long as none of these behaviours or experiences are glamorised or encouraged, we will accept your manuscript. However, please let us know in either your cover letter or synopsis.
  • Can I submit more than one piece of work?
    Yes you can, so long as you are the sole owner of any and all rights related to the work.
  • Do you accept self-published work?
    Yes we do so long as the work has been taken down from all platforms and is no longer available for sale. Please keep in mind that you will still be required to edit your work to our standards.
  • Do you accept simultaneous submissions?
    Yes, but please let us know when you submit that you have sent your manuscript to other publishers or agents.
  • How do authors get paid?
    As with most publishers, SmashBear authors will be paid via royalties earned on book sales.
  • Do you only publish eBooks?
    No, our books are now also available in print.
  • Do I need an agent?
    No, we accept unsolicited submissions
  • Do you pay an advance?
    No. We currently do not offer advances.
  • How much do author's get paid?
    Royalty rates are negotiated per manuscript but keep in line with the industry standard.
  • Can I use my own/friends illustrations in my book?
    It would depend on the quality of the illustrations and their necessity to the book. We prefer to use our in-house artist or freelancers.


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