Preparing a manuscript for submission can be a daunting task, but by following some guidelines, you can give your work a better chance of being accepted.
Take some time to find out more about the publishers you are approaching: their mission as a publisher, the genres they publish, and their manuscript submission procedures. At Ethos Books, we are happy to answer enquiries over the phone or email. We accept all manner of literary work—poetry, short stories and novels—including non-fiction titles such as biographies and historical books. However, we are more selective about young people's books (children's and adolescents' titles), and will be likely to refer you to our friends at Bubbly Books and Epigram Books.
Besides your manuscript, please provide the following:
1) A synopsis of your manuscript, or a plot summary especially if a long-form work
2) A contents page
3) A brief resume or cover letter highlighting your writing interests, any past or ongoing writing projects, and your contact details.
You may combine these into a single document. A few pages should be sufficient for us to learn more about you and your work.
Make sure that your cover letter and manuscript are well-organised and proofread. Sloppy grammar and spelling mistakes will adversely affect your manuscript's chances of being accepted. Please refer to this document for formatting guidelines.
You may choose to submit your manuscript and the complementary documents by email or by post, but we prefer the former. For soft copies, please do a quick scan to ensure that your files are free from malware and viruses. If you are sending a manuscript with images attached, you may want to split it into smaller files. If form is integral to your text, you may also choose to send along a PDF copy of the manuscript for our reference. For hard copy submissions, please attention the package to "The Editor". Remember to keep at least one copy of your manuscript for yourself as publishers are generally not obliged to return your submission, and cannot be held responsible for lost manuscripts. You can expect an acknowledgement of receipt of your manuscript 7–10 days after mailing it, or 2-3 working days after emailing it. If you do not receive word from us, feel free to contact us to ask about it.
We usually take up to four months to evaluate manuscripts. The waiting period may vary with the time of the year (holiday seasons are generally more hectic) and our publishing schedule.
It is acceptable to submit your manuscript to more than one publisher at a time. You may choose to disclose this information in your cover letter, as it sometimes spurs publishers to respond earlier to your submission.
When you are ready, send in your manuscripts to us at manuscripts(at)pagesetters(dot)com(dot)sg.
All the best!