Think you have what it takes to be a bestselling author? Here at Whisper Publishing, we are happy to accept unsolicited manuscripts to help you on your way. As a small, independent publisher of literary fiction, we look to publish a select number of titles per year.

While we would love to publish every manuscript received, we don’t have the scope. If you are interested in having your book published by us, please read and follow our simple submission guidelines to ensure we are what you are looking for. Submissions are open to new and published authors including self-published.

Submission Guidelines

We publish:

  • Action and Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Domestic drama
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • New adult (NA)
  • Paranormal (including paranormal romance)
  • Psychological thriller
  • Satire
  • Science fiction
  • Women’s fiction (chick lit, romance, family sagas)
  • Young adult (YA)

We do not publish:

  • Children’s fiction
  • Erotica
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry

What we seek:

We only accept finished manuscripts and look for those with a word count between 50,000-100,000 words although if a submission of slightly shorter or longer length catches our attention, we would not quibble. While we are flexible, we do not consider submissions of less than 40,000 or more than 120,000 words. (This does not apply to competitions and compilations we run.)

We look for quality, page-turning fiction that we believe is marketable. Our team enjoy memorable characters, places and scenes and, like all readers, they want to be instantly hooked, remaining absorbed with every page. We know that every story is different so, before submitting, would suggest you research how to bring the main components of your manuscript together. You will find innumerable online articles to assist. You can also check our blog for handy tips or, better still, sign up for our monthly newsletter.

Before submitting, make sure you have checked your manuscript thoroughly. If you send a raw draft, it will likely find its way to the slush pile. Try reading the story out loud or have a friend read it. Invite constructive criticism and remember, you are writing for the reader.

A crisp, well-written synopsis should accompany your manuscript. There are many online resources to assist with this task. We also have a blog post dedicated to this topic.

The more professional your work is the more likely it will receive our attention. Before emailing, check spelling, grammar and punctuation in all documents.

Following submission:

We deal with a high volume of submissions and our team carefully considers each one. As stated above, we only publish a select number, therefore, only a limited percentage make it. Once your submission is received, we send a confirmation email and aim to be in touch within eight weeks once we’ve had a chance to review. At that stage, we will confirm whether your submission has been successful. Regrettably, we are unable to individually critique.

If your work is accepted, you will be contacted by a member of the Whisper team. Should you decide to progress further, we will discuss the requirements to bring your work to publishing standard and your involvement as the author. Assuming all is agreed, we then proceed with the Publishing Agreement.

As a small, independent publisher we will endeavour to maximise your book’s success by working closely with you and establish a promotion and marketing plan for your story. We would strongly advise you to engage in your own marketing. In a crowded market, being proactive equates to a better chance of success.

If you are ready to take the first step, please email with the following:

  • A query letter
  • A full manuscript (1.5 or double spacing) in Microsoft Word or PDF file format (.doc, .docx or .pdf).
  • A one-page synopsis (1.5 or double spacing)
  • A short biography telling us about yourself and your writing history, including any competitions or awards you have won

The above documents should be sent as attachments and not within the body of the email.