|Manuscript Submission Policy|
The Schiel & Denver Book Group warmly encourages high quality manuscript submissions and proposals in all literary genres; our review committee particularly welcomes debut novelists who wish to send in their work for consideration. Your submission will be given careful evaluation for appropriate literary merit by the review committee, but unfortunately the committee is not able to offer any kind of analysis of manuscripts which have been rejected.
Please note that The Schiel & Denver Book Group can only accept a small percentage of the manuscripts we receive, and we contact authors who our review committee has an expressed interest in considering for international publication, to request their full manuscript within 8 weeks from the date of receipt; however during busy periods response time may be longer, so we ask that you don't chase.
For your convenience and to speed up the process of our acquisitions team reading submitted manuscripts, from 2013 we will be implementing an online submissions system. This will help us logistically process applications faster, and enable us to receive more manuscripts submissions from outside the European Union and Australia.
Your submissions package should include:
Manuscript Formatting Guidelines for Submissions
The Schiel & Denver Book Group's manuscript review committee offer the following set recommendations for authors submitting their manuscripts:
Upload a double-spaced typed manuscript in Times New Roman font, on standard A4 page size (8.5" by 11"), with clear margins set at 1.5" and top and bottom margins at 1.0". Text should be justified flush right, without hyphenation and not smaller than size twelve point type. Chapters should begin on a new page. For poetry and short stories, please ensure clear headings are used throughout to make your manuscript as readable as possible.
Photographs, Maps and Illustrations
Please do not upload illustrative material and photographs to accompany your manuscript; we will request these from you at a later stage. Submissions should be solely textual through the online New Client Application Form. You can however tell us if you have already hired or employed the work of a professional illustrator please enclose full professional details including name, copyright and membership of any professional arts bodies in your online application.
Copyright & Permissions
If you have used material belonging to third-party copyright holders, you must be accurate in declaring which sources you have cited in your submission. Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, you may cite limited material for literary criticism, but the law is complex in this area and you would be better leaving the matter to one of Schiel & Denver's in-house publishing lawyers to determine what will require written permission.
However, if you have already identified instances in your work which will likely require a permissions request to reprint, we provide this form free-of-charge for the purpose of acquiring permission from third-party authors and publishers.
References to companies and living individuals
If you have cited information about living persons or companies in your manuscript, you must be explicit and unambiguous in declaring the exact details in a separate document appended to your submissions package. As responsible publishers, Schiel & Denver has a legal duty to ensure that your book is safe to publish and that any statements in your book that are purporting to be facts are indeed true.
Chicago Manual Of Style
The Schiel & Denver Book Group adheres to The Chicago Manual of Style in all matters of punctuation, grammatical structure, and literary content; which is the industry standard for professional editors. It may also be useful to familiarize yourself with our proofmarks system, which is derived from both Oxford and American Heritage dictionaries.
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Begin Your Online Application
The Schiel & Denver Book Group accepts all genres and worldwide submissions from all countries and legal jurisdictions.
Please click here to begin your application to our senior acquisitions team. Unfortunately due to the exceptionally high workload of our editorial staff, we are not able to take enquiries by phone at the submissions stage.