Category Archives: Submitting Manuscripts

Our One-Day Only Submission Day Is

June 1st! From 9:00 a.m. EST to 9:00 p.m. EST, you can submit your young adult, middle grade, Amish romance, children’s book, or historical romance novel without an agent! Make sure you read our submission guidelines first, though!

June 1 Submission

We’re excited about opening up to outside submissions once again and look forward to reading what you’ve been writing!

Submissions Opening Soon!

Get Ready

Once every year, we open to unagented submissions for one day only, usually closer to fall, but this year, we’re opening early! The date hasn’t been set in stone yet so you still have time to get your manuscript ready. Here’s what we want to see!

  • Young adult (with or without romance)
  • Middle grade
  • Amish romance
  • Historical romance (We’re especially looking for the next great tale taking place aboard the Titanic or the Lusitania. We’re also looking for books set outside the United States.)
  • Children’s books

Please refer to our submission guidelines for complete details. We won’t accept any book that does not adhere to these guidelines.

We’ll announce the open date right here so be sure to subscribe!

Authors: Middle Grade vs. Young Adult

We’ll be opening to limited submissions later on this year and will be looking for middle grade and young adult stories. Along with that, we have several young adult and middle grade titles releasing this year. So we thought it was time to pull out this clarification article from Writer’s Digest. It’s an older article, but it spells out the differences so well. We know we couldn’t do it any better!

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Call for submissions: We’re looking for romance!

But not just any romance. We’re looking for romances with mature couples over the age of forty-five. We’ve seen the news stories of high school sweethearts being reunited after fifty years. Now we want to read them in our books! Mature African American couple laughing and hugging.

We’ll accept most sub-genres, including romantic suspense, contemporary romance, inspirational romance, and historical romance as long as the hero and heroine are both over the age of forty-five at the beginning of the story.

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We know that neither life nor love stops at middle age, and we want our readers to find hope in our stories. So give us your tales of reconnecting sweethearts or first-time loves. We want to read about a woman finding love for the first time at sixty or a lifelong bachelor getting swept off his feet at sixty-five.

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Don’t just rely on the tried and true methods of uniting couples. Challenge yourself to create unique scenarios that takes us all by surprise. Show us men and women in the prime of their lives. They can either be still working, volunteering, or retired, but they must still be actively living their lives. They may not even be looking for romance, but it’s looking for them!

For complete guidelines and submission details, visit our website at http://www.vinspirepublishing/submissions. We’ll officially open to these romances on January 15, 2019!

Good luck, and we look forward to reading your book!

Answering Your Questions About Our One-Day Only Submission Event

On October 1, 2018, we are once again opening to unagented submissions, and we’re already getting questions. We’re hoping we answer most of them here, but you can always contact us at vrpsubmissions@gmail.com with any others!

October 1st Opening

  • Can I submit more than one book? No. We ask that authors choose their best book to submit.
  • Can I submit if my book is not completed? You may submit the 1st three chapters; however, the book needs to be completed in the event we ask for the full so you may only have less than a month to finish the book.
  • What formats do you accept? We accept doc, docx, and pdf.
  • Why are you asking for a marketing plan? We ask authors to be as committed to marketing and promoting as we are, and we’d like to see what plans you have if your book were to be accepted.
  • Why are you only accepting certain genres this time? We want to include more diversity in our catalog. We are also looking to add historical romances that fit within a certain timeline as they have proven to be popular.
  • What if I get an agent after this book is accepted? Will you work with my agent? Since this is a submission event for unagented authors, the book you submit must remain unagented so at to be equitable for the other authors. You are, however, free to have an agent or lawyer review the contract if an offer of acceptance is made.
  • What if something happens, and I miss the window? Is there still a way for me to submit? Unfortunately, no. To be fair to everyone submitting, once the deadline has passed, we will not accept any additional submissions.
  • How soon will I know if my book has been accepted? We hope to have responses to every submission within three months; however, we may require additional time.
  • If I have more questions, who do I contact? You can send an email to vrpsubmissions@gmail.com.

Our One-Day Submission Event Was A Success!

For the past two and a half years, Vinspire Publishing has only been open to submissions by authors with agents. On August 1, 2017, we opened our doors to unagented submissions, and the response was overwhelming! In fact, we are just now sending out the final responses to the queries. We’ve also signed wonderful books by strong authors and have two more acceptances going out this week.

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To that end, later on this year, we will, once again, open to unagented submissions, but it will be with a twist. This time, we will focus on certain genres so that we can fill our catalog with the types of books we’re seeking.

So subscribe here for more information about when we’ll post and what we’ll be looking for, and when we make the announcement, you’ll be the first to know!

 

Writing Tip from the Publisher

Writing for Vinspire Publishing

If you’re interested in writing for Vinspire Publishing, you might want to take a look at some of these tips.

1.                  Follow our submission guidelines.

2.                  Make sure your manuscript is as clean as it possibly can be before you query.

3.                  Don’t query with an unfinished manuscript.

4.                  If you’re writing historical romances, know the historical setting for your book and know it well. We have a history buff who can pick out mistakes quicker than Sheriff Dillon can sniff out a crook.

5.                  Don’t give us a history lesson. Though we want the history to be integrated into the storyline, we don’t want to read a play-by-play of The Alamo. Instead, show us what happens with your hero and heroine while the battle is taking place. Bring us into the history but don’t spoon-feed us historical events.

6.                  Though description is necessary in any novel, don’t over-emphasize it. I’ve seen pages and pages of description and that takes a reader out of the novel and- dare I say it-makes them skim.

7.                  Join a good critique group or find a great critique partner, someone who can help you tie up the loose ends and find the mistakes your eyes might have missed.

8.                  Be patient. We receive a lot of submissions so it’s possible we might require more time to read your submission. We hope you know we’ll give it a fair review as quickly as possible.