At Bella Books, we believe stories about women-loving-women are essential to our lives—and so do our readers. We are interested in acquiring manuscripts that tell captivating and unique stories across all genres—including romance, mystery, thriller, paranormal, etc.
We want our books to reflect and celebrate the diversity of our lesbian, queer, bisexual, and gender non-conforming community—in all our glorious shapes, sizes and colors. Our desire to publish diverse voices is perennial. We don’t want to tell your stories for you—we want to amplify your voices.
We believe that our readers want fresh plots, and that they relish hours spent with engaging characters whose complexities, struggles and triumphs celebrate their hopes and dreams. They want books they can’t put down, stories they think about for days afterward, and characters so compelling they wish they could meet them.
We publish romance, mystery, action/thriller, science-fiction, fantasy, erotica and general fiction. We welcome your submission.
Our submission process requests specific information required for a thorough analysis. We will promptly acknowledge its receipt and let you know within 90 days if we are interested in pursuing rights and publishing your work.
To send in your manuscript you must follow the instructions below:
Your submission package must be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and should include the following:
Any further correspondence regarding your submission should be sent to email@example.com. Please do not inquire about the status of your submission or manuscript review unless the timeframes for our response (given above) have elapsed.
Your submission package and final manuscript should reflect your best work. We understand everyone makes mistakes, and rely on a team of editors and proofreaders, but we expect any submission to have a competent level of format, style and usage as reflected in the Chicago Manual of Style. Bella Books themselves serve as excellent indicators of the standards of grammar and style we expect.
We consider a submission of a project to be an offer from the author to enter negotiations for a contract. That means that the person submitting it should have the right to do so, that no other publisher is currently considering its acquisition and that the rights we may wish to acquire are available. As a small press we can’t invest the evaluation resources only to find that the project is under contract or otherwise encumbered. For this reason, we cannot accept simultaneous submissions. If there is any issue with the rights to the manuscript you are submitting, please include an explanation of the issues in your cover letter.
The submission process outlined above is the only way your manuscript will be considered, and it applies to authors and agents alike.
Thank you for your interest in Bella Books. If, after reading this document, you have questions about the submission process, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Linda Hill, Publisher