Call for Submissions


Copper Pen Press is currently closed for submissions.


We accept EMAIL SUBMISSIONS ONLY. Do not snail-mail query letters or unsolicited manuscripts to our offices. Your query letter must be e-mailed to This e-mail address should be used for no other purpose. Include “Novel Query” the Subject box.

If you are interested in submitting, please send a query email with the following information:

  • Your contact information – full name, pen name, address, phone number, email address.
  • The genre/subgenre, word count, and title/sub-title of your manuscript.
  • Description of your book, focusing on the main plot, setting, and characters. Tell us where the story takes place. Introduce characters who are pivotal to the main plot. Let us know what is at stake or on the line for these characters. Make us want to read your book.
  • One or two paragraphs outlining your publication history (if any).
  • One paragraph with details of your marketing plan, listing any experience you may have marketing your work.
  • Your social media addresses.


If we are interested, we will request the first three chapters (sent via email). If we are still interested after reading the first three chapters, we will request the full manuscript.

All manuscripts (whether first chapters or full) must be in Microsoft Word format, Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. Send manuscripts as an email attachment.

Manuscripts must have page numbers in the header or footer. The header should also include the title of the story. Do not type this information on each page. Use the header/footer function of your software.

When sending chapters you must combine them into one Word document.

Manuscripts will not be returned. We will not send critiques.

We never charge reading, editing, or publication fees. However, we expect all submissions to be professionally edited before we receive them. Unedited or poorly edited manuscripts will be rejected.

While we usually respond very promptly to initial queries, it may take three to six months to respond to your submission of first chapters. We will not take phone calls regarding the status of your manuscript. We will respond to your submission once it has been read, whether we are interested in publishing it or not.

If we have not contacted you within six months, have accepted a contract with another publisher, or wish to remove your manuscript from submission, you may contact us by email at


Hardcover edition: 10% of the catalog retail price on the first 5,000 copies sold, 12.5% of the catalog retail price on the next 5,000 copies sold; and 15% of the catalog retail price on all copies sold thereafter.

Paperback edition (trade and mass-market): 8% of the catalog retail price on the first 100,000 copies sold, and 10% of the catalog retail price on all copies sold thereafter.

Electronic text (e-book) edition: 25% of the catalog retail price on all copies sold.

We are a small, independent publisher and we intend to keep it that way. Our goal is to publish three to five titles per year. This means we must be very selective in what we publish. Our low publishing rate allows us to dedicate as much time as needed to each of our titles. If you publish with us, we will strive to make your book the best it can be.