Grey Wolfe Publishing is now accepting manuscripts in the Western genre, or one of its sub-genres, for acceptance into our Traditional Publishing program. This is an opportunity to have your book professionally published and marketed with no out of pocket, up front costs from you!
We will spend up to $6,000 to edit, publish, promote, market, and sell your book. You'll retain a generous 50% royalty (after recoupment) for a period of five years, with an option to extend. Your book will be produced in softcover print, e-book, and audiobook, with an opportunity for hardcover and foreign language translation, too!
Western Genre novellas and Novels
The Western is a genre which tell stories set primarily in the later half of the 19th century in the American Old West, often centering on the life of a nomadic cowboy or gunfighter armed with a revolver and a rifle who rides a horse.
Westerns often stress the harshness of the wilderness and frequently set the action in an arid, desolate landscape of deserts and mountains. Often, the vast landscape plays an important role. Specific settings include ranches, small frontier towns, saloons, railways and isolated military forts of the Wild West. Common plots include the construction of a railroad or a telegraph line on the wild frontier; ranchers protecting their family ranch from rustlers or large landowners or who build a ranch empire; revenge stories, which hinge on the chase and pursuit by a wronged individual; stories about cavalry fighting Indians; outlaw gang plots; and stories about a lawman or bounty hunter tracking down his quarry. Many Westerns use a stock plot of depicting a crime, then showing the pursuit of the wrongdoer, ending in revenge and retribution, which is often dispensed through a shootout or quick draw duel.
The Western genre sometimes portrays the conquest of the wilderness and the subordination of nature in the name of civilization or the confiscation of the territorial rights of the original, Native American, inhabitants of the frontier. The Western depicts a society organized around codes of honor and personal, direct or private justice–"frontier justice"–dispensed by gunfights. These honor codes are often played out through depictions of feuds or individuals seeking personal revenge or retribution against someone who has wronged them. This Western depiction of personal justice contrasts sharply with justice systems organized around rationalistic, abstract law that exist in cities, in which social order is maintained predominately through relatively impersonal institutions such as courtrooms.
Sub-genres include Comedy Western; Contemporary Western; Electric Western; Fantasy Western; Horror Western; Martial Arts Western; Revisionist Western; and Spaghetti Western.
Submit Your Manuscript for consideration of a traditional publishing contract today!
Traditional Publishing... What exactly does that mean? When you traditionally publish with Grey Wolfe Publishing, it means that your manuscript has been specifically selected for its excellence in story concept, world building, character development, plot mechanisms, audience appeal, and sales potential. Our goal is to give you a similar (although we believe better) experience that you might receive working with one of the "big five" publishing houses.
If your manuscript is selected, here's what we'll do for you:
We will diligently edit your book with a four-stage editorial process, helping you to refine the scene, setting, characters, plot and fact checking of your story. Of course, we'll also help you with the smaller editorial issues like spelling, grammar and appropriate word choice, too.
Notice that we said that we "help you" to refine your work. This means that we will work as your editorial partner, helping you to understand the changes we are suggesting, but giving you an equal voice in the process. We'll explain why we think changes need to be made, so that you can understand our perspective, and we can engage in an open dialogue about the issues. After all, it's your work, and we want to retain your authenticity as an author throughout the publishing process.
We will design a custom cover for your book based on your notes to us about your vision of what it should look like. Our team of extremely talented artists will create outstanding, one of a kind artwork that will grab a reader's attention as they notice it on a bookshelf. You'll have direct collaboration input on the design, and the be part of the final approval process.
Interior design for print, large format, ebook (in four formats), and audiobook that meet or exceed industry standards. We'll not only make sure your book is "correct", we'll make sure it looks great, too!
We'll handle all the legal stuff... Copyright and Library of Congress Registration, ISBN and pricing bar codes in print, ebook, and audiobook, including any overseas foreign language registrations that may become necessary.
We'll develop a marketing campaign for your book which will include social media, bookmarks, posters, postcards, a media kit, website, and any other marketing tools that we believe will benefit the sales of your book. Our PR manager will engage with media specialists in television, radio, print, and internet marketing to bring a spotlight to your work and help you sell books.
We will connect with foreign and domestic distributors to give your book the very best exposure possible. We'll contact both independent and big-box booksellers to entice them to carry your title, and arrange for reading and signing events.
No expectation of a "right of first refusal". If you're not happy with us as a publishing partner, you are not required to publish your next book with us... just fulfill the agreement on this one, and then you're free to make a new choice.
If your manuscript is selected, here's what will be expected of you:
Your undivided attention and cooperation during the entire editorial and design process.
A five year commitment (contract to be shared if your manuscript is selected), giving Grey Wolfe Publishing complete and total control of all reproduction, sales, distribution, marketing, and merchandising rights, responsibilities, and decisions.
Your full cooperation in promotion and marketing endeavors, whenever possible, toward generating sales.
An agreement of a 50/50 split of royalties AFTER recoupment, to be paid bi-annually.
Manuscript Submission Guidelines:
All submissions must be sent electronically, via the Grey Wolfe Submission Portal (button below), in MS Word (.doc or .docx formats). We do not accept hardcopy (paper) submissions
All work must be typed in #12 Calibri font, double-spaced, with a blank space between paragraphs.
All margins should be set at one inch.
All submissions must be written in English.
Submissions may be between 15,000 and 75,000 words in length. Longer manuscripts may be considered if we feel the complexity of the story is well served by the word count. Shorter novellas may be accepted with the understanding that additional writing (with a Grey Wolfe Editor/Coach) may be necessary to better serve the publication process.
We understand the editorial process may change your work. However, the work you submit should be your “best paw forward”. Be certain you have resolved most spelling, punctuation and grammar errors before submitting.
Include your contact information in the header of your submission… book title, name, phone number, email address.
Please allow up to eight weeks for a thorough evaluation of your manuscript before contacting us regarding acceptance or rejection. Once your manuscript has been reviewed, we will contact you regarding its status. No phone calls, please, regarding your manuscript's status.
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