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What We're Looking For:

Intimate Press is looking for another Janet Oak or Grace Livingston Hill who can successfully add the dimension of sexuality to Christian fiction. We don't want stories that are too explicit, but we do want well-told stories that include true-to-life sexual aspects of both character and relationship development. Stories can be in any genre (e.g., romance, western, historical, science-fiction, fantasy, spy, mystery, etc.). If you'd like a template, this link is to a Microsoft Word template that has the pages formatted to novel-size.
 
Our Novel Acceptance Criteria:
  • The manuscript must have gotten a very positive review from a professional reviewer (see below).
  • The point-of-view must be consistent (either a single point-of-view or clearly distinguishing between points-of-view).
  • The writing style must be appropriate for Christian fiction.
  • The story must include a Christian worldview.
  • The story must encourage the reader to consider at least one moral issue from a Christian perspective.
  • The story must include a significant sexual element in at least one character's development, though it need not be the primary development issue.
  • The sexual content must be limited to what is necessary for character or relationship development.
  • The text "xx-xx-xx" must be substituted for cursing or vulgar words and phrases that are spoken harshly or in a derogatory manner (e.g. "You xx-xx-xx, I hate you!")
  • Wet-Blanket:

    Before you get too excited about the possibility of becoming an Intimate Press author and earning a fortune, we have two serious warnings for you.
     
    First, though we will accept unsolicted manuscripts from anyone, we require that you first submit a professional review that meets minimum criteria. That's not easy, it's not cheap, you have to pay for it, and even if you get an acceptable professional review, it's no guarantee that we'll find it suitable for Intimate Press. We require this because many authors think their writing skills are better than they really are, and we don't have time to wade through manuscripts that are poorly written. (Think of the worst American Idol try-outs who are convinced they're good singers.)
     
    Here are the minimum criteria we expect from a professional review:
  • How common are errors in facts, spelling, grammar, word use, paragraphing, and punctuation?
  • Are the characters interesting?
  • Is the story interesting?
  • Is the story well told?

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    Second, if we publish your book, you'll get a one-time advance on royalties, but you won't get more than that unless the book sells well enough to earn royalties above the advance.
     
    Yes, that's a pretty narrow gate to get through, but if you love creating stories with interesting characters and plots, and you want to share them with other people, we offer a way to do that. If you're writing anyway, and if you become good enough, we may be able to help you get a bigger audience than you can on your own. Secondly, we'll pay royalities of 35% (based on our gross revenue on your book less cost of printing). That's a much higher royalty rate than big publishers, but we have much lower overhead than they do.

    We're Not The Only Game In Town:

    Why not just self-publish? If you're not willing to test your writing against a professional reviewer's judgment, take their feedback and improve your skills until you have a great manuscript, then self-publishing's probably your best option. However, you'll be on your own for marketing, and that can be a pretty lonely place. And even if your book is great, many people expect that most self-published books aren't very good, and you risk some people pre-judging your book as poor quality based on that fact alone. No, it's not fair, but that happens. If, on the other hand, your manuscript is good enough for Intimate Press, you'll benefit from our marketing efforts and our reputation.

    Anonymity:

    If you want to remain an anonymous author, that's fine with us. We've put a lot of thought into keeping author's identities confidential. Even if you choose to be anonymous to the public, we can still ensure that you can prove you're the author to anyone you wish to.

    Submission Process For New Authors:

    Any submission that does not comply with these requirements will not recieve full consideration.
    1. Submit a complete manuscript to a professional review service, such as The Writer's Mentor (not affliated with Intimate Press). You might also try searching for "manuscript reviews" or something similar.
    2. If they give your manuscript a very positive review in each of the categories listed above, email us a copy of their review.
      • Send the email to staff-at-IntimatePress-dot-com.
      • The email's subject line must be: "Manuscript review".
      • Your name, the text of the review, the reviewer's name, and the reviewer's company must appear in the body of the email.
      • If you plan for the manuscript to be the first in a series, describe the series.
      • Do NOT attach or include your manuscript.
    3. If we like the review, we'll ask you to send us your complete manuscript.
    4. If we like your complete manuscript we'll offer you a publishing contract. If we like your writing style but have problems with your story, we may tell you that we might want to publish it if certain improvements are made and invite you to make the changes and resubmit.
    5. If we agree on a contract to publish your book, you'll receive an advance on royalties when the book goes into print, along with a dozen copies of your book. You'll be able to buy as many copies as you want at a significant discount.

    Submission Process For Established Authors:

    'Established' means you've had one or more books published by a major publisher. Self-publishing does not count.
    1. Send us an introductory email.
      • Send an email to staff-at-IntimatePress-dot-com.
      • The email's subject line must be: "Story proposal".
      • The email's body should contain your name, your story synopsis (including character descriptions), and the names and publishers of all books you've had published.
      • If you plan for the manuscript to be the first in a series, describe the series.
      • Do NOT attach or include your manuscript.
    2. If we like your story's synopsis, we'll ask you to send us your complete manuscript.
    3. If we like your complete manuscript we'll offer you a publishing contract. If we like your writing style but have problems with your story, we may tell you that we might want to publish it if certain improvements are made and invite you to make the changes and resubmit.
    4. If we agree on a contract to publish your book, you'll receive an advance on royalties when the book goes into print, along with a dozen copies of your book. You'll be able to buy as many copies as you want at a significant discount.

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