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Submission Guidelines: Improbable Press

Tell Us Your Story

Improbable Press today, right now, wants your romantic or erotic novel, short story, or graphic novel. We're a genre press and that means we want adventures, mysteries, sci-fi, and contemporary supernatural or fantasy tales about characters who have, for too long, been footnotes in another person's story. 

So pitch us your story headed up by a female-identifying person, someone disabled, LGBTQIA, neurodivergent, Black, Asian, Indigenous — in short, tell us tales of people who as much as anyone can and do have adventures, romance, joy, and sorrow. Maybe your protagonists are two robots and a human, a black disabled person and a pansexual ghost, a trans white woman and a straight Indigenous man. Whomever they are we want to know their story but know this—it must be one about hope.

Send us your best ideas. Make us want to publish your work. You can do that three ways.

* Bring us your voice

Bring us your crazy-unique-wonderful way of telling a story. IP's books are inclusive stories vibrant and unique with your wit and talent. Don't write stuffy, write fantastic.

We can't say it enough: Write like you. Like you write right now. Don't write Serious Fiction™. Write with joy and verve and then, well…

* Tell us your story idea

In up to 600 words tell us the genre (again, we want mysteries, sci-fi, adventures, contemporary supernatural, 'weird' stuff) the time and place of your story, tell us about the main protagonist(s), the romance—because that's important. Improbable Press is a romance publisher. If we can easily pluck the romance from your story and have the story hold, it isn't a romance.

The story can have sex too, if that's your forte. As explicit as you like. Happy sex of all kinds is what we want if happy sex you write. Go for it, let them sweat and keen and come. That's what people (and werewolves and fairies and aliens) do.

It's vital that you write protagonists of all kinds: women, trans, disabled, ethnic minorities, own voices/native cultures. We want to expand hero far beyond white, straight, and male, though of course your story might include people who identify as all three. Not sure if your story fits? Before you write a full query, drop us a short note and ask!

And if you think "no one would want to read something I wrote, would they?" Read these encouraging words and think again.

* Don't wait for us to say yes

Keep writing. The busier you are on the next story or book the better. If you keep going one tale stops mattering so desperately much and you get better quicker. Or sell more. Or both. So, though we'll reply as soon as we can, keep going. Do, and you'll keep doing.

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