Submission Guidelines

Regal Crest does not accept simultaneous submissions

Please take careful note of these guidelines. Following directions is important and formatting the manuscript properly increases the possibility of your manuscript being accepted.

Submit the entire manuscript as an attachment to an e-mail. Your e-mail should include:

  • Book title and word count
  • Your name and pen name (if any)
  • Address and phone number
  • E-mail address
  • Name and version of the word processing program used in the attached file

You are not required to include anything further, but you are welcome to send a plot summary, your biography, and any other information that you think will help us evaluate your book.

Email Fiction and Non-Fiction Submissions to submissions (at) regalcrestbooks.biz.

Standard Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

For the most part we use the Chicago Manual of Style, most current edition to determine how our books will be set up. In addition, we find these resources useful: The Essentials of Style by Strunk and White, Roget’s Thesaurus, and The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual.

Specific Technical Instructions:

  1. Use a readable typeface such Times New Roman with a font size of 12 in black. Please do not use sans serif fonts such as Arial.
  2. One inch margins all around.
  3. Double space between lines with no extra spaces between paragraphs. Put a centered # after scenes to indicate a break.
  4. Use only one space between sentences and words.
  5. Use a paragraph or carriage return only at the end of a paragraph. Let Word automatically wrap the text.
  6. Indent each paragraph no more than one-half inch and accomplish this by setting the Tab Stops. Do not use the tab key to space in for each paragraph. Never use the tab key anywhere in your manuscript.
  7. You may use special formatting (i.e. italics or smart quotes), but please do not embed any fancy stuff. If we have any trouble reading your manuscript, we will let you know so that you can adjust it.
  8. Submit the manuscript as an .rtf or .txt attachment.
  9. Please send the whole manuscript in a single file. If your e-mail server cannot handle the file size, then split the manuscript into two parts and label them with the book title plus 1 or 2.
  10. Chapters do not require a new page, but please clearly mark new chapters and label them (i.e. Chapter One, Chapter Two, etc.).
  11. Scene breaks: Flashbacks or dream sequences should be set off by separating them with one blank line above and below.
  12. For indicating dashes either two hyphens typed together (--) or the em-dash symbol (-). Do not use single hyphens as dashes, and please don't use spaces on either side of an ellipses or dash. The only exception is the ellipses at the end of a non-dialogue sentence.
  13. Use ellipses with no spaces between the ellipsis and the words on either side. Please do not use a hot key to insert an ellipsis as global searches will not find those.
  14. Use standard, American-style dialogue format with double quote (" and ") marks.

Reasons Why We Accept Manuscripts for Publication

  1. The story is entertaining and compelling and flows nicely. It starts with a good beginning that makes the reader want to continue reading. Look at books you've enjoyed and analyze why you continued to read past the first few pages, then make sure your manuscript does the same.
  2. The dialogue is crisp and interesting. There is little use of passive voice, and there is a balance of dialogue and narrative.
  3. Description is done at a measured pace so that the story unfolds naturally. Action scenes, both internal and external, contain action, not just activity. The reader wants to be engaged in the action within a scene, not just hear a description of it, so be sure to show, not merely tell.
  4. There are few spelling and grammar errors, and sentences are clear and properly constructed. The telling of the tale is tightly written without redundant information or overwritten lengthy sentences.
  5. The characters have distinctive personalities, and whether hero, villain, or secondary character, they belong in the narrative and attract the reader's interest.
  6. The characterization, setting, and plot are not overdone or too predictable. Even if the novel's plot falls within a "formula," it is still fresh and new in the way that the author tells the story, making it compelling enough to draw readers in and keep their interests to the end of the book.

Submission Tools:

• Submission Guidelines
• Helpful Hints
• If Your Manuscript is Accepted
• FAQ

Submission Tools:

• Submission Guidelines
• Helpful Hints
• If Your Manuscript is Accepted
• FAQ



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