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Submission Guidelines

We only publish novels in which at least one of the main characters is of indigenous African descent. Sorry, White South Africans, but you are of European descent.

Indigenous Africans are not necessarily Black. Lands like Egypt and Algeria have been relatively multiracial for millennia.

While we welcome any genre of adult and new adult fiction, we gravitate towards speculative fiction and away from contemporary fiction. Please note that, at this time, we only publish fiction.

Whatever your genre, we want character-driven stories with strong voices. A powerful plot can only take a novel so far. If the characters can easily be replaced with talking turnips, we are not the publisher for you. We look for originality in the work; old favorites (like vampires and werewolves) are okay if you present them from a fresh new perspective.

Engage our senses.  Envelope us in the sights, the sounds, the flavor of the African diaspora.

What we do not want: non-fiction, children’s stories, poetry, and urban fiction (urban SFF is okay).

 

Terms, Royalties, and Rates

50% of net sales to increase to 65% of net sales once a work’s sales surpass $4,000 USD (net). Seven year exclusive contract for global digital and North America print rights from date of publication.

 

Preferred length

70,000 – 140,000 words.

 

Format

  • 12 pt Times New Roman
  • 0.3″ paragraph indent (no tabs)
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • justified
  • no spaces between paragraphs
  • DOCX (preferred), DOC, RTF, TXT, OTD

 

Submission procedures

Please submit a brief (up to 500 words) bio, a 500 word synopsis, and the first two chapters of your novel to submissions (at) afrocentricbooks (dot) com. Please send all materials in the body of the email. Unless we specifically request it, do not send us any attachments. Emails containing unsolicited attachments will be immediately deleted.

 

For the sake of the trees, we do not accept snail mail.

Please allow 6 weeks for a response. If you do not hear from us after 6 weeks, feel free to inquire at info (at) afrocentricbooks (dot) com.

Simultaneous submissions are ok. Reprints, multiple submissions, and story proposals are not accepted.

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