Guidelines

  • WE DO NOT ACCEPT: porn, abuse, anything with rape, fanfic. Sorry for the “arson, murder and jaywalking” approach, fan-fiction writers. If you have a great novella, containing Doctor Who, the editor is sure it can be a great story with a few editing tweaks to remove him. And for ease of communication, this includes characters out of copyright like Sherlock Holmes. This is in bold at the start because you wouldn’t believe how many writers ignore it.
  • For unsolicited manuscripts, please send a cover letter, a synopsis, and three chapters to editor@othersidebooks.co.uk. Doc, docx, rtf all accepted.
  • Please entitle emails “OtherSideBooks Submission – (Name of Author) – (Name of Story).
  • Please include the following information in the email: name, email address, book title and a brief synopsis of the book and first 3 chapters. This is the same rule for fiction and non-fiction.
  • The editor will not discriminate due to a lack of Standard Manuscript Format, though using that would be nice.
  • All genres accepted. That includes horror, kitchen sink drama, fantasy, sci-fi, romance, historical, alt-history, autobiographies of retired MPs, biographies of witchfinders of the 18th Century, and so on...
  • Narrative non-fiction (like the best of Alan Coren or Jack Kerouac) is accepted.
  • Is it a good story? If so, we can deal with the rest.
  • We accept stories from newcomers and legends alike, and everyone in between. Don’t worry if it’s your first submission ever. The editor doesn’t bite. Honest.
  • Word count: circa 15, 000 – 80,000 words. That is not a permanent upper limit, but please query first for ebooks over that upper limit. Also, feel free to query about ebooks in the twelve-fifteen thousand range if you must.
  • REPRINTS WELCOME (Provided the author retained full reprint rights!)
  • This is not a vanity publishing industry. Whilst we have no problems with giving a helping hand to new writers, each published ebook has passed the editorial team seal of approval. The general flow of money in writing should go towards the writer, not away from them. Therefore, if you see a publisher that suggests or coerces payment up front, it is almost certainly a con. I say this because many new writers are caught out by these demons.
  • Replies should be within 3 months. If no reply after 3 months, feel free to query.
  • We offer royalty payment per ebook sold. As there is sliding scale of book price, based on negotiations with the writer, the following scale for royalties is used:
  • If an ebook is sold for £1.99, the author will make £1.50 per sale.
  • If an ebook is sold for £2.99, the author will make £2.30 per sale.
  • If an ebook is sold for £3.99, the author will make £3.20 per sale.
  • As we also run on a tipping service - where readers can pay more than the book price to reward the author, then to answer any future questions about writers with fans willing to pay £20 for an eBook (to pick an extreme number at random to make a point), the writer will make 75% of the retail price in their pocket after each sale. This is not after admin costs.
  • Payment will be made via Paypal, agreed with the writer. As it is royalties based, it will naturally be after sales.