We welcome submissions from new, unpublished authors as well as from those previously published. We also welcome authors who do not have an agent. Please study our guidelines, especially those detailing how to format your manuscript. Much of our decision to publish a book is determined by the adherence to our guidelines, as well as the quality of the story itself.

Please use the following link to submit for all genres: Submit to Diabolic Publications



  • Historical
  • Horror
  • Gothic
  • Magic Realism
  • Mystery
  • Paranormal/Occult
  • Science Fiction
  • Suspense/Thriller

  • Biography
  • Uncommon Cookbooks
  • Paganism
  • Extreme Issues
  • Fringe/Underground Culture
  • Magic/Occult
  • Paranormal
  • Pop Culture
  • Vampirism
  • Witchcraft
  • We do not accept short story collections presented as a single submission. We publish a short story collection (DIABOLIC TALES) each year and will announce a call for submissions’ when we are ready to publish a new edition.

    Currently our response time is 90 days for short story submissions to Diabolic Tales and short novels that are less than 50,000 words. For novels over 50,000 words, we try to respond within 120 days. We will reply promptly to emails from authors who wish clarification of any portion of our guidelines.

    Manuscript length: The minimum length is 15,000 words for Novella’s. We prefer 50,000 words or more for full length novels, but we are flexible in this regard.

    Serialized Novels: If an author has completed a series of related works, and we accept the first book for publication, all future books in the series must go through the normal submission and acceptance process. No book is automatically accepted.

    EBooks: We are currently publishing eBooks for Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Nobles Nook and iBooks.

    Book covers: Diabolic Publications will provide artistic cover art. The image created for a particular book will appear in the eBook file of the work as well as on the cover of the paper edition. We do not accept cover art provided by the author unless agreed upon before acceptance of the book for publication and it must be approved by the Publisher in writing.


    An official contract is sent to the author via email for review upon our acceptance of the work.

    Royalties are paid as follows for Print Novels:

    1.) 15% of the sale price.

    2.) 35 % of the sale price on a digital download and 20% received from a re-seller.

    3.) We acquire Print and Digital rights, as well as all subsidiary rights of publication for three years after publications, with an automatic one-year renewal unless either party provides a written request to stop publication after the three year term, but prior to each one year renewal date.

    4.) We hold the right to sell any subsidiary rights at anytime during the length of the contract with a 50/50 split between the author and publisher from the proceeds.

    5.) Royalty payments that total more than $25.00 will be paid every three (3) months, in US dollars. Payment will be made approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the end of each (3) three month reporting period. The time is dependent on the amount of time the retailers take to distribute payment to us. Any payments not received from retailers by the cutoff date will be added to the following royalty payment schedule.

    6.) Payment is made via deposit of royalty payment in an author-supplied PayPal Account Only. It is the responsibility of the author to keep email, Paypal and mailing addresses up to date with the publisher. A statement of royalties earned will be emailed separately to the author.


    1.) An official offer is sent to the author, via email for review upon our acceptance of the work.

    2.) Digital Publication of Fiction Short Stories: Starting 2014 US$.05/word payable upon publication, plus, one copy of the print edition.

    3.) RIGHTS: Exclusive First World English Rights for Print and First Electronic Rights for two years from date of print publication. Rights are then no longer exclusive and revert back to the author after the two year period.


    Submissions must be submitted electronically, in doc., docx or.txt format created in MS WORD (Word 98 or higher), and be sent via Submittable:

    Submit to Diabolic Publications

    Do not send your manuscript contained within the body of an email.

    We do not accept manuscripts in HTML, Mac, WordPerfect, or MS Works files. The submission must be a single .doc, .docx or .rtf file separated into two parts by a Next Page break. For details, see our Formatting Guidelines.

    The submission must contain [title of book] by [your real name]

    Include a short, one-paragraph note in the cover letter to introduce yourself if you are submitting to us for the first time.


    All Novel submissions must contain the following items:

    1. Short Synopsis a concise description of the book, no more than 200 words.
    2. Long Synopsis: a more in-depth description of the book. No more that 400 to 500 words.
    3. Author Biography: a biography about you, the author, using your pen name if you use one. The biography should be two or three paragraphs totaling approximately 250 words. Since the public will see this biography, write it with that in mind. Write it in the third person.
    4. Photograph: a digital photograph.
    5. Book Series: state whether or not your submission forms part of a series. If it does, state whether or not the other books in the series are finished and ready for submission. State the name of the series and the number of books in the series.
    6. Genre: state what genre and sub-genre your book falls into.
    7. Your publishing history: state if your submission has been previously published. If it has, you will need to provide proof that you own or that all rights have reverted back exclusively to you.
    8. Editing: If your manuscript has been edited by a professional editor, if so you must provide the name and contact information of the editor and a copy of any contract you have with that editor. Diabolic Publications retains the right to edit any submission accepted for publication for basic grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure.


    We require that your manuscript be formatted as follows:

    1. Font: Times New Roman or Courier, 12 point.
    2. Paragraph, Indents and Spacing:
    3. Alignment = left
    4. Indentation: Left = .5
    5. Line Spacing = single.
    6. Do not put blank lines between the paragraphs of text.
    7. Do not use headers or footers, and do not number the pages.
    8. Use one-inch margins.
    9. Thoughts expressed by a character, as opposed to spoken words, must be italicized rather than placed within quotation marks. Foreign words or phrases, and words that the author wishes to emphasize, must also be italicized. Do not underline.

    First Page of the Manuscript:

    1. In the upper right hand corner, place the following, each on its own line: Your real name Pen name you wish used Word count Your mailing address Your telephone number Your email address

    2. Start each chapter on a new page. Do not leave blank space above the chapter heading.