Submission Guidelines

 

  • Who We Are: Oghma Creative Media is a traditional publisher reaching out to authors who don’t want to take the self-publishing route. We provide a team of editors, designers, and marketers to help bring your work to its finished form. Our goal is to develop long-term relationships with our authors and artists 

  • What We’re Looking For: We welcome any form of original fiction and non-fiction and we have multiple imprints that can be a home for your work. We want to tell good stories and share those stories with others. We are not, however, seeking single-book contracts at this time. Our experience has taught us that the only way to market newer authors is with multiple books in short succession—twelve to eighteen books over five to eight years. Therefore, we prefer working with authors who display an understanding of the publishing industry and have a clear, long-term plan for their writing and publishing career. Those who submit either multiple completed books—be they stand-alone or in a series or shared universe—or a proposal for such, will move to the head of the line for consideration. Please note, however, that due to our approach to marketing and audience-building, we require at least four completed manuscripts in a new series before the first one enters the production process. We don’t want novellas or novelettes. Minimum word count for novel consideration is 60,000 words. 

  • What We Pay: We’re a traditional publisher. We pay royalties—a percentage of sales after production costs—on a quarterly basis. Our royalty split is 60/40 (60% for Oghma, 40% for the author) across the board for all formats: e-book, hardcopy, etc. For subsidiary rights—motion picture, television and other dramatic reproductions including, but not limited to web series and stage performances, etc., large print, audiobooks—that split reverses to 40/60 (40% for Oghma, 60% for the author). We do not pay advances. 

  • Rights to Your Work: Our standard contract covers the right to publish the story through one of our imprints. We request several additional rights: translation, serial, audio, and dramatic reproductions. Our standard contract is for five years from the date of publication. 

  • How To Submit Your Work: We only accept electronic submissions. Please send the entire manuscript, with a cover letter and a one-page synopsis of the work. The cover letter should be mainly information about yourself and who referred you to us. Other information should include (but is not limited to) why you wrote the manuscript and the genesis of the idea for the manuscript. In the e-mail subject line, please put SUBMISSION: Title/Author Name. Send the e-mail to: submissions@oghmacreative.net.The manuscript should be submitted in Word format (.doc, .docx), and the filename should include only Title/Author Name. All manuscripts should be formatted in 12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins and .22” first line indent. We use a blind submission format for consideration, so do not include author’s name in headers in your submission or anywhere except the Title Page. Submissions that fail to follow these guidelines will not be considered. Your one-page synopsis needs to be the basic summary of the story, all the major plot lines, and the major character (or characters), your manuscript title, and the manuscript’s word count. You should also include a short synopses of any sequels or follow-up projects you would like our Acquisitions Board to consider. 

  • Consideration: We know you’re anxious to hear back from us, but between our day-to-day publishing business and the sheer volume of submissions we receive, please allow eight to twelve weeks for consideration. If you have questions about your submission or need to make a change (like a different email address, change of name, or you sent us the wrong file), put “QUERY” at the beginning of the subject line of the email. If for any reason you need to withdraw your submission, please email us as soon as possible with “WITHDRAW” at the beginning of the subject line. Do not, however, send status inquiries until after the first eight to twelve-week period has elapsed. If your manuscript is rejected, please do not reply asking for further details or suggestions. Again, with the sheer volume of submissions we receive, it would be impossible—and, frankly, counterproductive—for us to review and critique each one. Our general suggestion for rejections is to join a critique group and improve your craft with the help of fellow writers. Likewise, if your manuscript is accepted for publication, please allow six to eight weeks for our Business Department to follow up with you regarding your contract, and do not contact them beforehand. 

  • Production Timeline: Our standard production time frame is eighteen to twenty-four months from date of submission of final manuscript for novels and non-fiction works and twenty-four to thirty-six months for illustrated children’s books and graphic novels, and includes developmental and line editing, design and layout, galley proofing and correction, and production. This is standard and non-negotiable.

If you’re one of our established writers within the Oghma family, and you have a new idea, please submit it through the submissions email with the subject line PROPOSAL: Title/Author. If you feel that you need to speak to someone about your proposal, contact Chief Publishing Officer, Gordon Bonnet, or Acquisitions Director, Dennis Doty, via email.