Adaptive Press llc is opening its doors and looking for its inaugural presentation of authors and poets, we will be accepting queries of full-length unsolicited  manuscripts and poetry collections in any and every genre of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.We believe representation matters so bring us stories from any and all people on any side of the rainbow. Send to

    • Please do not send full manuscripts until requested, a query email is all we need to get started.The guidelines for full manuscripts are in the FAQ and guidelines for the query email is here.
    • Submit your query letter following guidelines below. please put everything into the body of the email no attachments will be opened.
      •  Author’s contact name
      • Bio note: something about yourself, max of 100 words.
      • The category and genre of the work
      • Word count  and page count
      • Title and subtitle
      •  A sample of the work or the first 2 pages no longer than 500 words.
      • Your declaration that the manuscript you are submitting is your own original work and has not been previously published (see FAQ)
      • Sample and query letter should be single-spaced

    When: Jan

    Duration: until full

    Genre: Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry


    Questions: See FAQ

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    How do we work?

    Short answer: Query-Full manuscript-Interview-Contract-Publishing

    Long Answer:

    You send in a query letter

    We read and replied. However, no feedback is given on replies see FAQ. 

    If we find your query interesting and a possible fit for us to publish. We will send an email asking for the full manuscript see FAQ for guidelines.

    If the full manuscript is a good fit for our publishing house then we will send an inquiry letter with a request to talk more about your vision for the manuscript and how you would like to move forward. 

    If both parties agree we will be a good fit for the manuscript and author then we send out a contract.

    Once the contract is signed then we begin the publishing process. We only publish books by contract.

    We do not accept cover art from potential authors. We are a traditional modern company. We take exclusive rights to publish a book(by mostly digital forms with a few off-set exceptions), cover all expenses required to bring it to shelves, and pay the author royalties for each copy sold.

    Special submissions

    Adaptive Publishing is currently accepting submissions for WEDDING THEME short stories! Submissions should be between 15k and 20k words, be of a romantic nature, and contain a HEA theme. Suggested tropes: Secret baby, Accidental wedding, Force/Trapped/Arrange 

    All genres of romance including LGBTQ+  and all heat levels are welcome.

    Payment will be a one-time flat fee of $25-$50 dollars depending on length.

    Deadline for submissions is 02/29/2024


    Special submissions

    Non-fiction writers’ royalty is trending right now. Adaptive press is looking for nonfiction books with royal themes, for example a table book about royal cakes. Please remember that England is not the only royal family still in existence. Please follow query guidelines.

    frequently asked questions

    What is meant by adaptive?


    This means we try to get your story  into as many different forms as possible. Some stories are just meant for audio while others do better as graphic novels. We use a combination of analytics and statics to find the best fit along with a little bit of author input. Our lawyers tell us that we should let you know that  we reserve the right to final say in these matters.

    Will you accept submissions directly from an author?

    Yes, and if you have an agent that’s good too.

    Do you give feedback on rejected queries?

    Absolutely zero feedback is given for rejection letters; it simply states that your manuscript is not a good fit for us at this time. The reason for this is here, at Adaptive Press we are true Booklovers which means we think every book is amazing.We focus more on what would be a good fit for us to publish at the moment, not so much on the details of your manuscript. However, after stating that let us be clear that if you need more details you can check out our blog. We will have articles about what we and other industry professionals look for in manuscripts. 

    Do I need to pay to submit?

    No, not for general submissions calls. Sometimes we have contests that have entry fees but for the most part we do not take fees or require you to use  editors that cost you money. We are old school!! We pay for the editing, design ,etc of all stories published under contract with us.

    Do you pay an advance ?

    Our advances are based on an author’s previous sales history with us. We see advances as a way of strengthening the relationship between author and publisher.

    Will the books be physically printed or ebook only?

    Adaptive Press llc is a traditional press that uses off-set printing and print on demand, our imprint adaptive publishing is our digital only brand. Stories from this imprint will be digital and ebooks only.

    Do I need to send separate submissions to adaptive press and adaptive publishing?

    No at this time both companies operate together if a manuscript is more suited to one company over the other we will inform you.

    How many new authors do you take on per year?

    For now we take on 1-2 authors a year for traditional offset print runs and up to 30 a year for more modern digital formats like print-on-demand. That’s authors not necessarily books because we do publish anthologies and collections. 

    Do you accept previously published work?

    Yes, we will. However, it must be at least 10 yrs out of print, if published with another publisher. 3 to 5 years if self-published and not available in any digital format i.e. POD and you must be able to provide proof that all rights have been returned to you.

    What guidelines do you have for manuscripts and query letters?

    We use standard publishing industry guidelines. Plus a few things to make things easier on us.

    • Send all manuscripts using file format:  ‘doc’, ‘docx’, ‘rtf’, ‘odt’.
    • Font: Times Roman, Arial, or Courier, 12 point
    • Margins: 1 inch on all sides
    • Paragraph indentation: 0.5 inches
    • Left justification; one space between sentences
    • Manuscript should be double-spaced
    • First page
      • Authors Contact information (preferably top left)
        •  Author’s real name
        •  Pen name (if being used)
        • Author’s mailing address 
        •  Phone number
        • Author’s email address
      • Title/Subtitle with byline
      •  The hook: the description of your story and the most critical query element; 100-300 words is sufficient


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