STANDALONE BOOK SUBMISSIONS
SEE BELOW FOR PREFERRED FORMATTING FOR STANDALONE SUBMISSIONS
Preferred Query Letter Style for Standalone Submissions
Subject line: Title/Name/Word Count
Example: Carrie/Stephen King/67,000 Words
Brief synopsis of pertinent information of story submitted.
Example: Carrie White is a chubby loser with no friends, a religious-obsessive and abusive mother, and the gift of telekinesis—skills which she hones in quiet loneliness. A cool couple feels guilty for a prior transgression and attempt to integrate Carrie into high school society, unaware it will trigger a revenge plot against the girl. Embarrassed and enraged by the plot, Carrie uses her supernatural powers to destroy the high school society, town, and mother who have kept her down.
Top five writing credits.
Example: The Glass Floor – Startling Mystery Stories (Fall, 1967)
The Reaper’s Image – Startling Mystery Stories (Spring, 1969)
The Blue Air Compressor – Onan (January, 1971)
It Grows on You – Mashroots (Fall, 1973)
Nine short stories – Cavalier Magazine (1970-74)
Bio, maximum of one hundred fifty words.
Example: Stephen King teaches English at Hampden Academy and earned his English degree from University of Maine at Orono. His short stories have appeared in several journals, magazines, and periodicals. He lives in Maine with his wife and their children.
Links to your social media accounts and website (if you have one).
Not on social media? I probably won’t publish you. Selling indie books is a team effort.
Final note: Unnerving books do not include trigger warnings as the only logical route beyond normalizing this activity is weaponizing it against free speech. (If you think this is an exaggeration, consider horror comic history, and the voluntary decision to follow the Comics Code Authority rules.) If this is a deal breaker, do not submit to Unnerving.
Points to note prior to submitting:
-I consider THE LAWNMOWER MAN a crowning achievement of literature.
-I am not impressed by big words or complicated sentences.
-Suspense is a vitally important factor of what I'll print.
-Character depth is just as important.
-Humor is good.
-I am very easily bored.
-Don't open a story with the weather unless it's deadly.
-To quote Mighty Mickey Goldmill: "Speed is what ya need."