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Book Submission Guidelines

For those who wish to submit a book for consideration, here is what we ask. Please submit your idea to us via email. Please send your query to queries@bluewaterpress.com and we would like to request the following:

For submissions, please include the word "query" in the subject line of your email. If you do not include "query," there is a good chance your email will be mistaken for spam by our spam filters and deleted before we even have a chance to look at your work. Attach your sample chapters, summaries, and any other text to the original email as a Word or RTF file in a single document. If your work is infected with a virus, our virus software will automatically delete the email and the file immediately and we will have no record of receiving your request.

When you submit your idea, please make certain the work is clean. It should reflect your very best writing and be free of grammatical errors, typos, homophonic or other problems. Remember, you are competing with many writers; to stand out from the crowd, you must be the best.

When you submit your idea, please make certain the work is clean. It should reflect your very best writing and be free of grammatical errors, typos, homophonic or other problems. Remember, you are competing with many writers; to stand out from the crowd, you have to be one of the best.

What we would like to see in order to assess your project is:

Manuscript Mechanics

If able, use Microsoft Word as your word processing platform. If you do not have access to MS Word, please save your manuscript in an RTF file that can be read by Word. Grammar should be clean and reflect the writing style or voice of the story. If you are a new author with doubts about your manuscript, there are many editorial services available capable of grammar and spell checking, content checking, and more.

• Paper size - standard 8 1/2 x 11-inch page.

• Right margin 1 1/2 inches, all other margins 1 inch.

• Font - Courier or Courier New, 12 points.

• Indent paragraphs 1/2 inch.

Here is another important consideration regarding paragraphs. Many people use a carriage return for each line. This creates a new paragraph and inserts code that makes a manuscript unusable. The hard carriage return should only be used between paragraphs, not for each sentence. Also, in starting a new paragraph, do not use the “Tab” key to get the ½ inch indentation. Make sure your rulers are on and visible and then move the top index triangle to the ½ inch mark. This way, when you start a new paragraph, the cursor will go to the exact place it needs to for you to begin the new paragraph.

Please do not try to format your manuscript "to look like a book" on your computer screen. This inserts code into the file that makes it difficult for us to remove, which may cause us to abandon your project. Simply start typing your story at the beginning starting with the chapter name/number; you may start chapters on new pages, or use page breaks.  

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