Assent Publishing
Phantasm Books Imprint

Unique, powerful, and entertaining fantasy worlds and stories beyond our wildest dreams.

We currently are accepting submissions. High fantasy, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, and steampunk must have vivid, beautifully drawn world building that excites our senses, and strong characters that hold our attention. We are interested in stories and worlds we haven’t seen or read before, unique approaches. Strong writing and polished storytelling skills a must. The more original and intriguing the story is, the more we love it. Full length (85,000 to 125,000 words) works only. Series concepts are welcome. Please read the full submission guidelines for instructions on how to submit your book.

Assent Publishing is proud to be the first and only publisher to offer Assent Academy, a full curriculum for success, exclusively to our authors.

General Submission Guidelines

If your manuscript is complete and as polished as you can make it, and you think it’s a good match for one of our imprints, we’d like to hear from you. We accept queries for completed manuscripts only. Please do not submit a work in progress. Due to the large number of submissions we receive, your best opportunity for acceptance is to carefully read and follow all submission guidelines. Many of our imprint editors use this criteria as evidence of your professionalism and will delete unread any submission that does not follow these guidelines.

All initial submissions should be electronic. Please note that original materials and artwork will not be returned to you.

It is not necessary to copyright your work prior to submission. You are protected by law as long as it has not been published. Should we accept your book for publication, we will register it with the copyright office at the Library of Congress.

Please do not submit a single work to multiple imprints. If you are not sure where your work fits, please read the specific genre guidelines for the various imprints. If you see strong cross marketing possibilities for your work, please include that information in the query letter (body of the email). If you have followed the submission guidelines, you will receive a confirmation email reply within two weeks. It may take up to thirty days to receive a decision in the form of either a request for more information along with the complete manuscript, or a letter stating that we have not found a match with your work at this time. Your query email must include:

  1. A standard professional query letter that includes your 25 - 30 word book pitch and the word count of your manuscript
  2. A 250 word synopsis of the work
  3. Your marketing plan - we would like to see that you understand who your target reader is and how you would reach them
  4. The first 50 pages of the work, with your name and the title of the book in the header, and page numbers in the footer; attached as a Word (.doc) document

Manuscripts should be double spaced, saved in 8-1/2” x 11” format with 1” margins. Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font. The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter. The above four separate appropriately named Word (.doc) documents are required to be attached to your submission email. Please type your name, the title of your book, and the genre in the subject line of your email to Deborah Riley-Magnus. We do not accept submissions from literary agents.

The publishing industry has changed drastically over the past decade and because of these changes, authors must now carry the responsibilities of marketing, promotions and publicity for their books. This is a daunting task, and many authors fail, losing their publishing contract or possibly any future contracts. It’s a hard, cold fact … an author’s books must sell and sell well for the publishing machine to keep moving.

Understanding these challenges, Assent Publishing has taken special efforts to offer success tools for our authors. The Assent Academy was developed specifically for Assent Publishing authors.

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