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8/4/14 UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming amount of responses, Buddhapuss Ink is NOT currently accepting new submissions.

This does not affect entries in the Mystery Times 2014 writing competition which we ARE still accepting.


Are we the right publisher for you?

Currently, we publish in trade paperback and most ebook formats. We are looking for original, unpublished works, nothing that has already appeared either as a self-published book, or ebook. Previously published, but out of print titles that are part of a series will be considered—if the themes and material are still current. We prefer unagented authors. Titles are sold on and distributed through Amazon, Barnes & Noble.com, Baker & Taylor and Ingram.

Contracted authors never pay fees for publishing services. Royalties are paid twice a year. Print runs are modest and we sell non-returnable to the bookstore and wholesale world.

We will do everything we can to grow an author and make each book a success. We will put together a well-thought out marketing plan and strongly encourage our authors to get out there to get (and keep) the word-of-mouth going. 

Still interested? Then please follow our guidelines carefully lest you wind up in the circular file, never to be seen again!

What are we looking for right now?

Mysteries, thrillers, suspense, or literary romance novels that set themselves up to be part of a series. Creative fiction, literary ficiton and non-ficiton are also of interest. Our field of concentration is the adult market. Please, no excessive violence or explicit sex. We generally publish manuscripts between 40,000 and 90,000 words and we are partial to certain styles over others.

You may want to look at one of our titles or check out some of the following authors/series from other publishers: Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series, Diane Mott Davdison’s Goldie Schultz series, Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon series, Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak series, or Dick Francis. In fiction try Anne Tyler, Kaye Gibbons, Amy Tan, or Anita Shreve. In non-fiction Anna Quindlen would be a good example of what we're looking for. Any of these will give you a feel for our preferred style of writing. Remember, it’s the feel and the style of these series/writers we are looking for, not a copycat series.

How and what should I send?

Email us a query letter (query letter should be no more than 2 pages total), synopsis, and first three chapters to: Publisher@BuddhapussInk.com.  Please, email ONLY.

1. Query letter

It should be concise and must include the following:
Working title of book (and series)
Word count
A brief marketing hook for your novel. (It’s a tough market out there. If it doesn’t have a great hook it won’t matter how well written your book is.)  
How you intend to participate actively in the marketing of your title. Do you have a website? A blog? Are you a member of an organization or niche market that would be interested in your book?
Author Name (real name)
Pen Name (if you are using one)
Your bio (again brief, concentrate on why you write what you write and what you bring to the table in terms of experience, i.e.; your protagonist is a smoke jumper and you are a sky diver).
Email address
Website &/or Blog address
Facebook, twitter, MySpace or other social networking id’s if any
Phone Number

2. Synopsis

A 300 word synopsis of the story – please cover the beginning, middle and the end of the story. The synopsis is our guide to your book. This is not the hook or a teaser; we need to know how the story plays out. Present your story with style and clarity.

3. First Three Chapters

Submit these as a Microsoft Word document attached to your email. (NO Microsoft Works, Mac, Word Perfect or other formats) Only Microsoft Word 2003 or higher will be considered.) Please use Arial 12 point font. Include all three chapters in one file; do not send them chapter by chapter.

When can I send the whole book?

If you’ve done your work well, and submitted an intriguing query, brilliant marketing plan and three sparkling chapters, then we will contact you for more.

Can I query with just an idea?

No, you must have a complete manuscript BEFORE you query us. Please, only query us if you have finished and polished your novel to the point where you feel it is at its absolute best.

How long will it take to get a response?

If we are intrigued, responses will follow within three to six months; however, we will respond only if interested.


Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot accept phone calls, emails (other than the initial query – no duplicate submissions!), faxes, smoke signals, messages in bottles, or other methods of inquiry. We cannot respond to requests for comments or feedback on manuscripts.

Please do not send queries or manuscripts by mail or fax.

That's it really!

Cheers! We look forward to hearing from you.

The Editorial Staff