Black Lyon Publishing: Accepting Book Manuscripts

Written by Emily Harstone | March 9, 2017

Update: We apologize for any inconvenience but Black Lyon is currently closed to submissions to all except existing Black Lyon authors through 2017.

Black Lyon Publishing is a small but established publisher of romance novels, eBook and printed, out of Oregon. Some of their books also have audio versions. They just recently started to publish works of non-fiction. The non-fiction categories they are interested in are as follows: Politics & Government (Opinions or satire, American History); Self-Help and Spirituality; How-to; True Crime; and Biographies or Autobiographies.

The books I have seen tend to be well edited. I am not huge fan of the covers or of the design of the website, but that is a matter of personal taste.

They are a rather small publisher so they do expect their authors to do a lot of self promotion. They publish a range of romantic fiction and they provide more details in terms of what they are specifically looking for on their website here.

When you query them do not attach any material. It will not be opened. Do not submit any manuscript over 90,000 words in length. They have a response time of three months. A history of previous publications does not seem to be particularly important.

The body of your query email should contain your name, manuscript title, the type of novel/nonfiction book, word count, a 1-2 paragraph blurb similar to what you might imagine the back cover of your book to read, and the first three paragraphs of your manuscript.

They are not interested in a synopsis so do not include one. Nonfiction queries should also include a table of contents.

To learn more read their submission guidelines here. You can visit their main page here to have a better idea of what kind of romance books they publish.