Cemetery Gates Media: Debut Horror Novel Series

Written by Emily Harstone

Important: Read This Before Submitting Your Manuscript

Seven common manuscript submissions mistakes that are very easy to avoid.

Cemetery Gates Media was founded in 2015 by longtime friends John Brhel and Joe Sullivan and focuses on publishing fantasy and supernatural fiction. Cemetery Gates Media is based in Binghamton, New York.

They have published a number of anthologies that seemed to do well, and they have paid all contributors. The anthologies reflect a wide range of work.

It’s important to note that the novels and short story collections they’ve published in the past have all been self-publishing endeavours, which is to say they published their own work. This is their first call for novel length work by an author that is not Brhel or Sullivan.

They have excellent covers but they do not mention a print distributor, which usually means they do not have one.

They are currently seeking submissions for 40k+ word manuscripts from authors who’ve never published a novel. Unfortunately they do not list a deadline for submissions. They say that they will continue to read submissions till they sign a contract.

Their goal is to release one novel per year in this series.

Even though the author must not have published a novel, one of the requirements for submitting is that the author must have at least 2 paid horror writing credits. Authors are still eligible if they have published novellas and short story collections.

If you do not have 2 paid horror writing credits, do not submit.

They are offering a $500 signing bonus and a $500 advance upon publication. The royalties are split 20% (publisher) / 80% (author), but they do not mention if this is on gross or net, which is a big difference.

Interested writers should submit 1 finished, unpublished 40k+ work manuscript. Also include a synopsis of your story, your Twitter, author website, two writing credits, and a brief bio.

It’s a good idea to review their back list here, because they are looking to publish work in a similar vein.

They are not interested in dystopian science fiction or dark fantasy, and it is unlikely that they would publish YA.

To learn more or to submit go here.


Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2020 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish.

You can follow her on Facebook here.


 

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