Tell-Tale Publishing: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Written by Emily Harstone

Tell-Tale Publishing is a small press founded in 2009. They seem to focus primarily on eBooks but also they have print options (largely print on demand). They publish six imprints which include Dahlia (Romance, and various romance subgenres), Stargazer (fantasy, steampunk), Nightshade (horror), Casablanca (mystery), Thistle (middle school, YA, New Adult), and Deja Vu (reprints for all genres).

All of the genres have separate, detailed submission guidelines, so review those before submitting. Many also spell out their expectations in terms of genre and subgenre.

They have an active Facebook page with a fair number of followers and their website seems geared towards readers. That said, I find their website to be poorly designed and the font colors they have chosen to use on particular pages (about us for example), beyond confusing. I don’t find the website or the writing on it to be professional or appealing.

Their covers are mixed, leaning towards not very good, but they are mostly in genres I don’t read, like romance and horror. So I am not really the target audience.

On their website there is evidence that they don’t believe in the Oxford comma, and I found that off-putting. Although they say they believe in them in their style guide, much of their website does not reflect that.

There is not much about them on Absolute Write, particularly recently, but there was mention of an initial contract being unfriendly to authors, but open to negotiation. You can read more here.

They do however have a style guide on their submission page, and submissions are made online through an easy to use form.

To learn more about their submission guidelines, go here.


Bio: Emily Harstone is the pen name of an author whose work has been published internationally by a number of respected journals. She is a professional submissions adviser. You can follow her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/emilyharstone/