Dancing With Bear Publishing is a royalty paying publisher. Authors earn a larger percentage of sales from their books because the founder of Dancing With Bear Publishing is an author and has run the gambit of publishers who only want to pay low royalties. While we do provide editing, cover art, ISBN, and promotional services and absorb the cost of those services, we believe that authors work hard to become published and then work even harder to promote their books. So why shouldn't they earn larger shares of the sales?
At Dancing With Bear Publishing, authors receive 50% of sales on their books. We are primarily a print book publisher, however, our books are also available on Kindle, audio, and soon, in Spanish.
Before you submit a manuscript to us, or send an email asking a question, please carefully read the guidelines below.
We are looking for the best of the best and will only accept those that are the best, which begins with following our guidelines below. Mss. that are not formatted to our specifications may not be read.
Guidelines for Adult Manuscript Submissions
Any story, any genre, any setting as long as the story glorifies God and puts godly attributes first. Must have clear morals, with clear, godly resolution to problems.
We accept true Christian life stories that either tell how one came to be a Christian; or how their Christian life was tested; or how a person was a Christian and walked away from their beliefs, only to be drawn back to God by an adverse or other situation. We also accept true stories about life and how God helped get you through a particular situation, or how your Christian beliefs were a vital role in how you managed a life situation.
We also accept devotionals, Christian self-help books, study guides, etc.
Guidelines for Children's and YA Manuscript Submissions
We publish family-friendly books for ages 9 to 15. We DO NOT accept children's picture books unless it is accompanied with illustrations.
For all submissions:
erotica, sensual, sexual or other like content
vampires, ghouls, ghosts, goblins, werewolves
blood, guts and gore, foul language, perversion of any kind
We publish M/F godly, sweet romance ONLY
YOU MUST FOLLOW THE FORMATTING GUIDELINES OR YOUR SUBMISSION WILL NOT BE READ!
Manuscripts will be accepted in the following formats - Word doc, rtf, docx, NO pdf's.
If your mss. is less than 20,000 words, it will be published in Kindle format only. If it is 20,000 words or longer, it will be published in print first, and will go to Kindle approx. 4-6 months later.
PLEASE FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES (all submissions):
· single line spacing.
· Standard 12 pt Trebuchet MS font
· .05 inch margins (left, right, top and bottom) with a 0 .5" indent for the first line of each paragraph only
· All submissions must be spell-checked and edited based on US English grammar and spelling standards. (This is open for historical stories that may have accents or use Olde English, or terms from the era that are necessary for the story line)
Do not use headers or footers; no page numbers; and please, do not double space after punctuation.
If you are ready to submit, here's how:
Save mss. with author and title separated by underscore (ie author_title)
Please make sure author name & email is on title page, if we don't know who sent us the mss., we can't contract with you.
Send Chapter One, Final Chapter, & a random chapter from the middle of the story. Chapters should be in one document, sent as a single attachment. Attach a 2-3 page synopsis; attach a good blurb, and include an introduction in the body of your email.
Send in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats only, as attachments to: Ms. Debbie Roppolo,
submissions (at) dancingwithbearpublishing.comYou may also contact the acquisitions editor at the above email and ask for our pre-editing sheet that will help you submit a cleaner, more polished mss.
Yes, first time authors are welcome!
Please note that we do receive many submissions each day. We must read and evaluate each submission and that can take a while, so please be patient. However, if you haven't heard from us within six (6) months, please drop us a line.
If you have submitted to other publishers and are accepted by them, please drop us a line to let us know, so we can discard your submission. This will save us a lot of time. We do try to get back to each author as quickly as possible and try not to keep you waiting any longer than necessary. Also, please be aware that after you receive a contract for your work, it can still be another year (12 months), before the book is available for sale.