Written by Emily Harstone April 2nd, 2015

Boroughs Publishing: Now Accepting Romance Manuscript Submissions

Updated June 15th, 2022: Based on their listing with California Secretary of State website – they have had a history of issues in the past, but they always seem to return to good standing. This may or may not be a red flag.

Boroughs Publishing Group is an e-publisher that focuses on publishing romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Within the romance genre they are interested in publishing a large number of sub genres including contemporary romance, young adult, historical fiction, paranormal, urban fantasy, multicultural, erotic, thrillers, and fantasy novels.

Boroughs Publishing Group has been around now for over five years. The editor at the helm, Chris Keesler, has a good reputation. The company seems to be consistently growing. The website is aesthetically pleasing, easy to navigate, and focused on selling books rather than recruiting authors (always a good sign).

Many authors that have signed with them have ended on staying on with the company after the release of their first book. Their books have well designed covers and overall they appear to be more professionally edited than most e-romance books.

All submissions are accepted electronically. You can submit via email or through their online submission manager. They are open to backlisted books but only if you query first. If you are an unpublished author you must submit a completed manuscript. If you are an author who has been previously published, you can submit just the first three chapters.

They accept simultaneous submissions as long as you inform them of that fact in the cover letter. Novellas should be 30-40,000 words in length and novels should be between 70-120,000 words in length. Submissions to their lunchbox romance line must be already completed manuscripts that are between 6,000 and 12,00 words in length.

All stories must focus on romance, but any heat level is fine. You can submit more than one manuscript at a time but they must be submitted separately. If you have written a series, tell them, but only submit the first novel.

They try to respond to all submissions within 8 weeks and you are encouraged to query them after that point.

To read their full submission guidelines visit them here. To learn more about the books they have previously published visit their main page here.



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