Written by Emily Harstone October 12th, 2023

Mirror World: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Mirror World bills itself as a publisher of “escapism fiction for all ages”. They publish both eBooks and paperbacks in a variety of genres, many that fall under the larger speculative fiction umbrella including portal fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction and paranormal works. They are also open to romance, adventure, comedy, historical, and cross genre/multi genre work. However there are lots of subgenres they are not interested in, even of these genres and I go into that later on.  Please make sure they are open to your sub-genre before submitting.

They accept novels (up to 125,000 words) and novellas (25,000 words), as well as graphic novels, children’s books, or illustrated mixed media as long as you already have art to go with it. They publish a wide range of work including stories with LGBTQ themes and diverse stories within the aforementioned genres.

There are also a lot of things they don’t publish, including nonfiction of any kind, including memoirs and autobiographies, literary fiction, self-help fiction, hard or military science fiction, religious fiction of any kind, contemporary fiction including contemporary romance, poetry or short fiction, translated work that was previously published elsewhere, or shifter stories (including werewolves and vampires). They don’t publish straight up Horror / Thriller / Suspense / True crime / Mystery books but if your work contains elements of these genres that is fine.

You can get a feel for what they publish here. Their covers are pretty hit and miss for me.

Mirror World was founded in 2015 and the individuals who started it did not have any previous experience in terms of publishing. They started out focused on publishing titles from Musa, a press that went under. There are some additional minor concerns about Mirror World when it was first starting out, listed here, at the Absolute Write Water Cooler. Of particular note, one of the founders Justine Alley Dowsett, is also one the authors. This is not uncommon for small genre presses but it’s still something to keep in mind.

They only have one submission period a year. It usually opens on October 1st and closes on November 30th. They don’t list a time of day they close on November 30th, so try to submit on the earlier side of things if they are a good fit.

If you submit, they ask that you include a query letter, a one-page synopsis, the first three chapters, and a sample of the art if applicable. All submissions must be made via email.

It is important to note that they accept previously published work as long as all the rights have reverted to you.

They offer 50% royalties but it is based on net earnings rather than gross. They allow simultaneous submissions and try and reply to everyone within 4-6 weeks.

I do not think they have traditional distribution beyond Ingram but I may be wrong.

If you are interested in submitting, please read and follow their guidelines here.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2023 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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