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Queries (at) BlackLyonPublishing (dot) com.
No unrequested manuscripts or other file attachments please.

The body of your email should contain your name, manuscript title, type of novel/nonfiction book, word count, a 1-2 paragraph blurb similar to what you might imagine the back cover of your book to read, and the first three paragraphs of your manuscript. (No formal synopses please. We hate reading them as much as you hate writing them!) Nonfiction queries should also include a table of contents.

Response time: Currently at approximately 10 weeks. We read and respond to all queries whether you have an agent or not, whether you're previously published or not.

Nonfiction Guidelines.

Black Lyon Publishing is currently seeking queries with the goal of expanding our nonfiction catalog. Specific areas of interest are:

Cookbooks; Politics & Government (Opinions or satire, American History); Self-Help and Spirituality; How-to; True Crime; and Biographies or Autobiographies.

No minimum word count for workbooks/handbooks. Maximum 90,000 words in all catagories.

Fiction Guidelines.

NEW! ROMANTIC ADVENTURE: 60,000-90,000 words. Unlike our other fiction categories, the romance is not the core of the story. The story should revolve around the adventure and be supplemented by a secondary romance between a hero and heroine. Think Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Da Vinci Code. Series ideas welcome.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: 45,000 - 65,000 words. There's nothing like a good romance novel with attractive characters, and we don't just mean physically. Heroes and heroines in Black Lyon contemporary romance novels have personality and depth of character. Heroines can come from all walks of life and have all sorts of interests. Settings should preferably be in America. Rural or urban - it doesn't matter. Traditional contemporary heroes such as businessmen and cowboys are welcome in our contemporaries, as are most other heroes. We accept fictional rockstar or moviestar heroes if the character does not demonstrate the lifestyle often associated with those professions. Sexual tension is vital, but we do enjoy sweet romances in the contemporary line. Manuscripts should not contain swearing beyond "damn" or "hell." Happy endings are mandatory. Manuscripts containing infidelity, abuse, addiction or similar behavior on the part of the two main characters will be rejected. Stories should be written in third-person and above all, be romantic. Readers should remember that feeling of falling in love simply by reading one of these books.

PARANORMAL ROMANCE: 60,000 - 80,000 words. Black Lyon paranormal romance heroes and heroines have elements in their personalities that set them apart from everyday people while still being firmly grounded in modern society. These paranormals should have a dark, sensuously gothic feel in addition to the romance element. Immortals, vampires, werewolves, mermaids, twisted fairy tales, Roman gods - whatever tickles your fancy as long as the characters are darkly creative and seductive. These are not sweet romances. Steamy sexuality is acceptable for this line, but keep in mind that this is not erotica, either. Happy endings are mandatory. Settings can be anywhere in the world - in exotic locales or in the characters' own backyards. Manuscripts containing infidelity, abuse, addiction or other offensive behavior on the part of the two main characters will be rejected. Stories should be written in third-person and above all, be romantic. Series ideas welcome.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE: 65,000 - 85,000 words. Unique heroes, but also standard heroes such as nobility or pirates work well in our historicals. Heroines should be bright and independent, yet believable given the time period. Settings include England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, though other exotic settings are definitely encouraged if well done. While settings in the 1000-1600 AD range are preferred, other timeframes are also accepted. Sexuality should be appropriate to the storyline. Happy endings are mandatory. Manuscripts containing infidelity, abuse, addiction or other offensive behavior on the part of the two main characters will be rejected. Stories should be written in third-person and above all, be romantic.

INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE: 50,000 - 65,000 words. Heroes and heroines in Black Lyon inspirational romance novels have personality and depth of character. Settings can be in America or anywhere else in the world, historical or contemporary, rural or urban. These are sweet romances with the romance at the core of the plot, and an inspirational or Christian-based theme throughout the story. The inspirational theme should be evident, but not so prominent that readers feel as if they're reading a sermon or being preached at. Manuscripts should not contain swearing. Happy endings are mandatory. Stories should be written in third-person and above all, be romantic. Readers should remember that feeling of falling in love by reading these books.

LITERARY LOVE STORIES: 65,000 - 85,000 words. Black Lyon general fiction includes love stories that don't technically fall into the romance genre. Novels in this line are emotion-packed and though the love relationship between the hero and heroine is strongly at the core, the plot may contain complicated or intense issues. Sexual content should be appropriate to the storyline, not gratuitous. The ending may or may not be a happy one. Secondary characters should not pull the focus away from the two main characters, but should instead add depth to the story. Contemporary stories set in America are preferred, but if you have a different timeline or setting you think may work anyway - query! We have the luxury of flexibility within reason.

LYONETTES: 20,000 - 40,000 words. Our novellas follow the guidelines of the full-length novels above - only shorter! We are currently accepting contemporary and paranormal romances, as well as inspirational romances. We are especially interested in novellas with holiday settings and themes, i.e., Christmas, Halloween, Independence Day... Lyonettes are released in ebook formats only, as opposed to our full-length novels, which are released in paperback and ebook simultaneously.