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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.

Nonfiction Guidelines: Open

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

Self-Help, Spirituality, Religion, New Age, How-to and True Crime. Interesting history and political nonfiction may also be considered.

45,000-80,000 words in all catagories.

Fiction Guidelines: Open to current Black Lyon authors only until march 2019

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 (and works by Dana Lyons.) 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 FICTION: 65,000 - 85,000 words. Black Lyon general fiction can love stories that don't technically fall into the romance genre, as well as literary works. Novels in this line are emotion-packed and 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.

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 (sometimes audio and/or paperback upon discretion of publisher), as opposed to our full-length novels, which are released in paperback and ebook simultaneously, then moved into audio..