Currently open to nonfiction submissions.
We will remain open to fiction and/or nonfiction submissions
from former Musa Publishing authors until March 31, 2015.
Wanted: Mid-list authors
We need to place our resources behind authors who know how to promote their books. You don't necessarily need a national platform, a regional one will do. If you have demonstrated annual sales of 5k to 15k books, please consider placing your next novel or non-fiction book with Twilight Times Books or Paladin Timeless Books. We will pay a small ($100 - $500) advance on royalties for each manuscript accepted for publication from an established author.
Rest assured we will always keep a few slots open each year for exceptional books written by first time authors.
Twilight Times Books will present the works of those writers whose stories
blend genres, are too literary for other publishers or seem too mainstream or "quirky" in tone. The requirement for consideration at Twilight Times Books is your novel must be entertaining; your non-fiction book must be informative. Both fiction and non-fiction book submissions must be professionally written and you must have a comprehensive marketing plan.
First consideration will be given to authors previously published by Twilight Times Books, Paladin Timeless Books, Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine (FMAM), Twilight Times ezine and/or Web Mystery Magazine. Our current response time is four weeks to two months. Simultaneous submissions will be considered with sufficient advance notice. We offer a standard publishing contract.
Twilight Times Books is on the MWA list of approved publishers as well as the ITW list of recognized publishers.
Send a cover letter, synopsis, first chapter and marketing plan in the body of an email message to the
Your email message MUST begin the subject line with ttbooks or ttb or your message will be deleted.
No attachments, please.
Please note our formatting requirements.
We are generally open to submissions twice each year from Feb. 15th to March 5th and again from July 15th to August 5th.
We have expanded our guidelines to include more nonfiction titles in 2014-2015 and we are also interested in:
creative nonfiction, how-to books, humor/satire, juvenile, magic realism, military/war-related, paranormal, supernatural, women's fiction, writing advice, etc.
When we re-open to novel-length submissions on February 15, 2015, we will be especially interested in the following categories:
fantasy, literary, military SF, mystery/suspense, paranormal romance, science fiction, SF romance and YA fantasy.
Purchase a couple of books or read the stories in Twilight Times ezine to determine the type of writing we're interested in seeing.
Alternatively, you may be interested to know we personally enjoy all of the books in the following SF/F series:
Darkship series by Sarah A. Hoyt
Dragon's Ring series by Dave Freer
Foreigner universe series by C. J. Cherryh
Honor Harrington series by David Weber
Liaden series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Miles Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold
Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
Petaybee universe by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Anne Scarborough
Safehold series by David Weber
The Runelords series by David Farland
The Saga of Recluce series by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
Vatta's War series by Elizabeth Moon
Note to authors: If you send an email query outside the open submissions period, I can be very slow to respond. If you send a query letter during the open submissions period, I do try to respond within three or four weeks. If you do everything right, but forget to insert ttb at the beginning of the subject line, your email query may well be misfiled by my email filters and it could be some time before I come across it.
On the other hand, if you followed the submission guidelines to the letter and I have not responded, I do not mind a followup email message three or four weeks later. If I requested the complete manuscript and you have not heard from me, feel free to write after three weeks.