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Common Questions

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Q: Are you a vanity press?
A: No. You’ll find posted on our website that we are a traditional publisher. Traditional publishers cover the full costs of publication once a manuscript is accepted. The authors are paid royalties.

Q: Where can I find information to submit my manuscript?

Q: Where are the open anthology calls?

Q: What genres do you accept?
A: All genres and subgenres.

Q: How do I format my submission? Wouldn’t everything just be an unreadable block of text?
A: Watch and follow this video or look at this image example.

Q: Is there a limit on how many submissions can be sent?
A: A maximum of two per anthology. There is no limit on the number of anthologies authors can submit to. Poetry anthologies are the only exception. Be like many of our patrons and try collecting them all!

Q: Do you want a partial sample of a manuscript or the entirety?
A: If the manuscript is already completed, expedite the process by sending in the entirety. If not, send in the first five chapters. Either method is up to the author’s preference.

Q: After submitting a manuscript, what is the average response time?
A: Currently, it is up to twelve weeks. All authors receive a generic message to confirm the submission was received within one week.

Q: After submitting to an anthology, what is the average response time?
A: All authors are notified within thirty (30) days after the submission deadline ends. (Example: Call ends July 30th. Authors will receive a response by August 30th.) All authors receive a generic message to confirm the submission was received within one week.

Q: Where are books available to purchase? Is it only Amazon?
A: The list of where books are available is extremely lengthy. The major ones include Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Google Play, Audible.

Q: If the author already has a book cover to use for the manuscript, will DSP publish it?
A: If the author already has a cover in hand, they are welcome to pitch it along with the manuscript. DSP has a certain level of quality expected and will have the final say on all graphics.

Q: Once a book is published with DSP, can the author enter it into contests and have the publisher update the cover with any new badges acquired upon winning?
A: Yes, this can easily be done.