Finding science fiction book publishers for your science fiction or fantasy manuscript is going to take some work. One general requirement for these markets is that you have a completed manuscript to submit. So before spending too much time researching the perfect market for your novel, write it, edit it, polish it and finish it.
The Internet offers resources at your fingertips so you don't need a clear idea of what you are looking for before starting a search of publishers. But you will easily become inundated with data if you don't have some type of focus. Keep the following in mind to help yourself start down the path to finding science fiction fantasy publishers:
1. Research the market only if you have a complete, clean, edited manuscript ready to submit.
2. Make sure your word count fits within the guidelines of your submission length -- novels are 100,000 words or more, while shorter works are novella-length.
3. Pursue the traditional sci-fi book publishers route or e-book markets, depending on your willingness to try alternative avenues for publication.
Submit strong manuscripts to well-known science fiction publishersCompared to general fiction markets, science fiction and fantasy publishers, as a rule, seek manuscripts of 100,000 words or more. Story lines must contain strong plots and believable worlds.
Find smaller presses that publish science fictionIt's common to find small presses that publish in e-book and traditional paperback. Some houses specialize in fantasy and science fiction, but keep your options open by considering a general fiction press.
Identify some fantasy fiction publishersThe best way to identify a fantasy fiction publisher is to see who publishes the fantasy novels you enjoy reading. Most fantasy fiction publishing houses also publish science fiction, but there are a few that focus solely on fantasy.
- Always check writers' and submission guidelines of science fiction publishing houses before submitting your work. Follow the guidelines exactly to avoid instant rejection.
- Join online genre-specific writing groups, participate in critique groups, and join professional organizations to get leads on where to submit your work.
- Network with other sci-fi and fantasy writers. You can even find scifi book publishers on MySpace and Facebook because they want to be more accessible to the public.