Have a story to tell but not sure if you’re best suited to write it? Consider hiring a ghostwriter.
How to Find the Right Publisher for Your Manuscript
The Traditional Route:
Getting your manuscript published by a traditional publisher takes time and can be challenging, so it’s important to take the time to carefully choose which ones to approach. The Union’s Directory of Canadian Publishers (DCP) is a searchable listing of Canadian publishers that accept unsolicited manuscripts that lists what kind of work they are currently considering.
If you are approaching traditional publishers, take time in the preparation of your query/cover letter: Remember that it will be the first sample of your work that a publisher will see. When submitting a manuscript to multiple publishers, it is courteous to take the following steps:
- In your query/cover letter to each publisher, state that it is a multiple submission. You do not have to indicate the names of the other publishers to whom you have submitted the manuscript.
- You must give each publisher a reasonable period to consider the manuscript, and a deadline should be stated in your letter. We suggest three months.
- You must not accept an offer from any other publisher until after the deadline has passed or without giving the other publishers the opportunity to make a counter-offer.
Directory of Resources
Lists of writing-related organization, government agencies, Canadian literary festivals and reading series, mentorship programs across Canada, legal organizations that provide free assistance to writers, and self-published book awards.Explore our directory of resources.