Dos and Don'ts for Submitting A Manuscript to Imajin Books

As we approach our manuscript submission time (open March 15), we thought we'd share some important reminders and tips for authors planning to submit their works to us (or any publisher, for that matter).

So here are some Dos and Don'ts...


  1. …remember we read manuscripts every year, and yours must stand out and hook us immediately, so grab us with the very first sentence!
  2. …hire an editor BEFORE you submit your work to a publisher; there's too much competition not to submit your best work possible.
  3. …edit your work multiple times until you believe it's polished and ready. Then edit once more.
  4. …be sure you understand Chicago Manual of Style grammar rules—subscribe or buy the book. Refresh your memory on grammar skills often. Be sure you're using dialogue tags and beats correctly.
  5. …run your work through a spell check AFTER setting the language (US is most common, but if you're from UK and your book is set in UK, set the language to British English.)
  6. …read our guidelines, and give us what we ask for, including the genres we're looking for.
  7. …get to know the publisher, Cheryl Tardif, on Facebook and Twitter, and follow/Friend Imajin Books and Cheryl Kaye Tardif (author).
  8. …present yourself as a professional writer on your Facebook page—because we WILL check it. Same with Twitter.
  9. …include links in your first correspondence to your FB, Twitter, website and blog.
  10. …be patient, and give us at least 6 weeks to review your submission. We have a process that includes two beta readers, and this takes time. If you don't hear from us by then, feel free to email us.

  1. …send us anything BEFORE we're open for submissions. This includes agents. Thank you.
  2. …send us manuscripts outside of the ones we're looking for, which are listed on our submission page.
  3. …send us an unedited manuscript with poorly constructed sentences and dialog, and don't blame inadequate spelling skills on "dyslexia." The publisher at Imajin Books is dyslexic, and she knows the difference between that and poor spelling.
  4. …pitch your book to us as "perfect for anyone any age." Know WHO your target audience is and why they will read it.
  5. …send us a manuscript without a well-written 3-paragraph synopsis that reads like back cover text. Hint: READ back covers of other books in your genre, and fashion your paragraphs after them. Hint 2: Present tense!
  6. …present an unprofessional image online anywhere.
  7. …send us multiple emails pushing your book. If you've submitted it already, be patient.
  8. …expect huge 6-figure advances from us. We're a small, independent publishing company and we don't do large advances.
  9. …expect any publisher, including us, to do ALL the marketing for your book. A publisher can position your title for distribution, but authors sell books, and that's part of your responsibility. That's how you establish your brand. So be prepared to work hard and invest in your brand. It'll pay off in the end.
  10. …give up. If we turn down your book, it means it wasn't right for us. That doesn't mean it might not be right for another publishing company. If we give you any unsolicited tips or suggestions, which we might do on occasion, learn from them as they most likely will improve your work.
  11. ...tell us you aren't interested in a contract unless we accept your ready-made cover (or one you paid for) or edits by only your editor/friend/mother/aunt/teacher. And don't tell us you'll only reveal your novel plot/synopsis if we make a deal right now (on a book we haven't even read yet). This tells us you're an amateur and/or don't understand the publishing business.
  12. rude or demanding to a publisher, and don't burn bridges. Not only is this unprofessional, it'll bite you in the ass. Publishers usually know other publishers, and word gets around like a bad virus if there's a nasty writer on the loose.
While the Don'ts may seem harsh, please remember why we bothered to post them here. We're looking for professional authors who conduct themselves as such and treat others with respect. Believe me, if you could see some of the emails we get--and some of the questions we're asked--you'd understand why there are Don'ts.

Focus on the Dos! :-)

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Cheryl Tardif from Imajin Books talks about e-publishing in a WOW--Women on Writing article

A little while ago I was interviewed by Chynna Laird for an article that is now on WOW--Women on Writing. The article is titled Getting the Skinny on e-Publishing: Top e-Publishers Tell Us What You Need to Know.

In this article a small group of publishers share our thoughts on the new age of publishing.

Read Getting the Skinny on e-Publishing.

Summer eBook Sale - Kindle & Smashwords Quick Links - July 1-31


We know you're busy this summer and you don't want to spend hours searching for ebooks, so we've made it easy for you. Below is a list of our books, their covers, brief descriptions and some quick links. Happy reading! And don't forget, the Smashwords edition comes in multiple file formats for most ereaders.

And now, our books...


a novel by Melodie Campbell

Fiction: Romance, Fantasy, Historical
Ebook - First edition

When Rowena falls through her classroom wall and lands in an alternate world, she doesn’t count on being kidnapped―not once, but twice―and the stakes get higher as the men get hotter.

List Price: $3.99 US  SALE PRICE: $2.99

Available at Amazon and Smashwords (use coupon code: QX53C)


a novel by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Fiction: Thriller, Suspense, Technothriller
Ebook - Second edition, updated cover

The South Nahanni River has a history of mysterious deaths, disappearances and headless corpses, but it may also hold the key to humanity’s survival―or its destruction.

List Price: $2.99 US  SALE PRICE: $1.99

Available at Amazon and Smashwords (use coupon code: CS52Q)


a novel by Alison Bruce

Fiction: Romance, Western, Historical
Ebook - First Edition

Disguised as a boy, Marly joins a handsome Texas Ranger in the hunt for a con man and they must bring the fugitive to justice before giving up the masquerade and giving in to their passion.

List Price: $3.99 US  SALE PRICE: $2.99

Available at Amazon and Smashwords (use coupon code: UT34B)

DIVINE JUSTICE (book 2 in the Divine series)

a novel by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Fiction: Paranormal, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Ebook - First Edition

CFBI agent and Pyro-Psychic Jasi McLellan battles a serious infection that threatens to claim her life. Slipping in and out of consciousness, she remembers the Parliament Murders...

List Price: $3.99 US  SALE PRICE: $2.99

Available at Amazon  and Smashwords (use coupon code: XB64K)


a novel by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Fiction: Supernatural, Suspense, Thriller, Paranormal, Ghost Story
Ebook - First Edition with Bonus Content

Let A Kidnapper Take Your Child, Or Watch Your Son Die.

List Price: $3.99 US  SALE PRICE: $2.99

Available at Amazon  and Smashwords (use coupon code: WE65U)


a novel by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Fiction: Paranormal, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Ebook - Second Edition with Bonus Content & New Cover

CFBI Agent Jasmine McLellan leads a psychically gifted team in the hunt for a serial arsonist―a murderer who has already taken the lives of three innocent people.

List Price: $2.99 US  SALE PRICE: $0.99

Available at Amazon and Smashwords (use coupon code: KL89F)


a novel by Cherish D'Angelo

Fiction: Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Contemporary
Ebook - First edition

A Bahamas holiday from dying billionaire JT Lance, a man with a dark secret, leads palliative nurse Rhianna McLeod to Jonathan, a man with his own troubled past, and Rhianna finds herself drawn to the handsome recluse, while unbeknownst to her, someone with a horrific plan is hunting her down.

List Price: $3.99 US  SALE PRICE: $1.99

Available at Amazon and Smashwords (use coupon code: NY68Q)


a collection of short stories by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Fiction: Horror, Supernatural, Suspense, Collection, Anthology

Thirteen stories take you from one hold-your-breath chapter to the next.
Enter the closet…

List Price: $1.99 US  SALE PRICE: $0.99

Available at Amazon and Smashwords (use coupon code: ZT62S)


a novelette by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Fiction: Horror, Supernatural, Suspense

In this dark, suspenseful and somewhat comical look at one man's desires, Remote Control by bestselling author Cheryl Kaye Tardif delivers a strong message: Be careful what you wish for!

List Price: $0.99 US  SAME on Amazon; FREE on Smashwords

Available at Amazon and Smashwords (use coupon code: HP96H)

WHALE SONG (ebook)

a novel by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Fiction: Drama, General, Young Adult

Set on the east coast of Vancouver Island, Whale Song is a "perennially crowd-pleasing combination of sweet and sad", an inspiring, multicultrual family drama that will change the way you view life...and death.

List Price: $3.99 US  SALE PRICE: $1.99

Available at Amazon and Smashwords (use coupon code: SP97D)