SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

If you wish to submit a novel for publication with Black Ink Romance, we ask for two things.

1. A short two/three page proposal of your work in PDF format or Microsoft Word.

Include: 

  • a brief synopsis of your book

  • the sub-genre

  • word count

  • a description of your target audience

  • a paragraph on your book's unique advantages

  • a brief biography of you, the author include legal name and pen name, writing credits

  • which social media platforms you’re engaged on

  • any other important things you think we should know about you



2. A romantic scene from your manuscript of no more than 1000 words.

Please note, this does not have to be a sex scene. We want a scene that best showcases the emotional and romantic connection between your main characters. 

Email your proposal to: 

submissions@blackinkromance.com


We do not accept hard copy submissions. Please do not send complete manuscripts unless we ask for one!


OTHER THINGS YOU’LL WANT TO KNOW

Word Count

At this time, Black Ink Romance is looking for full-length novels, 50-100K.

When can I submit?

We accept year-round submissions; however, we may close submissions at certain times of the year, which will be reflected on our website. From time to time, we may put out a call for holiday romances or look for authors to be part of anthologies or series.

Do I need an agent to submit to Black Ink Romance?

You do not need an agent to submit.

What does Black Ink Romance publish? 

As our name suggests—romance! 

Single Titles, Series 

Subgenres: 

  • Contemporary romance themes include but are not limited to: Romantic Comedy, Suspense, Small Town, Big City/Bright Lights, Multicultural, Rock Stars, Billionaires, Military 

  • Historical

  • Paranormal

  • Novels with Romantic Elements 

Does the romance need to have sex?

No. Romance is not just sex. While sex is one of the physical representations of love, and it can be great to read, we want emotional stories and are interested in various heat levels, from sweet to steamy.

What YOUR romance should have

Romances must focus on the development of the relationship, as well as external and internal conflict; the heat level should be appropriate to the book and its subgenre, and enhance the story. The primary relationship should offer a happily ever after (HEA) or happily for now (HFN) in an emotionally satisfying manner. If the couple are not together at the end, it’s not a romance. Trilogies and duologies wherein the first and/or second book end in cliffhangers are permitted as long as the primary romantic arc ultimately ends in an HEA or HFN.

Unfinished manuscripts

Black Ink Romance does not consider proposals for unfinished manuscripts. 

Digital Only

At this time, Black Ink Romance is a digital only publisher.

After submitting your proposal, allow at least 10-12 weeks for an editorial response. Remember, we’re going to be very busy reading your AMAZING SUBMISSIONS so please be patient and do not email Black Ink Romance. A member of the submissions team will contact you in the event you have been successful OR if your project doesn’t meet our current publishing needs.