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Writer's Guidelines
For Romance Novels

New authors to Salt of the Earth Press and first time authors are welcome.

Novel Plot Generator for Authors

Word Count: 10,000 to 20,000 for novelettes. 20,000 to 40,000 for novellas. 40,000 to 75,000 for novels.

Point of View: Third person. However, the POV can be from a male or female perspective, or seen through the eyes of both protagonists.

Setting & Time Period: Limitless settings and time frames. Paranormal content is accepted.

Content: Manuscripts with and without love scenes will be accepted.

Description: Salt of the Earth Press prides itself on stories that explore the intricacies of the human heart. Both main characters in our romances should have careers they love as well as hobbies and be portrayed as well-rounded, interesting people on their own.

Each romance should have at least one significant obstacle that the characters must overcome before they can be together. This obstacle may be emotional in nature, situational or something more concrete. A crisis should help them either overcome the obstacle or recognize its unimportance.

Children or family issues are welcome additions to plots.

Each manuscript should end with the two main characters in a happy, committed relationship. A lifelong commitment or marriage is preferred for longer novels, but not required.

Submission Information: Each submission should include the manuscript (Word or Open Office document, no formatting), with a brief synopsis, and a cover letter in the body of the email. Submissions may be sent to with the word "Manuscript" in the subject line.


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