Submission Guidelines and Considerations

Submission Guidelines and Considerations

Submissions reopened on August 31, 2022

and will remain open until November 1, 2022  


Do you have a creative book project that you would like us to consider for publication? Here is how to get started.

What we ask for is an email to this address describing your project or manuscript and including a sample of approximately 20 pages.  We publish poetry, short stories, novellas, novels, plays, and creative non-fiction.  So tell us what you have and let your sample speak for you.  If we are interested we will contact you and ask to see the full ms (doc or docx is fine).  If we are not interested, we will let you know as soon as possible.  If you're reading this in summer of 2022, we should be almost finished working through the samples which flooded us during our last open period.  (Many very talented people considered Covid lockdowns a sort of writer's retreat.) 

Once we express interest and receive your full manuscript, it will be given to at least two paid readers who will enjoy and carefully evaluate it.  Based on their evaluations we will offer to publish it for you as it is, or with revisions, or we will decline the opportunity.  We often have suggestions from our readers on ways to improve the work.  We pass those along to you whether or not we decide to publish your work.

You should know that we are a small press with a very small promotional budget.  We send out 10-15 copies with press releases to various newspapers, journals, and magazines for review; we get the book into our distributor's catalog, and maintain a web presence.   But we depend on the authors to do any further PR.  Several have done amazing jobs in promoting their work, organizing readings and signing events at their local libraries or bookstores, reading their works on radio shows or at other public events, getting their works reviewed in local papers or literary journals.  Authors do get 20 free copies to use for promotion or to show or just give to friends. 

If we publish your book, you will not pay us anything--though if you want more than your 20 free copies you will pay wholesale price for the extras.  Once your "distribution threshold" is reached, you will receive  royalties.  (A distribution threshold is the number of books that must be sold for us to recover our publication expenses--the payments we've made to readers, artists, graphic designers, printers, distributor, ebook maker, etc.)  Usually the threshold is about 200 books, including ebooks.  Royalties start at 30% of our "publishers compensation," but if book sales reach higher numbers (500, 1000) your royalty percentage increases (40%, 50%). 

The books, once they are uploaded and approved, become available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble within about a week.  Through our distributor, Ingram Content Group, they quickly become available all around the world.  Though ebooks are optional and refusing the option means a somewhat lower distribution threshold, most of our authors have been choosing to have ebooks.  Nowadays ebooks come with a (computerized) text-to-speech capacity so that listening to the book is possible. 

So far we have altogether published 70 books.  You can see them if you go to Amazon and do a search using "Blazing Sapphire Press."  That is the main press name, though we also publish as "Naciketas Press" as well as "Golden Antelope Press."  Check them all out on Amazon.  Blazing Sapphire is for works relating to the literature, philosophy, and religions of India (Neal's area of expertise).  Naciketas is for works of general interest and research that have no or little connection with India, and Golden Antelope is for creative works (Betsy's area of expertise).  That pretty much completes the essential information about our press and how it operates.

If you have any questions or would like to pitch a book, just send us an email at the site email address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Also check the various websites for Golden Antelope, Nacitketas, and Blazing Sapphire for news and updates.

Neal and Betsy Delmonico