No. Swoon Reads is an ongoing publishing imprint so there is no cut-off date for submissions or comments and ratings. However, since publishing works on seasonal schedules, Swoon Reads will have seasonal deadlines. Our upcoming deadlines are below.
To be considered for our third list
To be considered for our fourth list, manuscripts would need to be submitted by the end of January 2015.
Don’t despair. If your manuscript wasn’t chosen you now have a couple of options:
a) Remember, we will be choosing another list in a few months. Simply leave your manuscript up on the site and use the next few months as time to gather more ratings and comments (We especially recommend this option for manuscripts that still fall under the 6-month exclusivity window.)
b) Our Readers have been leaving insightful comments full of great editorial notes. If your exclusivity window has expired, and you aren’t happy with your current ratings, you can always take this opportunity to make revisions to your manuscript and then resubmit. (Just remember that you will lose all your current ratings and comments when you take your manuscript down, so be sure to print or note down any comments you want to remember, and be ready to start again with a clean slate for your newly revised manuscript!)
That depends. Our Terms and Conditions require that submissions "MUST NEVER HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR SALE." The key word here is “SALE.” If you have ever made money from your manuscript—whether through a traditional publisher, Amazon, iBooks, Smashwords, or any other self-publishing method—then, sadly, it is not eligible for Swoon Reads.
However, sites like Wattpad, Figment, and Fanﬁction.net, among others—where you share your work, but don’t make any money from it—are completely eligible. And, we DO NOT require you to remove your work from these sites. So, if you have a ﬁnished YA romance, we’d love for you to submit it. And maybe even tell your readers there to come over and rate it on Swoon Reads!
Oh, and we do require that it remain an exclusive submission to our site and that you do not attempt to sell it either by yourself or through a third party (agent, publisher, bookstore, etc.) for the six months it is on Swoon Reads.
I’m afraid not. Here’s why:
This is also why you can’t print the manuscripts out.
After reading a manuscript, it’s vital that Readers share their opinion of the novel with us by rating the submission on a scale of 1-5 hearts:
- Not for me,
- It's okay,
- I like it,
- I love it,
This is how the Swoon Reads Staff decides which manuscripts we are going to read. The submissions with the largest number of high heart ratings will be considered for publication by the Swoon Reads Staff.
The act of rating a manuscript is a vote of conﬁdence. But not everything can be ﬁve stars! Please use the evaluation scale above as your guide, then scroll down and give us some speciﬁcs with the Swoon Index and by leaving a comment.
It’s our simple way for Readers to share speciﬁc traits of the novel. Were the love scenes hot and intense? Was it a tearjerker? Did it make you laugh? Was it so action-packed you couldn’t put it down? The number under each index is on a scale of 1-10. When a reader finishes a book, they can indicate which of these traits they think represented the tone of the book. The number you see is the average based on readers who rated. So if 5 readers rated a manuscript, but only 4 marked it for heat, then the score would be an 8/10 for heat. The Swoon Index is not used for rankings, but helps other Readers see if a manuscript is right for them. For example, if a Reader is in the mood for something sad, they can look for the manuscripts with the highest Tears index. And, for Writers, it’s a great way to see if your work is being received the way you intended.
Swoon Reads is a community—a place where writers, readers, and publishers can work together. As such, we value your comments and rely on your input. And we recognize that submitting a manuscript, especially online, takes a great deal of courage. So, in order to ensure a safe and fun space for all, we ask everyone who participates on the site (in manuscripts, comments and profiles) to agree to the following:
We believe in community moderation. This is your community as well, and there are a lot more of you than there are of us. If you notice another member breaking the rules, politely ask them to stop, or flag them for moderation from us.
Swoon Reads moderators are the final judges of what constitutes a violation of the rules above and we will take whatever actions are necessary to address misbehavior, including deleting offensive material and banning members.
When in doubt, remember the golden rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated.