So, your manuscript is finished, and you’re ready to share it with readers everywhere. Check out the tips below to make sure your manuscript fits our criteria and is formatted to perfection, and to create a cover that does your book justice. Once you’re all set, take a deep breath, and upload your masterpiece – we can’t wait to swoon over it!
In short: irresistible, swoonworthy, previously unpublished fiction, written for young adult and new adult readers.
Swoon Reads novels ideally feature protagonists between the ages of 14 and 23. They can be set anytime, anywhere, and can be anything you want—realistic, supernatural, historical, and more. Head on over to our Genre Guide for the full rundown!
Still want more info on what makes a young adult or new adult novel? Check out our blog.
We only accept original, completed novels preferably between 50,000-70,000 words. Here are some other important things to note:
Manuscripts that are chosen for publication will be offered a $10,000 publishing contract with Macmillan.
See our full list of Terms & Conditions.
Our eReader supports either Microsoft Word or Google Docs saved out in .docx format. To help your manuscript look its best in our eReader, you’ll need to use the style setting functionality on Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Not sure how to do that? Here are some easy-to-follow steps.
Highlight your chapter titles and set the styles setting to Heading 1.
After uploading, you’ll have the chance to preview your work! You can make sure nothing is missing and that you’re happy with how it looks.
Now that you’ve written a great book, you need a cover to match! Choose one of these two options:
Use our default Swoon Reads Cover You can use our auto-generated cover, and entice readers with a strong title and compelling book description.
Create a Custom Cover Creating a cover isn’t just for our graphic designer friends. Download our PSD Cover Template or use these simple tools to personalize your story.