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City Lights Press would love to see your work. We are currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts in the following three genres: romance (not including erotic romance), young adult and new adult. Our goal is to find and share fun, sexy, laugh-out-loud stories from authors in all stages of their writing careers. Unlike most publishing companies, we do not assume the majority of what we receive is trash, we want you to succeed. We do not require our writers to be represented by an agent, however we will not turn you away if you are.

If you have a manuscript that you would like us to consider for publication and worldwide marketing, please fill out the following information, attach your manuscript and submit. (all fields are required in order for the form to be accepted.)

If you are under the age of 18, you must have parental approval to submit your work, and you must have that permission stated on the first page of your manuscript along with the name and contact information of your guardian.

Should we accept your manuscript and chose to publish your novel, we will also follow through with a marketing plan and promoting your work. The writing is your job, and the rest is up to us. Thank you for your interest with City Lights Press and we look forward to reviewing your submission.

If you don’t receive a response to your submission within 30 days it means we are unable to publish your work at this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of books does City Lights publish?

City Lights Press will look at all unsolicited manuscripts regardless of genre. However our current focus is on the romance, young adult and new adult genres.

What kinds of marketing efforts can set me apart as an indie author?

There is no such thing as being an overnight success; it takes not only a dedicated publishing team but also an author willing to be involved in the process of promoting a book. Establishing an online presence prior to publishing your book is a great way to give yourself an advantage. Of course, we can help through ongoing marketing efforts, using social media as a means of promotion, having our own social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, etc.

What sets City Lights Press apart from other indie publishers?

Not only do we love what we do (and we’ll prove it to you), but we have one of the most industry-friendly contracts there is. Contact us for more information.

What are the advantages of publishing with a small press versus a traditional big publisher?

Opting to publish your work with a small publisher like City Lights Press means working more closely with a team of individuals committed to marketing your work long-term, rather than “Big Five” New York publishing companies concerned only with meeting their own aggressive sales goals.

Like many small presses, City Lights accepts unsolicited submissions, unheard-of in the big companies. Without publishing history, authors usually don’t get an agent, and without an agent, they usually don’t get published. Small presses offer the opportunity to get published; providing an important stepping stone for inexperienced authors.

Authors will have more direct involvement in the publishing process and may even have some creative control over the book’s editing and design. In general, choosing to publish with a small press is a great tool to get your work out there by a group of people passionate about representing unknown or emerging authors.

Do I need to have an agent to work with City Lights Press?

No, here at City Lights Press we do not require you to have an agent. There are pros and cons to having an agent, and whichever you chose to do we will work with.

If you are new to the industry an agent may be helpful for you personally. A good agent will have a thorough understanding of the market and will know what is best for you. Not all agents are the same, some will specialize in editorial while others are better for creative support.  So the choice is yours.

However, if you do contact us with an agent everything will be done through the agent instead of through you. We like to personally work with you and get to know you. Also, without an agent, you get all the royalties.

What formats does City Lights Press publish their books in?

City Lights Press specializes in eBooks and Paperback books.

We hope print books never die, but eBooks are currently the best and most popular way to read a book now a days. There is a lot more that can be done with eBooks, such as adding hyperlinks for more promotion. eBooks are also faster to produce, so we like to get the eBook out before the print edition.

Once the eBook is successful, or even before then, we can finish with the print edition.

Why should I submit my work to City Lights Press instead of self-publishing?

While self-publishing sounds more convenient and cost efficient, you will only be making your job more difficult. Not only will you have the difficult job of writing a book, but you will then take on all of the additional work of a publisher. Although there are the few success stories, most self-published books do not succeed and you will not go very far.

With City Lights Press you will not have to worry about anything other than writing your book, we will take care of the rest.

My manuscript has been published in the past; can I submit it to City Lights Press?

Yes! If you have been previously published or have a back-list to which you have recovered the rights we are more than happy to work with you.

Some books are published prematurely with little to no marketing and do not do well, we understand that and we want to see your work succeed. It is a fresh start for your past books with a whole new angle on the same old work.