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We manage all submissions through Submittable: twodollarradio.submittable.com/submit
*** Response time (updated Nov 2015): current goal is within 10 months ***
We respect every writer's work. However, we are literally a mom-and-pop shop. Please understand that our slow response times are due to our workload and to the care and attention we take with our titles, and in no way meant to be disrespectful.


Hello! Thank you for considering submitting to Two Dollar Radio.

Before you submit, it is important that you familiarize yourself with our list to make sure your work would be a good fit. Please be prepared to write a statement explaining why you feel Two Dollar Radio is the perfect publisher for your submitted work.

Please note that we ask to see completed manuscripts—no samples, excerpts, or proposals.  

Given the extreme number of submissions that we receive, it is not always possible for us to respond individually. Please keep in mind that we try our best to be respectful of both you and your work.

How to find a publisher

We are frequently asked for advice on how one should go about getting their work published. We're happy to give our opinion here. However, there is no one path to publishing, so please keep that in mind!

Once you have finished a manuscript, our opinion is that the best thing you can do is research. If you've decided to find an agent* to represent you and your work, research agents that already represent authors or titles that are cut from the same cloth in one way or another as your work.
*(Some publishers only accept manuscripts submitted through agents.)

If you don't want or need an agent, skip that part and research publishers. There are many! A good place to start is to research books similar to yours in one way or another (theme, genre, tone, structure, ethos, etc.) and to take note of who published them. Research each publisher with the goal of narrowing down to only publishers who would be able to represent, and sell, your work well, whose list of titles you admire and respect. 

The large publishers run the gamut in what they publish, but (again, just an opinion and of course there are exceptions to this!) smaller publishers thrive by doing one general thing and doing it well. As you're researching publishers try to nail down what each publisher's thing is.

After exhausting your research via comparable titles, try researching via the lists of publishers on book distributor's websites. Publishing companies generally have a distribution company that handles book sales to the market (bookstores, online retailers, B&N, etc.), and on their websites they list all of the publishers that they represent.

Once you find a publisher that feel like a perfect fit, submit the manuscript to them, and make sure to include in your summary text how much you researched the industry, and that you are pinpointing them as the most perfect publisher for the work (and list the "because"). This means a lot to us, as publishers, when an author already understands what we're doing, the type of work that we are interested in publishing, is familiar with our books, and can articulate why their work is a perfect fit.

Some worthwhile links to get you started:
Consortium Book Sales and Distribution 
Publishers Group West
Penguin Random House
Small Press Distribution
Community of Literary Magazines & Presses


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