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We're pleased to announce that Desert Palm Press is now accepting submissions. If you think that you have a fabulous, well proofed and edited story you want us to read, please follow the attached submission guidelines to submit your work. 

Guidelines for Submission 

(The publisher reserves the right to change these guidelines without notice.)

Desert Palm Press (DPP) produces e-books and print books that are available worldwide through Amazon, Smashwords, Bella Books, and CreateSpace. Our agreement with Smashwords also makes our books available through Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Overdrive, and other third party retailers. We welcome high-quality unsolicited manuscripts by lesbian authors.

The Submissions staff reviews every manuscript individually. Our in-depth process allows a variety of viewpoints for evaluation of the manuscript. The Publisher has the final say in the selection. 

Please note:

Ø  We are interested in fiction manuscripts where the main characters are lesbians. The story should be engaging, new and fresh. DPP prefers a HEA ending, or at least a happy ending for now, but will consider all well written stories. Non-fiction will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you have a non-fiction manuscript, please contact R. Lee Fitzsimmons at before submitting.

Ø  A confirmation e-mail is sent within 48 hours of receiving a manuscript. Please query us if you do not receive one. 

Ø  We consider the submission of a project to be an offer from the author to enter negotiations for a contract. That means that the person submitting owns the rights to the story they are submitting, and that it is free and clear of other contractual issues. 

Ø  Manuscripts sent to multiple publishers concurrently will be rejected. 

Ø  Our average time to decision regarding publication is 60 days. 

Ø  Reprints will be considered only with proof of termination of the previous publishing contract. 


General Submission Information:

Fiction novel manuscripts must be a minimum of 55,000 words. They should be your best work and as free of errors as possible. Chicago Manual of Style is the basis for our editing style. Our House editing rules supersede these as we use serial commas; do not put spaces before and after ellipsis; question marks do not belong at the end of a statement, with the rare exception made in spoken dialogue, for emphasis; and for proper names ending in s, do not use an additional s after the apostrophe. Use James’ not James’s. 

Please submit your manuscript electronically in the following format:

Microsoft Word ® .doc or .rtf, with the entire document in one file.

Font: Times New Roman, 12 font, double spaced

Margins: 1 inch

Subject line of your e-mail submission:  the title of your manuscript followed by the author’s name.

Cover Letter: You should include a cover letter in the body of the e-mail.  It should include:

Ø  A short bio, your legal name, complete publishing history if any, and all pen names in use; your complete contact information, including e-mail and a telephone number where it is acceptable to leave a message about your submission.

Ø Brief synopsis of the novel. 

Ø  Tell us why lesbians would like your book.

Thank you for your interest in Desert Palm Press.

    R Lee Fitzsimmons, 


Desert Palm Press

1961 Main Street, Suite 220

Watsonville, CA 95076

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