Write For Us
How to Submit Your Work to Us
First of all, we love writers, of both fiction and nonfiction, published and unpublished. Please think of us when you have an idea for a book, have gotten your rights back, or have finished a manuscript.
Whether you are an unpublished or published author, the first thing we would like to see from you is a simple one-page query letter telling us about your work and your writing background. Please make sure you include a return email address and a phone number. Send your query letter to Submissions@RiverdaleAveBooks.com. We are an electronic publisher and DO NOT take physical queries or manuscript submissions.
If you are an unpublished writer, keep in mind that we will need you to submit a finished manuscript, so please do not submit a query to us before you have finished the first draft.
If you are a previously published author, after you have sent a query letter and we have expressed interest, we will expect you to submit either the first three chapters of your novel and a complete outline, or your nonfiction book proposal. Even if you have finished the manuscript, please wait for us to ask to see the entire book.
All requested submissions should be double-spaced and sent as a word .doc attachment.
We will respond to query letters within 30-60 days. If you have not heard from us, you may assume we are not interested.
What We Are Looking For
We currently have 13 imprints:
Riverdale DESIRE is our Erotic Romance and Erotica imprint. We are looking for works of fiction from 50,000 to 65,000 words that explore either the erotic journey (erotica) or the quest for satisfaction with a happy ending or at least a happy–for-now ending. We will consider anthologies as well as novellas of between 20,000 and 40,000 words. We are actively looking for erotica and erotic romance in the following sub-genres: contemporary, historical, male/male (m/m), female/female (f/f), ménage, paranormal (especially vampires, werewolves and zombies) and BDSM (especially novels featuring dominant women).
Riverdale/MAGNUS is our LGBTQ+ imprint. We are actively looking for both fiction and nonfiction in a wide variety of areas, including popular culture, entertainment, biography/memoir, self-help, spirituality and current affairs, among others.
Riverdale POP is our Pop Culture line. We are actively looking for both authorized and unauthorized biographies of celebrities who have captured the cultural spotlight, mostly current, but a blast from the past might be occasionally appropriate. We will also publish books about favorite TV shows, movies and pop cultural phenomenon.
Riverdale CIRCLET is our Erotic Science Fiction and Fantasy imprint. This imprint was started 25 years ago by legendary genre icon Cecilia Tan and Riverdale Circlet keeps that tradition alive. We are actively looking for all types of cutting edge speculative fiction with an erotic element.
Riverdale TRUTH is our Memoir imprint, with a focus on erotic memoir. We are actively looking for true stories of erotic exploration and adventures from midlife dating to the life of a swinger. This is nonfiction, but we will consider anonymous memoirs and anthologies as well.
Riverdale AFRAID is our Horror and Dark Fiction imprint. We are actively looking for all types of horror stories, as well as anthologies.
Riverdale DAGGER is our Mystery/Thriller imprint. We are actively looking for all types of mysteries from cozy to hard-boiled, from novellas to series. In thrillers we are looking for stand-alones and series in all categories (e.g. medical, political, military, legal etc.).
Riverdale SFF is our Science Fiction and Fantasy line. We are actively looking for game-changing fiction in these categories. If anyone has ever read anything like your book before, we don’t want it; we want your book to blow us away.
Riverdale HERA is our Women over 35 imprint. We are actively looking for books in all genres, as well as nonfiction and anthologies.
Riverdale VERVE is our Lifestyle imprint. We are actively looking for new lifestyle books that cover the lifestyle, design, fashion, food, fitness, entertainment, travel and style industry and their trends.
Riverdale SPORTS is our Sports imprint. We are looking for new sports book ideas that cover compelling sports personalities, sports histories, or other elements of the games we play in ways not written about before.
Riverdale GAMING is our Gaming imprint. We are actively looking for new gaming books that cover this compelling industry from the business of gaming to the actual games themselves, as well as tie-in and original fiction about the gaming industry and the people who have created these universes.
Riverdale 120 DAYS is our Pulp Fiction imprint. We are actively looking for reprints of classic out of print novels that deserve a second look.
Although many of our books deal with adult themes and situations, we will not publish works that could be seen as promoting underage sexuality, bestiality, necrophilia, rape or incest, or which otherwise violate any laws.
We are always looking for branded products. If you represent an established brand that you believe would make a good line of books, please email us at RAB@RiverdaleAveBooks.com.
How to Break In
The best way to get our attention and get published by us is to write a short story or essay for one of our many anthologies. We will post calls for open anthologies on our blog, RiverdaleAveBooks.blogspot.com. We encourage you to visit the blog regularly.
The editors at Riverdale Avenue Books have also been known to commission books based on short stories or essays in anthologies they have edited.