I officially founded Multifarious Press in December of 2016. Though the idea had been born over a year before. Multifarious means diversity. That’s the end goal of my press, to provide a home to diverse authors and stories, and a place for people to find quality titles with the diversity they’re looking for.
While diversity is the founding precept, if one of the editors at MFP likes your pitch during a pitch event, do feel free to submit, as we are open to submissions across the board within our realms of interest.
Mostly, as an editor, I want the stories you had to write because you couldn’t find enough of them to read. Send me those.
Send me heartrending literary mash-ups that straddle genres and leave you thinking about them for weeks after.
Send me to the dictionary, rip my heart out, stitch it back together again and leave me lusting for more.
THOSE stories. You know the ones.
Multifarious is open to all age ranges of stories, but we each prefer different ones. (Editor profiles are on the website)
I’m open to select, charming, middle grade, usually with fairy tale retellings concealing a literary message but also talking animals or animal led adventures.
For picture books (illustrated, or can be illustrated only, please) touching on personally important issues to me or my kids. (Own-voices autism, being queer, mixed-race, bullied, dyslexia, color-blindness, et cetera.)
I’m a huge muscle car and motorcycle lover, so those and horses are a good fit for me with regard to sports, especially in Romance or WF. I need more!
I am not a good fit for redeeming the -ism/ist storylines. Don’t send me a redeemed racist/rapist racism/rapism story. It ain’t gonna fly with me. No Nazis, especially in romance. Just… no.
I’m likely to shy away from Christian centered narratives. There are many good editors for those stories, I am not one of them.
My pronouns are xie/xem/xyr and Mx. I doubt I’d reject based on being misgendered (I’m non-binary), but, it makes me a lot happier when reading queries to see that you’ve at least come THIS far in my guidelines spiel.
Take a look at our editors and follow the standard submissions formula. C.T. or Jamie are definitely the people for YA. I like DARK YA (IE: Assassin’s Apprentice, Mask of Shadows, Night Angel trilogy, Miranda & Caliban) but I’m a better fit for Adult, MG, or PB. Kieru is eclectic and will be happiest with a well-told story, regardless of age range.
If we offer a contract, it’s because we love your story. One of our editors has to absolutely adore your story if we’re to put in the investment to publish it. You’ve probably heard it before, but this is a subjective business. It’s no different for us. You and your book will be treated well. Honesty, it seems, is hard to come by in this business. Do make time to read the open letter on the multifariouspress.com website.
Submissions should be a query, the first 2 chapters or 50 pages (whichever YOU feel gives ME the best representation of your work) and a 2-3 page synopsis if you have it.
I tend to respond quickly, (sometimes as quickly as half an hour, depending on where I am in the projects I’m working on) and I always ask for the full manuscript if I’m interested.
If I’m not interested, I do my best to tell you why, sadly, it often comes down to ‘it’s subjective’ but if something, in particular, threw me off, I do my best to tell you that. All of my editors at MFP do the same thing.
Send to: Submissions AT multifariouspress DOT com
If you’re sending to a specific editor from MFP (C.T., Jamie, Kieru, or Kaelan) please follow this format for the subject line:
QUERY: TITLE Age Category (IE Adult)/Genre for EDITOR NAME
AGE = Age range of your book, not YOUR age. (Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Upper Young Adult, New Adult (we encourage using NA for ALL genres, not just romance) and Adult, these are typically typed as the first initials: PB, MG, YA, UYA, NA, A)
Title your submission materials using this format please:
TITLE_AUTHOR NAME_Synopsis/full manuscript/sample
We all use e-readers to read submissions and you’d be surprised how many people just write ‘manuscript’ on the file. It can get confusing and it slows down response time.
We DO respond to all queries, it can be anywhere between half an hour and 6 to 10 weeks depending on our individual workloads. If you don’t hear from us within 6 weeks, please gently nudge us.
CURRENTLY WE ARE RUNNING AT ALMOST FOUR MONTHS RESPONSE TIME ON FULL MANUSCRIPT REQUESTS. Initial queries are still 6-10 weeks.
Do take a look at our profiles for MFP, we each acquire and prefer to read different things. But honestly, what I’m looking for, regardless, is the different.
Thank you for considering us.
It shouldn’t need to be said, not in 2017, but to be clear; I’m open (as are all of MFP’s editors) to any submission regardless of author’s race, religion, country of origin, sexual or gender identification, et cetera.
“Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.”
— Author Unknown