Submissions Welcome: Have an idea for a book in the “So Smart” series? We are looking for submissions that unlock one of life’s secrets in a way that connects the head and the heart. Your book must address a problem which seems like it could be solved with simple step-by-step instructions (e.g eat less/exercise more) but which stubbornly persists because of underlying thought patterns and belief systems.

Market: We prefer manuscripts targeted to the adult market. The ideal target is 29- to 59-year old women but it does not have to exclusively target women.

Length: 50,000–80,000 words.

File format: We prefer electronic submissions. Please send a query letter, which should be no longer than 1,000 words and MUST be pasted in the body of the message. You may also attach a book proposal (.pdf, .doc, or .docx formats only) but DO NOT direct us to go look at your manuscript on your website. Please make your excerpt readable, with an extra line break between paragraphs and no special formatting. You may use /slashes/ for italics or _underscores_ for underline. Please separate sections with a single character such as # or * on a new line.

Query letter: Your query MUST include your name and email address in the body of your email, along with proposed title, expected word count, some sample topics you’d like to cover, examples of the top books out there on this topic and how your take is different, as well as your bio, experience with the topic, marketing ideas, and access you have to an interested audience (mailing list, Twitter community, Facebook fans, etc).  Preference is given to Life Coaches, so if you are a Life Coach, please mention that and include your certification dates and details and a description of your practice.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: The book title must begin: “If I’m So Smart”— you may not alter this in any way.

Email to: [email protected]

Subject line: “BOOK SUBMISSION:” followed by your book title

If we request a full manuscript: A requested full manuscript is the only submission that should be an email attachment. Please send the full manuscript in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format. It should be double spaced between lines, with one space after a period. We prefer italics to underlines, minimal formatting (no single character ellipses or spaces between periods in ellipses, no creative ink colors or header styles, and no fancy characters as section breaks), in Times New Roman or similar serif font. The title page should include the title, your name and contact information (including your email address), and an estimated word count. Please include your name, title, and page number in a single line on the header on each page. (Name / Title / #)

Journey Grrrl Publishing would like to thank you for your interest in submitting your manuscript for our review.