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Our Guidelines

Submissions are open until January 24


From horror, mysteries to hard-boiled crime, psychological thrillers to domestic noir, police procedures to legal dramas,

RDP wants you!

If you're accepted, we will work with you on the following,

  • Professionally edit, proofread, and format your book.

  • Collaborate on the cover design.

  • Produce high-quality ebook and print versions of your titles.

  • Advertise and market your book on social media, Amazon, and many other online platforms.

  • Provide comprehensive blog tours for each title.

  • Promote your book to our social media contacts and growing list of crime readers.

  • Provide support and advice leading up to and after publication.

  • Provide advance copies to our specially selected reviewer group.


So, if your manuscript is complete at over sixty-thousand words, and in good condition (not the first draft…) then follow these simple steps to submit it to us:


In one email, adding your name, the book title, and word count as the subject, send us the following as separate Word documents:


  • A cover letter telling us about you and your writing history (don’t worry if this is your debut, just tell us!)

  • A synopsis of no more than 2000 words

  • The first three chapters or the first 5000 words – whichever comes first – of your manuscript

  • Send to:


We will respond to all submissions, but do give us a nudge if you haven’t heard from us after six weeks.


Self-publish your book or ebook, quickly and conveniently

Publishing your book with us is simple and straightforward, we always take care to ensure you are comfortable at every stage of the process.

There are no hidden charges with us, this is your book and YOU are in control of how it is made available to the public.

And with our Total Distribution service included in ALL packages, we list your book with the world’s Number 1 distributor so every retailer in the world, including Amazon, Waterstones and many more, can make your book available to their customers. Contact us for details.

You keep ALL rights to your book 

Full control of your book after publication

Your cover designed

ISBN and barcode number provided (paperback)

Copyright Protected

Manuscript formatted

You keep ALL royalties from the sale of your book

Your book on sale all over the world

Sending us your book

Your book must be sent to us in an electronic format. Ideally use our website submission form below, otherwise send it as a Word file attached to an email. Microsoft Word is the preferred format, but we can normally work with other formats.

If your work needs to be typed up and inputted into a computer, we can help. Please contact us for details.

Text only
We will format your book, usually in Times New Roman 11, with page numbers centered at the bottom of the page, page breaks at the end of each chapter, and all paragraphs (except the first in a chapter) being indented.

You may request other formats, and you can choose paperback or hardback.

Please don’t worry about formatting your book before sending it to us – let us format it for you! If there’s a problem, we’ll let you know.

Ebook Format
Sometimes authors like to use a different font in order to differentiate voices. At the moment, for e-books, only bold and italics can be used to make a section different.

Ebooks do not have page numbers as each e-reader is different and users change the font sizes.


Book description
For the back cover, we normally add the book description text (also called a ‘blurb’) onto a plain design. This service is offered for free as part of our standard package. If you’d like a different design for your back cover, this can be done for an additional charge (from £40).

The book description text (or blurb) is used to describe the book to potential readers on Amazon and ideally should be around 150 words.

Self publishing your book - what next?

If your book is ready for publication then you can send us your manuscript straight away, or if it’s not yet finished and you still have some queries please ask for more information on topics such as "How do we publish your book?", "What is Print-on-Demand?" and "How much will I make in royalties?" or get in touch for a quick response to any queries.

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