Submissions

Dyslexia is a problem for bright, intelligent people who find the printed word confusing

The traditional way that books are printed varies little from book to book, consequently dyslexic readers are always confronted with the same difficulties. Dayglo Books are a unique attempt to break this mould. Dayglo Books Ltd will look at material for possible publication. If you wish to send us your work, please read our submission criteria carefully before you do so.


Submission Criteria

Target readership for Dayglo Books:

All age groups – men, women, children and teenagers. More men and boys are dyslexic than women and girls. 

Length:

The books will be short – maximum 100 pages.

Number of words required – one piece of between 11 thousand and 12 thousand words. This is an unusual length (the average novel is sixty thousand words or more). But everything about Dayglo Books is unusual.

So between 11 thousand and 12 thousand words
or two pieces of around 5½ thousand words each.
or three pieces of around 3½ thousand words each.

Shorter pieces can be by different writers, providing:
They are on the same theme.
They are aimed at the same target readership. 
They are submitted at the same time.
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Please note – we regularly have to reject work is because it does not meet our length requirements.  We cannot accept single short stories of 3 thousand or 5 thousand words. If you have something like this you would like to submit, please wait until you have several stories and send them together, or team up with a writing buddy to produce two or three stories and submit your work jointly.  They must be on the same theme and aimed at the same target readership. A mix of stories for adults and children will not work. Thank you.

Topics required:

Fiction and Non-fiction.

Kids’ themes: for example - Dinosaurs, Monsters, Naughty children, Talking toys etc, etc The World, The Oceans, Space, Animals

For older readers: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Sweet love stories, Angst-ridden dramas, Wartime heroics, Historical adventures, Biography, Humour. Whatever else your imagination comes up with.

We like variety! We already have: ghost stories for children; magical adventures of the flying carpet type; a dog’s life told by the dog; brother & sister living with unwelcoming relatives; growing up in WW2; a sporting challenge 16th century style; life in the trenches in WW1; bouts with a Georgian bare-knuckle boxer; an underwater excavation of a Viking vessel; two warships in WW2; Noah and great flood as a historical possibility; a young Jamaican woman acting as a spy; a collection of short stories about loss and perplexity; life in the catering trade; three iconic murder trials.

Adapting:

If you have already written a much longer work – is there a sequence you could take from this? Could you rework the sequence into a stand-alone story of the required length? Is there a character you could take from your longer work? Could you follow that character through parts of the original plot to make a stand-alone story? Several of our authors have already done this very successfully.

What to avoid:

Steer clear of very complicated plots with multiple distractors (eg some who-dun-its/spy thrillers)
No strong swearing. 
No heavy sexual innuendo.
No explicit scenes of sex, rape or torture. 

General points: 

There is no problem with your work having been published before providing you hold the rights to it. Don’t modify your usual writing style. Don’t deliberately simplify the vocabulary. Concentrate on character, plot, pace and believability. Keep the reader glued to the page with good story telling. We want your style and your voice.

If we accept your work for publication, expect the editorial team to suggest changes. This is no reflection on your writing – don’t take it personally. Alterations made to help dyslexic readers will be done sensitively and will be explained to you. The editorial team will take care of specific adaptations such as font and layout.

We aim to produce two catalogues a year, of ten books each, so there is plenty of opportunity for you to find a place with us Our preferred way to receive your manuscript is as a WORD document. Your book may be the first book this reader has ever read. That’s quite a responsibility, but also a great honour. Make it special and make it memorable. There are royalty payments for your work if it is accepted for publication but we do not offer advances. 

Please send your submissions to: submissions@dayglobooks.com

Thank you!