Are you a fantasy writer?
TCK Publishing is a full-service traditional book publisher, and we can get your fantasy novel professionally published and distributed internationally in ebook, paperback, and audiobook formats.
We are a small press fantasy publisher, and we do submit our fantasy novels to industry trade reviewers like Kirkus, Midwest Book Review, Publishers Weekly, San Francisco Book Review, and more.
How to Get Your Fantasy Novel Published
When you’ve developed your fantasy world, guided your characters through their difficult journey, and resolved the challenges you’ve put forth in your plot, it’s time to get your book into readers’ hands.
But sometimes this can feel like even more of a magical act than what’s happening in your novel!
Fantasy is one of the hottest genres in publishing today. Almost 5,000 new fantasy titles are released on Amazon alone every month, and fantasy book sales remain strong. There’s a subgenre for nearly every taste, and new cross-genre titles are appearing every day.
There’s never been a better time to publish your fantasy book and to start your career as a full-time author. But breaking into the industry can be tricky without a knowledgable partner to help you.
You know how to create detailed worlds and amazing characters. We know how to publish great books and build loyal audiences.
Let’s join forces to get your fantasy book into the world!
About TCK Publishing
TCK Publishing is a full-service independent publisher, and we love publishing fantasy novels.
When you submit your manuscript, our experienced editors will get back to you within 14-21 days with a response.
Although we’re able to publish novels much faster than many other traditional publishers, we don’t rush the process. Our goal is to make sure that your book is the best it can be, and we’ll take the time you and your novel need to be ready to succeed.
Submission Guidelines for Fantasy Novels
All fantasy submissions must be at least 40,000 words in length.
Note: We may be able to publish your novellas as well (15,000 to 40,000 words), but you will sell a lot more books and attract more loyal readers if you focus on writing and publishing novels your genre.
There are dozens of fantasy subgenres, in addition to a lot of cross-genre potential. We welcome submissions of any fantasy treatment you can dream up, but there are a few subgenres we’re particularly interested in publishing:
Epic fantasy stories focus on large-scale conflicts and often involve many characters. They’re complex, sometimes spanning huge geographic areas or several generations of characters, and although each novel should be satisfying on its own, it often takes several large novels to wrap up the overarching plot. Examples of bestselling epic fantasy series include Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, and A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
Young Adult Fantasy
Young adult fantasy is defined by the age range of the audience it is written for and the ages of the main characters (12-18 or so). This subgenre can vary widely in themes and storylines, but coming of age stories are most common. These stories deal with young people having to find their place in the world and coping with both a fantastic setting and the challenges of finding their magic (or discovering that they don’t have magic in a magical world) and the difficulties of growing up.
This subgenre focuses on military life and conquests. Usually the protagonist is a soldier, and the story revolves around the roles of a few characters in various battles and wars. The plot might involve a particular battle, a larger war or political movement, or the actions of a few soldiers trying to do the right thing in a challenging situation. There’s lots of action and typically a lot of blood, but often also political undertones.
Dark fantasy is a mixed genre of fantasy and horror. When a novel includes paranormal activity and magic mixed with horror, such as werewolves hunting humans or fire-breathing mutants looking for prey, you’re entering the realm of dark fantasy.
Swords and Sorcery
This subgenre features epic battles, noble knights, kings and queens, powerful magicians, and often incredible creatures like dragons or unicorns. This is the genre many people think of when they think of fantasy: elves, warriors, mages, and epic quests. Plot and characters are of about equal importance here.
Urban or Contemporary Fantasy
Urban fantasy takes place in the modern world, rather than in a mythical time past or a completely different fantasy world. It injects elements of the supernatural or magical into a contemporary setting, hiding magic behind every corner. Often, the protagonist stumbles onto a magical situation by accident and then has to come to terms with the discovery of this new world…or is part of the magical world and has to try to keep magic secret from the “normals.” Urban fantasy often includes elements of mystery, crime, or romance fiction.
This subgenre marries fantasy and romance themes to create a compelling plot. The romance between two characters (or a love triangle) is often central to the plot, but takes place in a fantastic setting loaded with magic, supernatural happenings, and paranormal creatures like werewolves or vampires.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
If you have questions about publishing your fantasy or science fiction books with us, see our Publishing FAQ or contact us through the form at the bottom of this page.
Submit Your Fantasy Manuscript for Publishing Consideration
NOTE: We are currently closed to new fiction submissions. We will update this page when we open again for fiction submissions.
Fill out the Contact form below or send us an email to [email protected] to get in touch with us about getting your books published.
Note: We do accept fantasy book submissions from authors with or without literary agents. If you are a literary agent, please see our literary agent FAQ.