Are you the author of a romance novel, novella, or short story?
If so, we may be able to publish, distribute, and market your book for you!
Let TCK Publishing be your romance publisher—we can get your book in the hands of readers all over the world in eBook, paperback, and audiobook format.
TCK Publishing Services for Romance Authors
TCK Publishing is a full-service independent publisher, and we love publishing romance books.
Here’s a brief list of the services we provide free of charge to romance authors:
- Developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading
- Book cover design
- Ebook formatting, design, and publishing
- Paperback design, layout, and publishing
- Audiobook narration, production, and publishing
- Book reviewer outreach and marketing
- Online advertising to promote your book
- We email our list of TCK Romance readers
- And much more! (See our FAQ for more information)
We have a team of professional editors ready to work with you to get your romance manuscript in the best possible shape to enchant your readers.
We do not rush publishing projects just to hit a deadline if the book is not ready. We pride ourselves on getting your book to readers quickly, but we want to make sure we get the job done right first and foremost.
Submission Guidelines for Romance
We are currently accepting submissions for romance titles.
The minimum word count for romance submissions is 40,000 words.
We welcome all romance and mixed-genre submissions, so don’t worry if your book doesn’t fit into the exact box of any one particular romance subgenre. We care more about a great story than arbitrary publishing industry definitions of what a romance novel should or should not be.
Here are some of the romance subgenres we are particularly interested in publishing:
Clean Romance: This subgenre focuses on romantic relationships and sweet romance, with less emphasis on sex. In fact, there are no explicit sex scenes, very few “fades to black,” and often nothing more than hugs, kisses, and emotional closeness. These romances are appropriate for all ages.
Contemporary Romance: This subgenre includes romance novels that are set from 1950 to the present day. They usually focus mostly on the romantic relationship.
Erotic Romance (Erotica): This subgenre includes novels where explicit sexual interactions are common and often an important part of the love story, character development, and theme.
Historical Romance: Generally, this subgenre includes romance novels set before the 1950s. Most are very carefully researched to accurately represent the era in which they’re set.
Inspirational Romance: This subgenre includes novels where religion and spirituality play a major role in the plot.
Paranormal Romance: In this subgenre, fantasy, magic, or science fiction elements play a crucial role in the story, although the romance between the characters is still the main focus.
Romantic Suspense: This includes romance books where suspense, mystery, or thriller themes play a major role in the plot and storyline.
Young Adult Romance: This subgenre includes romance novels where the protagonist is usually age 22 or younger.
Submit Your Romance Manuscript for Publishing Consideration
Fill out the contact form below or send us an email at [email protected] to get in touch with us about getting your books published.
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Romance Books Published by TCK Publishing
Below you will find a few of the romance titles we have published recently.
Willow Grove Abbey (Book 1): A young woman must choose between the man she loves and the inheritance she deserves.
St. James Road (Book 2): The war has ended, but the turmoil and heartache are far from over for Sophia.
Serendipity (Book 3): An age-old mystery is finally solved, and an unforgettable heroine returns to complete her journey of growth.
Willow Grove Abbey hit #2 on the Metaphysical Fiction bestseller list on Amazon.
The Claybourne Trilogy
The White Feather (Book 1): This novel follows the Claybourne family through the events of WWI and the decline of a marriage.
The White Butterfly (Book 2): In Post–World War I England, a woman struggles to pursue her dreams in a society that rarely recognizes women as equals.
White Cliffs of Dover (Book 3): Lily Claybourne finally forges her path after her struggles during World War I.
Saved by a Cowboy by Julia Daniels: A city girl on the run finds love in the arms of a rancher.
Second Chance Romance
Bella Cove by Rochelle Katzman: A young woman gets a second chance at love, but her family’s secrets could ruin everything.
The Paradox Initiative hit #1 on Amazon on the Action & Adventure Romance bestseller list.
See more of our bestselling books and results from our marketing campaigns here.
The Romance Book Market
Did you know that romance is by far the biggest genre market for fiction in the United States?
Here’s some information every romance author should know about the market for romance* right now:
- About 75% of all paid U.S. ebook sales (for all markets, not just romance) happen on Amazon
- Readers currently buy about 174 million romance ebooks on Amazon each year, but only they only buy 27.5 million romance books in print according to Nielsen Bookscan
- Over 96 million romance ebooks are read on Amazon each year through the Kindle Unlimited program
- At least 45% of ebooks purchased on Amazon.com are romance
- Traditional publishers dramatically underreport romance sales because over 50% of romance sales each year are from indie authors
- More than 67% of all romance sales are not tracked by any traditional publishing industry metric such as ISBNs.
- Romance titles enrolled in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program earn the author 2.5x more royalties on average (that’s why we enroll all our romance ebooks in Kindle Unlimited—so you earn more royalties)
* This data comes from AuthorEarnings.com. Check out their presentation slides here for even more amazing data and information about the market for romance books.
Frequently Asked Romance Questions (FARQ)
What types of romance books do you publish?
We publish all romance subgenres, including but not limited to: contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, adventure romance, romantic thrillers, fantasy romance, erotic romance, and more.
If you have written or are working on a romance book or series, contact us here to see if we would be a good fit to work together.
Do you accept unsolicited romance manuscripts?
Yes, we are accepting unsolicited manuscripts in all major genres and nonfiction markets, including romance.
Where will you publish my romance book?
We publish books on Amazon Kindle in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Brazil, France, Japan, India, and many other countries.
Print books will be available in North America and Europe and possibly other countries if demand exists.
Audiobooks will be published in the U.S. on Audible.com and will be available to customers internationally from Audible and iTunes, the two largest digital audiobook retailers in the world. Some of our romance books are also distributed as audiobook CDs to libraries and select retailers like Costco.
How much will I get paid for publishing my romance novel?
We pay our authors 50% of net royalties and 50% of all payments received for subsidiary rights and licensing deals.
For example, if we earn $10,000 in royalties for your book, you get paid 50% of that amount, or $5,000.
If we earn a $5,000 advance for a five-year deal to license the German language rights for your book, you earn 50% of that, or $2,500. Plus, you would earn 50% of the net royalties we receive from the German publisher if they sell enough copies of the book for you to earn out their advance.
It’s just that simple: for every dollar your book brings in, you get half (which is 3–5x more than what you would earn with a traditional publisher).
What services do you provide?
We are a full-service independent publisher. That means we are able to provide every service you need, from ghostwriting to developmental editing to publishing, marketing, promotion and more.
Here’s just a few of the services we provide:
- Help with market testing and selecting bestselling book title ideas
- Professional book cover design
- Formatting and publishing for eBooks
- Interior book design for print books
- Audiobook narration, editing, mastering, publishing, and distribution
- Marketing your book for expanded distribution and licensing opportunities
- Ongoing marketing and book promotion campaigns
- Marketing advice, mentorship, and guidance so you can focus on your strengths when it comes to marketing and not waste time doing things that don’t work or that you don’t enjoy
- Tracking sales and royalties
- Foreign language rights sales and marketing at the Frankfurt Book Fair and London Book Fair each year
- And much more!
Will my book be available in international markets?
Absolutely. Your book will be available all over the world in the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, Australia, Germany, Japan, and many other countries through Amazon and other distribution channels.
In addition, we actively market our titles to international publishers year-round, as well as at the Frankfurt Book Fair and London Book Fair.
If you’re interested in foreign language rights for TCK Publishing titles, please contact us at [email protected]
I previously self-published my book, or my book was published by another publisher. Can I switch to TCK Publishing?
Yes, assuming your publishing contract allows you to switch, we can republish your book and begin marketing it for you.
If you self-published your book, you can definitely switch to us right away. We have had many clients switch from self-publishing to TCK Publishing and can make the process quick, easy, and painless for you.
If you published your book with another publisher, you’ll need to look at your publishing contract to see if you still own the rights to your work. If you have questions about whether or not a previous publisher controls the rights to your work, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll do our best to help.
How much do romance novelists make?
Romance is the best-selling fictional genre, and this includes self-published romances. That being said, paychecks can still vary—by millions.
For example, romance novelist Danielle Steel is the best selling author alive, and has a net worth of $385 million. However, it’s worth noting that she’s been in the game since 1973, when her first book was published. That kind of success takes time, so don’t be discouraged if you’re not raking in those kinds of royalties just yet. To read more about her success, check out our post on the world’s richest authors.
As a romance novelist, you can expect to make anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to help pay the bills, to several thousand per month and more, enough that you might consider dropping your day job. The reason this gap is so big is because your profits will depend on a number of factors, including the quality of your writing, the effectiveness of your marketing efforts, how often you publish a book, and more.
How do you become a successful romance writer?
To become a successful romance writer, you’ll need to practice writing often, and study the best writing in the niche you’re interested in.
Romance sells very well, but it’s up to you to create characters your readers will connect with and care about. For detailed tips, check out our post on how to write a romance novel.
How do I submit my manuscript?
Simply email us your typed manuscript in any digital format. We prefer Microsoft Word files in .doc or .docx format, but we can accept PDFs, .epub, .mobi, and a variety of different file types. If your manuscript is in a different file format, just contact us and we can find a way to work with it or convert it to a workable file format.
If your manuscript was typed on a typewriter or handwritten, we will definitely want to get it typed into a word processor on a computer so that we can edit and publish it.
Hear What Our Authors Are Saying…
“I have loved to write all of my life, and it was always my dream to see a book of mine in publication. But, while I loved the writing, I hadn’t the foggiest notion of how to go about getting an agent and everything else involved in traditional publishing. As a first time author, I was certain it would be a waste of time submitting manuscripts, and having them rejected. However, I continued to write for my own pleasure. Then what I consider a miracle took place!
I bought the book the Kindle Publishing Bible by Tom Corson-Knowles, and read everything I could get my hands on about Kindle publishing. I am not the least bit ‘techie” and knew if I tried publishing on my own, it would look dreadful. So, I wrote to Tom Corson-Knowles, and was delighted when he called me. We chatted for about an hour, and he sent me a publishing contract. The book I had on my computer had been written over a period of thirty years – long overdue to be published. It was close to nine hundred pages in length. So, I split it into three books, and we had a trilogy. Of course that required some changes, and a lot of editing work, but it all came together rather nicely.
This has truly been the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. My Psychology professor during my first year at college, asked me to collaborate with him on an Adolescent Psychology text book, but I was too unsure of my capabilities and turned him down. Other wonderful writing possibilities presented themselves through the years, but I had no faith in myself. I couldn’t bear the thought of piles of rejection letters.
After talking to Tom, I really began to believe that I could do this. I should add that I am a 71-year-old first time novelist! My experience is certainly living proof that one is never too old to accomplish their dreams. When my first book, Willow Grove Abbey, was published on Kindle it was an immediate success, and became a best seller very quickly. It is a historical romance novel, set in England during World War II. This book was quickly followed by the second book in the trilogy – St. James Road, which also became a best seller before it had been on Amazon for a few hours. Today it is number twelve in its genre. The third book in the trilogy, Serendipity, also reached best seller status immediately. It is now number six in its genre. I am earning over a thousand dollars a month. I have a new historical romance trilogy underway entitled Claybourne Court. This too will be set in England, in World Wars I and II, and I hope to see the success I had with my first trilogy repeated.
I have learned an enormous amount, now that I am truly a bestselling author. First and foremost, unless you have a master’s degree in English Literature, do not try to edit your book yourself. You will be sorry! I hold a doctorate in Psychology, but my editing skills left much to be desired. So, the best advice I can give is to hire an excellent editor. Tom has great editors available through TCK Publishing and they are superb. My experience has been marvelous, and finally, at age 71, I am doing what I was always meant to do.
TCK Publishing takes care of all of the formatting for me, and even assists in the cover design choice. I trust TCK Publishing to do great work. Tom’s ideas are terrific. His marketing skills are beyond compare, and I believe that makes all the difference in sales. He knows exactly when to take advantage of the promotions that KDP Select offers to its writers, and these promotions send sales skyrocketing. Getting in touch with Tom, and learning about Kindle are two of the best things I have ever done in my life. I hope to be writing and publishing books with TCK Publishing until I simply can’t write anymore!“
Mary Christian Payne, #1 Bestselling Author of Willow Grove Abbey