Thank you for your interest in Talking Louis! We are a small press focused on topics of mixed race, mixed ethnicity, mixed culture, mixed religion, mixed socioeconomics, and mixed gender identity. Learn more about our mission and topics.
Please take the time to follow our submission guidelines below.
Thank you for your interest in Talking Louis. We’re really excited to hear from you, but before submitting to us, please read through the following guidelines for Match Point Publishing.
We strongly recommend that you take the time to familiarize yourself with our list to make sure that your work will be compatible with our program. We will not respond to submissions that have absolutely nothing to do with our mission. Since we take unrepresented work, it’s important to follow our instruction to increase your chances of hearing back from us.
What does “mixed” mean?
Mixed experiences can vary. As long as your story focuses on the blending of two elements and can provide insight into the challenges of doing so, we are open to hearing it.
Examples of a mixed experience can include, but are not limited to, facing struggles with raising children in a mixed religion household, someone facing the challenges of being sexually fluid in a polarized world, someone struggling to understanding themselves as a mixed-ethnicity person.
Adult Trade Submissions
Match Point Publishing promotes adult fiction and nonfiction stories about the realities of our modern-day mixed world.
What we accept:
- Collections of essays and stories
- We accept submissions by email only. Direct all submissions to (hello AT talkinglouis[dot]com). Please include the word "SUBMISSION" in the subject of the email.
- We do accept unsolicited manuscripts and we review all proposals, please ensure your work meets our mission.
- Please send the first 30 pages of your manuscript to us directly in the body of the email. Paste it after your cover letter. We will not open any documents (links, Word files, etc.) If we want to see more of your work or the manuscript we will let you know the format to send it in. Please direct any questions to our Submissions Team (hello AT talkinglouis[dot]com). The email will make its way to the right people from there.
- If you have multiple project proposals, please note that we will not accept more than three (3) submissions by the same author during the same six-month period. If you are submitting more than one at the same time, please include all of them in the same email.
- For manuscripts that are part of a series, please submit the first installment pages only. Information about the rest of the series may be included in the cover letter.
What to Include in Your Proposal
In addition to the General Guidelines, please include a cover letter that includes the following information:
- Contact information (full name, email address, phone number, website, social media)
- Brief description of the project
- Word count or expected word count
- Brief explanation of why you feel Talking Louis is an appropriate place for your book
- Author biography
- List of previous publications
- List of any awards that you might have received related to writing or the subject you are writing about
- List of similar titles including the author name, publisher, date of publication, and a brief explanation of how your book is similar and/or different from what's currently available
- If your proposal is a simultaneous submission, please indicate this in your cover letter
Why the cover letter? Works are assessed solely on the virtue of the quality of the writing and compatibility with our program. The cover letter is meant primarily to give us more context for your work and to better understand the amount of thought you have put into your work.
When can you expect to hear from us? We aim to respond to submissions within two months, hopefully earlier. We try to give a response to every submission because we respect your hard work and interest in literature. If you don’t hear from us within three months, feel free to follow up.
How can you check on the status of your proposal? We keep track of all submissions received. Because we want to spend our time reading your work, we do not answer individual queries before the three-month mark.
Do you provide feedback on proposals? Talking Louis does not offer editorial comment on manuscripts unless we feel the work has potential for our list.
- These guidelines are for informational purposes only and do not constitute a solicitation of any manuscript, artwork, transparencies, or other material. Submission of any materials shall be done at the author’s own risk of loss or damage.
- For unsolicited materials that we want to see additional work for, an additional waiver will be required to be signed to protect everyone from unforeseen issues in the future.
Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you.