Many of you are interested in pitching their novels to the Tapas Team and we're here to help! The novels department has updated their guidelines in order to support you in your journey towards a more successful pitch, which can be found here in our help section, as well as in this topic.
The team is looking for new exciting stories and can't wait to hear from you! Please let us know any additional questions, so we can get that answer to you.
Guidelines for pitching to Premium - Novels
For your submission, please include both a cover letter in the body of your email and a writing sample (plus some more information about your novel) as an attachment.
In your cover letter, please include:
- Logline (sell your novel in 1 sentence)
- Genre(s) [main genre, secondary genres]
- Expected word count (and let us know if your manuscript is in-progress or complete)
- Target audience (who you think would love this series the most)
- A little bit about yourself, including relevant links if applicable (social media, other works, portfolio, etc.)
In your attachment, please include:
- Plot outline (200 - 400 words)
- Character descriptions (personality, character arc, any fun details) of your main characters
- First 5 chapters of your manuscript
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, though we ask that you let us know in your cover letter if you’re submitting (or plan to submit) the novel elsewhere. If you want to submit multiple projects to Tapas, we ask that you send them one at time and then wait at least one week after a decision on one project before submitting another.
Please note that while we’re happy to consider both complete and ongoing projects (and we encourage you to submit your work to get it on our radar, regardless of status!), we’ll need a manuscript of at least 80,000 words before we consider your project for premium serialization.
Once you meet these guidelines, send us an email at email@example.com! We may not be able to respond to every submission, but we appreciate every pitch that comes our way.
If you’ve published a Premium series with us before and you’d like to submit a new idea for Premium, just reach out to your editor by email. We’ll be happy to take a look!
I wish you all the best of luck and happy pitching!!
Isabell / AKA Ratique
Creator Happiness Manager
Edit: The team has compiled frequently asked questions, which I'll copy/paste here to be easily accessible for you!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I pitch a novel that’s already available for free on Tapas?
Can I pitch a novel that’s available on another platform?
As long as you don’t have an exclusive contract with that platform, yes! (Please quadruple check your contract, if that’s the case.)
Do I have to be on Tapas to be considered for Premium?
Nope! That was a requirement previously, but now any project that fits the other guidelines can be pitched. (And if you are on Tapas, there’s no minimum subscriber count, either.)
How do I send my pitch?
Please put your cover letter in the body of your email. We accept Word docs, PDFs, and Google Docs for the attachment portion. If you only have access to another program, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see what we can do!
How strict is the 80,000-word minimum?
We’ve seen that projects that are at least 80,000 words long perform well on Tapas. If you’re right around the 80K mark, feel free to send it along—there may be room for additions and expansion!
Is there a maximum word count?
At the moment, no!
Does “first five chapters” mean “first five Tapas episodes”?
If you’re already publishing on Tapas, yes! If you have a manuscript written that you’re posting elsewhere or haven’t yet shared, you can submit the first five chapters of the manuscript. (A good rule of thumb is about 800-1200 words per episode.)
When will submissions close?
In theory, never, but we’ll let you know if that changes.
When will I hear back on my pitch?
Our goal is to get back to everyone with a decision within two weeks, though as we mention in the guidelines, we won’t always be able to respond. If you haven’t heard from us after about three weeks, feel free to give us a nudge.
Can I keep posting new episodes of the series I pitched after pitching you?
If my pitch is rejected, do I have to wait to submit another novel? Can I resubmit the same novel later?
We ask that you wait at least one week before submitting a new project for consideration. If you’d like to edit and resubmit the same novel, we’ll be glad to take another look down the line.
If I’m accepted to the Premium Program, does that mean I can’t post my novel anywhere else?
Not necessarily. Just like community creators, creators of Premium series always own the rights to their story, and we understand it might be important to you to be able to post your work elsewhere, or that your work may already be available on another platform. We offer both exclusive and non-exclusive contracts and tailor each new deal to the creator!
What kind of support do I get as a Premium creator?
First, you get a share of the revenue generated from sales of your episodes. You’ll also have a dedicated account manager to guide you through the production process.
How old do I have to be to submit my novel to the program?
We ask that you be at least 18 years old to submit.
You’ll receive marketing support from Tapas, as well. That support varies for each novel and depends on what our marketing team thinks will work best, but marketing efforts can include things like inclusion in sales, push notifications to readers, banners on the Tapas site, or social media posts. Additionally, successful Premium novels can be considered for our novel-to-comic program, through which we work with creators to adapt their novel into a comic on Tapas.