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Query Page

Outer Banks Publishing Group, OBX Publishing Companies

Don’t let your manuscript drift into obscurity

If you have a completed manuscript you would like to submit for consideration, please email the first 1-3 chapters to


Please include the following information with your submission:

  • Short description of what your book is about no more than five pages*
  • Type – non-fiction or fiction
  • Genre – biography, memoir,  self-help, anthology, mass market, literary, romance, scifi, thriller, mystery. If you are not sure check the Agent Query site for genre descriptions.
  • Word count
  • Platform – why you are qualified to write your book (in essence, a short resume about yourself)
  • Publishing history – any additional work you have published (it’s ok if you haven’t published anything)
  • Your expectations – what you expect Outer Banks Publishing to do for you if your book is accepted
  • Your goals as an author
  • Contact information
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope if you snail mail your query

*If you are not sure how to present your query, refer to these articles on how to write queries:

The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters by Wendy Burt
Good Article on Query Letters from Writer’s Digest

How to Write a Query Letter
How to Write a Great Query Letter – free ebook
Writing a Query Letter

Thank you for considering Outer Banks Publishing Group and be sure to read the article below on what we look for in your book.

What we look for in your book

Whether you have written nonfiction or fiction, all books in essence are about a story.

In light of the hundred of thousands of books published each year and the number increasing daily with the explosion of ebooks and self-publishing, your book has to be exceptional to get noticed and to ultimately be purchased.

Here are some basic elements that should be in every book:

1. Known as the lead or hook in newspapers, the first sentence or paragraph should effectively communicate something that will entice, interest or emotionally attach the reader to your book so he or she will want to read the rest of the book.

2. Every word, sentence, paragraph and section or chapter should relate in some way to the theme or story in a significant way. Background information on a character, a situation or concept should not be there just to fill pages. It should all relate in some way like the Ying and Yang – each complement each other, each are relevant to each other as parts that create the whole.

3. This may sound obvious, but your book should have a beginning, a middle and an end. In essence, all questions, concerns or conflicts should be resolved by the end of the book. The reader should not be left with any questions whether your book is nonfiction or fiction unless intentional.

Content is king. No matter what you write about, if the content and the writing engages, inspires, entertains or educates with an emotional attraction, the world will open up to you.


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