Kindred Ink Press is a romance-centric indie publisher focused on bringing stories to life and allowing imaginations to soar.

We are interested in (almost) all things romance including the following sub-genres with romantic elements:

  • Contemporary
  • ChickLit
  • Cozy Mysteries
  • Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/Futuristic (SF/UF/F)
  • Inspirational (Faith-based)
  • Mystery/Suspense
  • New Adult (Main character(s) 19-25 years)
  • Paranormal (vampires, shifters, angels, faeries, etc.)
  • Romantic comedy
  • Time travel/Time-slips
  • Young Adult (Main character(s) 13 – 18 years)

Note: All genres may be submitted, but please be aware that the above take precedence and your submission may be denied.

Kindred Ink’s Sweet-to-Heat Scale

Kindred books fall into the following Sweet-to-Heat levels:

Clean – No sex or swearing. Romantic gestures include kissing, hugging, cuddling, etc.
Sweet – May have sex, but it is implied and the bedroom door is closed. Mild language possible (natural dialogue).
Sexy – The bedroom door is cracked. Strong language probable (natural dialogue).

Language in dialogue and narration

Some Kindred Ink books may include stronger language and will be noted as such. Dialogue (internal and between characters) should be real, but not degrading.

Kindred Ink books will have varying forms of the English language dependent upon regional settings and dialect of the main characters. We want to introduce our readers to the life these characters live and that includes how they speak. (Example: If a book is set in Australia with the main character(s) being Australian, the narration and most characters will use Australian English. Should Americans visit, they would speak American English.)

Other bits to note

We do accept submissions for previously or currently published books provided they fit into our criteria above. We will still take through the standard Kindred process and will require that the books be removed from publication when your contract is signed.

We do accept simultaneous submissions during our open submission periods. If you have (or are planning) to submit to other publishing houses/presses, please include this information in your submission email. If your manuscript is accepted elsewhere, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible. Please note that submissions sent exclusively to Kindred Ink will be reviewed first.

If you are unsure whether your book fits into our submission criteria, feel free to submit and note a certain section or chapter in your submission email. We’ll jump to that and let you know.


Submission Formatting Requirements

  • Full manuscript
  • 12pt Times New Roman
  • Single spaced
  • Paragraph indent (not tabbed)
  • Word .doc
  • Cover Page in MS
    • Author Name
    • Legal Name
    • Contact Email
    • Working Title
    • Working Series Title
    • Date submitted

A confirmation email will be sent within 48 hours of receipt of your submission. Please allow up to 60 days for Kindred to accept or reject. This will vary depending on the number of submissions received during the open submission period.