Submissions

We are a Toronto-based publisher of military and security-focused fiction and non-fiction works. We’re interested in material that sheds new light on familiar topics, or that changes what we think we know about a topic. Although we are primarily interested in Canadian or Canada-based authors, we will also consider works by writers who are farther afield.

Our guiding light is that we want to publish the kinds of books that we want to read, so don’t be afraid to give us a try.

In particular, we are interested in:

  • smart military fiction, in any setting (historical, sci fi, etc). Think everything from Bernard Cornwell to Robert Heinlein.
  • military, security or conflict-related histories, especially those that offer a new perspective on a familiar topic
  • military biographies or memoirs
  • books on military theory and tactics, modern or historical
  • books on global security issues, modern or historical
  • battlefield guides
  • military themed graphic novels
  • guides or references for collectors of militaria, modellers, wargamers and reenactors

Please note: We are not generally interested in acquiring books that have been previously self-published, unless there have been significant changes to the original work that would compel an owner of the original version to buy the new one.

Printers vs Publishers

It’s important to note – we use a traditional publishing model, where money flows from the publisher to the author, not the other way around. There are no fees or costs involved with submitting to us or publishing with us. We receive many queries by authors who are seeking a printer rather than a publisher. A printer is a business that produces physical books – they charge by the copy printed, have no editorial interest in the quality of the material they are printing, and may offer other services (editing, distribution) but do so for a fee. A publisher acquires the rights to publish books from authors based on our evaluation of the strength of the work, edit and design the book in collaboration with the author, hire a printer to produce the physical work, and then market and distribute it. We recoup our costs from the sale of the book and pay the author an agreed upon royalty.

Submission Process

To submit your work for consideration, please send an email with the following information to submissions@doubledagger.ca:

  • a brief synopsis of the work, including total word count
  • a biography, including your country of residence
  • one sample chapter pasted into the body of the email

Please be patient. We will respond as quickly as possible to every submission, although we will often not be able to provide any specific feedback should we not accept a submission. We appreciate how hard it is for a writer go through the submissions process, and endeavour to respect that in how quickly and clearly we respond.

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