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Our Submission Process

We are not a self-publishing platform, and we do not publish every manuscript that we read. The Empowered Press only publishes manuscripts that align with our mission.


Similar to traditional publishing, we fully vet our authors (a very strict vetting process). Our authors qualify for traditional reviews, online and traditional distribution, as well as our in-house sales and marketing team. Every manuscript published by EP undergoes several rounds of editing by our team of highly qualified editors: developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and two rounds of proofreading.

We do NOT charge a submission fee. We accept both solicited and unsolicited manuscripts.

Please review and follow our submission process. 

Not ready to begin the submission process or unsure if your manuscript is ready for publication? We offer a manuscript review with the publisher. Email us for more information:



30 Minute Discovery Call

This is where your journey to becoming a published author with the Empowered Press begins. Schedule a 30-minute discovery call with our acquisition manager.


You'll complete a short questionnaire to help us prepare for our meeting. 


Invitation to Submit Manuscript

Once you have met with our acquisitions manager, you will receive an email within 24 hours inviting you to submit your manuscript for vetting. If you choose to accept our invitation, you will proceed to the next step: submitting and vetting your manuscript. 


Manuscript Vetting

Submit the first 50 pages of your manuscript, a short synopsis (should not exceed 200 words), and a chapter-by-chapter summary.

If you do not have formal chapters, a nonfiction book, or an outlier genre (trade or popular nonfiction), please do your best to provide an overview of your manuscript.

Please allow 2-3 weeks from submission for a decision.


Response from Publisher

Once the team has made a decision, you will receive an email from our publisher, Jill Carlyle. 

The email will inform you of your next steps and invite you to schedule a call with our publisher to discuss your options, answer questions, and review your publishing agreement.


Publisher & Author Agreement Overview 

Once you have been notified that EP has accepted your manuscript, we will schedule a call to review your publishing agreement and answer any questions you have.


Author Accepts Terms & Signs Agreement

Congratulations and WELCOME to the Empowered Press family of authors!

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