Guidelines for Graphic Novels

Guidelines for Authors and Illustrators of Graphic Novels
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please refer to the guidelines below. For general questions, see McFarland’s author resource center. For questions not covered there, please contact Natalie Foreman.We’re looking for high quality artwork and solid writing with a storyline aimed at an adult audience. Both nonfiction and fiction manuscripts are being considered. If you have an idea for a graphic novel, you are welcome to send us an email describing the overall project.

If your project is further along, we would welcome a full proposal which should include a brief storyline synopsis, five to six complete consecutive pages, an estimated page count (ideally we are looking for a page range from 125-300 pages) and a projected completion date. Projects can be black and white, grayscale, spot- and full-color, or a combination of these.

Pages will need to be scanned at a resolution of 400-1200 pixels per inch (ppi) at 100% of the print block size of 5 3/4″ x 8 11/16″. We prefer images in TIFF format or other lossless file formats.

When published, the book will be 7″ x 10″. All projects will need to be formatted to fit the print block of 5 3/4″ x 8 11/16″. We can send a hard-copy template outlining the dimensions which will result in a proportionally accurate reduction, or you can download a template below to print out a hard-copy for yourself.

Letter-sized Template (8.5″ x 11″)
Legal-sized Template (8.5″ x 14″)
Tabloid-sized Template (11″ x 17″)

Nonfiction Books about Comics & Graphic Narratives
Go here to browse McFarland’s line of acclaimed nonfiction books about comics and graphic narratives.