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Baen Books

P.O. Box 1188
Wake Forest, NC 27588
Query Methods
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This publisher is seeking the following genres:


Science Fiction
Young Adult


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Author Comments
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02/20/2023 04:12 PM
FQ: 6/6/22
Form Rej: 2/8/23
Urban Fantasy 80k

Thank you for your patience as we considered your novel. Unfortunately, it does not seem right for us.

Due to the volume of manuscripts we receive and the press of other business it is impossible for us to go into particulars. Please do not take this rejection as necessarily a reflection on your work; we can accept fewer than one percent of the manuscripts submitted to us.

Best of luck in another market.
07/27/2022 11:34 AM
Godspeed seaworthy manuscript. Let thy journey end in Baen through the publishing tempest.
12/01/2021 09:50 AM
5/11/21 Submitted Manuscript
11/28/21 ER - Form

Urban Fantasy, 122k
02/10/2021 07:54 PM
01/16/2021 05:17 PM
Got a reply saying my manuscript was pulled for further consideration about 11 months after submitting.
08/07/2020 07:31 AM
EQ: 8/21/2019
Form rejection: 8/7/2019

150k Epic Science Fiction

I tried emailing them at least 3 times to let them know that the old version of the book was completely outdated, but there was no way to get through. (This manuscript got a R&R from another publisher and is going through an extensive revision). I emailed them back recommending they put some kind of contact email on their submissions form for situations like this!
03/23/2019 11:18 AM
OQ: 1/21/17
REPLY: 6/8/17 - Notified that my manuscript has left the slush pile for further review/consideration. Politely requested a detailed synopsis that I'd forgotten to attach. I'm quite surprised to be given that chance since I clearly didn't follow instruction to the letter (read EVERYTHING carefully, guys! I made an embarrassing first impression, here). They prefer a 4-8 page synopsis.

3/20/18 - E-mailed the contact to mention I'd changed my address (which he updated for me in the system; super nice of him!) and was told (without me asking) approximately how many manuscripts were ahead of and behind mine in the reading line. It definitely takes a while, but I'm blown away by how prompt and kind the slush pile contact person is!

ER: 3/23/2019 - Came with some editorial notes, which was absolutely fantastic given the company. Ultimately, too tight a YA fit for the company though. I deeply appreciated the notes on pacing, though. Somehow it feels right and I've confirmed that this project should be rewritten. Long wait, long journey, but they do respond.

YA Paranormal 78k
02/28/2016 06:03 PM
2-28-16 I submitted to them on the advice of another publisher, who said they were having a blast reading my MS but Baen could make a better offer. With no agent, I'm in the slush pile. Not sure I'm patient enough for their wait time, however.
10/28/2014 12:30 PM
OQ 5/2
ER 10/27 form
06/21/2013 07:43 PM
OQ 12/3/2012
ER 6/21/2013

Six and a half months, but that's shorter than their autoreply message said (9-12 months).
02/06/2013 03:28 PM
FS - 8/30/12

Taking a real chance with this submission. I went through everything they asked for, and they did not demand an agent, but it is on their online form. Got to try.

2/6/13 - No response yet.
12/03/2012 12:20 AM
FYI, this is the response you get when submitting through their online form:

"Dear Author,
Thank you for submitting your novel. Note that it takes 9-12 months to review your submission. Sorry but we get a lot of manuscripts. Please be patient. If you have questions please send them to
While you are waiting, we suggest you write your next novel."

01/19/2012 12:38 AM
The link for submissions to Baen is:
http://www.baen.com/FAQS.asp#Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Reaching it through their main page, go to "About Baen" then "FAQ" to find the "Manuscript Submissions" link.
01/08/2012 11:45 AM
Submit link no longer available from the homepage, and the link here results in a 404/Not Found.
10/15/2010 02:37 PM
FYI: Expect to wait, at the very least, 18 months to hear back from them...and that is for a rejection.

Some have waited almost 3 years....
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
08/05/2010 07:41 AM
Profile Update: Accepting submissions. No need to query, upload entire MS instead. (Thanks raarcdog)
07/16/2010 06:26 PM
This page says Baen doesn't accept unsolicited queries, but their website allows for an upload of a full manuscript (in RTF format). Details are here: http://www.baen.com/submit.htm
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