Please email me your submission, but first, please read what types of submissions Dragonfly accepts. Only submissions following the guidelines below will be considered.
In order for us to add a book recommendation to this site (as a book post, which auto-adds to the database), your book must:
- Have ecological themes
- Be listed at Goodreads (with few exceptions); we use a Goodreads plug-in that auto-updates reviews and book information
- Be fiction (can be a novel, novella, short story, graphic novel, etc.)
- Be published already, unless there are media reviews/previews, as pointed out below
- Have at least 10-20 positive ratings/reviews on Goodreads or have positive reviews in either a mainstream literary blog or news media
- Not promote conspiracy theories or scientific denialism
Please allow 1-3 weeks for your book to be posted. If you don’t see it, feel free to remind me. The most likely reason your book would not appear, however, is if it doesn’t meet all the guidelines above.
Book Spotlight and Reviews Submissions
I do a few type of spotlights every month or so. All submissions should follow the guidelines above, though with some features, such as the world eco-fiction one, I try to find authors who are notable and have many positive, independent reviews. Note that while I do all this work voluntarily, I do appreciate support as well–mainly a social media follow and share when I promote your work freely, and a digital ARC or copy of your book is beneficial for me being able to ask the right questions in interviews. You can find our social media links at the top-right corner of the website (see the icons).
- World Eco-fiction Series: Climate Change and Beyond: This spotlight travels around the world each month highlighting notable authors’ novels or stories set in various places. Since it’s an around-the-world series, diversity is key, meaning that marginalized authors (people of color, LGBTQ authors, women, and others) will be highly considered. I try to plan these features months in advance, so often am backed up for a while.
- Indie Corner: This is a new series that spotlights authors of ecologically oriented fiction who have at least ten positive reviews and have either self-published or published through a small indie press (4-8 books a year). If you’re interested in participating, please shoot me an email.
- Women Working in Nature & the Arts Interviews: Originally, this series was separated out (before the other series opened up) but now features interviews with all women at the site who write fiction or poetry, make art (any type) and otherwise have nature or environmental issues at the heart of their work.
- Turning the Tide: The Youngest Generation: Occasionally (but not often), I interview an author writing fiction in the area of YA/teen or children’s eco-literature. In the past, before this newer section opened, these interviews appeared in the original climate change author spotlights, which eventually merged into the world eco-fiction series.
- Other Interviews: This section holds all the interviews at the site, no matter what area above they fall into. If they don’t fit into a spotlight above, they will be considered a regular interview on their own. I rarely do interviews that don’t fit into the other categories due to time and the fact this is a voluntary project.
- Reviews: I rarely review books, because I just don’t have the time to do so, and when I do review a book–about once a year–I do it because I really loved a book so much and then had time to review it. I will usually entertain the idea of a writing a review if the submitter is willing to do a review exchange with one of my own novels. The reviews listed by Kimberly Christensen in Turning the Tide are not request-based. Kimberly sends reviews of children’s stories when she has time.
Dragonly Library (Excerpt) Submission
The Dragonfly Library welcomes submissions of all green reads–nonfiction, fiction, poetry & prose, graphic novel, and short story excerpts. You may also submit nature writing in the forms of articles and essays. Submissions must have a few notability requirements, including:
- All samples should be well-written, grammatically sound, and interesting.
- Book (excerpt) submissions must have good reviews and ratings in Amazon or Goodreads, favorable reviews in the press, or be written by an already a notable author; the book does not have to be published yet if it meets these qualifications.
- Short story and essay excerpts from anthologies, personal writing, blog posts, etc., are also accepted.
- All submissions must have a strong environmental/nature focus.
Please send us the following details:
- Cover image of the book cover; licensed-for-use concept art for non-books is also allowed
- Permission to publish an excerpt (from the author if self-published or from the publisher that holds printing rights)
- Time allowed to have on site (can be indefinite)
- Link for ordering the book
- Book title and author’s name or pen name
- Publication date
- Extract in Word format (no longer than 10 manuscript pages for full-length works, 3 poems for poetry books, and 2 manuscript pages for short stories)
- Author links (social media, blog, book page, press, etc.)
This service is a voluntary effort to raise awareness of nature and environmental themes in literature; it costs nothing to authors and is not supported by ad revenue. We do appreciate links back to the site, which helps raise awareness of this service.