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Black Opal Books is now taking new submissions. If you previously submitted a manuscript prior to June 1, 2015 and did not receive a response from us, your submission was probably lost when our database failed. If so, please resubmit the manuscript, synopsis, and query letter, and note in your query letter that you previously submitted the manuscript and did not hear back from us.

Featured Author: Marissa Bauder

Marissa Bauder

Marissa Bauder is a long-time lover of reading, particularly young adult novels. Now she is writing her very own stories, to be published by Black Opal Books. When she doesn't have her nose stuck in a book or in her Kindle, Bauder can be found playing hide and seek with her daughter, snuggling up with her cats and a warm blanket, or indulging in some hot chocolate and reality television. Bauder has lived all over the continental United States, but currently resides in southeastern Ohio with her family.

Published Books
  • Diseased (The)
     Cover for: Diseased (The)

From Our Editor

We are extremely proud of all our authors, many of whom have consistently won awards for their writing. At this time, I would like to acknowledge three whose books recently won awards in national competitions.

First is Alison McMahan. Her book, The Saffron Crocus, a young adult/new adult historical mystery/romance, won first place in the YA/NA category of the Royal Palm Literary Awards competition. The Saffron Crocus also won 4th place in the Best Book of the Year category in the same contest, competing against over 350 other books.

The second is Jennifer Gibson. Her book, Destiny, a young adult/new adult story of a hearing-impaired young woman, won an award for excellence from the New Apple Book Awards. Gibson is also the recipient of the HearStrong Ambassador Award from the HearStrong Foundation in Syracuse, New York.

The third is Mark S. Bacon. His book, Death in Nostalgia City, a contemporary mystery/thriller, won an honorable mention in the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival.


Congratulations, everyone. Well done.


Check out our selection of large print books. We are gradually putting our more popular books into large print paperback for easy reading. For our readers with vision problems or for those of you who just prefer 16 pt. print, please check our catalog for our large print paperback versions. We have some great new stories coming our this year by some fabulous new authors, so please keep checking back to see our new releases.

I fell very blessed

I feel very blessed and honored that Black Opal Books chose to publish my book! I had so many questions and was so naïve about everything. BOB's staff is extremely kind, helpful, and understanding. They never make me feel that my questions are stupid and they always take the time to work with me. The feedback I received from the editors was invaluable and very much appreciated! Jack had the patience of Job when he worked with me on my book cover. I couldn't be happier and I hope our relationship lasts a long time!

-Debbie Lee

You guys are Great!!

What I like about Black Opal Books is the natural way you communicate. Mostly your replies are quick when we have questions. To work with the editing department is so easy. My explanations about my writing (or questions about it) is taken without fuss (as I have sometimes experienced differently). My ideas about book covers are worked out beautifully. What can I say?
Two thumbs up!


You guys go out of your way to help!!

The first books I contracted to Black Opal Books were written with a co-writer, and we were in the process of separating our relationship in order to pursue solo careers. As a result, our contracts presented unique and more complicated arrangements to ensure all parties’ rights and wishes were respected. Representatives for this publisher conducted themselves with the utmost professionalism at all times and the publishing process was smooth and rapid from contract to publication.

I find the royalty percentages are better than most small press publishers provide and sales on my two current releases have exceeded my expectations. I can endorse this publisher and because I like working with this group, I am now in the process of contracting for publication of another book, this time under my real name.

-Bobbye Terry

Black Opal is a friendly company

Black Opal is writer-friendly. How many presses would allow you to withdraw your title after two years after they did everything they could to make it sell? I won't be withdrawing though. I plan to keep my book with Black Opal because they continue to work for me.

Lauri is one of the best editors I've ever had, and the editing process at BOB is identical to the process at much larger publishers who have published my thrillers. Lauri made my book better, and she explained the changes to me every step of the way.

-Bonnie Hearn Hill

A Truly wonderful experience.

My experience with Black Opal Books has been wonderful. As a debut Author, I was nervous as to how the process would work. It was fascinating to see, from the inside, how it happened. My editors were very encouraging and responsive. I have already encouraged others writers to submit their work to them.

Thanks, Black Opal Books! Love you all.

-Carl M. Coger, Sr.