NOTE: NHP will be closed for submissions in July and August 2021.
We invite submissions, but please observe our Guidelines. We’re open to almost any genre except experimental work (not our audience), porn, and stories whose obvious goal is to denigrate some specific person or group. Though we personally love picture books and graphic novels, we are not set up to publish illustration-dependent works. We’re very interested in the work of graduates of accredited Literature, English, or Creative Writing programs who have not yet found a foothold in the marketplace. So, if you’ve completed your degree and have a publication-ready creative nonfiction or novel project or themed novel-in-stories that you haven’t been able to place with a big-house publisher, please query us!
We consider all genres, but at present especially would like to see well-crafted romance novels, tightly-written thrillers, convincing science fiction, work by writers of color, vivid and well-written war memoirs or novels, and self-help projects, especially on medical, psychological, or health topics.
Please don’t submit a manuscript until it’s in as excellent a state as you can make it. We turn down submissions that arrive riddled with typos from page one, or presented in unparagraphed chunks of dense summary, as if still a first draft or outline rather than a fully-developed work. We are a publishing house, not an editorial service. So don’t jump the gun. That just wastes everyone’s time!
NHP GUIDELINES FOR QUERIES
FORMAT: All submissions should be in 12 point type, double-spaced, with reasonable margins, and page numbers. It’s a good idea to also put your name or the title in the header, as we do sometimes print out pages to read when the computer eyestrain gets too intense. We prefer MS Word files or PDFs. Or you may embed your sample pages in the emailed query.
PAGE/WORD COUNT FOR QUERY: In general, for unsolicited queries we prefer to see no more than one chapter, or about 10 to 25 pages maximum. For special open calls, follow the guidelines stated in the call for manuscripts.
SUPPORT MATERIALS: Along with the sample pages, please include a cover email that briefly addresses these issues:
A BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT that includes pertinent writing experience or previous publications, and also (especially for nonfiction submissions) any related experience, such as relevant travel, subject specialties like medical degrees, or personal experiences with the challenges addressed in a work.
Also include a paragraph on who you believe to be the TARGET AUDIENCE, and how you will actively assist in PROMOTION of the published work, for example, through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, etc., and/or author websites or podcasts or blogs or review sites. Why? Because even prior to the pandemic, two thirds of all books were sold online, and writers with no internet presence will not have the visibility needed these days to make their books visible as well, and thus make themselves known to potential readers.
We also love IN-PERSON EVENTS at bookstores, conferences, and festivals, of course. But such events are on hold now for the most part, until the pandemic is under control. Thus writers and publishers must think outside the box for the foreseeable future!
Submissions can be sent to:
Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Horror: email@example.com
Audiobook Matters: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lifestyle, Nonfiction, Memoir, and Other: email@example.com
All other questions and comments can be sent below.
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Yours in the Word,
Northampton House Press.