Submission Guidelines for Authors
We are open to a broad range of subjects, well written, by authoritative authors. We welcome submissions from both new and previously published authors. Please see below for our submission guidelines.
- Publishes hardcover, e-books, audio and trade paperbacks, originals. Will accept unsolicited mss, provided the “How to Submit” guidelines are followed correctly.
- Pays 20% on royalty (one of the higher offers in the industry). Does not pay any advances.
- Publishes ms 12-32 months after acceptance. Accepts simultaneous submissions. Responds within 120 days to submissions. Please do not follow up before the 120 day mark.
- Publishes up to 15 books a year, markets all of them
We do not print:
- erotic novels
- any works that discriminate against other races, sexes, and
- any works that depict rape or have extreme trigger warnings
- explicit/toxic romance (YA or Adult)
- books that have been self-published in the English language
Subjects include adventure, fantasy, gay, gothic, historical, literary, mystery, military, psych-thrillers, science-fiction, suspense, war and western. We look for a strong story line and exceptional literary talent. Authors should strive to break free of stereotypes, cliches, and worn out plot devices to create strong, believable stories with depth and emotional intensity.
Subjects include alternative lifestyles, art, biography, contemporary culture, education, environment, ethnic, history, hobbies, humanities, literary criticism, literature, memoirs, multicultural, music, nature, new age, philosophy, photography, plays, pop culture, psychology, recreation, spirituality, screenwriting and travel. Please ensure you have any and all references needed to validate information accuracy if writing of historical or current events.
Subjects include adventure, fantasy, gay, gothic, historical, literary, mystery, military, psych-thrillers, science-fiction, suspense, war and western. We look for a strong story line and exceptional literary talent. Authors should strive to break free of stereotypes, clichés, and worn out plot devices to create strong, believable stories with depth and emotional intensity. YA submissions are for ages 12-18 years old and therefore impressionable ages. We will not print anything with explicit sex scenes, abuse or glorification of a toxic relationship.
We focus on themes that support independence of spirit, encourage openness to others, and foster a life-long love of learning. Female empowerment and strength in being different are highly sought after. All Children’s Books are required to participate in our Princess Like Me® and Prince Like Me® Campaigns and help us continue to bring more representation to ALL children. If you have a main character that is not human, please ensure all supporting characters are diverse. We’d love to see more books with characters who are handi-capable as well! Authors have a choice of working with one of our contracted Illustrators or they must already have their own.
How To Submit Guidelines
Unsolicited submissions are accepted by email only.
Please mention ‘query’ in the subject line and do not include attachments unless noted below.
Include the following in your email:
- Cover Letter with synopsis
- Contact Information
- Word Count
- Target Audience
- Any relevant information about the author should also be included
For Fiction, include the above and paste the first 10 pages into the body of the email. Do not put as an attachment on your email or your entire submission will be rejected. Use 12pt Times New Roman font.
Nonfiction queries should include a detailed cover letter, your credentials and platform information as well as any publishing history. Include the above list, and paste the first 10 pages into the body of the email. Do not put as an attachment on your email or your entire submission will be rejected.
Use 12pt Times New Roman font.
Does NOT accept simultaneous submissions. Responds within 12-16 weeks.
Manuscript Submissions: Submissions@HurnPublications.com
NOTE: SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN FROM JANUARY 1ST – OCTOBER 31ST, 2021.
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON OCTOBER 31ST, 2021 FOR THE YEAR.
Once your submission is received it is considered for publication by an editor (not an intern), who will assess content, subject matter and suitability under one of our imprints. If we want to move forward, we’ll ask for your full manuscript and review it within 30 days. If the editor considers the work to be appropriate for our lists, we will put forward an offer of publication.
This process can take anywhere from 60-120 days. Please do not follow up before then. Emails within that timeframe asking for status on submissions will be deleted.