HRM Print, E-Book, and Audiobook Submissions Guidelines
Submissions Currently: OPEN TO QUERY
Current Publication Timeline:
HRM is a small press that publishes three to four titles a year. With three authors slated for upcoming releases in 2020 and 2021, our timeline for publication of accepted titles, at this time, is approximately two and one half years out. We tend to take solicited authors only but are open to queries.
HRM represents four or more titles (minimum) per author, up to two on spec, and proposes to grow and nurture our literary authors' careers with long-term relationships that keep their backlists alive. We like to bring out both new editions in all formats and second editions for work lost by independent press closures. We seek career authors with experience giving readings, writing books, and connecting with the literary community.
HRM's publishing arm releases books in audio, e-book, and trade formats, contingent on contracts and agreements.
While many books we publish will be released in multiple formats, we are open to representing solely audiobook titles for authors from whom we have accepted other titles, provided these authors own audiobook rights and have submitted professional quality audiobooks that meet ACX standards.
We do play well with others and are open to cross-promotion and working with other presses who will continue to publish the trade and e-book versions of the same texts.
We also play well alone. All four books submitted (or two and two on spec) do not have to be in the same form or style. In fact, we like multi-genre authors and performers. See below for more on what we like.
We like dark and witty. We like literary panache. We like romantic that isn't just romance. We like a gut punch of beauty or a thimbleful of wonder. We like when you make us laugh and cry, preferably in the same book. We like smart and weird. We like hybrid work and cross-genre literary work. We are interested in featuring authors working in the genres of literary short fiction, novels, hybrid books, creative non-fiction, and traditional poetry.
We are LGBTQ inclusive and interested in disruptive voices. We are not afraid of sex, but we do not publish erotica; keep it literary. We reserve the right to know what we want when we see it, but rest assured, we do want to fall head over heels in love with your work and for you to be at least reasonably cordial.
Thanks. Please: Wow us dumbstruck. We'll wait right here.
Interested in Being a Part of This? Here's What to Send:
To be considered for publication with HRM, please submit a query letter with an author bio, a statement of interest in HRM, links to your online presence, and summary information on the genre and contents of the four books you have available (the two on spec can be one paragraph proposals). This query letter should be sent to hotredheadmedia at gmail.com.
Upon invitation from a member of the editorial team, authors may submit excerpts of audiobooks, word document files for first edition manuscripts, or pdf copies of books with previous publication. A link will be provided by HRM for cloud upload.
All initial queries will receive a response within three weeks. For invited uploaded materials, the editorial board will make its final decision within three months. Because of the mission statement of this press, please be advised, if there are not at least two titles of interest, we will not pursue publication.