Submissions

Current submission status – Last Updated Sept 30th 2014

We’re  closed indefinitely to submissions, except to authors we already publish or have signed contracts with. We have no current plans to reopen general submissions. 

 

Thank you for considering submitting your work to be published by Greyhart Press.

Greyhart Press publishes fiction from fantastic worlds, history and alternate-history, and from the edgier extremities of the current world (which probably means suspense and romance, but query if you aren’t sure.)  In other words, we aren’t interested in your contemporary character study or your teen romance (although if either has werewolves then that might be a different matter). We like romance and YA books, so long as there is a fantastic element and a compelling plot.

We publish stories with a strong sense of narrative. Somewhat to my surprise, I’ve come to realise that can include poetry as well as prose. Go take a look at our Real Story Manifesto for more on this. For romance, there needs to be an exciting plot as well as any kissing and men with their shirts off.

Our basic contract is to split net revenues 50/50 between the author and everyone else over a minimum term five year term during which you give us exclusive digital rights. Our sales are mostly through online retailers (Amazon is the most significant) and by ‘net’ we mean what the retailer pays into the Greyhart Press bank account. There’s no sense in which authors pay back anything towards costs such as advertising, editing, printing costs or artwork. Then again, we don’t pay advances either.

Some of our paperbacks

Oh, yes. Printing costs. We are primarily a publisher of eBooks because that is where most of our sales come. However, all our novellas and novels are also published as paperbacks through Createspace. In addition to being an additional revenue stream, we find that paperbacks extend our promotional possibilities. Besides, as an author you will receive complimentary copies of your paperback, and that looks a whole lot better on the shelf than an eBook. (Please note that it is not a mandatory requirement to give us print rights for your book, although doing so may improve your chance of being accepted).

Manuscript format.

docx and rtf are preferred. So long as it’s reasonably clear, we don’t care about fonts or double-spacing or any of that old-fashioned stuff you’ll see if you read up on standard manuscript formatting. Actually, we do care a little. Our preference is for single-spacing, and for italics to be given as italics and not _like this_ (because we’ll read your story on a Kindle or iPad, not by printing out huge stacks of paper).

For queries, and more details, email editors@greyhartpress.com You’re welcome to send manuscripts unsolicited, but please prefix them SUBMISSION: [add your book name here] because, believe me, we get a lot of emails and this reduces the chance of yours getting lost.

Finally, although we are growing steadily over time, no one has got rich from Greyhart Press in the nine months since we started out (I’m writing this Jan 2012). So why publish through Greyhart Press?

We have experience and contacts to help sell your book and are motivated to do so. We take on all the upfront costs of formatting, editing, and purchasing cover art, as well as advertising, and if we don’t sell your book, we make a loss. We also give you the benefit of cross-selling: if a reader discovers and enjoys a book from one of our other authors, there are cross-selling links that could recommend yours and bring you a purchase. Over the coming years, we feel that readers of eBook will become more interested in publishing brands given the erratic quality of self-published eBooks, and I want to establish Greyhart Press as a quality brand. (I agree that traditional publishers make mistakes too, but there are too many self-publishers who publish their book before the book is really ready).

The downside, of course, is that if we are successful, we will take half the profits, at least for the first five years. If you feel that you could sell just as many books, or nearly as many,  by publishing yourself, you might want to consider selling it yourself and paying for a book layout and formatting service, such as the one available here.

Current submission status – Last Updated Sept 30th 2014

We’re  closed indefinitely to submissions, except to authors we already publish or have signed contracts with. We have no current plans to reopen general submissions. 

Thanks again for your interest,

Tim C. Taylor — publisher

23 Responses to Submissions

  1. Speedy Dennis says:

    Dear Greyhart Press president :-)
    Maybe you would like to part time hire a qualified typesetter? I am a freelance typesetter with 14 years of experience. Have references from SAGE Publications, Manning Publications, SpringerWienNewYork. Looking for a graphic design, page layout and XML work. If you think you can use the experience for your company, I would be pleased to send a CV or supply any other info, do a test.
    Many thanks and have a nice day,
    Dennis
    P.S. I am not perfect in my English, but I and my group are perfect in our work! Guaranteed by recommendations!

  2. Tim says:

    Good wishes and good luck. I may have sometehing to submit once you reopen. Will be waiting with bated (hopefully not bad) breath.

  3. Hello, I write fantasy books.Currently, I’m working on book three of my, THE DARKSIDE OF THE MEDALLION trilogy . Do you also digitally publish to the I-Pad store, Sony reader, Barns & Nobel Nook and android reading devices?

  4. I’m Colin R Parsons, an author of sci-fi, fantasy and steampunk (three series of books children’s/YA or fans of the genres). I’m just starting a sixth tour of Waterstones stores throughout Sept to Dec 2012 (leaving in ten minutes). I’m launching my sixth book Sept 22nd 2012 and I have a steampunk novel, which is not quite finished. My books in total have sold 12,000 copies to date. Would you be interested in my new novel when it’s finished? I do deal more in paperback than ebook at the moment (trying to crack that market).

  5. Moira J. Moore says:

    Hi there. I just want to congratulate you on taking on this massive endeavour in such a risky industry. It is appealing to see a British company, providing an option to American stuff. I wish you the very best and I’ll be interested in your progress.

  6. Max B.C. says:

    Hey guys, was wondering when you are planning on lifting your submission hiatus. I have a novelette here I think is well-written, engaging, and set in a post-apocalyptic world. Thanks.

    • timctaylor says:

      Hi Max,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Most likely that will be July. We’ve got plenty lined up to deliver later in 2013, so probably best to work on the assumption that anything new we pick up when we reopen will be published in 2014.
      BTW: I like your website design. Form, function, and style.

  7. June Stahl says:

    Hi Max, I have a fiction novel called ‘SUNNY’ A woman abused by her parents, raped by her half brother that affecte her decisions in life. She trust, believes, and endures abuse from two husbands, deception from two boyfriends, and brutatity from two pimps. She learns that true love is possible regardless of prior transgressions. Am looking for a publisher or an agents. Thanks June Stahl

    • timctaylor says:

      Hi June,
      That’s hard-hitting subject matter that could play out very effectively if marketed and written well. Unfortunately we’re not taking on submissions at the moment as our publishing schedule is full.
      Thanks for your interest and good luck with your book,
      Tim

  8. Ant Fantasy says:

    Hello, just wondering if you know when abouts you would open for submissions again? (Can’t hurt to ask haha)
    Thanks, Ant Fantasy

  9. Robert Mc Dowell says:

    Darn! The only think I seem to be able to write are novellas and you’re closed. I’ll sneak in later, like the evening shade.

  10. Justin Adams says:

    How do I go about art submissions?

    • timctaylor says:

      Hi Justin,
      Thanks for getting in touch. If you send an email to editors at greyhartpress.com with a link or attachments to portfolio and indicative prices then that would be marvelous. Best wishes, Tim

  11. robertgould says:

    Hi there Tim,
    When do you think you’ll be likely to be open for submissions for novella-length fantasy fiction aimed for the YA market? I have just completed a 17,000 word short story. Would be interesting to see what you think of it.
    Many thanks
    Rob

    • timctaylor says:

      Hi Rob,
      Thanks for inquiring. We’re full right now. Most likely we’ll reopen at the start of next year. Good luck with your novella. I think it’s a very exciting story length to be working in.

      Best wishes,
      Tim

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