Our digital-first list, HQ Digital, is always open to submissions. At HQ Digital we publish some of the leading names in commercial fiction, including Faith Martin and Terry Lynn Thomas, and we’re looking for the bestsellers of tomorrow! If you have a commercial novel you think might be of interest to us, we’d love to see it.
Please email your covering letter, synopsis and manuscript as a Word doc or PDF to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, we can only accept completed, full-length fiction manuscripts of 60,000 words plus at this time. We aim to respond to all submissions within six weeks of submission, but at busy times this may not be possible. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer personalised feedback on all manuscripts.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How should I format my submission?
Please submit your manuscript as a Word document or PDF in a legible font (e.g. Times New Roman). There is no need to double-space your manuscript, single spacing is fine.
- What do I need to send?
A covering letter introducing you and your book.
Your completed manuscript.
A short synopsis.
- Can I submit more than one book at once?
No, please only submit one manuscript at a time.
- Can I submit to you and other publishers simultaneously?
Of course! We would just ask that you let us know this in your covering letter, and keep us up to date if you receive any interest from other publishers so we can make sure to respond to your submission promptly.
- Can I submit a book that has previously been published?
Yes, you can submit a manuscript that has previously been published, whether traditionally or self-published – as long as you now hold the rights. Please let us know in your covering letter if your manuscript has previously been published when you submit to us.
- Do you only accept submissions from the UK?
We publish globally and have authors all over the world. Wherever you are, if you have a story to tell we want to hear it.
- What are you looking for?
We are looking for crime, thrillers, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, historical fiction, saga, and horror.
We are not currently accepting non-fiction, children’s, sci-fi or fantasy.
- How soon will I hear back?
We aim to respond to everyone within 6 weeks.
- Do I have to pay for anything?
No. We are a publisher and not a publishing service and therefore we will never ask you for any payment.
- What kind of publishing contract do you offer?
The contracts we offer for publishing through HQ Digital are digital-first contracts. This means that we don’t pay an advance to the author but we do pay high ebook royalties. And as with every book we publish at HQ, our experienced editors work with HQ Digital authors to edit their manuscripts, our fantastic design team create stand-out commercial covers, our digital team distribute the ebook globally, and our publicity and marketing teams work to make sure we shout about every book we publish. As well as ebook, we also publish in short-print-run paperback, usually two months after the ebook.
Good luck and we can’t wait to hear from you!
The HQ Digital team