Written by Emily Harstone June 16th, 2022

Haunt Publishing: Accepting Manuscript Queries Until July 1st

Haunt Publishing is a small Scotland-based press founded in 2018 that focuses on publishing Gothic, Horror and Dark fiction. They are searching for work that is “unputdownable.” They are open to novel submissions through 1st July 2022.

They’ve historically published one book a year, but this year they are planing to publish two. You can see their back catalog here.

If they have distribution they do not list it. All their books are available in print and eBook format, and two are also available in audiobook format.

Their submission guidelines are very detailed and helpful. They even have a thoughtful list of books they love.

They ask that everyone who submits work includes

  • A one-page covering letter that includes an author biography, a short pitch about the book (100-ish words), and the word count.

  • A 1,000-ish word synopsis that details the complete plot of your book, including twists and ending (don’t leave us hanging!).

  • Either the first three chapters or 10,000 words of your typescript (title page too, please!).

  • Please format your email subject line as: SUBMISSION: Title (Novel)

Work should ideally be between 60-120,000 words in length.

After signing the contract they offer £200 to every author, not as advance against royalties but in acknowledgement of all the work they’ve put into the book. They have a 15% royalty rate on print sales, 50% on audiobook and ebook sales. They do not make it clear if this is on gross or net.

They “particularly welcome submissions from the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities as well as from people with disabilities and those from low-income backgrounds.”

If you want to know more about what Haunts’s publishing process looks like, you can go here. To learn more about their submission process, go here.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2021 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.



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