Written by Emily Harstone July 16th, 2020

HellBound Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Hellbound Books is an independent horror press that publishes books and anthologies. They often have open calls for anthology submissions if you want to get a feel for them as a press before committing to submitting a full manuscript.

Hellbound Books publishes novels and novellas that fall into the following genres: Horror, Bizarro, Erotic Horror, and Dark Erotica. They are not interested in books outside of those genres. They are based in Austin, Texas.

Their books are wildly available online but their brick and mortar availability is limited. They have a focused niche and publish a large number of anthologies each year, and a fair number of books.

They speak of having a focused marketing team but their FB and Instagram posts don’t seem to gain much traction. But a number of the books seem to sell very well on Amazon and are well reviewed there and on Goodreads.

I couldn’t find much about them from other sources online, but based on their site they seem to be focused on transparency. Royalties are 25% of net. They claim to offer extensive editing.

They are looking for full length novels between 60,000 and 120,000 words in length, and novellas between 30,000-60,000 words in length. They are open to series concepts as well. They are only interested in complete manuscripts.

Their full submission guidelines are here and they have additional details here. They try to respond to all submissions within 12 weeks. Querying is encouraged after that point.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsThe 2019 Guide to Manuscript PublishersSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The Authors Publish Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Publishing.

She occasionally teaches a course on manuscript publishing, as well as a course on publishing in literary journals.

You can follow her on Facebook here.


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