Written by Emily Harstone July 4th, 2018

The Parliament House Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

The Parliament House is a small eBook and print press started in 2016.  They specialize in fantasy, including paranormal, contemporary, and urban. Their website is well designed and the covers are well designed and market appropriate. They seem active on social media and more focused on recruiting readers than writers.

The fantasy novels they tend to list as favorites are aimed at young adults, although they themselves do not say that they are a young adult publisher.

There are a few warning signs, besides being new, the staff behind The Parliament House Press has no real past publishing experience. Also they have published a number of their own books through the press. They also really place emphasis on the author promoting their work.But they do say they design a specific and detailed marketing plan for each book they publish.

I wasn’t sure about this line from their website “(your book) should have already gone through rounds of beta reading, editing, sweat, and tears. We will not accept the half-baked.” What worries me about this is the implication that the publishing house will not provide additional editing. I do think all submissions to publishers should be edited and polished to be taken seriously, but that doesn’t mean that the press itself should not further edit the work. They do not make it clear that they will do that.

They ask that all work be between 50,000 and 140,000 words in length.

They notably accept previously self published books, which is rare. They ask that authors send a query letter along with the first three chapters.

To learn more, go to their submission guidelines here.

Emily Harstone is the pen name of an author whose work has been published internationally by a number of respected journals. She is a professional submissions adviser. You can follow her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/emilyharstone/



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