How to Publish with us

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    How to publish with us

    • If you would like to be considered for publication, you need to make an inquiry from the Submissions page on our website.
    • If we like your enquiry, we will invite you to submit a full proposal.
    • If we like your proposal, we will offer you one of our four contracts.

    I have published with you before. Do I still need to submit an inquiry?


    Do you publish books that have already been published or self-published?


    The presence of an existing ISBN and listings on retail sites causes issues and confusion. Also, it’s likely all your initial sales will have been taken up by the first publication, so we’d be starting from a more difficult standpoint…

    How long will you take to respond to my inquiry?

    Usually a week*.

    How many inquiries do you invite to submit a full proposal?

    Between June 2021 and May 2022 we received 1541 inquiries. Of those we declined 1098 and invited 443 to submit a full proposal, about 28%.

    During this time we signed contracts with authors to publish about 160 books.

    Why do you reject inquiries and proposals?

    It may be that we don’t think we can add enough value to your publishing process, another publisher may be a better fit, or perhaps self-publishing may be more suitable.

    Don’t despair. It’s not necessarily a reflection on your writing.

    I have been invited to complete a proposal. What do I do?

    When you log into the JHP site, you will have access to two pages, Book Details, and Profile. Fill out the open fields on each page.

    • The Book Details page is designed to tell us everything important about your book.
    • The Profile page is designed for you to tell us everything important about you as an author.
    • For guidance on how to fill out each field, read Chapters 2-5 of this Publishing Guide.

    The Dos and Do nots of filling out a proposal

    We will only consider your book for publication once.

    If we offer you a contract, we will use the information here as the starting point for your sales, marketing, publicity and back cover copy.

    Some of it, like the book title and your short bio will feed through to our website and databases used by bookshops and Amazon, etc.

    Show us your best work, take your time and do it carefully!

    • Don’t include just a synopsis. We need at least 5000 words of the final text.
    • Don’t use ampersands, quotation marks, hyphens and other special punctuation.
    • Don’t use non-English characters, such as Greek lettering or French punctuation.
    • Don’t copy and paste info into the fields. It messes up formatting.
    • Do type it in from scratch.
    • Do include info that would be happy to see circulated; no private notes, comments etc.

    You will diminish your chances of publication (at least of getting it without being asked for a subsidy) if:

    • You provide a draft, not a polished manuscript.
    • You provide sample chapters, not a complete text.
    • Your work contains spelling and grammatical errors.
    • Your work contains unprofessional styles of punctuation or formatting, such as words in ALL CAPS, or too many exclamation marks!!!
    • Your work contains colour photos which you insist on keeping (as a general rule, we only print black and white, though exceptions can be made).
    • Your work contains too many text boxes, charts and complex graphics (these are expensive to format for publishing and increase the cost of producing your book; though again, exceptions are made).

    Guidance on individual proposal fields

    For a quick guidance as you're filling it out, click on

    For detailed guidance, our Publishing Guide has help articles on nearly every field (linked below).

    Book Details

    Book Details fields you need to fill out: Title; Subtitle; Strapline; Description; Audience; Market Position; Marketing Plan; Competing Books; Unique Selling Points; Estimated Sales; Author Sales; Estimated Word Count; Other Publishers; Files; Endorsements; Reviews; Categories.


    Profile fields you need to fill out: First / Last Name; Website address/social feeds; Address; Full Bio; Short Bio; Previous books, detailed guidance in How To Fill Out Your Author Profile

    I’m ready to submit my proposal. What do I do?

    Click on the Click here to submit proposal button at the top of the Book Details page.

    I have submitted my proposal. What happens next?

    Our team of readers are notified for their comments on the proposal and the manuscript, usually within a week*.

    Based on their consensus, our Managing Director makes a decision to offer a contract or not, usually within three weeks*.

    There is nothing legally binding on either side until contracts are accepted.

    Finding the right imprint

    • If you are keen on one imprint and only want your manuscript to be published in that imprint, there is a box you can tick to that effect when you make your original enquiry.
    • If you have not ticked that box, we may move your proposal to another imprint if in the publisher’s opinion it would fit better there.

    I have been offered a contract. Can I still edit my Book Details and Profile?

    You can edit your Book Details right up to the point the manuscript goes into production, and you can make changes to your Profile at any time.

    Useful links

    • For where we fit into the industry, there’s an infographic prepared in 2104 by The Independent Publishing Magazine, if you click here, or go to
    • For an explanation of publishing language when dealing with authors, try Little white lies;
    • For a humorous look at how not to approach the business of writing and getting published, try


    *Times can vary by up to a week depending on volume of submissions and staff availability.

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