PLEASE NOTE: As of January 1st, 2022, we will not be accepting or responding to query submissions until June 2022. This is because we have completely filled our publishing quota through the end of 2022! In June, we will begin considering submissions for the 2023-24 publishing year. Thank you for considering Hellgate Press.
Over the years, the publishing industry has undergone many changes, some for the better, some for the worse. Both authors and publishers face more opportunities, but also more risk. So, depending on a number of factors, we either offer contracts based on standard royalty agreements or “cooperative” contracts requiring author investment.
We are always looking for interesting, well-written manuscripts that fit with our overall mix and mission. We are interested in the following subjects/genres:
- Non-fiction Veteran Memoirs or Non-fiction Military History.
- Non-fiction Adventure Travel tales are always welcome, particularly if you have accomplished some extraordinary feat such as walking around the world or sailing solo across the Atlantic.
- Well written, fast-paced Historical or Adventure Fiction
- Books for Children, Teens and Young Adults for our newest imprint, Paloma Books.
Quality: We do not expect you to be a published author nor have an absolute mastery of prose. In fact, many of our books come from first-time authors. But, it is a good idea to make sure your query/proposal and manuscript are free of typos and grammatical errors.
Submissions: We prefer a brief query email with a synopsis of what your story is and who you are. If you sufficiently pique our interest, we will then ask for a formal proposal or the entire manuscript. At this time, we accept ONLY electronic submissions. No paper via snail mail and NO phone pitches, please.
Turn Around Time: We receive 30-50 queries a month and it takes time to sort through them all, so we do ask that you exercise patience and compassion while waiting for us to respond. If and when we do respond, if we are interested in going to the next step, we will ask for the entire manuscript. From that point, our response time varies, but is typically around 4 weeks.