S&H Publishing
High Quality Fiction for the Contemporary Woman
Intelligent, curious, imaginative, and willing to learn and explore. Not defined by genre or age, she is practical one moment, dreaming the next, searching for answers on one hand and moving forward with confidence on the other.
S&H Publishing
High Quality Fiction for the Contemporary Woman
Intelligent, curious, imaginative, and willing to learn and explore. Not defined by genre or age, she is practical one moment, dreaming the next, searching for answers on one hand and moving forward with confidence on the other.

How to Submit a Novel for Consideration

Start with an outstanding book and push it to the next level

Because Writing is an Art, and Publishing is a Business.

The book market of today is more alive than ever and brimming with exciting new books. Authors and publishers are faced with stiff competition. For our books to stand out among the 600,000 to 1,000,000 books published annually in the U S alone, each book we accept for publication must be a gem—interesting, intriguing, entertaining, and unique in its own way.

We believe that every book is a business, and the publisher is the venture capitalist of your book's business. We invest in every book we publish, and we consider ourselves to be partners with the author in every publishing activity, including marketing. Each author must be an active participant in the marketing of his or her books.

  1. We never ask an author for money to publish.
  2. We continually work to find new venues to display our books.
  3. We work with our authors to publicize launches and book signing events.
  4. The author must build a platform, beginning with a website. We can help if you need it.
  5. The author must be active on at least two different social media sites.
  6. To maximize the benefit of publication, follow and share the posts of other S & H authors. Your followers will appreciate learning about other well-written, well-edited books of quality equal to or exceeding trade publishing standards.

Submission Guidelines

S & H Publishing's mission is to provide quality books to our readers, and to provide opportunities for new talented authors to stand out from the crowd. In order to do this, we must have outstanding manuscripts to publish.

We have open submissions for full-length manuscripts

What We Publish

Just as the contemporary woman is not defined by interest or age, our manuscripts are not bound by genre, length, or style. We accept full-length manuscripts. Our preference is something between 70,000 to 100,000 words, but we realize that not every manuscript fits into the same box.

What We Do Not Publish

We are looking for quality novel manuscripts that will appeal to the contemporary woman as a reader. Our interest in YA/NA is extremely limited and aims for readers 15 years old and older. We are not seeking works of non-fiction, poetry, or anthologies. Short stories are only accepted for our own anthologies, and submissions guidelines will be announced when we are open for submissions. While we all applaud a romantic interest within the stories, we are not currently interested in publishing romance fiction of any type.

We do not accept children's books, middle grade fiction, or chap books. We do not accept erotica, or any scenes with descriptions of torture, child abuse, or material that we judge to be potentially offensive to readers. Editors must necessarily be subjective and the catalogue of the press will always reflect the taste and judgment of the editors.

How to Submit a Manuscript

Please email a short query letter, a one or two page synopsis, and attach the first 50 pages as a .doc or .docx file. Remember your query letter and synopsis make the first impression. They deserve the same careful editing and proofing as you final manuscript. Make sure your story is ready to meet the world. It should be well written with respect to grammar, consistent punctuation, and correct spelling. For the best chance of us accepting your work, your manuscript should be complete, polished, and proofread.

You will receive an automatic response that your email reached us, and then we work diligently to respond within 90 days. We answer all submissions. If we have any interest in your book, you will be asked for the complete manuscript and your marketing plan. If we are not interested, you will get an email rejection.

Send to: submissions@sandhpublishing.com