To submit a proposal to Hidden Shelf Publishing House, send the following information by email attachment (preferable) or hard copy. Please include the following:
Contact Information: Name, Address, City, Zip, Phone, Email Address.
Overview: Along with the book title and genre, please include two summaries.
- Several paragraphs that summarize your book (no longer than one page).
- One to two general sentences about your book.
Prospectus: Along with the above overview, the Prospectus should include a statement regarding what makes it important, timely, or unique; an analysis of competing or similar books (including publishers and dates of publication); a description of your target audience; the approximate length of your manuscript in word count; and, if the manuscript is not complete, an estimation of when it will be finished.
Outline: A table of contents, including a paragraph describing each chapter.
Writing samples: One or two sample chapters. If an introduction, please include it. If no chapters are ready, send a comparable example of your writing.
Platform: Generally, what access to media and/or readers do you have that will assist Hidden Shelf in marketing your book to an intended audience? Previous media appearances, active blogs, author web sites, prominent reviews of previous books, a strong presence on social media help to make the case that you will be an active partner in promoting your book. Please include links to your web sites or blogs and your handles for: Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and Amazon Author Page.
Hidden Shelf will acknowledge receipt of a proposal within two weeks; we are usually able to render a decision on contract within three months.
Do not send your entire manuscript unless requested.
Please note that we are unable to return hard copies of submitted materials unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included with your submission.