RomanceOn its own, or as part of one of the other categories, this is essential, whether it's gay, lesbian, straight or other (no necrophilia, bestiality, paedophila or relations with inanimate objects, please).
If this is character driven, we want more than the standard Alpha and Beta roles. We want real life characters with believable, understandable motivations. No melodrama, no far-fetched tragic back story (unless you can make the reader suspend belief and swallow it), no short cuts. The reader should fully believe and understand how and why they fall in love.
All heat levels are accepted, but please, no scat, gore or eroticised non-consensual sex.
Sex scenes are NOT essential. They should move the plot forwards, or show vital character development and should never (even in erotic romance) be gratuitous. No purple prose. Sensuality and realism are both encouraged, together, or separately.
Books for Grown-Up Kids We support a grittier, truer-to-life version of the Young Adult Novel that pushes the boundaries of this genre, forcing the books into a new one. Our 'Kidult Books' are backed by a belief that modern teenagers are exposed to adult experiences in their day to day lives, and adults are taking longer to grow up (and don't necessarily want to!).
There are important lessons and stories to be told that are relevant to older teens as well as young, and not so young, adults and we want to publish them. We do not shy away from sex, swearing, or irresponsible behaviour, but we do not intend to glorify illegal or imoral behaviour through our books. Inclusion of any of these themes should not be gratuitous.
While we are enthusiastic about more adult themes, please bear in mind that although underage sex between two similarly aged characters may be appropriate, sex with a minor would have to be well justified through the plot. Authors tackling these subjects should be aware of the age of consent within the country the book is set, and work within the limits of good taste. We do not endorse positive representations of paedophilia, extreme pederastic relationships or non-consensual sex.
Slice of Life Simple can be better. While we love intricate, fantastical plots, we also appreciate well written stories about the issues people face on a day to day basis. Characters drive these stories and well written respresentations of the contemporary world make them sparkle.
An element of romance is required, as it is in all of our books, but it does not have to be in the foreground. Give us a struggle - internal or external - make the character grow and change through the pages and we'll love you for it. These should be stories rather than character studies, but endings can be left open and moral judgement can remain neutral. All we ask for is a satisfying read.
Pulp Ficton Give us Genre Fiction, give us Slipstream, give us sharply cut, engaging characters and plots that make us turn the pages so fast the words begin to blur, but don't forget the relationships.
Detective Novels, Thirllers, Westerns, Sci Fi, Horror - we love it all, but what we really want is that same echo of truth and humanity behind it all that will draw the reader in. Make the world as real as the people in it and we'll sink in happily. The challange is to engage even the sceptics.
We do not endorse gore, or violent sexual acts written to incite erotic stimulation in the reader.
FantasyKeep your cliches.
We like Urban Fantasy, we like love a well done, politicised Steam Punk, and post apocalyptic struggles against an oppressive force, we even like a traditional Fantasy quest style books, and Were books that deal with the realities of such a situation. We like humour, we love passion and we like alternate worlds.
But we need to believe the setting, and we need to love the characters. Vampires will only be considered if they make us laugh, or are genuinely menacing.
Some element of romance is essential.
HistoricalYes please, but keep them accurate. If a story is set in a certain time period, we want to believe it. There should be a careful mix of description and plot; we live for the details, but the story has to have momentum. Word choices should not be glaringly modern; too many anachronisms will result in rejection.
Again, solid characters and exploration of relationships are what we're looking for. We'd like something a little meatier than a corset-buster and it should be thoroughly rooted in its time and world (unable to exist in any other setting).
What you need to know...
Everything you need to know in order to submit to Kite Hill Publishing can be found on this page. Please read all sections relevant to your work carefully to ensure that your story fits our requirements and that we fit your work as well!
Your story must be previously unpublished by any other company, you must have the full rights to it and it may not be fanfiction, or any other form of derivative work, even if the characters used are now in the public domain. Kite Hill Publishing takes original fiction only.
We welcome submissions from previously unpublished authors. Representation by an agent is not required.
All submissions should be made by email to the appropriate email address. Paper submissions will not be accepted.
Paperback authors with us will receive 30% net royalties and Ebook authors will receive 40% net royalties. Info for Authors contains further information about payment, particularly important for International (non-UK) Authors to understand.
Kite Hill publishes fiction with living, breathing characters. We're concerned with exploring the human condition. Our interest is in the similarities and differences evident in the full range of relationships and interactions people have with one another, whatever they may be. GLBT works don't hold our exclusive attention (we're not exclusive about anything), but aside from quality writing, this is the main focus. Send us something special, whatever it is.
We will not accept inflammatory works, or those that insight violence or hatred towards any individual or group of people. We will also not accept works of a religious nature.
We do not accept simultaneous submissions, but we do accept multiple submissions. We will not hold your story up for long, as our decision process is as fast as we can make it.
Our Books in Print start at 50000 words.
Our Ebooks come in three categories:
- 2000-10000 words (Short Story)
- 10000- 25000 words (Story)
- 25000-45000 words (Novella)
We do not encourage submission of stories below 2000 words as we believe this is the minimum length required to engage your reader sufficiently and round the story well enough to give a satisfying end. We are happy to be proved wrong, but it will take some doing.
- Spell check and edit to the best of your ability before submission.
- Work should be single spaced with an indent marking each new paragraph. Please use the paragraph format settings to do this; do not use the tab button. There is no need for a line break. We will take a double line break to indicate a change of scene.
- Please use a common, legible font. Times New Roman, size 12 is preferred.
To submit your work, please send a covering email, including the category(ies) you feel your story best fits. Let us know a bit about you. We are happy to publish your work under a pseudonym, but we do require your legal name for contracts. As with other personal information, this will not be shared with any third parties other than those necessary for you to receive royalty payments.
Attach a full synopsis, along with the first three chapters, or first 10,000 words to a convenient scene break (whichever is reached first) in .rtf or .doc format. Other formats will not be accepted, simply because they will not always open.
For smaller submissions, please include the entire story. A synopsis is still required.
Send your cover email and attached files to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line as follows: Ebook(Short Story, Story or Novella)or Novel: YourName:Title. For example Ebook(Novella):Joe Bloggs:My Story
Please title the files as follows: Ebook/Novel or Synopsis_YourName_Title
We look forward to reading your work!