Retreat West Books is open to submissions for novels, short story collections and memoirs.

Before submitting to Retreat West Books there are some things you should know and consider to make sure it is the right publisher for you.

It is tiny, independent press and only able to publish a handful of books a year. But each author will get a personal and focused publishing experience that includes a tailored marketing plan and ongoing marketing support.

It is environmentally conscious and all books will be printed on demand so that none end up being pulped – but you will get 15 free author copies and discounts on more. Your book will be available through major online retailers and distributed in hard copy by Ingram Spark and Create Space.

All submissions will be read by Amanda Saint (author, editor, creative writing teacher, journalist) and the novels she chooses to publish will be adult fiction only that are character-led with a compelling narrative and plot. Read this blog to find out what sort of writing she enjoys.

Please do not submit high fantasy or police procedural series crime novels.

If you are unsure whether your work is a good fit then please send a query email before submitting to: submissions@retreatwest.co.uk

Submission requirements

If all of the above sounds good to you then please send your work through Submittable using the button below. Amanda will get back to you as soon as she can.

For novels and memoirs, in the first instance please send the first 10K words and a synopsis.

For short story collections submit three stories and an outline detailing the rest of the collection.

All submissions should also include a covering letter with info on you and your writing experience.

Thank you for choosing Retreat West Books.


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