About Hot Tree Publishing

Who We Are

Hot Tree Publishing opened its doors in 2015 with an aspiration to bring quality fiction to the world of readers. With the initial focus on romance and a wide spread of romance sub-genres, we have since opened our first imprint, Tangled Tree Publishing, specializing in mysteries, thrillers, suspense, and crime.

Firmly seated in the industry as a leading editing provider to independent authors and small publishing houses, Hot Tree Publishing is the sister company to Hot Tree Editing, founded in 2012. Having established in-house editing and promotions, plus having a well-respected market presence, Hot Tree Publishing endeavors to be a leader in bringing quality stories to the world of readers.

Join our Family

Join the growing Hot Tree Group family of authors, promoters, editors, and readers. Become a part of not just a company but an actual family by submitting your manuscript to Hot Tree Publishing. Know that we will put your interests and book first, and that your voice and brand will always be at the forefront of everything we do.

What we’re looking for:

We want your most romantic tales, passionate plots, heartwarming tales of love, and

the most swoon-worthy romances you have to offer. Our team wants to make your romantic tales of fiction available to its readers by adding to our existing wide and varied subgenres in our established publishing house. Working closely with authors, our team will organize, schedule, and coordinate all aspects of the book development from editing to design to ensure as flawless a journey as possible. As a traditional publishing house, our mission is to extend our branches and reach new readers, sharing with them the best and hottest romantic fiction.

For more details, head to our Submissions page.

Our Team

Rebecca Johnson
Founder | Publisher
When Hot Tree opened in 2012 with the creation of Hot Tree Editing, my main goal was supporting independent authors and offering an excellent service at affordable prices. In 2015, Hot Tree Group saw the successful launch of Hot Tree Publishing, our romance publishing house. With its growth, extended range of subgenres and publication catalogue, it finally became time to open our first imprint, Tangled Tree. I’m looking to publish fiction that both challenges and thrills. I want entertaining, unique stories, originality, and am keen to welcome authors with passionate voices. I welcome authors who are risk takers and candid, and who are committed to joining a publishing family.
Olivia Ventura
Acquisitions Editor
Olivia has been an avid reader since before she started school, and could often be found with a book in hand during lunchtime. Her love affair with interesting stories morphed quickly to a love for words in general, and although she told herself she was going to be sensible and practical and not work in the literary industry, eventually she gave in… and hasn’t looked back since. Liv has worked in bookstores, as a recruiter, in resource management, business analysis, administrative management, and as a travel agent, as well as in the roles of beta reader, acquisitions editor, proofreader, editor, and managing editor. Three years ago she made her part-time editing job into a full-time career, and has never been happier. Over the past ten years she’s edited for the Wild Rose Press, Sapphire Blue Publishing, Liquid Silver Books, Breathless Press, Dreamspinner Press, and of course the Hot Tree Group.
Donna Pemberton
Marketing & Promotions Coordinator
Books have always held a special place in Donna’s heart. Whether she’s satisfying her curiosity with a biography, or she’s looking to escape in any one of the many sub-genres of romance, her life revolves around the written word. When Donna was given the opportunity to beta read for Hot Tree Editing in 2014, she jumped at the chance to offer her support. Later that year, she cofounded Hot Tree Promotions, making it her mission to ensure authors receive the book love they deserve. Since then, Donna has taken on the role of admin for Hot Tree Editing in addition to being a final-eyes reader. She is also the promotions coordinator for Hot Tree Self-Publishing. She eats, breathes, sleeps, and dreams about all things Hot Tree, and she wouldn’t trade a single minute. After a twelve-year vacation in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Donna returned home to southeastern Ohio to be closer to her family, where she currently resides with her hunky and always supportive guy and their nine-year-old happy-but-health-challenged fur baby.
Ink-N-Flow Management Group
Project Management
Ink-N-Flow Management Group provides project management, author services and agency representation to publishers, agents and authors. Providing a Fortune 500 corporate mindset with a creative passion within indie budgets. Jas Ward and Lori Greis are the INF employees who have joined our team to provide project management and administrative support to Hot Tree Publishing and its clients.

Contact Us

The best way to reach our office is via email. You can message us directly at contact at