Submission Guidelines

Scroll down for the previously published novels open call. October 1 – 14, 2019. 

Hot Tree Publishing is currently OPEN for romance submissions. Our NOVELLA COLLECTIONS are also OPEN.

  • Submissions must be no less than 50,000 words.
  • Serials of 30,000 words to 50,000 words will be considered if all serials have been completed prior to submission.

We are currently seeking adult and new adult romances in all subgenres:

Adult & New Adult Romance

  • Suspense/Thriller
  • Motorcycle Club
  • Reverse Harem
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Paranormal
  • Contemporary
  • Comedy
  • Historical
  • Holiday
  • Western
  • Sports
  • College Romance

This is not a limited list. Varying heat levels are accepted. HEA or HFN necessary.

Riding the Lines MC Romance Novella Collection

Hot Tree Publishing Exclusive Genre-linked Collection

Riding the Lines is a new motorcycle club romance genre-linked collection of novellas. Stories must be m/f romance with a strong HEA/HFN. To ensure uniformity, covers will be chosen by Hot Tree Publishing. Each story will be published as a separate entity. This is not an anthology submission.

All stories must be M/F romance with one of the lead characters being a member of a MC.

Status: Open for submissions. No deadline.


  • One of the characters must be an active member of a motorcycle club.
  • All stories are of novella length and must be between 30,000 – 49,999 words.
  • The story must be a stand-alone novella.
  • Genre: Contemporary motorcycle romance
  • The story must include a strong conflict, memorable characters, realistic dialogue, sexual chemistry, and sex scenes.
  • The story can be located in a country of your choice, with characters of nationalities of your choice.
  • M/F stories accepted.

Please submit stories to Subject line: Riding the Lines

Open Call: Previously Published Novels

October 1st – October 14th 2019 

 Are you an established author? For a VERY limited time, Hot Tree Publishing will be opening its doors to novels previously self-published and/or previously released novels with rights reverted. 

Why work with a publisher?

  • Circumstances change daily. Maybe you no longer have the funds or time it takes to promote yourself. Or perhaps you have a large collection of works you can no longer manage to promote on your own.
  • An author will grow, learn, and develop new skills with each new book. Maybe you’re looking at rebranding a novel or series and are considering a unified look and a fresh edit to bring up the quality of older works without losing the details that your readers fell in love with. We can help with that at zero cost to you.
  • Maybe sales of earlier books in the series have dropped and you wish to find new readers.

The reasons are endless, but your TIME to submit is LIMITED! Hot Tree Publishing will be accepting “pre-published novel” submissions from Nov 1st – Nov 14th. We will only be signing a handful of authors, so mark those calendars. 

Hot Tree Publishing are open for submissions of all sub-genres of adult and new adult romance. Submissions must be no less than 50,000 words and no more than 110,000 words.

Romance sub-genres and tropes we are especially interested in include (but are not limited to): 



  • Contemporary
  • Comedy
  • Motorcycle Romance
  • Paranormal – shifters, vampires


  • Friends to Lovers
  • Soul Mate/Fate
  • Second Chance at Love
  • Secret Romance
  • First Love
  • Strong Hero/Heroine
  • Reunited Lovers
  • Fake Love
  • Opposites Attract
  • Sassy Heroine

How to submit:

Submissions should be sent via email. (Do not use the form below) Please send a concise query letter in the body of the email, to include information of past sales numbers, publication dates, and why you wish to join the Hot Tree Publishing family and attach a full synopsis and the completed manuscript. The two documents should be two separate attachments. Please ensure you include your name, your manuscript’s title and identify what document it is per attachment.

E.g.: synopsis_book-title_your-name

E.g.: manuscript_book-title_your-name 

Please format your full manuscript as follows:

  • 1 inch margins
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • Times New Roman, 12pt.

Submissions should be sent to: 

Subject line: OPEN CALL: Pre-Published Novels 
Please note, submissions will ONLY be accepted during October 1 – 14, 2019. Do not send earlier. 
Contract offers will be made early 2020.

Frequently Asked Submissions Questions

We hope you have discovered everything you need to know about Hot Tree Publishing. On the off-chance that you have not, please read below for additional information and contact details.

What rights do you acquire and what is the royalty rate offered?

Our contract is for electronic and print rights for three-five years. We do not currently offer advances. We pay royalties at 45% of the cover price for eBook sales originating from our website. For other retail distributors, we pay 45% of net sales. For print sale, we pay royalties of 10% of the RRP.

How often are royalty paid?

There are four royalty payments made over the year, paid in three-monthly installments.

Do you accept previously published books?

No, we do not. However, for two weeks only (October 1st-October 14th), we will open for full-length previously published novels.

Are there any subjects which you do not publish?

The following subjects we consider “taboo" and will not publish. We do not accept works that contain pedophilia, incest, bestiality, necrophilia, rape presented in a positive light, or bodily functions as sexual activities.

How long should I expect to wait for an answer on my submission?

Our current read time is approximately 4-6 weeks for synopsis and chapter 1 – 3 submissions.

If submitting your previously published novel during the two-week window, please allow 4 months.

If successful, how long will it take for my book to be published?

Our aim is to publish books within twelve months of contract.

Will my book be edited?

Yes. Once a contract has been signed, you will be assigned an editor from the Hot Tree Editing team who will work with you to polish the book. We do recommend you polish your manuscript as much as possible prior to submission.

Can I use my own cover art?

No. Hot Tree Publishing, with close consultation with yourself, will be responsible for all cover art. You will be asked to provide detailed information about the book and your characters which the cover artist will use when creating the cover.

Will my book be released in print?

Yes. While the expectation is the majority of sales will be through digital download, print copies will be made available on release by Print on Demand. Print books will be widely available in online retailers, and through special order to libraries and physical bookstores.

Do I have to pay for anything?

We are a full-service publisher. There are NO publication or production fees to the author at any time. We provide marketing and promotion support for works published through Hot Tree Publishing. However, you are also responsible for the continued marketing and promotion of your published work, in addition to any other author costs. Author is responsible for other published works, promotional needs and author’s name brand. For example: swag, website fees, giveaways, author signings.

Do the novella collections work differently to a novel contract?

No. A novella in the any of our collections is published and paid just like a regular novel contract.

Ready to submit your manuscript?