Q: Can I submit a translation of my work?
A: Holland Park Press accepts:
- Works originally written in English or Dutch.
- Out of copyright works translated from Dutch into English by a professional translator.
Q: Do you only accept submissions from the UK?
A: No, we accept manuscripts written in English or Dutch irrespective of where the author is located which can be anywhere in the world.
Q: Can I send more than one work at a time?
A: In general, this is not a good practice. We prefer to receive one manuscript at the time.
Q: Do you accept manuscripts that are part of a series?
A: In general, we do not accept manuscripts that are part of a series.
Q: Do you accept submissions from literary agents?
A: Yes, we do but if you do not have an agent you can still send us your manuscript. It won’t make any difference to the acceptance process whether we receive a manuscript from an agent or directly from the author.
Q: Do you accept printed manuscripts?
A: No, unfortunately we do not accept submissions in hardcopy or printed form.
Q: Is there a limit on the length of a manuscript?
A: Yes, there is, in general we do not accept manuscripts containing more than 100,000 words. For exceptional manuscripts we may reconsider this restriction.
Q: Which type of manuscript can I submit?
A: We consider completed manuscripts of novels, novellas, memoirs or short stories for adults. We are also happy to receive poetry collections either by a single poet, multiple poets as well as anthologies.
Q: Which type of manuscript don’t you accept?
A: We do not accept manuscripts without literary merit. We do not consider non-fiction, genre fiction (thrillers, science fiction, etc), young adult works and those written exclusively for children except in very rare cases when the manuscripts are of exceptional literary quality.
Q: Can I send in incomplete manuscripts?
A: Unfortunately, we will not consider incomplete manuscripts.
Q: Can I send in a proposal for a novel not yet written?
A: Unfortunately we cannot consider proposals.
Q: My novel has been self-published, can I still submit it?
A: Sorry, we won’t accept manuscripts that have already been self-published.
Q: How long will it take until I hear from you?
A: All manuscripts submitted according to the rules get an acknowledgment. We aim to give you feedback within six weeks of submission.
Q: Do you give any advance payments?
A: No, we do not give any advance payments. We think it more beneficial to spend this money on promotion of the book once it’s published. This page gives you more information about our publishing deal.
Q: Do you publish in hardback or paperback?
A: All our books are produced in high quality trade paperback format with a cover created in consultation with the author and a lovely matt finish.