We are now CLOSED to unagented submissions.
Our next open submissions period is scheduled for December 2013.
If you submit a query and have not yet heard back from us, it means we are still considering your manuscript. We respond to all queries we receive. If you have multiple manuscripts that you believe would be good fits for us, please pick the BEST ONE to submit first, although please feel free to mention that you have additional books you'd like us to consider when you query.
Who Can Submit Queries
During open submissions, we welcome queries from unpublished and previously published authors, agented or unagented. At all other times, we will consider agented submissions only; otherwise, we'd spend all of our time reading the slush pile and never actually have time to edit the books.
What We Are Looking For
We are interested in Young Adult, New Adult, and Middle Grade sci-fi, psych-fi, paranormal, or urban fantasy, particularly those with a strong and interesting voice. We only take on new projects that inspire us and make us want to read more.
Our mission is to discover and grow the careers of talented YA authors. We commit resources to marketing our authors' work, building their "brands" and followings, as well as making them the strongest writers they can be... and then launching them as successful publishing professionals. This makes us a good fit for authors at the start of their careers. We distribute our titles through Midpoint Trade Books, and Rebecca Mancini of Rights Mix handles the sales of foreign, film, and book club rights for all of our authors. All of our titles are released in both print (usually trade paperback) and e-book formats.
What to Send
Please send a query letter and the first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of an email to Patricia Riley at: submissions@SpencerHillPress.com. We do not accept attachments or snailmail submissions.