Thank you for your interest in submitting a manuscript to Hay House Australia.
Hay House does not accept unsolicited manuscripts – this includes online manuscript submissions, book proposals, and sample chapters. Hay House is willing to consider material submitted by literary agents.
As an alternative, Hay House has established an affiliate publishing house, Balboa Press, to help authors self-publish their books. Partnering with Author Solutions, a leader in this field, we offer a full-service publishing company in our Balboa Press division, with various packages and price points available.
While books published by Balboa Press are kept separate from those sold by Hay House, we continually review Balboa Press book sales to determine if any offerings have the potential to be published by Hay House. Many of our bestselling books were initially self-published. For more information on Balboa Press, please visit www.BalboaPress.com.au.
We fully appreciate the time, effort and energy that goes into pursuing publication, and to help you on your way we are very pleased to offer the following guidelines as a means to address any questions or concerns you may have.
We hope you find this information useful!
The Three R’s Of Getting Published
Research, Research, Research!
The absolute first step in getting published is to do your research. Too many aspiring authors are unfortunately under the impression that getting a book published is as simple as coming up with a great idea, writing a manuscript, and submitting to a publishing company. Not so! However, there are many ways to take positive steps towards this goal, including many valuable resources that are available to help along the way.
The Australian Society of Authors can be a great starting point. This page provides tips and advice for new writers on a range of subjects, from getting published to how much you can expect to pay literary agents. Don’t forget to explore the options of self-publishing and acquiring a distributor. The Internet can be an enormous help, as can the Writer’s Market and other books of this nature, available in any bookstore.
It is very important to know your market. Establish who your ideal reader is and identify books that are already published that represent similar themes and concepts and aim to reach a similar target audience. This will help you to pitch your ideas to a prospective agent.
Take the time to understand the industry. Research the roles of publishers and literary agents, and identify the various stakeholders in the book publishing industry. Do your best to fully comprehend the dynamics of the business and the marketplace.
Be aware of all options available to you. While Hay House is unable to provide editorial assessment or comment on manuscripts, there are a number of commercial manuscript assessment services available that can help. Contact your local writers' centre or the assessment agency of your choice directly for further information.
Links to the web sites of writers' centres in each state are listed below. It can be a great idea to take a writing course, or join a writers centre, in order to work on your skills, have access to experienced professionals, and meet others who have similar goals and intentions.
Australian Capital Territory:
ACT Writers Centre: www.actwriters.org.au
New South Wales:
Booranga Writers Albury: www.csu.edu.au/faculty/arts/humss/booranga
Northern Rivers Writers' Centre: www.nrwc.org.au
NSW Writers' Centre: www.nswwriterscentre.org.au
Varuna - The Writers' House (Katoomba): www.varuna.com.au
Words Out West (The Central West Writers' Centre): www.wordsoutwest.com.au
NT Writers' Centre: www.ntwriters.com.au
Queensland Writers Centre: www.qwc.asn.au
The South Australian Writers' Centre: www.sawriters.on.net
The Tasmanian Writers' Centre: www.tasmanianwriters.org
Victorian Writers' Centre: www.writers-centre.org
WA State Literature Centre: www.writerswritingwa.org
The Fellowship of Australian Writers WA: www.fawwa.org.au
Hay House does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. Please be advised that we are unable to make exceptions to this policy. If you send in an unsolicited manuscript it will not be opened, and Hay House cannot accept responsibility for returning your submission.
Getting An Agent
This is the first port of call to having your work considered by Hay House. Please consult the Australian Literary Agents Association for more information. Please be advised that Hay House does not recommend agents to prospective authors.
Hay House publishes nonfiction in the areas of Self-Help, New Age, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, Health, Business, Finance, Men’s/Women’s Issues, Inspirational Memoirs, and Celebrity Biographies. Subjects include social issues, current events, ecology, business, food and nutrition, education, the environment, alternative health/medicine, money/finance, nature, recreation, religion, spiritual growth, and fitness.
We are interested in a variety of subjects as long as they have a positive self-help slant to them. No poetry, quotation books, children’s books, or negative concepts that aren’t conducive to our genre will be accepted.
Hay House averages 50 new publications a year.
Some of our bestselling titles are:
Guidelines For Submission (Agents Only)
Hay House publishes hardcover and trade paperback originals, and trade paperback reprints. Please note we are no longer accepting proposals for card decks.
We accept hard copy format only – no disks or e-mailed submissions. Simultaneous (agented) submissions are accepted. Please submit your proposals to:
Editorial Department Submissions
Hay House Australia Pty. Ltd.
P.O. Box 515,
Brighton-Le-Sands NSW 2216