Submission Guidelines

Tangled Tree Publishing is an exciting addition to our publishing house, and offers the same professional, quality, and creative works as Hot Tree Publishing since it opened its doors in 2015. With its initial focus on romance and a wide spread of romance sub-genres, Hot Tree Publishing is happy to now offer mystery and thrill genres under the Tangled Tree imprint. Tangled Tree Publishing, the darker, twisted side of Hot Tree Publishing, is currently OPEN for submissions. Submissions must be no less than 60,000 words. Serials of 40,000 – 60,000 words will be considered if all serials have been completed prior to submission.  We are currently seeking Crime, Thriller, Suspense, and Mystery novels in the following subgenres (this is not a restrictive list):

Crime that grabs the reader by the jugular and doesn’t let go.




Vigilante Justice

Thrillers that stab the heart, twists, and shocks.





Suspense that takes risks, is unpredictable, and has a worthy villain and hero.





Mysteries that are innovative and fresh.

Police & Private Investigators

Frequently Asked Submissions Questions

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.

Are there any subjects which you do not publish?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.

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. Tangled Tree Publishing 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 and Tangled 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.

Ready to submit your manuscript?