Want to be published by Odyssey Books? Read on…
What types of books do you publish?
We love stories – real or imagined. We will consider most genres, topics or formats. We’re looking to work with authors who love stories as much as we do, who are passionate about the art of storytelling, and who are willing to actively promote their work.
Odyssey Books is a digital-first publisher: our titles are simultaneously published in both ebook and print formats using print-on-demand and online channels which distribute internationally. We only print what we need, where and when we need it, to reduce our carbon footprint and to minimise our overheads, meaning we can give opportunities to a greater number of authors.
What don’t you publish?
Odyssey Books will not, under any circumstances, accept or review submissions with any of the following topics or elements: graphic or eroticised incest/rape; necrophilia; pedophilia; bestiality; erotica, fetishes or porn; or anything that encourages violence, hate or racism. No exceptions.
We’re currently not looking to publish self-help titles, faith-based books or children’s titles (picture books or chapter books for readers under 10).
Do I need an agent?
An agent is not required; direct submissions are very welcome.
Do you pay an advance?
At this time we are unable to pay an advance.
Do I have to pay any fees to publish with you?
No. If we offer you a publishing contract, there are no fees involved. Ever. However, we do have a fee-for-service publishing studio for those authors who decide to self-publish and need a little help. See more under Self Publishing.
How do I submit my manuscript to you?
Odyssey incorporates green business practices as much as possible, as we are all too aware of the amount of paper waste that is produced by the book publishing industry. Therefore, we do not accept paper submissions, and you should submit your query via the form below. Please do not submit via email. Email submissions will be deleted unread.
Please note that all fields on the submission form marked with a red asterisk are mandatory fields. Please ensure you include a cover letter, full synopsis and a detailed bio with your submission. Incomplete submissions will be deleted unread.
Only submit queries for manuscripts that are completed and polished, formatted in Times New Roman, 12pt, single-spaced in Microsoft Word format. Use indented paragraphs, and page breaks between chapters. Minimum word count is 20,000.
We don’t need your entire manuscript straightaway, just the first three or four consecutive chapters of your book will do nicely.
We aim to get back to you within 8-12 weeks of submission. Unfortunately we’re unable to provide feedback if we decide to pass on your manuscript.