Submissions

Deep Hearts YA is presently OPEN to submissions.

Deep Hearts YA is a new publisher of young adult fiction. We focus on quality rather than quantity – we would much rather have a handful of top-notch stories than a full catalogue of mediocre books. At present, we are aiming to publish 2-4 books per year.

Authors will receive full editing, cover art, and marketing support from Deep Hearts YA. Submissions are expected to be well-written, well-edited, and reasonably error-free.

First, a few general details: 

Genres: We are focusing primarily on LGBTQ+ young adult fiction, in all genres and sub-genres, including aro and ace lead characters. While we are primarily a romance publisher, romance need not be the primary plot; submissions need not have a romance plot, provided there is some theme of self-empowerment, self-acceptance, or other related message. Given that the characters and target readers are underage, there is to be no erotic content.

Social Media and Self-Promotion: We work actively and collaboratively with authors on setting up a platform and developing a promotional plan, but we do prefer if authors already have at least two mediums for self-promotion, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, newsletter, Pinterest, blog, website, etc. When submitting, please include relevant links in your query letter. In the case of a newsletter, please include the current number of subscribers.

Rights: Deep Hearts YA will seek ebook, print, and audio rights from the author. At present, we publish only in ebook and print format. Contracts are for three years from publication, renewed on an annual basis thereafter.

New Content: We are primarily looking for new works only.

What we’re looking for: 

Novels

Length: 50,000 - 80,000 words. We are open to considering shorter books, so long as the novel reads as a complete novel. (Shorter books may not be released in paperback.) We are willing to consider longer books, provided the novel fits a specific sub-genre, such as fantasy, science fiction, or historical.

How to submit: 

Please query via email to submissions(at)deepdesirespress(dot)com, following the guidelines below:

In the subject line of your email, please write "YA Query: [Title of Your Book]".

In the body of your email, please include a brief query letter outlining who you are, what your book is about, the length of your book, your plans for sequels (if any), and relevant social media links. Please also include a synopsis of your work in the body of your email, below your letter.

Please attach your novel to the email as a Word file (doc or docx).

At present, response time is within two to three weeks.

For more information: 

For more information on Deep Hearts YA, please visit our website at www.dhya.deepdesirespress.com, our parent imprint at www.deepdesirespress.com, or email us at submissions(at)deepdesirespress(dot)com.

Thank you for your interest.