Hot Key Books Submissions


About Hot Key Books

Hot Key Books is a division of Bonnier Publishing, publishing books for 9 – 19 year olds. We started publishing in 2012.

We publish stand out, quality fiction that people like to talk about.

Many of us come from a background of traditional publishing, looking to do things a little differently, focusing on top-notch author care and actually talking to readers who love books just as much as we do.

Who Are Hot Key?




Having fun

Book lovers

A Good Publisher Gives You



An audience


A happy feeling



Pitches internally

Edits, works closely with authors

Promotes internally

Bottom line:

Starts the process


Concepts the cover

Commissions the cover

Company/imprint branding

Typography, inside & out

Bottom line:

Makes it look good


Negotiates pricing

Deals with special effects

Manages scheduling and logistics

Bottom line:

Makes it real


Involved in acquiring

Builds list of pre-readers (bloggers/media)

Commissions promotional materials

Books events, especially festivals

Bottom line:

Spreads the word


Works with retailers

Gets books into store

All around the world

Manages stock

Bottom line:

Puts it where readers can get it


Pulls together all the costs

Makes recommendations

Bottom line:

Keeps us all in line


Not a separate department

Infused into everything

Blurs the lines between all the departments

Bottom line:

The saviour of (some) publishers


Thinking about submitting? Great! First, make sure your manuscript is amazing. Then, send it in full to us at Please include a full synopsis too! We don’t mind what format files are sent to us in (although we prefer Word and PDF) but please note that we only accept electronic submissions. We will always try to get back to you within three months.



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