Manuscript Submissions


Manuscript Submissions

Authors have more options for publishing than ever before. At Hawkeye, we give you choice, quality assurance, and an energetic publicity team who, unlike other publishers, are by your side long after the ink has dried on your first print run.

Should you try for a traditional contract or self-publish? With too many variables for one answer for every author and title, we offer three options for publication – Traditional, Assisted, or Hybrid Assisted. We will consider most genres for Assisted Publishing (including picture books), and we are currently considering the following genres for Traditional and Hybrid Assisted:

  • Creative non-fiction – junior reader and adult
  • Faction (fiction inspired by true events)
  • Serialised YA or junior reader fiction
  • Fiction: romance, crime or popular women’s.


If you’re traditionally published with Hawkeye Publishing, there are no up-front fees and you receive the following royalties:

  • Hardback Edition: 10% of the retail price on the first 5,000 copies sold, 12.5% for the next 5,000 copies sold, then 15% for all further copies sold.
  • Paperback Edition: 8% of the retail price on the first 150,000 copies sold, increasing to 10% on any copies sold thereafter.
  • Ebooks: 25% of the retail price.


If you choose assisted publishing (similar to self-publishing but with Hawkeye as your team and your publisher), you pay the up-front costs ($4,750AU) and an optional yearly publicity subscription ($150AU), and you retain 100% of the book’s profits. 

Hybrid Assisted

If you choose hybrid assisted publishing, you pay half the up-front costs ($2,375AU) + the yearly I.T. and publicity subscription ($75AU), and you retain 50% of the book’s profits.

You must complete the submission assessment process before being accepted for traditional, assisted or hybrid assisted publishing with Hawkeye Publishing because we only put our brand to exceptional books. We only publish quality work under our name; work that meets the market standards of its genre.

Authors who know their work needs a structural edit and considerable line editing, but who have an exceptionally marketable concept, may indicate that they’d like to apply to us for Assisted Publishing where we have the ability to contract for you the extra editing and author mentoring services needed to polish your manuscript to readiness. You still must submit to us a workable manuscript with high potential – we do not publish every manuscript we receive.

The Submission Process

To submit your book for consideration by Hawkeye Publishing, please follow our guidelines carefully. If the guidelines are not followed, you will be asked to re-submit correctly.

Supply a 1-page cover letter that includes your contact details, a short author bio, details of any books you’ve authored and their success, your preference for publishing – traditional, assisted or hybrid assisted (you can change your mind later), and 1-2 sentences why you believe the title you are submitting to us is a book the market will embrace.

Supply a maximum 300-word synopsis that contains:

  1. Genre, word count
  2. First paragraph: themes, location and main characters, comparisons with other books/authors.
  3. Second paragraph: simply defined characters, inciting incident, consequences.
  4. Third paragraph: details about the characters and tone, more detail about plot – description, consequences and resolution. You must include the book’s ending, spoilers included.

Supply a chapter summary that has 1-2 sentences per chapter to explain what each chapter achieves.

Supply a marketing plan – a table that demonstrates your network and the marketing activities that you are able to undertake to help sell your book. Show us that you understand the business of being an author.

Supply your manuscript formatted in Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing, with indented paragraph.

Do not submit your work to us until it is polished to the absolute best of your ability. Prior to submitting your work for consideration you should have undergone considerable research on show not tell, point of view, your genre norms, removing redundant words from your prose, and active versus passive storytelling. Every word and every sentence in your manuscript should contribute effectively to your story. Your tense will be consistent throughout your manuscript, and there will not be any incorrect switching point of view (head-hopping) mid-section. You should have utilised your experienced BETA reader network, and self-edited to submit a professional manuscript to us. We look extremely favourably upon authors who’ve worked with a professional structural editor and line editor prior to contacting us. If you have, include their details in your cover letter.

For us to invest our money and time in promoting your book, it will be because we believe you’re a bestseller in the making. You will be an active reader, reading current award winners and bestsellers in your genre. Understand, we’re not giving contracts to great work. We’re looking for superior, and currently marketable manuscripts, and we’re looking for authors who understand that sales require effort on their part.

If you believe your manuscript is the gold we’re looking for, and you want a team of committed professionals working alongside you to maximise your book’s potential and reach, touch base in the first instance through the Contact Form.

We are a small group of independent professionals passionate about bringing quality books into the marketplace. Because we remain open to unsolicited manuscripts our inbox can be overwhelmed by submissions, often by work that is not yet ready to be published. There is a $25 reading fee to have us consider your manuscript. We implemented this to be able to remain open to quality unsolicited manuscripts, without our inbox being flooded with inappropriate submissions. We are not a vanity publisher. We do not publish manuscripts without detailed consideration of content, style and marketability. Unlike other publishers, if your manuscript is not selected for publication, you will hear back from us with a brief explanation as to why.

We are best placed to assist Australian and New Zealand authors in terms of our publicity reach; we will however consider authors from other countries where the author demonstrates there is benefit in having an Australian publisher.

Following your initial contact, you will be issued an invoice for the reading fee, and when paid, we will commence your assessment. 

If you have any questions, email the Director, Carolyn Martinez, through the Contact Form.