About Compass Books

Compass Books focuses on practical and informative ‘how-to’ books for writers. Written by expert authors who also have extensive experience of tutoring at the most popular creative writing workshops, the books offer an insight into the more specialized niches of the publishing game.

For authors: We accept unsolicited manuscripts. Please go to Author Inquiry and fill out the form. We offer traditional publishing contracts with royalties, and occasional subsidy contracts. We have an extensive Author Guide which explains all that an author needs to know about publishing books. Our sales teams sell to all chain and independent booksellers in the UK, USA, and English-speaking territories worldwide, plus online retailers. Our umbrella company is John Hunt Publishing Ltd.


ABOUT JOHN HUNT PUBLISHING

An independent publisher with sales teams worldwide welcoming new authors and unsolicited manuscript submissions.

For our authors we provide an automated production system, forums, a marketing database with over 40,000 contacts and other online tools to produce and market each book. We partner with our authors on marketing, reaching all the traditional bookstore markets for print books, worldwide, and all online retailers.

Everything is based on transparency. Authors can see everything that’s going on, including monthly accounts. They have access to our contacts database, can add to it, can even get involved in the business. Most of the people working here came into it as authors.

And it doesn't get any more transparent than this: below you will see a real-time snapshot of the data in our system. The numbers are just presented here to demonstrate the kind of company we want to be... where authors pool resources because we are stronger together.

JOHN HUNT PUBLISHING - BY THE NUMBERS
Direct from our database to your screen
  • IMPRINTS
  • 1,812 BOOKS PUBLISHED
  • BOOKS IN PRODUCTION
  • 336 BOOKS IN THE PIPELINE
  • 1,947 AUTHORS
  • 17% AVG. ROYALTIES PAID
  • 44,746 MARKETING CONTACTS
  • 80,000 SOCIAL MEDIA REACH
  • LIST SUBSCRIBERS
  • 2,890 ADVERTISEMENTS RUN
  • 3,159 ARTICLES PUBLISHED
  • 1,668 INTERVIEWS ARRANGED
  • 1,955 EVENTS ORGANIZED
  • SPECIAL OFFERS
  • RIGHTS CONTRACTS
  • 5,240 REVIEWS PUBLISHED

Explore our publishing program

SUBMISSIONS: Find out what we're looking for in a proposal.

OUR PUBLISHING PROCESS: The full text of our publishing user manual, so you know exactly what you're getting when you publish with us.

EDITORIAL SERVICES: Learn about additional services we offer to help develop your manuscript.

PUBLICITY SERVICES: Find out how you can ramp up sales by purchasing extra publicity for your book.

WEBSITE SERVICES: Set up a fully integrated website in minutes using our in-house website platform.

OUR COMPANY
RECENTLY PUBLISHED

Scholarship Game, The

A no-fluff guide to making college affordable

Luke Arnce

Compass Points - Edit is a Four-Letter Word

How to create the best first impression

Glynis Scrivens

Fiction - The Art and the Craft

How Fiction is Written and How to Write it

Colin Bulman

Compass Points: Building Your Story

A guide to structure and plot

Kelly Palmer

Be a Travel Writer, Live your Dreams, Sell your Features

Travel Writing Step by Step

Solange Hando

Desiring Dragons

Creativity, imagination and the Writer's Quest

Kevan Manwaring

Compass Points - Passionate Plots

A Brief Guide to Writing Erotic Stories and Scenes

Kelly Palmer