About Haythorp Books

About Haythorp

Haythorp Books is dedicated to getting books by new authors onto bookshelves and into bookshops.

We give writers the opportunity they need to see their names and their works in print.

Haythorp Books commissions books from new writers after carefully assessing their quality. Authors of manuscripts which have an accomplished writing style and a worthwhile and potentially popular focus will be selected for potential publication.

We are a hybrid publisher, meaning that we sell titles into physical and online retailers, with sales and distribution agreements (not to mention skill at producing high quality books) but ask our authors for a fee. This fee is necessary to ensure that the books we publish are commercially viable.

Why Hybrid Publishing?

Our hybrid structure makes us different to the majority of publishers operating in the UK and abroad. The ‘trade’ market for books aimed at general readers largely divides into commercial publishers on one end and ‘vanity presses’ at the other.

Commercial Trade Publishing

In general, the big commercial publishers are looking to take on the big-name or established authors who have a good chance of hitting the bestseller lists, such as much-loved television personalities and household-name historians. Typically they pay advances of royalties to authors (though big advances are quite rare these days).

Vanity Presses

A vanity press will generally accept a wide variety of manuscripts in return for the payment of a fee. The books published are often of variable quality. Vanity presses have been accused of using high-pressure sales tactics.

Self Publishing

A third option for authors is taking charge of the entire publishing process themselves. This means finding, hiring and paying a cover designer, typesetter, book publicist and printers. The difficulty with self-publishing is that it is generally time-consuming and complicated. An analogy would be building your own house. If you have all the skills and are on a tight budget, self-publishing can be a good choice. But you are unlikely to have the sales and distribution agreements that can offer your book across multiple channels.

High-quality books

At Haythorp, we pride ourselves on publishing only books we like and rate. As part of the Canbury Press family, we have sales and distribution agreements in place across the book trade, in the UK and abroad. We aim to turn publishing from pain into pleasure.

We seek the highest sales, working with new authors to maximise all opportunities available. We pay authors royalties on books sold and can advise on publicity and PR, helping you all the way from manuscript to marketing.

Essentially, if we like your manuscript, we will help you turn it into a book you can be proud of, handling all the aspects of publishing and bookselling that can daunt first time authors.

  • Martin Hickman - Haythorp Books

    Martin Hickman


  • Gaby Monteiro - Haythorp Books

    Gaby Monteiro

    Editorial and Marketing Officer

Why Publish With Us?

  • Experienced editors
  • High-quality production
  • Handle typesetting 
  • Stylish cover design
  • Publish hardbacks, paperbacks and ebooks
  • Publish High-quality titles
  • Good connections with book trade
  • We have sales agents
  • and distribution agreements
  • We offer marketing support
  • We pay royalties
  • We have translation rights agents
  • You keep TV and film rights
  • Traditional Publishing

    • Looking for books that will sell many thousands of copies
    • Offer advances for big-name or established authors and prodigal talents
    • Hard to access for new/
      un-agented writers
  • Vanity Presses

    • Primarily interested in
      author fee
    • Accept high proportion
      of manuscripts
    • Very limited number of copies printed
    • May use high-pressure sales tactics
    • Physical bookshops unlikely to stock copies
  • Self-Publishing

    • Author individually hires range of experts to produce the book
    • Find printer to print the book and warehouse/garage to store copies
    • Personally format and upload ebook to retailers
    • Physical bookshops unlikely to stock copies
  • Haythorp (Hybrid)

    • Selects only high-quality manuscripts
    • Professionally produced and published books
    • Publication Fee covers proofreading, typesetting, cover design and printing
    • Minimum print run of 250 copies
    • Haythorp helps with marketing and sales