Gemma Media: Open to Query Letters

Written by Emily Harstone | May 22, 2014

Gemma Media is an independent publisher that has managed to get a fair amount of distribution, which means that if you live in the US you might encounter their books on the shelves of libraries and bookstores. Gemma Media focuses on niche markets. They publish memoirs, fiction, travel, young adult books, and books about current affairs. They are not interested in books outside of these genres.

Because they are a relatively new publishers there is not that information about how they treat their authors. They appear to operate on a very traditional contract based system, however how much they would offer a writer in terms of royalties is unknown.

The covers are well done and many of the books are burbled by established writers and academics which is a very good sign. Most books they publish appear to be between 150-250 pages in length. They seem to publish around 8 or so books a year, which means that they only accept a very limited amount of manuscripts.

They do not accept full manuscript submissions. When you submit to them include the working title of the manuscript as well as an alternative title, a one paragraph synopsis of your work, the estimated length of your book, a sample chapter, a brief biography, and a table of contents with a maximum of two sentences describing each chapter. Also include a potential completion time, information about the intended audience and competing or related books, as well any marketing oppertunties you might have in relation to the book.

They accept submissions of query letters through email only, they are not interested in submissions by post. They try to respond to most queries within a month, and if you have not heard back from them in two months, you should email them again to inquire about the submission of your status.

To learn more or to submit visit their website here. Because of the specificity of their niche markets it is very helpful to browse the books listed in their shop before submitting.