27 Days of Open Submissions

We’re so pleased to announce that we’ll be hosting 27 days of open submissions for new titles, in association with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. Starting September 1st 2015, we’ll be accepting submissions from authors without agents, in the hunt for the next bestselling debut author. The open submissions will close midnight on Sunday 27th September.

At least five winners will be announced in January, and will receive editorial feedback as well as the chance to have their finished manuscript considered for publication. Entrants will be required to send in a one page pitch for their manuscript, plus the first 5,000 words. The novel itself does not have to be finished at the point of submission and all fiction genres will be considered, although the winning manuscripts will all have the potential to be a mass-market bestseller for adults. It must be a debut novel, with the entrant having never been published in print before, or had a deal with a traditional publisher.

All of the entries will be read by either a Twenty7 editor or a member of the team at Cornerstones Literary Consultancy.

“The unique angle for Twenty7 Books is that we are seeking out the best new commercial authors and supporting the debuts who might otherwise find it hard to get into the trade. Publishing can be very risk adverse in the current climate, yet we have seen several debut success stories in the last year like Jessie Burton and Emma Healey racking up huge sales. We want to provide a window of opportunity for the as yet undiscovered gems out there, as well as offering advice and support for new authors during our 27 days of open submissions. I can’t wait to see what manuscripts will be landing in our inboxes!” – Joel Richardson, publisher at Twenty7

As well as accepting open submissions, we will be posting online content around the 27 days including editor Q&As on Twitter, blogs on writing tips and pieces from the authors already acquired on the list discussing their writing process.

In order to submit, please email your one page pitch and first 5,000 words as a Word document to hello@twenty7books.com with the subject line OPEN SUBMISSIONS – only entries received between 1st and 27th September will be considered – so hold on tight and brush up that pitch!



Today we’ve got a brand new cover to share with you! And to introduce The Hidden Legacy, author Graham Minett has written a short introduction to explain the process behind the creation of the story and the cover.


I started writing The Hidden Legacy as part of my MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, from which it went on to win a national competition for the opening chapters of a novel by an unpublished author. It follows the attempts of Ellen Sutherland – recently divorced mother of two small children and successful businesswoman – to make sense of an apparently inexplicable bequest.

When she hears she is to inherit a cottage, her immediate reaction is one of disbelief. She has never heard of Eudora Nash and has, as far as she is aware, never even visited the Cotswolds, let alone the village of Oakham. But Eudora clearly had her own reasons for choosing Ellen, who is not the sort of person to accept her good fortune without digging for explanations. Driven on by her desperate need to fill in gaps in her own past, she chips away at the wall of silence that has been built around her by her over-protective mother, determined to get to the truth.

But she’s far from prepared for where the search will lead her, particularly when it becomes clear that there are links to an appalling crime in the 1960s which led to the demonisation by the media of an 11-year-old boy, who was labelled as “Every Parent’s Nightmare”. And the deeper she digs, the more she begins to wonder whether she is doing the right thing.

Because once you know something, you can’t unknow it, can you?

I am so pleased with the design for the cover of the novel, credit for which goes to the talented team at Twenty7 Books. I was hoping for something that would offer a contrast between light (Ellen’s good fortune in inheriting the cottage out of the blue) and dark (the hidden, shadowy elements of the story from which Ellen has to peel the layers one by one) and feel this cover does everything I could have asked for. Thank you, Twenty7. Wonderful job.   – Graham Minett

Are you intrigued yet? You can pre-order the The Hidden Legacy ebook, which will be out on November 5th, on Amazon now!

The Hidden Legacy is also up on Netgalley, so if you’re a Netgalley reviewer, don’t forget to request it.

You can follow Graham Minett on Twitter @GrahamMinett511.


JoelWelcome to the first ever website for Twenty7 Books! We’re a new start-up within the internationally renowned Bonnier Publishing, and we’ll be bringing you debut fiction across a broad range of genres, from high-octane crime thrillers to the most heart-warming romances.

Our editorial team is currently on the small side – it’s just me, Joel Richardson (hello!). I began my career at Quercus, and have worked in all areas from audiobooks to social media to translated fiction. I’m lucky enough to be working with a brilliant group of talented people from across Bonnier Publishing, above all the fine folk of Hot Key Books and Piccadilly Press, with whom we share an office in Clerkenwell.

To give you some background, we were founded by Mark Smith, who also founded Quercus back in 2004. Along with our sister imprint Zaffre – more news on that coming soon – we’re planning to publish brilliant commercial fiction in the UK and internationally. What makes Twenty7 different is our focus on debut authors. Any reader will know the special joy of being the first to discover a truly brilliant book, and as publishers we’re no different – our ambition as an imprint is that in ten years’ time every bookshelf will be full of books by authors who began their careers at Twenty7. (And we should say too, that once those authors get on to their second and third books, they’ll be published by Zaffre – we don’t want to let go!).

There’s not too much more to say for now, but stay tuned (or, more helpfully, follow us on Twitter @twenty7books) for more news on the joys and disasters of building a new publishing company, and most importantly for updates on our brilliant first set of authors – I can’t say too much for now, but rest assured, you’re in for a treat . . .