Story Machine Books

Story Machine Books publishes engaging, innovative, and important fiction and non-fiction.

We love stories and books that transport us, teach us about ourselves and other people, open up new ways of seeing and interacting with the world. We are excited by writing that is fresh and experimental. And we publish books that make a difference: personally, socially, artistically.

We offer authors an exciting blend of expert editorial support, carbon-positive printing, and a unique approach to publicity. We work with our authors to develop an innovative shows or event experiences that grows from their book and can help them stand out in a busy marketplace. You can see the sorts of things we create in our Story Machine Productions section.

Our first book was Live Like Your Head’s On Fire by Sally-Anne Lomas, published in March 2021. We will publish three short New Fictions books in July 2021 and a full list of books from 2022.

Planet Positive Publishing

Story Machine is committed to doing good. We strive to have a net positive social, environmental, and artistic impact. We are transitioning to Environmentally friendly energy and business practices, including how we print, distribute, and promote our books, and the way we source .

All our books will now be printed by Seacourt – the most planet-positive printer in the world. They use a waterless and chemical-free process, 100% renewable energies, and direct zero waste to landfill. The entire printing process has no negative carbon impact, and actually offsets the entire carbon footprint plus 10% by investing in a ClimateCare programme delivering social, economic, and environmental benefits in Brazil.

We even print our books using the most low-ink fonts that are suitable to our style.

Doing Good costs us (and our readers) a little more. We think this is a small price to pay to be able to enjoy a book safe in the knowledge that with every book we print, we make the world a little bit better.

Submitting to Story Machine Books

We are always keen to hear from authors but do not accept blind submissions.

To share your work with Story Machine Books, or ask any questions please send a summary and writing sample (each max 2 pages) to hello@storymachines.co.uk. Submissions should be 1.5 spaced, use normal margins, and be set in a 12pt type.

Agents are welcome to submit to us at any time.