Founded in 2011, Brio Books (formerly Xoum Publishing) is an independent Australian trade publishing company based in Sydney. We publish approximately 20–25 fiction and non-fiction books a year by Australian and New Zealand authors under five imprints: Brio, our literary list; Xoum, our general fiction and non-fiction list; Seizure, our incubator for new talent; Fantastica, our speculative fiction list; and XO Romance, our contemporary women’s fiction list. Our specialty areas include literary fiction, crime fiction, romance and speculative fiction; and non-fiction with broad appeal (for example, true crime, mind, body & spirit, popular science, memoir and health & wellbeing).
Print editions of our books are sold and distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Hardie Grant and internationally by Ingram, while our eBooks are available via Amazon, Apple Books and other online retailers.
Brio Books acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and gives respect to the Elders – past and present – and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Where can I find information about new titles?
Info about our latest releases (as well as general news items) is displayed in the topmost sliding panels on our website homepage.
Who should I contact if I have problems with my purchase or download?
For all purchase and download problems, email firstname.lastname@example.org Please allow up to forty-eight hours for a reply.
As an author, why should I choose Brio Books?
Brio represents a brave and ambitious new publishing model – modern, adaptable and fair. In signing with us, you enter a true partnership – we’ll combine our editorial, production and marketing expertise with your passion for your project to help it get into the hands of readers who will love it. As author, you have more control of your own brand and can help drive the success of your book. And our equitable contract means you will earn more should your project do well.
My genre isn’t listed in the submission guidelines, does that mean you won’t consider it?
At the moment, we are not publishing children’s picture books, film or stage scripts, cookbooks or poetry. Our specialty areas include literary fiction, crime fiction, romance and speculative fiction; and non-fiction with broad appeal (for example, true crime, mind, body & spirit, popular science, memoir and health & wellbeing).
Does Brio publish books set in places outside Australia and New Zealand?
Yes. We don’t limit publications based on where the book is set and publish stories set all over the world, from America to Africa to Asia.
Does Brio accept unagented submissions?
Does Brio accept simultaneous submissions?
Yes. Feel free to submit a manuscript to us that is also under consideration at other publishers. We only ask that you let us know immediately if it’s contracted elsewhere, so we can advise our editors it’s no longer available.
Can I submit multiple manuscripts at one time?
Yes. You can submit more than one submission. However, please don’t send more than one book at a time in a series.
How do I submit?
We use Submittable to manage manuscripts – it helps keep us organised.
Can I design my own cover?
As part of the publishing process, we design the cover for you. We ask our authors to complete a questionnaire in which they can make cover suggestions, and we then work with a talented group of designers to create covers that take your suggestions on board, have a distinct look and feel, and of course reflect the genre and tone of your book. All covers are reviewed by our marketing team and our editors before being sent to you for your thoughts. Our goal is to design a cover that you’ll be proud to promote and that will sell well.
Will my manuscript be properly edited?
Yes. All our books go through the same editorial development as with larger mainstream publishers.
Do I have to live in Australia or New Zealand to be published by Brio?
Yes. At the moment we are only accepting submissions from Australian and New Zealand authors.