Graydon House Books is a select hardcover and trade paperback imprint dedicated to publishing book club-worthy women’s fiction with strong commercial appeal. Multifaceted, provocative and original, Graydon House novels are page-turners that range in tone from lighthearted humor to emotional tearjerker, edgy suspense to historical drama.
Graydon House is a boutique destination for both promising new talent and bestselling authors who are looking for an accomplished and attentive publisher who can nurture their talent and build their readership.
Graydon House accepts only agented submissions.
Attention Black Writers
Submissions are now open!
HQN and Graydon House are accepting unagented submissions.
The perfect summer escape about the
restorative power of family tradition,
small-town community and the feel
of sand between your toes from
the bestselling author of The Charm
“Every now and then a new voice in
fiction arrives to completely charm,
entertain and remind us what matters.
Viola Shipman is that voice and The
Summer Cottage is that absolutely
irresistible and necessary novel.”
—New York Times bestselling author
Dorothea Benton Frank
One Night Gone
A 2020 finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, Agatha Award, and Lefty Award
A subtly but relentlessly unsettling novel.” —Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of The Witch Elm
“An evocative and beautifully crafted tale of suspense.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The talented Tara Laskowski is sure to
be a major voice in crime fiction.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, bestselling and
award-winning author of The Murder List
The Things We Cannot Say
A New York Times bestseller!
Worldwide and USA TODAY bestselling
author of five novels, including Before I
Let You Go
“Fans of The Nightingale and Lilac Girls
will adore The Things We Cannot Say.”
—Pam Jenoff, New York Times
bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale
“Kelly Rimmer has raised the already
high bar with this unforgettable novel.
Fans of Jodi Picoult and Kristin Hannah
now have a new go-to author.”
—Bestselling author Sally Hepworth
An instant New York Times, USA
Today, Globe and Mail and Toronto
A pulse-pounding, fast-paced
suspense novel that will leave you
“I couldn’t put it down...nail-biting,
You’ll have whiplash until the very
end.” —New York Times bestselling
author Colleen Hoover
Highly recommended by People
Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and
An electrifying story of two ambitious
friends, the dark choices they make
and the stunning moment that
changes the world as we know it
“This dark, pitch-perfect novel about
our dependence on technology for
validation and human connection is as
addictive as social media itself.”
The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season
A USA TODAY bestselling author
A heartwarming novel about three
generations of women who come
together at the family orchard to face
secrets from the past and learn to believe
in the power of hope and forgiveness
“A stunning story about family and hope
that unfolds unexpectedly but beautifully,
like a Michigan summer sunset over an
orchard.” —Viola Shipman, bestselling
author of The Heirloom Garden and
The Summer Cottage
The Grace Kelly Dress
Two years after Grace Kelly’s royal
wedding, her iconic dress is still all
the rage in Paris—and one replica, and
the secrets it carries, will inspire three
generations of women to forge their
own paths in life and in love
“Exactly the type of book I love:
charming, smart, and brimming with
heart.” —Emily Giffin, #1 New York
Times bestselling author of All We
“Fast paced and entertaining from
beginning to end.” —Kristin Hannah,
#1 New York Times bestselling author
of The Nightingale
The Chanel Sisters
A riveting historical novel about the
sisters who changed fashion forever
“Antoinette Chanel will capture your
heart. If you read only one book this
year, make it The Chanel Sisters.”
—Ann Weisgarber, award-winning
author of The Personal History of
“I loved this story of two ambitious
women who dare to envision brilliant
futures. Little has created a fascinating
behind-the-scenes look at the rags-to-riches rise of fashion’s most intriguing
icon.” —Elise Hooper, author of The
Other Alcott and Fast Girls
I’m looking for: I read a wide variety of fiction but especially love
epistolary-formatted stories, historical fiction for a female audience that
sheds light on a previously unknown person or event, an original take on
the gothic novel and book club fiction with a commercial hook.
I’d love to find the next: Anthony Horowitz, Maeve Binchy,
Diane Setterfield, Susanna Kearsley, Jane Green.
Bio: A born and bred Torontonian, Susan’s publishing career began with notable Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart before she joined Harlequin Books where, for the past 15+ years, she’s edited and helped guide the writing careers of a wide array of debut and veteran bestselling authors. She is Editorial Director for Graydon House and HQN Books.
Michele Bidelspach Executive Editor, HQN and Graydon House
I’m looking for: Beautiful, compelling heart-wrenchers; mainstream fiction
about families, friendships or the complexities of marriage with wit and
emotional depth; gripping and evocative historical fiction.
I’d love to find the next: Kristin Hannah, Jojo Moyes, Elin Hilderbrand,
Sonali Dev, J. Courtney Sullivan.
Bio: Born and raised in Virginia, Michele began her publishing career at Grand Central Publishing (then Warner Books) where she acquired women’s fiction and romance for 15+ years. She joined Harlequin Books in 2018. Throughout her career, she’s had the privilege of working with amazing authors, both bestselling and debut alike.
I’m looking for: Upmarket women’s fiction and book club fiction, including
historical fiction inspired by real-life women, humorous yet heartfelt family
dramas, romcoms, witty ensemble casts, high-society settings, darker
campus novels, toxic relationships, mainstream plots with a suspenseful or
speculative twist, immigrant tales and diverse voices.
I’d love to find the next: Alice Hoffman, Therese Anne Fowler, Laura Dave,
Celeste Ng, Beatriz Williams.
Bio: A lifelong New Yorker, Melanie Fried began her publishing career at Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster before moving over to Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, where she worked with a wide range of bestselling and award-winning authors but specialized in upmarket women’s fiction, historical fiction and memoir.
I’m looking for: Contemporary fiction with a fresh voice and a big hook,
sprawling family sagas, high-concept speculative fiction for a general
audience (think The Time Traveler’s Wife), boarding-school novels for adult
readers, queer love stories and highly atmospheric tales with a strong
sense of place. I am especially eager for #OwnVoices stories.
I’d love to find the next: Audrey Niffenegger, Kate Morton, Camille Perri,
Bio: Brittany started her publishing career in 2009 with an internship at The Cooke Agency and moved on to positions at the University of Toronto Press and Penguin Canada, joining Harlequin in 2015. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, you can find her watching X-Files reruns, running around the soccer field or discussing the finer points of baseball and cheering on her beloved Toronto Blue Jays.