RHP—New Division, New Imprints!

Some of you may have heard, via social media, that RHP is expanding. Yay, us! We just brought out two new imprints, and added staff!

First, we will now be listing all of our literary fiction under the imprint Equidae. Oh, it’s still Rocking Horse Publishing, never fear, but we’re at the point now where we can specialize a bit. The release of The Fires of Waterland gives us two lit-fic titles, as Danny’s Grace will be moved to Equidae as well.

What the heck does that even mean? Glad you asked. “Equidae” is the Latin term, as in taxonomy, for “a family of perissodactyl ungulate mammals including the horses, asses, zebras, and various extinct related mammals,” as per Webster’s.

Second, since we have had such success with Spirits of St. Louis: Missouri Ghost Stories, we’ve opened up a new division/imprint for anthologies.

Our intent is to publish four books per year, beginning in 2015, under Harness Anthologies. Shannon Yarbrough, author extraordinaire, will be the director.

Here are the details:

Harness Anthologies 2015 Season 1

Publication Date: January 2015

Payment: Two Copies

Solstice: A Winter Anthology

Winter vacation, snow cream, snow days from school, building snowmen, snowball fights, snow storms, the first time you or your child saw snow. Give us your best white memory! All things winter and snow related. Fiction or nonfiction accepted. Also accepting original winter poems and winter recipes.

Stories should be 750 to 2500 words.

Poems and recipes should be limited to one page.

Open to Submissions: September 2014


Publication Date: April 2015

Payment: Two Copies

Empty Nests: Parents, Old and New

Springtime is the time of year when birds start building nests and laying their eggs. It’s a time of rebirth, now that winter is over. The snow has melted and flowers are sprouting. Life is anew. Empty Nests is an anthology for parents and about parents. Whether you are building your nest for your newborn baby, or you are finding yourself in an empty nest now that your teens have gone off to college or moved out.

Stories can be fiction or nonfiction, but should focus on adults either preparing to be parents or finding their own children turning into adults and moving out. What makes your nest, now full or empty, a home? Inspire the parents around you.

Stories should be 750 to 2500 words.

Open to Submissions: January 2015


Publication Date: July 2015

Payment: Two Copies

The American Dream: Then and Now

Seeking short nonfiction essays from teens to baby boomers. Teens: What is your American dream? For the older generation, what was your American dream?

It is said that society has killed the American dream just in the last decade. If that is true, what killed your American dream? Tell us in 500 words or less about what your American dream is now or what it was for you when you were growing up. Include your real age.

Real names and ages will be published unless you wish to remain anonymous.

Essays should be 25 to 500 words.

Open to Submissions: April 2015


Publication Date: October 2015

Payment: Two Copies

Spirits of St. Louis: Missouri Ghost Stories Volume II

Rocking Horse Publishing is proud to present Volume II of its bestselling anthology. The paranormal has deep-rooted history on the banks of the Mississippi, and Missouri is well known for its haunted past. In this volume, we focus just on St. Louis ghost stories. Under the Arch, on the Delmar Loop, in the Central West End, near the Soulard district, around every corner you turn there might just be a ghost waiting. Stories can be fiction or nonfiction.

Stories should be 750 to 2500 words.

Open to Submissions: July 2015


October in the Bookstore

That’s a pretty lame title, and I hope you won’t hold it against me because –

Well, we have a LOT of stuff happening this month!

To start off, ALL week long we have 10% off local authors’ books – and that includes local publishers – AND you can register to win a Kobo E-reader. Just stop in today, tomorrow, or Saturday!

Speaking of Saturday, THAT is our big anniversary celebration! Yep, two years ago, October 1, 2011, Al Hrabosky and Tom Mee were there for our ribbon cutting. The eight weeks leading up to that, after we decided to open a bookstore, were pretty hectic but totally worth it!

So, anyway, on Saturday, noon to 4:00, we’re having refreshments, giveaways, and a drawing for that FREE Kobo – AND, we’re hosting the Deadly Duo with their two new books! Bill and Sharon Hopkins will be in town presenting River Mourn and Killertrust – you do NOT want to miss this!

We’re also having Liz Schulte in the store on October 12, and Jo Hiestand and Estelle Luttrell on October 19. Great authors, fantastic books!

Coming October 26, we’re having a Halloween party! But not just ANY Halloween party – Rocking Horse Publishing is launching a new book: Dickinstein. Food, fun, and absolute CROWDS are expected – live music, too, thanks to Davey Vaughn of This is Our Dance, an awesome local band!

Now that I’ve used up my allotment of exclamation marks for the foreseeable future, come take a look at our Facebook page and website and see everything we have to offer at All on the Same Page!