What do YOU think of Hot Key Books?

When you pick up a Hot Key book, what do you expect? Maybe you’ve read one, maybe you’ve read dozens (we hope!), but what we want to know is what Hot Key means to you. Let us know the three words that pop into your mind when you think of... More

*COVER REVEAL ALERT* Big Bones by Laura Dockrill

Today we are thrilled to reveal the cover for the brand new novel by Laura Dockrill. And also share an exclusive extract with you! The cover has been illustrated by the iconic illustrator Laura Callaghan – isn’t it stunning?! In Big Bones (published on 8th March 2018, also International Women’s Day),... More

E. Lockhart heads on a road trip for HOW TO BE BAD #LockhartRoadTrip

We are so excited to announce that E. Lockhart, the author of 2014’s smash hit YA novel WE WERE LIARS is set to visit the UK in July and will be hitting the road to promote the reissue of HOW TO BE BAD – a novel written alongside authors Lauren... More

Coming Soon | Our New April Books

April is around the corner and today Naomi (@NaomiColthurst) is here to tell you all about our upcoming titles. THE YELLING STONES by Oskar Jensen IF YOU FIND THIS by Matthew Baker CRYSTAL FORCE by Joe Ducie There are two more days to enter THE YELLING STONES giveaway on GoodReads,... More

Young Writers Prize 2014 Winner!

We are so pleased to be announcing the winner of the Hot Key Wattpad Young Writer’s Prize in collaboration with Wattpad! It was so thrilling to see the huge amount of creativity out there. And the response to the competition was superb. It made the selection process enjoyable … but... More

Finishing Harry Potter… at last!

Something deeply momentous happened to me last week – that’s right, I FINISHED READING HARRY POTTER. You may recall at the end of last year I decide to pick up where I left off part way through the series as a teenager and continue reading from ORDER OF THE PHOENIX... More

All Our Money Goes On Books!

Well, here we are again, another book haul post. A little insight into what some people in publishing (or should I say: some people who already have LOTS to read) spend their money on.   Ever since reading THESE SHALLOW GRAVES by Jennifer Donnely, (coming in October!), I’ve wanted more... More

Ask an Editor!

Last week we asked you to submit your questions for Naomi Colthurst, our Junior Editor. Here’s what you asked:   @HotKeyBooks When interviewing candidates for an entry level editor job, what previous experience/skills/qualifications are you looking for? — Hattie Quinlan (@HattieQuinlan) February 18, 2015   Mostly enthusiasm! People like to... More

Top Ten Tuesday: (Re-)Invented Language

The eponymous hero of E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks discovers ‘new’ or forgotten words in the works of P. G. Wodehouse (Jeeves and Wooster stories). She’s so delighted by the invention of ‘gruntled’ as a ‘neglected positive’ (i.e., a negative word (disgruntled) made positive; neglected, because it no... More


It’s hard to believe it’s been three years already, but the time has come for me, the in-house graphic designer (and sometimes illustrator), to leave Hot Key. It hasn’t been an easy decision – where else would I get to work on such a varied and different list? I’ve been... More

Gothic Horror, Gaelic and Ghosts | The Inspiration Behind SHIVER THE WHOLE NIGHT THROUGH

Today’s author blog is by Darragh McManus (@McManusDarragh), author of SHIVER THE WHOLE NIGHT THROUGH. The oldest axiom in writing is this: write about what you know. I’m no different to anyone else . So my first book, finished when I was twenty-nine, was about a late-twenties Irishman who thought,... More

A Fond Farewell

About three years ago, I wrote the very first Hello World blog post from Hot Key Books: Shortly thereafter, we started the Dear Auntie Hot Key feature, bringing an unfortunate amount of seekers of hot aunties to our blog. Our first guest post was from the fabulous Dawn O’Porter asking about notes people... More

Coming Soon | Our March Books

Next month we’ve got some exciting new books coming out and today Alex (@lexiedickinson) is making her debut in the Coming Soon series, to tell you all about our upcoming titles. Find out more about our March titles, read a letter from the editor and buy the books: UNDER MY... More

The Design Department: Fish Out Of Water by Natalie Whipple

Today we’re having a look at creating the cover for Natalie Whipple’s latest book FISH OUT OF WATER . More specifically hand lettering a book cover! Two roughs for the cover At first me and Art Director Jet were bouncing ideas and thought two gold fish of different colours would... More