© 2019 by Orange Hat Publishing

259 South St. Suite B

Waukesha, WI 53186

What We Do

Orange Hat is all about the dreamers who live to make the world a little brighter. We're all about the doers and go-getters: those with big ideas and captivating stories with a heart for impact. In order to help amplify the voices of emerging authors, we work diligently to provide exceptional professional services that aim to help authors stand out in a saturated market.


Maintaining your authentic voice is SO important to us, and our editors are committed to offering valuable critical feedback while staying true to your voice & vision during the editing process.

Art, Design, & Marketing

From cover design to illustrations to individual author brand development and marketing strategies, our creative team is dedicated to producing visuals that capture audiences' attentions and accurately portray the theme, tone, and vision of your book.

Final Production

To give you the best book possible, we offer a wide variety of hardcover and paperback options along with ebook and audiobook capabilities. Some of our production options include foiling, die cuts for cover, and other unique capabilities that'll give your book the fresh edge it needs to stand out on a shelf! Oh, and you're probably wondering about distribution, right? We've got you covered! All Orange Hat books are distributed through Ingram, a global printer and distributor.

Our Model

Orange Hat Publishing is an Independent Publisher offering both traditional and hybrid contracts. Our traditionally published titles are typically nonfiction with an aim to produce positive social impact while inspiring readers to work toward a better tomorrow. These are books that educate readers on today's global issues from a stance of truth, compassion, and a love for humanity. These are also books written by authors who have an existing following, whether through a blog, social media, public speaking, community engagement, or otherwise. Themes present in our current traditional titles include mental health advocacy, infant loss, and inclusion (particularly of children with disabilities). However, that's not to say exceptional works of fiction can't receive a traditional contract with Orange Hat. Depending on the content, niche, cultural relevancy, and existing author following, you may be offered a traditional contract!

For books written by emerging authors of any genre that display exceptional quality but do not directly align with our vision or have a substantial following, we may offer you a hybrid contract that requires author-subsidization of production services including editing, cover design, interior layout design, author branding, and marketing. 

Regardless of the contract offered, every author is a valued member of the Orange Hat family, and we do everything we can to see you thrive and find joy throughout your publishing journey. 

What People Are Saying

Working with Orange Hat has taught me what it’s like to work with a publisher who truly cares about their authors. For me, this was amazing because I was able to have input on my cover design, my title, work with amazing editors and graphic designers, and have a final product that is my pride and joy. Shannon and the team have a passion for publishing books that make a difference, and for helping writers become published authors. They are top-notch! - Christy Wopat, Author of Almost a Mother

Orange Hat Publishing exceeded every expectation I’d had regarding the publisher/author relationship. Shannon and her team of professionals were punctual and thorough, as invested in creating the best possible product as I was. As someone who feared I would lose control of the project when it passed into a publisher’s hands, it was so nice to be involved in the entire process! Shannon did a phenomenal job with the layout, asking for feedback at every turn. Orange Hat Publishing had a vision for my story. They breathed life into my dream of publishing. Thank you! - Danica Lee, Author of Day Care, and Baya the Magnificent Mutt

From the moment I talked to Shannon on the phone, I knew this was the right company to work with. Orange Hat has been prompt and professional and has helped me create a wonderful book! Each step in creating my book was easy and fun - from formatting and editing, to selecting an illustrator and designing pages - and now, only five months later, I have a finished product in my hands that I can be proud of.  I would definitely recommend Orange Hat to those who are interested in seeing their works come to life!  Thank you, Shannon and team, for turning me into an author! - Emily Waisanen, Author of The Book Monster

BEYOND WORDS!! I never dreamed it would look and feel like this! This is among the most heady, surreal times of my life.  You are a wonderful, top flight professional publisher. I am blessed to have earned your representation. - Rob Riley, Lovey Award winning author (2012) of Portrait of Murder, Dead Last, and The Do-Over

Having never published a book before, I was lost when it came to what to do first or next or at all, but Shannon’s patience, knowledge, professionalism, and encouragement made me feel secure. She was a pleasure to work with all along the way, and I am so very happy with the results. I am proud to have my book associated with Orange Hat Publishing and pleased to recommend Shannon and her staff to any author who wants to feel the joy of seeing a dream come true. Many, many thanks to the incredible Orange Hat Publishing staff! - Laurel Bragstad, Midwest Book Award winning author (2015) of In the Comfort of Shadows

Orange Hat Publishing nurtured my book project from start to finish. Shannon and her staff, including Lauren and Denise, guided me through the process with talent, professionalism, and kindness. Excellent service and skill from this group. Can't wait to do it again. - Joan Parsons Kuraitis, Author of Simpatico