About US

the future OF PUBLISHING

Today’s authors have more choices than ever on how to publish. Self-publishing, ebooks, and online marketing are rapidly transforming the book industry.  Yet with these new opportunities comes the challenge of an increasingly competitive marketplace.  Severn River Publishing (SRP) helps our authors break away from the pack.  We provide top level services in marketing, product development, and business management, using strategies that have proven successful in this new era of book publishing.



Quality Content

We aim to provide our readers with great content.  We use consumer research to improve the quality of our books and find new readers.

Brand Management

In today’s crowded book marketplace, author branding is critical.  We have the knowlege and skill to grow your author brand.

Digital Focus

As reader habits change, we adapt.  Our business strategy focuses on our strengths: ebooks and online retailers.

Business Strategy

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Reader Growth

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Visual Design

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Meet the Team

The Severn River Publishing team includes experts in online book sales, consumer research, branding, and digital marketing.  Here are a few of the faces behind the company name:

Mo Metlen

Mo Metlen

Submissions Editor

Mo Metlen has a BA in Linguistics and Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. She lives in Eastern North Carolina with her husband and two children where she spends her free time reading books and crocheting.

Andrew Watts

Andrew Watts

Founder & Publisher

Andrew Watts has a BS in Economics from the US Naval Academy and an MBA from the University of Florida.  He was a Navy pilot for ten years before going into Brand Managment (marketing) at Procter & Gamble in 2013.  He self-published two books while there, then left in 2017 to write full-time.  Within six months he had made the USA Today bestseller list.  Now he wants to replicate his success with other authors.

Katherine Schwerdtfeger

Katherine Schwerdtfeger


Katherine Schwerdtfeger has a BBA in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA in Innovation from the University of Cincinnati.  Born and raised in the midwest, she now lives in Cincinnati, OH working in consumer insights while using her free time to box, travel, and eat as many tacos as possible.


What services does SRP provide?

As your publisher, we manage everything from product development to launch. This includes editing, cover design, email list management, paid advertisements, formating, website analytics, distribution, and promotion. We also provide extensive ongoing marketing support after launch.  We get your books in front of readers, and promote sales.

What are SRP royalty rates?

While each case is different, our royalty rates are very competitive.  We structure our royalties so that both the author and publisher continue to see a fair share of profits as we sell higher quantities of books.

Does SRP have distribution in bookstores?

We work with distribution companies and retailers that enable access to a wide variety of bookstores.  Our focus, however,  is the online retailer, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.

How much does it cost the author to publish with SRP?

There are no author-paid fees.  SRP pays for all publishing services and marketing.  We intend to make money with you, not from you.

Is SRP accepting submissions?

Yes we are.  Submit your MS here.  

Does SRP work with agents?

Yes we do, but it is not required.  We have signed both authors with agents and without.


our Work

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Let’s Start Something new SUBMIT YOUR MANUSCRIPT!

Submit your work HERE.