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HetMoet publishers (uitgeverij HetMoet) is an independent publishing house, situated on a historic sailing barge in the centre of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

HetMoet was founded by Elte Rauch (she/her) who passionately started a sailing publishing house in 2018, bringing books to readers and bookshops over the waters of Holland and the canals of Amsterdam.

HetMoet wants to remain small and deliver quality literature. We have however big dreams and are growing fast, publishing both primalarly in  English and Dutch. But we embrace other languages too. Som of our publications are published in bilingual editions. 

Our main objective is to publish books that matter. In Dutch the name of the publisher, 'HetMoet', is a play on words. HetMoet literally means it must (be done, be written, be shared, be said, be read...etc.) The mammoth (mammoet  in Dutch) in the logo is endeavouring to break out of the set boundaries, trying to go forward with force and reason, with passion and urgency. Beyond binary oppositions; beyond borders.

HetMoet is a call for action, for the readership and communities we work with and ourselves to engage with the social, embodied, affective and material transformations of society at large. We proclaim and adhere to our ethics and principles: not commerce, but the love of  books and literature guides us.

HetMoet organizes literary events, online as well as physical – and every two years we organise a sailing writing course in the Summer. We keep a sea container as an office on a  former schipyard in Amsterdam and are part of a larger crerative community based at the NDSM- Treehouse complex. 

We are prominently present in the digital world working with the global literary community. 

Our press primarily consists of three series: The Singer Series, the Biographical Anthologies and has a an imprint exclusively English titles, HetMoet-Menard. To read more about HetMoet-Menard, please click here.

The editions crafted and published within the Singer Stich Series, (named after the singer sewn binding technique) are letterpress printed books often poetry and bilingual, created in collaboration with independent artists and book designers.

Every month we publish a Mammoth post online. Young, old, established and debuting writers, artists, editors and translators who have the wish to express themselves through this medium are very welcome to contribute! Every two years, these contributions will be selected by an editor and published in a specially created hardback edition. From January 2022 onward,

We endorse creativity and idiosyncrasy. Everything is possible at HetMoet, as long as it contains a literary quality and originality. Should you wish to submit a manuscript please e-mail us. If we are interested, we will respond within 3 months.

The team at HetMoet

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Elte Rauch

Publisher, founder of HetMoet

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Fanna Palmer


Ilse van Oosten

Editor and copyeditor


Isa Altink

Publishing assistant

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