Riordan had confirmed that the books were set in a distinct universe from his and he merely edited the books and wrote the introduction, for which he was paid a nominal fee by Disney. The series allows other authors to explore their cultural myths in the modern day and aims to bring them to the attention of Riordan's audience by being associated with his name.
Rick Riordan was initially approached by Disney to create his own imprint series, which would be an extension of his Percy Jackson universe. The author, who was writing on a deadline at the time, was too busy to consider the idea and did not respond. After giving thought to the matter, he later reported that he agreed with the creation of an imprint series, however, it would not be an extension of his world, instead, the imprint's primary purpose would be to bring other aspiring writers to the attention of Riordan's audience by using his brand name.
All the books in the imprint series are children's books that focus on mythology in the modern age. All submissions to Rick Riordan Presents are made through literary agents and sent to the attention of Stephanie Lurie, Riordan's editor. The final decision will be taken by Riordan, who will review proposals and manuscripts and also serve as editor for the acquired projects. The books and the authors will also be promoted by Riordan through his social media accounts and appearances.
The imprint hopes to publish 4 books per year. Currently, 2 books have been planned for release in 2018, and 5 in 2019, 5 in 2020 and 3 in 2021.
Pandava Quartet by Roshani Chokshi (Hindu Mythology)
- Aru Shah and the End of Time (March 27, 2018)
- Aru Shah and the Song of Death (April 2019)
- Untitled third book (April 2020)
- Untitled fourth book (April 2021)
Storm Runner series by Jennifer Cervantes (Mayan Mythology)
Sal & Gabi series by Carlos Hernandez (Cuban Mythology)
Tristan Strong series by Kwame Mbaliia (West African/African American Mythology)
- Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (January 2020)
- Untitled sequel (January 2021)
Paola Santiago and the Drowned Palace series by Tehlor Kay Mejia (Mexican Mythology)
- Paola Santiago and the Drowned Palace (May 2020)
- Untitled sequel (May 2021)
- Dragon Pearl (Korean Mythology) by Yoon Ha Lee (January 15, 2019)
- Race to the Sun (Navajo Mythology) by Rebecca Roanhorse (September 2019)
- City of the Plague God (Mesopotamian Mythology) by Sarwat Chadda (Fall 2020)
References to Rick Riordan's Work
- When first going into the Night Bazaar, Aru Shah says "Dude, these are my feet. It’s not like I’m hiding cloven hooves." This is a nod to Grover Underwood who hides his Satyr hooves with fake feet.
- When entering Karma & Sins in the Kingdom of Death, Mini mentions Egyptian Mythology when Aru mentions a hippo that chomps on people.
- When Zane Obispo, Brooks and Hondo Obispo talk to Jazz in his shop, Hondo mentions they are looking for gods "who ride motorcycles." This alludes to Ares.
- Later on in the book, Nakon, the Mayan war god, is shown dressed as a biker which Zane calls a cliché.
- Rick Riordan Presents titles cover genres outside the Urban Fantasy of the Rick Riordan's main series: Dragon Pearl is a Space Opera and Sal and Gabi Break the Universe is Sci-Fi.
- Riordan had once joked that he chose the first 3 authors of the series for 3 different reasons: Roshani Chokshi for his fans, who always asked him about stories based on Hindu mythology; Jennifer Cervantes, because her children loved his books; and Yoon Ha Lee because Riordan found a kindred spirit in him.