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If you would like to be considered for publication, please make an inquiry from the Submissions page on our website. If we like your inquiry, we will invite you to submit a full proposal. If we like your proposal, we will offer you one of our four contracts.
We usually respond to your inquiry within one week, your proposal within three weeks. So in total, it can take up to four weeks between an inquiry and a contract offer. Times may vary by up to a week depending on the volume of submissions and staff availability.
If you have published with us before, you still have to submit an inquiry. We will consider your book for publication only once.
Below are some common reasons we turn down inquiries and proposals.
We are a dynamic, forward-looking independent publisher that welcomes unsolicited manuscripts. We are looking for books that will inspire, inform, and illuminate the lives of readers — with subjects that push the boundaries, are unusual or definitive (maybe even both), delve into new areas of popular subjects, and could never be classed as generic. We want authors with talent, who are ambitious, committed to working with us to promote their books, and know how to connect with their community. This alchemical mix of author and subject is what makes our list so unique and successful. Are you ready to be a part of it?
Our business is made up of a small but talented team of editors, publicists, marketers, designers, and salespeople. To make sure that we deliver the best service to our authors and achieve the best results that we can, the nuts and bolts of seeing a book through to publication are dealt with efficiently by email notifications, our online database, shared access to a Contacts Database for promotion, and detailed sales reports updated monthly. It’s a transparent system that builds trust and collaborative spirit between our team and our authors.
Because this is not how many authors have experienced the publishing process, or how they expect the process to happen, we created this detailed Publishing Guide to support them. We advise and expect every author to use the Publishing Guide as the first port of call for advice and reference. For genuine queries that aren’t covered or for those that authors sense aren’t covered clearly, they have access to nearly everyone in the company on our Author Forum.
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Many writers are too impatient and rush their writing. Is your book as polished and complete as it could be?
Your book is aiming at a market that is already covered by many other books, and it's not strong enough to get to the top of the pile.
Our children's imprint is a small (but essential) part of our publishing business. We only work with complete books because we don't have in-house illustrators to work with. We suggest that either you connect with an illustrator and work on your proposal together, and resubmit, or you can approach a dedicated children's publisher who can connect you with an illustrator.
Poetry is not one of our publishing strengths. We recommend finding a publisher who specialises in poetry.
Whilst we love to read a great series of books and have worked with authors on series before, that has always been starting from a standalone book, which has the potential to continue as a series. The commitment from the outset to publishing a series is one that our publishing model doesn't suit.
Many books do not work as well as they could because their structure isn’t properly thought through. 10–12 chapters, for example, is a good rule of thumb.
You have a previous title with us, and the sales suggest that it would be a commercial risk to move forward with a new project.
The proposal is your opportunity to supply a detailed and thorough marketing plan to show that you are committed to marketing your own book, and that you understand how you will reach your intended readership. The more detailed your strategy, the more confident we will be that it can sell.
Manuscripts that are too long tend to put readers off and can be commercially unviable: length correlates to price. A very long manuscript might indicate that you’re not economical in your writing and that your book needs cutting down. The target range for an average read, not too demanding but substantial enough, is 40,000–60,000 words, 80,000 max.
Really think about who your exact reader is. For instance, Instead of “older people,” paint us a picture, e.g., “A person above sixty who struggles with technology and is always asking their children for help”. The clearer the picture is in your mind, the more focused your writing and language will be.
Carefully and properly fill in the proposal with good spelling and grammar.
You might require complex design and lots of illustrations, which are expensive or need a different type of book design from the one we offer.