In this section:
Here are some common reasons we turn down manuscripts.
You can submit an initial inquiry from our Submissions page.
When you log in to the CI site, you will have access to two pages, Book Details and Profile. Fill out the open fields on each page.
We will only consider your book for publication once.
If we offer you a contract, we will use the information here as the starting point for your sales, marketing, publicity and back cover copy.
Some of it, like the book title and your short bio, will feed through to our website and databases used by bookshops and Amazon, etc.
Show us your best work, take your time and do it carefully!
You will diminish your chances of publication (at least of getting it without being asked for a subsidy) if:
For a quick guidance as you're filling it out, click on
For detailed guidance, our Publishing Guide has help articles on nearly every field (linked below).
Book Details fields you need to fill out: Title; Subtitle; Strapline; Description; Audience; Market Position; Marketing Plan; Competing Books; Unique Selling Points; Estimated Sales; Author Sales; Estimated Word Count; Other Publishers; Files; Endorsements; Reviews; Categories.
Click on the Click here to submit proposal button at the top of the Book Details page.
Our team of readers are notified for their comments on the proposal and the manuscript, usually within a week*.
Based on their consensus, our Managing Director makes a decision to offer a contract or not, usually within three weeks*.
There is nothing legally binding on either side until contracts are accepted.
The presence of an existing ISBN and listings on retail sites causes issues and confusion. Also, it’s likely all your initial sales will have been taken up by the first publication, so we’d be starting from a more difficult standpoint…
Between June 2021 and May 2022 we received 1541 inquiries. Of those we declined 1098 and invited 443 to submit a full proposal, about 28%.
During this time we signed contracts with authors to publish about 160 books.
*Times can vary by up to a week depending on volume of submissions and staff availability.