SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT

If you browse our site you’ll get a feel for the genres we like to publish, but that’s not the whole story. While we would like to publish more in the genres we currently sell, we are not closed to other genres too. Nothing ventured, as they say. 

We are looking for:

  • Interesting stories and perspectives.
  • Authors who are prepared to take an active role in promoting themselves and their work.
  • To add to the creative process to make the best possible book.
  • Originality even in the most tried and tested genres.
  • Giving new authors their first break in publishing and…
  • …working with existing authors.
  • Confident, but not delusional, authors.
  • Writers who want to write more than one book. We like series, and we like working with authors who have plans for more books.
  • Authors who can bring more than one title (whether previously released or not).

We are not looking for:

  • Re-hashed work with no originality.
  • Poor writing style.
  • Poorly presented work that shows no sense of pride.

Surprise us, dazzle us, sell us your work, but don’t go over the top – temper the language of your submission to demonstrate that you understand who will love your book, who will get the most from it, and how we can reach that audience together.

 

GUIDANCE NOTES

 

These guidelines save time and effort at both your end and ours – please read carefully.

  • We prefer a MS Word doc / docx format.
  • Although we can handle other file types they can cause issues with formatting that can be time-consuming to deal with.
  • Make sure your name, email, and the title of the book are on the first page.
  • Submit the whole work in a single document, including: chapters in the correct order; optional content (see next point, below); and images placed in proximity to the text they refer to.
  • If you want to include the following, please do so at the outset; Introduction, Foreword, Acknowedgements, Credits, Dedication, or other similar content.
  • Images should also be separately supplied in high resolution (minimum: 300dpi at 240mm shortest side, in CMYK). (If that doesn’t make sense, don’t worry at this stage, we can help.)
  • DO NOT include a Table of Contents – we will generate it, and we will delete whatever is there anyway.
  • Use Page Breaks to put content on a new page, NOT blank lines.
  • DO NOT use Tabs.
  • DO NOT put anything in headers or footers. We strip that out as part of setting the file up.
  • If you spend lots of time on typesetting, it will be wasted – remember that your book will not be A4/US Letter size, Times or Arial, 12-14pt, at 1.5-2 line spacing. So the pagination / formatting you spend time on is a lost cause. Typesetting is what we do, we aren’t expecting you to submit a typeset manuscript.
  • Please do include Copyright Acknowledgements for any work in the book that isn’t yours (e.g. photos / diagrams / illustrations / citations / etc).

We get a lot of manuscripts, and they can get lost in a filing system if the naming convention isn’t obvious. Calling your book ‘My Book.doc’ might make sense at your end, but it doesn’t help at ours.

Our Convention is:

name of the book v1 DN.docx

where v1 is the version number, and DN is the author/editor of this version.

name of the book v2 AB.docx

Then it goes to AB, who adds one to the version number and changes the intials to show they dealt with it last.

name of the book v3 DN.docx

…back to DN…

name of the book v4 FG.docx

…and then off to FG for proofreading… and so on.

At any time we can all refer to the latest version by number, and know who handled it las

(300-500 words – keep it on a single sheet)

This is where you sell us on your vision for your book. We are looking for a unique twist, a new voice, a different perspective – there is little that is genuinely new in this world, so we need to know why this book will captivate a reader.

DO: Describe what the reader benefits and takeaways are (non-fiction).
DO: Outline the plot to the very end – no surprises. If you want us to publish it – we need to know how it finishes, and why readers will care (fiction).
DO: Explain the character journey and how they grow/change (fiction).
DO: Write in the third person.
DO NOT: Fill it with hyperbole unless you can back it up. You may describe it as amazing, but why is it amazing?
DO NOT: Say the book is for ‘everyone’, no book ever is.

  • Sum up the book in one catchy sentence.
  • Who is the core type of reader for this book – describe them.
    What problem does the book solve?
  • Why is it unique / different?
  • ONLY if it is important, why did you write it?

Now carefully edit to make the submission concise, punchy, and compelling for us to take it on and not turn it down. Check your spelling, show us you care about your submission, and that we can expect the same from your work.

(200-300 words)

Authors seem to have great difficulty in writing 200-300 words that sell their book. But that’s the business we are in. So take your time and craft a back cover description that will hook the reader (and that starts with us).

Start with a headline.

200-300 words of captivating copy.

It’s that simple! Perhaps not easy, but certainly simple enough. We aren’t expecting this to be the final copy for the back cover, but what it does is to help us to see that you understand who your book is for, and how to engage them.

Look at the books on your shelf and see how they are done – what worked in getting you to buy the book? Learn from the hundreds of examples you probably have in your house. If not, go to a bookshop.

This is different to a synopsis – it sells your book, so don’t give away spoilers.

DON’T include lots of questions.
DON’T over-sell.

DO send us some review quotes, if you have them.

We have a form that gives us the information we need to disseminate to retailers and other trading partners. It also asks for the information we need to do the important things – like paying royalties. See the menu at the bottom of the page.