Submissions

We take submissions very seriously and this has resulted in some notable successes. We receive thousands of submissions a year and make a point of reading every one.

Please familiarise yourself with our guidelines before submitting.

N.B. We no longer accept postal submissions.

WHAT WE DON’T TAKE

We do not accept:

  • science-fiction,
  • fantasy,
  • horror,
  • romance,
  • self-help,
  • gardening,
  • scripts of any kind,
  • poetry of any kind,
  • illustrated books (children or adults),
  • any books aimed at children under the age of 8
  • pamphlets or articles.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

We are particularly interested in exciting commercial and literary debuts, contemporary children’s/YA with a distinctive voice, and accessible non-fiction for the adult market. Do look at the authors on our website to get a clear idea of the kind of books we represent.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The submissions form will ask you for the following:

  • Your name, email address and book title. If you think you want to write under a nom de plume, or use initials, your maiden name, etc, don’t worry about it for now, there’ll be plenty of time for that later if your submission is successful. Please double-check your email address – if you make a mistake we won’t be able to get in touch with you.
  • A covering letter. This doesn’t have to be long, but it should outline your relevant CV and talk a little about the book. You can identify a particular agent you feel would be a good fit for you here, if you so desire, but this isn’t necessary – our submissions department will always forward your work to the agent(s) best suited to it. If you’re writing non-fiction, the covering letter should explain why you are the best possible person to write the book (this usually involves studying, teaching, and/or many years of experience within the proposed subject).

Then, for fiction:

  • A synopsis. We know that many writers dread these, but they can be invaluable, particularly if your novel is more plot-based. Rest assured, however, that no manuscript full of brilliant writing, memorable characters, and incisive explorations of what it means to be human ever got rejected because the synopsis wasn’t up to scratch.
  • The first 3 or 4 chapters. Essentially, we’re looking for a decent sample of your writing, so feel free to use your common sense here. If your chapters are very short (or do not exist at all) perhaps the first 50 pages would be more sensible. Equally, if your chapters are huge, just one or two will do.  Either way, ensure it’s double or 1.5 spaced and in a preferably serif font like Times New Roman or similar (not Courier). Please do not include your own designs for the front cover.

Or for non-fiction:

  • An outline/proposal. This will clearly set out, in 3-30 pages, why the book is both important and original, what particular research (or experience) you are basing it on, how it compares with other books on the same subject, and finally precisely what you would cover in it (perhaps in a chapter-by-chapter summary, although this level of detail is not strictly necessary).
  • A sample chapter (or two). We understand that the book may not yet be fully written, but a sample of your writing is extremely useful in making a decision. Sample chapters usually come from the beginning of the book (and may include the introduction) but do not have to – if you feel chapter 9 is a blockbuster, send it over.

That’s it. Best of luck! We love finding new talent. Use the button below to navigate to the submissions form, and note that although we read every single manuscript and endeavour to reply to them all, due to the huge volume of submissions we receive each day, occasionally some may slip through the net. If you haven’t received a response from us within three months, you may safely assume that it’s a pass.

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