Submissions

We accept submissions by e-mail only, from authors who are resident in the UK. We do not accept postal submissions. We are looking for new authors, but naturally we are selective. We receive in the region of two thousand submissions a year, and take on fewer than ten new clients a year. Please read the notes below to find out what we are looking for, and to check that this matches what you have to offer.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO LOOK AT EVERYTHING BUT IN VIEW OF THE VOLUME OF SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED WE CANNOT RESPOND TO EVERY INDIVIDUAL SUBMISSION. IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD FROM US WITHIN SIX WEEKS OF YOUR SUBMISSION PLEASE ASSUME THAT WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN TAKING IT FORWARD.

If you wish to submit to us, please include a pitch telling us why a prospective reader should read your book, an outline or synopsis and the first three chapters.

Please consider carefully whether your submission is ready to be perused by an agent. Aspiring authors may obtain information, editorial advice and assessment, before contacting agents, from the following sources:

  • Cornerstones:  www.cornerstones.co.uk  “Cornerstones is a founding literary consultancy with one of the best reputations in the trade. We scout for agents; offer professional editorial feedback on manuscripts; launch new writers and run specialist workshops.”
  • The Literary Consultancy:   www.literaryconsultancy.co.uk “The Literary Consultancy was founded in 1996 and is the UK’s leading editorial advice service. Backed by Arts Council England, and based at London’s Free Word Centre, The Literary Consultancy offers manuscript assessment, events, classes and holidays to help you with your writing and understanding of the publishing industry.”
  • Novel Thinking:   novelthinking.co.uk  “Novel Thinking is a boutique consultancy offering comprehensive and personal services. Along with developmental editing and manuscript assessment, we will ensure that your submission package, including synopsis, is right before you send it out – a vital but often overlooked step in getting your manuscript read by agents.”