Want to become a Summersdale author?
Please read all of the following information before submitting your proposal
Please familiarise yourself with our online catalogue or look at our books in a bookshop before you make a submission. We specialise in gift and humour, travel, health and general non-fiction. Please do not send fiction, poetry, children’s books or autobiography. We are not currently looking for cookery books. Unless you are an established writer we will not commission an unfinished book.
To submit your work, please send a covering letter (this can be within your opening email – no need to send a separate document) and the following attachments as Word (.doc) files, not PDFs or embedded within your email: a synopsis explaining the aims and scope of your project and with a chapter breakdown of the full manuscript; an indication of the audience to whom you think your book will appeal and details of any relevant competing titles; any pertinent information about your platform or existing audience (social media/blog following/talking experience etc.); and the first two chapters of the work or sample material to give us a flavour of your writing. Please put the title of your submission in the subject line of your email.
Please send your submissions to:
Gift, humour, general interest, health: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cover letter and synopsis.
- Two word-processed sample chapters, preferably the opening two.
- Email address/Stamped self-addressed envelope/International Reply Coupons.
- All materials carefully edited and checked for spelling.
Please note: it is more helpful and efficient if you send all of these things with your first email. We do not respond to emails asking if we would like to see a manuscript.
Please allow two to three months for us to get back to you. We reply to submissions as quickly as possible, but the sheer volume we receive means that there is, inevitably, some delay. Please do not call the office as it is often impossible to track down a manuscript immediately. If more than four months have passed and we have not replied to you, email us stating the name of the manuscript and the date that you sent it in, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
If we reject your submission, we are not usually able to provide detailed feedback, or to recommend other publishing companies you could approach, because of the huge amount of material we receive. There are many reasons why books are rejected, so please remember that this is not necessarily a reflection on the quality of the work. Many promising manuscripts are rejected because they simply do not fit on our list, or because we have already published – or have plans to publish – something along similar lines. As a small, independent publishing company the number of books we can accommodate on our list is limited. Please also note that we are unable to arrange meetings or phone calls to discuss submissions due to time constraints – it would mean less time for us to spend assessing other manuscripts and would not be fair to our other potential authors.
Hard copy submissions
Please be aware that we much prefer to receive digital copies wherever possible – they are easier to work with, share with the submissions team and respond to, and there is a much lower risk of it getting lost!
If you have no email access, please submit your proposal and sample material to:
Summersdale Publishers Ltd
46 West Street
Always keep a copy; while we will take all possible care of your work, we cannot accept any responsibility for its loss. Never send original artwork or photographs, only photocopies.
Please provide an email address so we can contact you, or enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope for our reply. If you would like your material returned, please ensure that you include adequate postage for us to send it back, otherwise your manuscript will be disposed of. We have had to institute a policy of not replying to writers who send inadequate postage and no email address. If you are overseas, please send us International Reply Coupons, not foreign stamps or money.