PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL
Hey there! So you’d like to become a Summersdale author? Well, luckily we have all the information you need to make a submission right here. Please do read these guidelines in full before you make your submission – they have been honed over years of publishing fantastic books, so we know it’s what works for us. The most important thing of all, though, is that you show your work in the best light possible. We want to be wowed by your book proposal, so this is your chance to do whatever you can to convince us we should work with you.
Please familiarise yourself with our online catalogue or look at our books in a bookshop before you make a submission. We specialise in travel, memoir and narrative non-fiction, health and well-being, parenting, children’s mental health and gift and humour. Please do not send fiction or poetry. Unless you are an established writer we will not commission an unfinished book.
TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK:
Please put the title of your submission in the subject line of your email (this helps us keep track of things and sets you apart from all the ‘re: book idea’ emails we get – win–win!)
Please include a covering letter within the body of your email – no need to send a separate document – which should give us an immediate idea of what the book is about, who you are, and why we should publish your book. This is where you can really grab our attention and stand out from the crowd.
Please include the following as a Word (.doc) file, not a PDF or embedded within your email, and labelled with the title of your book (please don’t send attachments titled ‘My Book’ as they’re likely to get muddled up with all the others!):
- 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 (and how yours is different)
- any pertinent information about your platform or existing audience (links to relevant social media accounts/blog follower stats/public speaking experience etc.) or ideas you have for promoting your book
- the first two chapters of the work (or equivalent amount of sample material from the start of the book)
Please note: it is far more helpful and efficient if you send all of these things with your first email so everything is in one place. We do not respond to emails asking if we would like to see a manuscript (just go ahead, be bold!).
If you have an exciting children’s book proposal on any topic relating to mental health and well-being, please send a synopsis, five spreads’ worth of content (or equivalent) and a bio to CMH@summersdale.com.
For travel titles, your submission must meet the following criteria in order to be considered:
- World rights in all languages must be on offer.
- Your story must have taken place within the last 3 years (and it must have already taken place – we do not commission writers for forthcoming or incomplete journeys/adventures).
- Ideally you have a platform from which to promote your book, such as social media accounts with at least 10,000 followers, or regular public speaking events.
- We are not currently looking for stories of renovating a property abroad, walking the Camino de Santiago, sailing adventures or general ‘moving abroad’ tales – sadly these markets are saturated so we are only on the lookout for fresh, standout stories with a unique hook.
Please send your submissions to:
Health, well-being and parenting: email@example.com
Children’s mental health and well-being: CMH@summersdale.com
Travel, memoir and general narrative non-fiction: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gift, humour, general interest or anything else: email@example.com
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
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. You should assume that if you have not heard from us within four months that, unfortunately, on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.
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. As a small publishing company the number of books we can accommodate on our list is limited: 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.
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.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept hard copy submissions.