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Nonfiction Submission Guidelines

To submit a non-fiction book to us for consideration, it must meet the following guidelines:

  • You must be an authority in your field and have something unique to say about it. Two examples from our catalogue are: Moneyland and Dementia.
  • Your work should offer a new way of looking at the subject or explore previously under appreciated aspects of it.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions and submissions from authors with or without literary agents.
  • We accept submissions for nonfiction books in the following markets:
    • Health and Wellness
    • Popular Science
    • History and Politics
    • Business
    • Personal Finance
    • Personal Development
    • Advice and How-To

We are willing to look at subjects outside this list, however, we are the wrong publisher for Religious or Spiritual works.

Fiction Submission Guidelines

We do not publish or accept submissions for poetry, Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction or children’s picture books. We do not publish screenplays.

  • Your story must be original: we do not accept fanfiction submissions.
  • Your novel must be complete. We cannot look at proposals for novels or partially finished work.
  • You must submit your work to us in English.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions and submissions from authors with or without literary agents.

Translation Submission Guidelines

We accept proposals for translations of books originally written in other languages, but they must meet all other submission criteria listed above AND they must have been published or accepted for publication in their country of origin, and (unless the book is out of copyright) you must have the permission of the rights holder.

How to Submit a Manuscript:

Send an email with QUERY: TITLE OF YOUR WORK to along with a short (no more than 250 words) query letter and no more than ten pages of your work pasted into the body of the email.

We do not accept paper submissions. Please do not post material to the office.

We receive a large number of submissions but we do respond to all of them. Please wait 6 to 8 weeks before chasing a response. Please do not phone the office to ask about the status of your submission.


We welcome your feedback. You can contact us using the following address:

Serpent's Tail
3 Holford Yard
Bevin Way
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7841 6300