Writing for us
Please read the Submissions Guidelines below before sending us your proposal.
The History Press welcomes submissions from both new and established authors – if you’ve got a great historical story to tell then we’d love to hear from you.
So how do I submit?
All new book ideas should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not email us your complete manuscript but instead a synopsis of no more than 200 words and a short biographical note. Please also include your full contact details - name, title, email address, postal address and telephone number.
What should the synopsis include?
The synopsis you submit should clearly demonstrate:
- The concept
- The target audience
- What makes your book appealing (this is particularly important for memoirs/personal diaries)
- The book’s unique selling points (why will someone choose your work over a competitor’s?)
- A proposed word count (don’t worry if you haven’t written it yet, just estimate)
- A proposed number of illustrations (and proposed sources)
What should I put in my biographical note?
This section is your opportunity for you to tell us a bit about yourself. Points helpful in this area are:
- Why you are qualified to write this book, to include details of previous publications
- Your involvement in key societies, events and enthusiast communities for your subject area
- Any experience you have in public speaking (such as radio interviews or giving lectures)
- Any links with newspapers and media that could help you market your book
How long until I hear back from you?
You can expect a reply within 6 weeks of your proposal. If 6 weeks has passed and you have not heard from us, then do feel free to drop us an email at email@example.com enquiring on its status.
What happens next?
If we decide to take your idea forward, the relevant commissioning editor will send you a questionnaire to learn more about you and your book.