What do you need to do?
If all this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, then we would love to receive a submission from you, and this is how it would work:
1. You send a synopsis and chapter breakdown to us (contact details appear further on) and this is submitted to our Editorial Board, who will then make their recommendation. The final length of the texts should be 35–40,000 words. We would very much like to illustrate the books and would welcome our authors supplying images for such usage, although we are also in a position to research and obtain images recommended by authors for inclusion from other sources. The text should include the appropriate scholarly apparatus, but our plea is that this is limited to details of sources. Long, discursive notes should be avoided, as they tend to put off the general reader.
2. If the submission is approved, we will formally commission the book from you. We will be offering (subject to contract) a small advance that will be set against royalties based on net profits. Once terms are agreed, we will issue a contract, and you can begin writing.
3. We would agree a schedule with you for the delivery of the manuscript, and once it was delivered, the text would undergo the usual peer review process and then be copy-edited and proofread in the normal publishing manner. We would expect you to work with the editor and copy-editor to resolve queries and make the text ready for publication.
4. We will keep you informed of the publication details and would request that you make yourself available for any marketing or publicity needs, which we would aim to fit in around your normal working schedule.
Do you have any questions, or would you like more information?
We hope very much that you will be interested in submitting an idea for a publishing project for this new imprint. If you have more questions, or would like to discuss anything, then we would welcome your getting in touch. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Editorial Director, Vanessa Daubney. She can be reached either by email, or by telephone as follows: