Genre books (eg crime, romance) unless the work has sufficient originality and literary aspects beyond the usual formulas of the genre
Memoirs / life writing unless the work focuses on broad themes rather than your personal journey; for an example, see Cycle of Learning
Mind / body / spirit / wellness
Books that have been previously published (including ebook only and self-published books) – new or substantially revised editions excepted.
Initial response times
We respond to all submissions that meet our submission guidelines. Submissions that do not meet our guidelines will not be acknowledged.
Initial responses are currently taking 5–6 weeks. If you haven't heard from us after 8 weeks please contact us to check whether we received your submission.
Follow-up response times
If we like your proposal, we will contact you to request your full manuscript or more information. It takes longer to make a complete assessment, and response times will vary widely, from a few weeks to six months or more.