We are interested in non-fiction books and essays on most topics. We particularly invite proposals for books on science, philosophy, politics or society written for a general audience.
Regardless of topic, the non-fiction we publish must be well-written, well-argued and, if appropriate, well-researched. The topic need not be intellectual, but your writing must show intellectual rigour, or you must be willing to work with an editor to bring it up to our high standards.
a precis summarising the topic in no more than 3 sentences
a detailed outline of the contents of the proposed book (eg a detailed table of contents, including either headings and subheadings or a precis of each chapter or section)
if possible, a sample chapter
your background and credentials relating to your topic, including a list of any previous publications
the intended market for the book and any information relevant to this market.
All non-fiction proposals should be sent in hard copy. Print-outs should have good margins, but you can save some trees and postage costs by printing with single line spacing and on both sides of the paper (duplex).
Where to send your proposal
Please send your completed proposal to:
Lacuna Publishing PO Box 428 Armidale NSW 2350 Australia
Initial response times
We respond to all submissions that meet the above guidelines. Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will not be acknowledged. Initial responses are currently taking 4–6 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 discuss it or request 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. Please don't contact us to check on our progress. However, if you find another publisher while waiting to hear from us, please let us know.