For Authors

The Ivy Press creates integrated, illustrated non-fiction books for the international market. Our imprints represent a broad spectrum of subject areas including popular culture; art and design; crafts; general reference; health and parenting; mind, body, spirit; humour and novelty. Our authors range from academics and writers who have published dozens of books, to people who are specialists in their particular area but haven’t written a book before. We are always on the lookout for fresh talent, and we will consider unsolicited book proposals from both published and unpublished authors. We always pay fees for manuscripts that are accepted for publication, and we have helped new authors develop successful careers.

A brief synopsis is better than a large quantity of manuscript. We are looking for projects that are original, topical and suitable for an international market. A typical proposal would include the following:

  • A synopsis (an outline of the themes and features of the book)
  • A brief author biography (including qualifications for writing the book)
  • A table of contents (chapter titles and a line of two about each chapter’s contents)
  • Sample text (an introduction to the book plus a sample chapter, if available.)

If an idea isn’t suitable for the Ivy Press, we will let  you know and try to suggest another home for it. If we accept your proposal, we will produce sales material (including blads, dummies and advance information sheets) for presentation at the major international book fairs in order to secure the best international market for your book.

We are also happy to hear from freelance writers who are interested in working with us on our ideas, presentations and new titles.

Please send a biography, list of published titles, and areas of interest and expertise either by email or post to:

The Ivy Press
210 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex. BN7 2NS in an envelope marked ‘authors’.

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