How to submit a manuscript
Thank you for your interest in The Collins Press. Please browse our website to learn more about the kinds of books we publish (we do not publish fiction or poetry).
Your submission package should include the following:
- A cover letter with your contact information, including your email address, and any relevant sales points for the manuscript.
- A self-addressed, stamped envelope large enough to return your work. Even if you do not want your work returned, please enclose a letter-sized envelope for our response. Please bear in mind that international stamps are not accepted in the Republic of Ireland. If you do not provide a reply envelope, we will reply by email where possible.
- A synopsis giving an overview of the entire book, chapter by chapter. Please also include a table of contents. If applicable, subheads should be included that explain the content at a greater level of detail.
- Either a complete manuscript or at least three sample chapters. These do not have to be in chronological order. Selected chapters should include what best represents your work's basic idea, its quality and distinctive features. Prepare the material carefully. If the manuscript is full of typographical or grammatical errors, the reviewer's attention will be diverted from the content. Whether submitting sample chapters or a complete work, please advise us of the word count for the complete work.
- A CV that includes an outline of any past publishing or writing experience.
Sales points that might have relevance:
- Do you have any media contacts that will help with reviews, features and interviews?
- Do you have access to people likely to buy your book? For example, you are a university lecturer and can put your book on a reading list; you have an online following/mailing list you can use to promote your book; you are a member of a club with related interests etc.
- Is there an upcoming anniversary related to your book? For example, 2012 was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, 2016 was the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.
These questions are important to keep in mind when putting together your submission:
- Why should we publish your book?
- What is the target market for this book? Who will buy it and why?
- Are there ‘competitive’ texts on the market already? How is your book better than those? What does your book offer that they don’t?
- Do you plan to include images in your book? Do you have permission from the copyright holders to use them? We will need high-resolution images – any image taken from the internet will not be suitable for publishing.
- Does your work contains extracts or quotes from published sources? Do you have permission from the copyright holders to use them?
The package should be addressed to:
The Collins Press
West Link Park
We also accept submissions by email. These should include the same material as for hard-copy submissions except, of course, for the stamped, self-addressed envelope! Please send to submissions(at)collinspress(dot).ie
- Please allow a period of eight to twelve weeks for a response from us regarding your submission.
- We do not publish fiction, children's fiction, poetry, short stories, drama or literary criticism. Unsolicited material in any of these categories will not be returned.
- Our assessment of a book's worth is based on the quality of the writing, how well it engages the interest of the reader, and whether it has new, interesting or original material of Irish interest.
- Remember, it is up to you as the author to get permission from copyright holders to use quoted material such as extracts from poems/songs etc. You are also responsible for sourcing high-resolution images and getting permission from the copyright holders to use them. A work remains in copyright for the length of the author's life plus seventy-five years.
- We plan our list several months in advance so, normally, contacting us in June about a book that needs to be on the bookshelves in October is not giving us enough time. This is because we begin marketing our books at least six months ahead of publication.