If you’re a British author looking for a publishing house for your book, below we’ve featured 6 top book publishers in South West England.
Based in Old Park Hill, Bristol, Bristol University Press is a non-profit publisher of academic and scholarly titles. Their goal is to publish quality scholarly materials that transcends the conventional realms of theory and academia. And over the last few decades, they’ve met and exceeded this goal by publishing titles that contends the status quo, disrupts the conventional school of thought and redefines ideas by aligning them in a global context. Some of their best titles are Remaking the Real Economy by Gordon Pearson, Austerity, Welfare, and Work by David Etherington, and The New Technocracy by Anders Esmark. The press gives immense priority to research and are always looking to represent new, talented authors. While Bristol University Press publishes non-fiction titles across most domains, their specific areas of interest include Politics & International Relations, Economics & Society, Business & Management, Law, and Human Geography. You can check the detailed list of accepted genres here. The publishing house is currently accepting unsolicited book proposals from both experienced and first-time authors. So, if you’re looking to publish a book, a book series, or a journal, check their submission guidelines on this page.
Based in St Mellion Saltash, Cornwall, Mabecron is a publisher of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books. Since inception, the company realized the need to create unconventional books catering to the local markets; and over the last few years, they’ve prioritized local content and local themes above everything else. Mabecron Books has Bookstores in St. Ives, Falmouth, and Padstow. So, when it comes to marketing and distribution, they will truly exceed your expectation. Some of their best titles include the iconic Soggy the Bear series by award winning author Michael Foreman, The Islanders by the Orange Prize winning author Helen Dunmore, and Pasties by the revered Times Columnist, Lindsay Bareham. Every year, the company adds new, engaging titles to their list that stands out with their stellar content and excellent illustrations. While they primarily work with experienced authors, Mabecron is equally interested in nurturing new talent. The company follows an open submission policy, and you can submit your manuscript or illustration any time via post or email. Note that since most of their published titles have a Cornish theme, they will expect your work to carry a similar flavour. For more information about their submission process, check this page.
Based in Charmouth, Dorset, Triarchy Press is an independent publisher of non-fiction titles. The company was established in 2005 to publish books that challenges the general worldview. Their books usually deal with unconventional subjects like improving the banking and financial systems, improving the operational policies of schools, public services, and government organizations, and protecting the social and global economy from crises like ecological disasters and genocides. Triarchy Press publishes both hardcover books and eBooks, and some of their recent titles are Nine Ways of Seeing a Body by Sandra Reeve, Bank Robbery: The Way We Create Money and How it Damages the World by Ivo Mosley, and Designing Regenerative Cultures by Daniel Christian Wahl. As of now Triarchy Press is open to unsolicited book proposals. You can download their book proposal form and send it either via post or email. Check this page for detailed information about their submission and royalty policies.
Based in Wellington, Somerset, Halsgrove primarily publishes non-fiction titles of regional and national significance. They’ve been in business for three decades and are currently managed by directors Julian Davidson and Steven Pugsley. Although a majority of the titles published by Halsgrove caters to the regional and niche markets, they are open to publishing books across diverse genres. Their specific areas of interest are contemporary art, art history, aviation, politics, military, leisure, political history, natural history, and exploration to name a few. Over the years, Halsgrove has published hundreds of titles and some of their best works are Water Breaking Ice by David Hempleman-Adams, Somerset Cricketers 1882-1914 by Stephen Hill and Barry Philips, and Spirit of Liverpool by Paul McMullin. The company is currently accepting book proposals via email. The proposal shouldn’t exceed 400 words it should feature a brief synopsis and (up to) four images. If approved, Halsgrove will reach out to you after a month. For more details about their submission process, refer to this page.
Located in Upper York Street, Bristol, Arkbound was established in 2015 as a social enterprise. They are one of those rare publishers that are driven to inspire people from disadvantaged backgrounds into the publishing industry. The company works in collaboration with Arkbound Foundation to connect with new authors. Over the years, they’ve published books across diverse genres, and their authors are mostly based out of UK. While they consider works of all genres, Arkbound is especially interested in books that deal with social and environmental themes. Arkbound’s books have been distributed by front-ranking retailers like Waterstones, and their book reviews were featured in National magazines like The Times. Some of their best works include Exopod by Joe Gillespie, Paint Yourself by Tom Burgess, and Windward by Stephen Mason. Currently, Arkbound is open to unsolicited submissions and you can reach out to them on this page. Note that the company has both traditional and self-publishing options, and you might have to pay a fee if you choose the latter. You can check this page for more information about their publishing process.
6. Truran Books
An imprint of the Cornish publisher Tor Mark, Truran Books is an independent publisher based in St Agnes, Cornwall. The company has been in business for more than thirty years and it is currently owned by Heather & Ivan Corbett. During the first couple of years, Truran specifically focused on books dealing with Cornish topics. They have, however, expanded their range and currently the Truran Books publishes both fiction and non-fiction titles across multiple domains. Some of their recent titles include Just Before Dawn by Debby Fowler, Dartmoor and its Villages by Sue Lewington, and Trebah by Adrian Poole. The company publishes only six to ten titles annually, and they are extremely selective about the quality and the style of the manuscript. So, while they are currently open to submissions, they request you to contact them via email or telephone before sending your manuscript. You can contact Truran Books on this page. For detailed information about the submission guidelines, refer to this link.
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