Windeye is a small, independent publisher that operates two distinct services:
- we provide commissioned publishing for organisations and individuals, from editing through to layout, cover design and arranging print runs (but not distribution or marketing);
- as a boutique, traditional publishing house, we aim to grow our own fiction and non-fiction list, and to occasionally accept unsolicited manuscripts.
If you would like to find out more about our commissioned publishing service, please send an initial enquiry through our Contact form.
If you are an author with a manuscript to pitch, in the hope of receiving a contract and royalty payments, please read on, but note that we are currently not accepting unsolicited manuscripts (Feb. 2018). The email address for these submissions, when open, is shown at the bottom of the page.
Guidelines for authors submitting unsolicited manuscripts
Please note, we are not currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts (Feb. 2018).
What sort of books are we looking for?
Although we have a preference for quirky literary fiction, which is fast-paced, has compelling characters, explores intriguing relationships and which clearly delights in well-crafted words, we know there’s fun to be had in remaining open to all possibilities – fiction and non-fiction – and so won’t rule out any project that excites us. We’re open-minded.
What we’re not interested in is anything formulaic, derivative or poorly written… or that doesn’t follow our Submissions Guidelines below.
Because we’re new and don’t have a massive backlist for you to browse, we’ve listed a few of the books which we (and our submission readers) continue to rave about long after we’ve read them. In no particular order:
Slaughterhouse-5 (Kurt Vonnegut), Post Office (Charles Bukowski), The Stars My Destination (Alfred Bester), The Patron Saint of Eels (Gregory Day), The Wake (Paul Kingsnorth), The Sense of an Ending (Julian Barnes), Mother Land (Dmetri Kakmi), So Long, See You Tomorrow (William Maxwell), The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini), 26 Views of the Starburst World (Ross Gibson), Dirt Music (Tim Winton), The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami), The Small Hand (Susan Hill), The Zookeeper’s War (Steven Conte), The Bloody Chamber (Angela Carter), In the Miso Soup (Ryu Murakami), If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (Jon McGregor), Notes from an Exhibition (Patrick Gale), Burial Rites (Hannah Kent), The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold), The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger), The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion), Fingersmith (Sarah Waters), The Man Who Planted Trees (Jean Giono), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick), Being Dead (Jim Crace), The Old Man Who Read Love Stories (Luis Sepúlveda), King Leopold’s Ghost (Adam Hochschild)…
We could go on and on, but hopefully that’ll give you a flavour.
What we can and can’t offer
As is the case with the vast majority of small, independent publishers, we can’t offer authors an advance on royalties, but will offer a fair share of royalties as they’re earned, with regular and transparent accounting. We also aim to provide positive and long-standing working relationships with our authors, and to do all we can to nurture and promote their talents.
please send an email to the address identified in the image below, with the title of your manuscript and your name (eg. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens) in the subject line;
include a brief letter in the email body that pitches your project and tells us about you as a writer, and whether you have any strategies in place for promoting the book yourself once it’s published (and any active distribution networks you are able to utilise for increasing sales of your book);
attach a maximum two-page (700 word) synopsis or outline of your book (describing plot of action and character development, sub-plots, key motifs, etc);
attach the full manuscript (preferably .docx because it uses less memory), double-spaced, Times font, 12 pt, etc – the usual conventions.
We will acknowledge receipt of your submission email by auto response, but will also personally acknowledge the receipt of your documents within 1-2 business days, and at this time will provide an indication of how long it will take us to make a decision about your proposal. If you don’t hear from us, please check your Junk Mail folder and add us to your Safe Senders list.
We fully understand that authors need to submit their work to a number of publishers at the same time. However, should your work be accepted by another publisher while under consideration with us, we ask that you notify us promptly so that we can focus on other submissions instead.
Please note: We can’t give appraisals of manuscripts submitted to us or provide advice to authors – we simply don’t have the time or resources to do this – but there are lots of agencies that provide this service.
Unfortunately, we won’t be able to take on every book that excites us, however good the pitch, however excellent the writing, but we will give you a considered response within 8 weeks at the latest. That said, we wish everyone who’s got this far down the page Happy Reading, Happy Writing and all the very best.
February, 2018 – Please note: We are currently not accepting unsolicited manuscripts.