If you’re an author looking for an Australian publisher and are considering making a submission to windeye, or would like to know more about what we like and our ethos, then this Submissions page is the place to be. There’s a fair few words here, but hopefully they’ll give you an idea of what we enjoy, the submissions process, and will save you time in the long run.
What sort of books are we looking for?
Initially, we imagined we’d be focussing exclusively on quirky literary fiction, which was fast-paced, had compelling characters and relationships between characters, and which clearly delighted in well-crafted words. However, within nanoseconds of having wonderful ideas pitched to us that didn’t fit this model, we realised we’d have more fun remaining as diverse as possible and open to the possibilities of many different submissions: that we wouldn’t rule out any project if it excited 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 just a few of the books which we at windeye (and our submission readers) have particularly enjoyed and 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 offer
As is the case with the vast majority of small, independent publishers, we can’t offer authors an advance on royalties. However, we aim to offer positive and long-standing working relationships with our authors, to nurture and promote their talents, and to provide equitable reward for their work.
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;
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.
Unfortunately, we won’t be able to take on every book that excites us, however good the pitch, however excellent the writing, because we can only publish 3 or 4 titles a year across our first 3 or 4 years, but we will give you a considered response within 8 weeks at the latest. We can’t give appraisals of manuscripts submitted to us (there are lots of agencies that provide this service) or provide advice to authors – we simply don’t have the time or resources to do this. But we wish everyone who’s got this far down the page Happy Reading, Happy Writing and our best wishes to you.