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How to submit your book ideas to us

Submitting a book proposal

So, you wish to write a book. As the first stage, you will need to formulate your ideas for a book in the form of a written proposal. Publishers are approached by potential new authors all the time, and for yours to get noticed it needs to be detailed yet concise, and stand out from the crowd. Research is key.

1. What is your book about and who is it for?

Decide on the subject of your book and who will buy it - will it be a general, all-embracing reference book that will be used by crafters and artists of all levels, or would it be a more basic 'beginner's guide' suitable for people with little or no experience. Perhaps you want to produce a project book for people who already have the necessary skills but are looking for fresh ideas, or you want to write a book that provides a showcase for your work and the methods you use.

It's imperative that you research the subject by looking at similar books that are on the market. You will need to identify the unique selling point of your book - the features that differentiate your book from every other book on the market. Perhaps you are taking a fresh or novel look at a traditional subject and putting your own personal stamp on it, or perhaps you've identified a new trend and see a need for getting a book on it out quickly.

2. What will be in your book?

Don't worry too much about the size of your book or the number of pages - we have a number of standard book formats that we use regularly, and your book would probably fit into one of these. We are much more interested in knowing how you envisage the content of the book. For this, we would need a brief synopsis or summary of the book and a provisional contents list.

3. Samples of your work

It is imperative that you include examples of your work with your book proposal. These don't have to be actual pieces - good quality images and scans are fine, or a link to your website, Facebook page or blog where examples of your work can be viewed. Scans of or links to magazine articles in which your work was featured are also useful. The more examples we can see the better, to give us a feel for the quality and style of your work.

4. A bit about you

Pleas provide some information about you with your proposal, in the form of a short biography. The kind of information we're interested in is: your background, education and training; what you do now; where you exhibit or sell your work; and whether you have work previously published in books or magazines. If you can provide details or links to these, so much the better.

We are also interested in your on-line presence - do you have your own Facebook page, website or blog? Do you use Twitter or Pinterest? Do you sell your products via Etsy, Folksy, Ravelry, etc.? Self-promotion is extremely effective, and promoting yourself and your book on-line will prove hugely beneficial.

Note: If you have previously worked with other book publishers, it's important that you check your contract to make sure you are not obliged to offer any future books to them before approaching us with your book idea. Even if there's no contractual obligation, it would be courteous to make sure they are happy for you to offer the book to someone else.


In summary, your book proposal should consist of:

1. A brief summary of what your book is about and who it is for.

2. A synopsis or summary of the content and a provisional contents list.

3. Some samples of your work, in the form of good quality images, scans, or links to your website.

4. Some information about you.

Submitting your book proposal

Send your proposal to our commissioning editor, Katie French, via email to, or by post to Search Press Ltd., Wellwood, North Farm Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3DR.

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