(If you are planning to make a submission, please also see Submission Details)
What is an unsolicited manuscript or submission?
An unsolicited submission is made by an individual and not an agent. Many publishing houses will not consider unsolicited manuscripts at any time. Fremantle accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration throughout the year except for a closed period each summer. The next closed period will be between 14 December 2012 and 4 March 2013.
What do you publish?
Fremantle Press publishes the work of authors and illustrators of Western Australian origin or whose main place of residence is Western Australia. We will also consider work where the subject matter has a strong Western Australian focus.
Fremantle Press publishes in the areas of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction and children’s books. See examples of titles and new releases
How long will the assessment process take?
The great majority of submissions are assessed in approximately 12 weeks. If more time is required you will be contacted.
How should I format or set out my submission?
The basic requirement is that submissions are typed, and printed on one side of page-numbered A4 sheets. Apart from that, there is no single right way to format. As long as your manuscript is easy to read and handle, it is acceptable.
Who will assess my submission?
Initial assessment is by an editor or publisher.
Why can’t I speak directly to a publisher?
Information necessary to make a submission to Fremantle Press is contained in Submission Details. There is little a publisher or editor can advise you without reading your submission material. The quickest way to reach a publisher is to present your manuscript in the way requested.
Will I get feedback?
Unfortunately the large volume of submissions makes it impossible to give individual feedback in most cases, or to provide guidance in the early stages of manuscript development.
Do I need to get a reader’s report before I submit my manuscript?
No. We make our own assessments according to our requirements.
Do I need to get my manuscript professionally edited before I submit it?
No, but attention to correct spelling, punctuation and grammar is important. Ask yourself if your submission is as polished and well-presented as you can make it.
Can I send my submissions on CD or as an email attachment?
No. Submissions made in this way will not be considered.
How many unsolicited manuscripts do you receive?
Fremantle Press currently receives over 600 submissions each year, most of which are unsolicited. Many of our best known authors were ‘discovered’ via unsolicited manuscripts and it remains an important part of our program.
Can I submit a manuscript that is with another publisher?
We will consider manuscripts simultaneously submitted to other publishing houses but please inform us of this in your covering letter.
Can I submit a manuscript previously considered by Fremantle Press?
Only if you have undertaken substantial revision and at least a year has passed since the manuscript was declined. When resubmitting, you should give a brief summary of how the manuscript has been improved.
What should I do if I have another question?
Carefully read Submission Details. If your question remains unanswered you can send it to email@example.com
Please keep your email brief and specific, and mark the subject line:
Submission Query: Attention Assessment Editor
Light Horse Boy at Bologna
Fremantle Press illustrators are again set to shine at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March 2014. Drawings from Light Horse Boy will feature in the Australian Publishers Association exhibition Hello! from Australia while The Last Viking and Dreamers will feature in the exhibition’s book showcase.