All authors are asked to send in a sample – the first 3 chapters and a one page synopsis of your book, by email only, to We do not accept paper submissions or previously self-published work and these will be disposed of unread. No returns.

Please note we do not publish poetry, novellas, fantasy novels, and we no longer publish children's picture books.

We aim to read initial submissions within 6 weeks of receiving them. If we like what we see, we will then ask to read your full manuscript. After reading your manuscript we will decide whether we will consider the manuscript for publication.

Should we decide not to take your manuscript any further we will always try to provide constructive feedback although we can't always give you detailed reasons for our decisions. All decisions are final and no further correspondence will be entered into after this stage.

If we do wish to proceed with your work we will discuss fully our plans and timescales fully with you and at that point offer you a contract to publish.

Please be aware that agreeing to read your initial submission or the full manuscript does not constitute an offer to publish.

You can view a selection of the books we publish by visiting our online bookshop. If you wish to purchase one of our titles we are happy to offer you a new visitor discount using code WRITER150 at checkout.

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Editorial Services

We have recently received a number of requests regarding Editorial Services.  If we contract to publish then as part of the process we will go through your manuscript making editorial suggestions and put the finished copy through a proofreading process.  There is no cost to the author for these services when contracted to publish.


At the moment Fledgling Press does not provide Copy-Edit or Proofreading as a stand alone paid for service,   however, if you are seeking these services we can recommend and provide contact details.  Please drop us a note using our contact form and we will pass on details to you.

Submissions FAQs

Is my novel long enough?

Generally a novel is between 70000 and 80000 words. Children's novels are around the 45000 to 55000 mark. We do not publish novellas.

What happens next?

Once we've read through your initial submission, if we like it we will be in touch to ask for a copy of the full manuscript. Upon receipt of this, we will read your submission in full and decide whether it is a title we want to place on our long list for future publication.

What if you decide not to place my manuscript on the long list?

We will provide you with comments and constructive feedback on the manuscript, although we can't always give details about our decisions.

What if you decide to place my manuscript on your long list?

At this point we will sit down and discuss the project in more detail, talking about timescales, editing, and marketing. It is at this point that we will formally offer you a contract and help guide you through the publishing process.


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