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Submissions

We are open for submissions from 30 April to 31 July 2024. Please read our guidelines before sending your work. We are first and foremost interested in publishing nonfiction: Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction and Autobiography. That is where we started and where our heart will always be. 

 

We are also interested in Literary Fiction and Autofiction, particularly with a nonfiction tone. At this time, we're not considering any commercial fiction or poetry collections or short story collections. (So, 'literary’ covers a lot of ground. It can be anything from fantasy to crime, realism to the surreal. As long as it's got a great plot and is well written!)

We’d like to ask you to become familiar with our books before you submit your manuscript. We’re a small independent publisher and we ask you to show your support for Guts by purchasing one of our books in the year of your submission.

Our paperbacks are £8.95 and £9.95. Our ebooks are £4.99. Here's our Books page: www.gutspublishing.com/books

 

Alternatively, you can make a £7 donation. Here's our donation page: www.gutspublishing.com/donate and here's our Paypal Me link: www.paypal.com/paypalme/gutspublishing

 

Everyone will receive a decision on their submission. We aim to get back to you within 60 days of the closing date. Unfortunately we’re not able to provide feedback on your work, however you can request this with our paid service. The cost is £95. It's quite detailed. You can find out more here: www.gutspublishing.com/submission-feedback

 

If you are looking for other types of feedback and advice on your work, we have a Publishing Coach service which you can read about here: www.gutspublishing.com/publishing-coach. Please note, this is entirely separate from a submission and would not increase the chance of your book being published by Guts. 

Submission Guidelines

Please send: 

 

Subject line: Your name / title / fiction or nonfiction

 

In your cover letter, please include your order number. Tell us who you are, where you live, and why you feel your work would be a good fit with Guts. If you have read any of our books, tell us which one. If you haven’t, tell us what you’re currently reading and/or your favorite books. Also, we are interested in working with writers who are willing and able to assist with promotion. If you have any marketing experience (books or otherwise) let us know about that too. 

 

We prefer manuscripts with a word count of 25K and up.

 

We’re open for submissions from writers around the world, however we prefer writers from the UK and Ireland. If you’re from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or Ireland, please let us know.

 

We welcome submissions from debut or emerging writers.

 

We would love to see more submissions from women, BAME, disabled, working-class and LGBTQ+ writers.

We’re a small team here at Guts, and we’re doing what we’re doing because we love books and we love sharing a great story. We know how much time and dedication it takes to write a book, and the guts it takes to send your work to us. Thank you very much for thinking of us and we look forward to reading your work. 
 
Also, something we’d like to share with you: We publish 2-3 titles per year, and we’re picky, and we're a small team, and it’s good to keep in mind that publishing is entirely subjective. What one publisher may take a pass on, with another it may be a perfect fit. That’s just how it works. If your work isn’t selected for publication, please don’t take it personally and don’t be discouraged.

 

No matter what, keep at it and keep writing.

 

xx Julianne

Director at Guts Publishing

 

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