Please do read this section carefully before you submit! If you don’t stick to the guidelines, then, realistically, given the volume of approaches we have, you’re reducing your chances of us looking at your work seriously.
We’re on the lookout for exciting projects by both new and established authors, illustrators, paper-engineers, designers and other creative talent. We buy from agents, and, sometimes, directly from authors and illustrators.
We publish books for children from 0 – 14. We mainly focus on books for children up to the age of 12. We’re looking for “parent-friendly books”, and we don’t publish books with explicit sex, drug use or serious violence, so no edgy YA or edgy cross-over. And whatever New Adult is, we don’t do it. As a rule, we don’t like books with “issues” that are in any way overtly didactic. We are aiming for distribution throughout bookshops in the UK and beyond, so we can’t easily publish things with a niche and/or a local interest.
We publish apps for children from 2 – 7, and may publish apps for older children if the idea feels right. All of our apps are multimedia and highly interactive. We are not interested in creating apps that are, effectively, squashing books onto a phone. And it’s also worth saying that all of the apps we’ve made to date are either made entirely in-house, or are based on our successful book properties.
We now get so many approaches that we cannot acknowledge receipt of submissions, so please don’t expect one. We try to reply to all submissions within six months, but, honestly, we often fall short of this: while we are looking for new talent, our primary focus has to be to publish as well as we can those authors and illustrators to whom we’ve already made a commitment, and that priority takes up pretty much every working minute (and lots of minutes when, in theory, we shouldn’t be working too).
If you haven’t heard from us after six months, you should assume it’s a “no” from us: it’s our fault if we’ve missed something great!
Sometimes we get taken to task at public events by authors and illustrators for not acknowledging submissions or taking too long to get back. But, frankly, the alternative is that we simply don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts at all, and we’d rather not do that, though, of course, we may be forced to if the number of submissions gets completely overwhelming.
We would only acquire world rights in all languages, so if your book or app is already traditionally published in any territory or in any language, it won’t work for us. We are willing to look at self-published books with a strong proven track-record of success. So far, we haven’t found anything self-published that has felt right, but, we suppose, never say never.
Authors of books/creators of app ideas who want to present their idea in text form:
To submit by post
We’d much rather you submitted by email (see below), but if for some reason you do have to submit by post, then please send the full text/concept if a novelty/picture book/app idea, plus copies of any supporting visual material. DO NOT send original artwork. For longer work of fiction or non-fiction, a short synopsis plus the first chapter (double-spaced, printed on one side of paper only).
You should also send a short covering letter containing all relevant information about you and your work. Enclose a large, stamped, self-addressed envelope if you want the material returned. We really can’t send back material without this. If you don’t need the material back, please supply an email address for correspondence purposes, and, if you can’t do that, please enclose a small stamped addressed envelope and a clear instruction in your covering letter not to return the material. Send your submission to Submissions, Nosy Crow, The Crow’s Nest, 10a Lant Street, London, SE1 1QR.
We suggest that you use regular post rather than signed-for services. Please date your letter and remember to include all contact information. Whilst every care is taken of manuscripts/submissions we cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage, destruction or delay in their return whatever the cause. You send things to us, therefore, at your own risk.
To submit by email
This is our preferred method of submission. For novelty/picture books please email the full text. For longer works, you should submit a short synopsis plus the first chapter (double-spaced). You should also send a covering letter containing all relevant information about you and your work. Please send it to [email protected]. Please ensure that the subject line is marked ‘Submission to Nosy Crow’. Our preferred format is Word or PDF, and don’t send huge files, please (i.e. anything over 2mb).
Submitting from overseas
We cannot return any posted material. Please supply an email address for correspondence purposes.
Illustrators/paper engineers/designers/animators/creators of apps ideas who want to present their idea in picture form:
We can’t accept submissions of visual material by email, because they might make our systems crash if they’re too big. You can send us links to material or to websites, though, and that’s absolutely our preferred method of submission.
If post is the only way that you can send your material, please send to Submissions, Nosy Crow, The Crow’s Nest, 10a Lant Street, London, SE1 1QR, with an introductory letter plus printed samples of your work that you don’t need to have returned to you. If you have ideas for texts or book dummies enclose those too. If you send book dummies and want them back, please enclose a large, stamped, self-addressed envelope so we can return dummies to you, otherwise we will assume that you don’t need the samples back. Please do not send material on disk. And, of course, DO NOT send original artwork – copies only, please!
Whilst every care is taken of submissions I am afraid that we cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage, destruction or delay in their return whatever the cause. You send things to us, therefore, at your own risk.
Please don’t be too disappointed if we reject your work or don’t respond! We’re a small company and can only publish a few new books and apps each year, so do try other publishers and agents: publishing is a hugely subjective business. We wish you luck!