All T&H books start from a brilliant idea. We are always open to suggestions and submissions from authors, photographers, designers and illustrators with new proposals for books, so do get in touch. So that your proposal can reach us successfully and in the right form, please follow these guidelines:
First of all, take a close look at the subject areas T&H publishes in and consider carefully how your proposal relates to them. Art, Architecture, Photography, Design, Fashion, Popular Culture, History and Archaeology are the best known areas of our adult list and we also have a highly successful children’s list. All of our subject categories are listed on this website. We do not publish fiction or poetry and tend not to publish outside our existing subject areas.
Please make sure that you are contacting us with a proposal for a book rather than an enquiry about T&H commissioning photography or illustration. Unfortunately, we don’t have time to respond to emails from illustrators or photographers offering portfolios of work and their services.
How to send a proposal to us
We prefer to receive proposals digitally via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, but should you wish to send your proposal in writing, please send it to the address provided here, marked for the attention of ‘Submissions’. There is no need to phone in advance of sending your proposal. Please do not send sample books, prints or illustrations as we will not be able to return them.
What to include in your proposal
Keep the proposal as brief as you can – the body of an email, a Word document or a PDF are all equally fine. The proposal should contain:
· A suggested title and subtitle
· A short overview of the content (maximum 500 words)
· A chapter outline
· An indication of the audience you have in mind
· For children’s book proposals, please indicate the target age range of the book
· A very brief biography of you and, if relevant, your co-author(s)
· A short list of competing titles, providing author names, publisher and year of publication
· A maximum of 6 sample images as low (72dpi) or medium res (150dpi) files
· Your contact details
Please send the proposal as an email with attachments and make sure that the total size of your proposal does not exceed 4MB. Emails with file attachments larger than that will not reach us. Do not use a file transfer service such as WeTransfer as the download link may expire before T&H has had opportunity to review the proposal. If we want to see further material we will get in touch and ask for it.
What happens next?
Each proposal we receive is forwarded to the relevant member of our commissioning team for review. However, due to the high volume of proposals we receive, we cannot provide feedback on every one. If we are interested in your proposal, we will get in touch with you within three months. If you haven’t heard from us within three months, it means that, unfortunately, you haven’t been successful this time.