Author Guidelines

If you are an author of a scholarly book or work of reference for the academic or general readership markets, then we may be able to consider it for publication. However, you should read the following before getting in touch with us. If you do wish to submit a proposal for a book to us, then please use our New Book Proposal Form, which can be downloaded here.

Please send completed forms by email to, or by post to The Lutterworth Press, PO Box 60, Cambridge, CB1 2NT, United Kingdom.

What We Are Looking For  

About Your Book

Although we will consider books on many other subjects, we are especially interested in works of biography, history, art history, religion, philosophy, literary studies, or history of science.

About Your Market

We will consider for publication serious non-fiction works aimed at a general readership. While we encourage submissions for books about a wide range of subject areas, we are a commercial publishing house that has to make a profit from the books we publish, so it is vital that you can tell us about the potential market for your book, and about how it may be reached. The more that you can tell us about this, the easier it will be for us to consider your book favourably.

In some cases where we think a book is worth publishing, but cannot see enough market potential to make a profit, we may offer to publish the book but ask for a subvention towards the costs of publishing it. If your university or department or an academic foundation is prepared to offer a contribution towards the publishing costs, please let us know details of the amount and also any special conditions.

About You

The most successful publishing is the result of close co-operation between author and publisher, and so we need to know what you will be doing to help us promote and sell the book. Will you be speaking at conferences or in the broadcast media about the subject to promote the book? Will you help build up interest by writing articles? Do you have a website or social media following that attracts visitors to whom you can try to sell the book? If so, please ensure that you include this information when completing our proposal form; doing so will make a great difference.

What We Will Not Consider  

Fiction (novels or short stories) for the adult market

Cookery books

Drama or poetry

Children’s books    

Sending Your Typescript 

You are welcome to submit an electronic version of your typescript along with the completed New Book Proposal Form. We would prefer to receive material electronically, but If you do send us your typescript by post we will only be able to return it to you if you send us postage (a cheque in sterling, US dollars or Euros, British postal stamps or international reply paid coupons) to do so. We can in any case take no liability for lost typescripts or material, so please do not send us valuable photos or original artwork or other original material until we have agreed to publish.