We are currently accepting submissions in the following areas: full-length adult fiction (literary and commercial), nonfiction (with the exception of academic and spirituality titles) and children’s fiction (picture books, middle-grade and young adult). We do not represent previously self-published works. Please note: we are currently NOT accepting any fantasy or sci-fi manuscripts – with the exception of those authors who have previously published at least one full-length book (any genre) with a traditional publisher, or who come by recommendation from another recognised industry source.

Proposals and queries should be sent by email following the submission guidelines below. Please contact us before sending any hard copy material and please do not inquire, in the first instance, by phone.

WHEN TO SUBMIT AN IDEA

It can be hard to know exactly when to approach a literary agent. Many people spend months – years even – labouring over every single comma. The law of diminishing returns means you are probably wasting your time beyond a certain point.

Before you contact anyone about your book, make sure you have carefully considered the following three things:

  • your audience
  • the competition and commercial prospects of the book
  • why you are writing this particular book.

FICTION

For fiction proposals, please resist the temptation to press the ‘send’ button immediately after you finish your manuscript. Rework and revise your manuscript – seeking and responding to feedback – thoroughly before submitting the work to an agent or a publisher. Make sure what you send is your best work.

Your fiction proposal should contain:

  • A cover letter that contains your contact details, including email address (see information on cover letters here), and the total word count of the manuscript
  • A one-page synopsis (see tips on crafting a strong synopsis here)
  • Approximately 30 consecutive pages
  • An author biography
  • Any extra information about previous writing/publishing/awards/residencies
  • An indication of whether the manuscript has been submitted to any publishers/other agents (please note: we do accept that most authors make multiple or simultaneous submissions; however, we appreciate an indication of this from the outset)

NONFICTION

For nonfiction proposals, we recommend that you contact us at the point when you have developed a robust proposal for a book. This means you have a deep understanding of the subject matter, you have a clear idea of how your book will be structured and what it will contain, and you have written one to three chapters in which you clearly and articulately demonstrate the style and content.

Your nonfiction proposal should contain:

  • A cover letter that contains your contact details, including email address (see information on cover letters here)
  • A one-page summary explaining what the book is about and why it needs to be written and published
  • An author biography
  • One sample chapter (doesn’t have to be the first chapter, but try and make sure it presents a compelling example of your work)
  • A detailed table of contents for the rest of the book that conveys the depth of the material in the book, not just subheadings
  • Any extra information about previous writing/publishing/awards/credentials
  • Any promotional opportunities you can think of (by which we mean actual, feasible promotional and networking opportunities, not just your hope that you’ll get to go on a particular TV show one day)
  • An indication of whether the proposal is currently under consideration by any publishers/other agents (please note: we do accept that most authors make multiple or simultaneous submissions; however, we appreciate an indication of this from the outset)

WHAT NEXT?

We will send you a confirmation email to let you know that we have received your proposal. Depending on workload, we endeavour to respond and provide some feedback to all submissions within a 3-4 week time frame. If you have not heard back from us within this period, feel free to send us a short reminder.

If your idea is not accepted by our agency remember that sometimes even the most brilliant, well-executed ideas sadly don’t have a commercial market. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your idea isn’t worthy or well-written – publishing is a highly subjective industry and other agents or publishers might think differently.

Send us your proposal at: submissions@hindsight.net.au