Seaforth Publishing is a leading maritime book publisher run by the long-established editorial team of Robert Gardiner and Julian Mannering, who share a passion for ships and the sea and have between them more than fifty years of commissioning experience first building the Conway Maritime Press list in the 1980s and '90s and later setting up Chatham Publishing.
The aim of the list is to produce the very best maritime books, whether they be narrative histories, definitive reference works, ship monographs or modeling books; and as well as reflecting the very latest research they are also designed and printed to the highest standards. Some have made significant contributions to the field, but we hope that all of them will make worthwhile additions to any collector's bookshelf.
We specialise in books on most historical maritime themes, ranging from ship design to life at sea, in varied formats from highly illustrated technical reference books to reprints of classic narratives. Subjects include ship design and development, naval and mercantile history and biography, nautical archaeology, exploration, and ship modelling.
We do not publish practical books on yachting and sailing as a sport (except its historical aspects), nor textbooks for professional seafarers; neither do we ever publish the personal memoirs of seamen.
Seaforth is always looking for good books, and any author (or prospective author) with a suitable work is invited to submit a proposal.
A good proposal should be a framework for your book and if it is well received by us, and by reviewers that we may use, you may expect a similarly good reception for the finished book. When you are writing a proposal you should attempt to include and cover the following:
- An explanation of the book’s vision/philosophy. Why do you feel that the book needs to be written? Even our specialist maritime market is crowded with competing titles in most subjects. Why should someone be interested in your book?
- A synopsis of the subject matter of the book including a detailed table of contents and a brief outline of the primary and secondary sources.
- An analysis of the competition, including strengths and weaknesses, and a description of features that distinguish your book from any competition.
- Describe the target audience for the book, and you should particularly remember that in the field of maritime history the academic market is very small. More than 100,000 titles are published each year in this country and your book will need to have a clear position in the market.
- Key features and selling points of the book, ie, new research, an original angle, particularly interesting or unique illustrations, etc.
- Present state of the project (ie, idea, partial manuscript, thesis*, etc.) * Theses seldom make good books and if you are considering turning a thesis into a book you will do best to remember that the audience will be completely different and that it is unlikely that the work, without very substantial rewriting, will appeal in a commercial market.
- Estimated final number of words, maps, photographs or other illustration, diagrams, tables, etc.
- Any sample material you may have including chapters, preface, etc.
- An indication of the time you will need to complete your research and the writing of the book.
- Your Curriculum Vitae, including previous publications.
We are a small, dedicated publisher and our aim is to build fruitful and long-term relationships with our authors – If you wish to talk through your ideas before putting together a formal proposal, or have any queries on the publishing process, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
We look forward to hearing from you.Submissions should be addressed to:
The Editorial Department,
47 Church Street,
South Yorkshire, S70 2AS.