No longer accepting fiction proposals
Pen and Sword authors come from a wide range of backgrounds. They are freelance writers, university lecturers, journalists, local historians, novelists, and people from many other walks of life with a passion for history. You don’t need to have already published a book to be considered, but if you have previous professional writing experience do tell us about it.
The authors of successful proposals tend to display the following traits:
- A good depth of knowledge, and a passion for exploring, their chosen subject area.
- A clear, accessible writing style.
- An understanding of the market their book would be going into and knowledge of existing titles in the area.
- A willingness to market that their book using blogging, social media, as well as more traditional media.
We'll review every proposal that we receive, although due to the high volume of submissions we cannot always reply to unsuccessful proposals and we are not able to provide critiques of manuscripts.