What proposals we can consider
Brow Books is always a publisher of work that can be classified as 'literary' in some way, and we seek to champion work that pushes boundaries and challenges assumptions. We cannot recommend strongly enough that before you consider submitting a book proposal you read our previously published books and/or our magazine, as it'll give you the best possible indication whether your proposal is suited to us.
Like everything we do, our book publishing will largely focus on authors from the margins: writers whose work sits in the literary margins and/or from those who live and write from demographic margins. (If you're not quite sure if you fit within these descriptions, please don't let it discourage you from submitting – and feel free to get in contact for clarification.)
Note: If we deem your book idea a perfect fit for us and you the person to write it, we are very keen to work deeply with you during the writing process if that is of interest to you – be it with ongoing editorial advice, and/or mentoring, and/or applying for funding or residencies, and/or other kinds of support. We understand that not everyone who wants to write has the same access to networks and resources, and we are willing to invest our time in your writing/in writers who need it, in order to make sure the best writing, the writing we believe in, can find readers.
Below are some non-fiction books that we love – and if your writing/manuscript is close to any/some of these, then we are definitely interested in hearing from you:
- Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts
- Alexis Wright's Tracker
- Claudia Rankine's Citizen
- Fiona Wright's Small Acts of Disappearance
- Eula Biss' On Immunity
- Leslie Jamison's The Empathy Exams
- Hilton Als' White Girls
- Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk
- Wayne Koestenbaum's Humiliation
- Sophie Calle's The Address Book
- Briohny Doyle's Adult Fantasy
- Maria Tumarkin's Courage
- Teju Cole's Known and Strange Things
- Geoff Dyer's Out of Sheer Rage
- James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son
Book proposal submissions are welcome from anyone who identifies as Australian. (For now, our focus is on unearthing Australian writers and work – sorry non-Australians!) We particularly encourage people who identify as queer and/or trans and/or intersex and/or are of any colour, religion, or gender, and/or have a disability, to submit. There are of course no age limits.
We will consider proposals for books of any length or unusual format.
We read all proposals carefully but we are only able to publish a very small number of those we consider.
What to include
Your proposal should be at least a page in length – we'll let you decide exactly what to include. It'd be a good idea to answer the following questions:
In what category would you place your book proposal?
What three books would you see as the closest comparisons titles to the one you are proposing?
Why you are the right person to write this book?
If you want to also send through an author CV if you have one, then please make sure it focuses on your publishing and writing history.
In your cover letter, please include a brief synopsis of the work and a 100 word maximum bio note.
What happens after you submit
When you send us your proposal you'll receive an automatic email acknowledging receipt.
Should we wish to pursue your project or discuss it with you, we will be in contact with you via email hopefully within a month. If you haven't heard from us after a month then feel free to give us a little prod. Please note that if your work is indeed declined then no further correspondence will be entered into, and we can not provide you with further explanations for our decision, because we simply do not have the time and/or resources to do so!
All questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org