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Manuscript Submissions

Please carefully read and follow our submission guidelines below.

Rockpool Publishing will accept unsolicited submissions in the practical mind body spirit/wellness, self-help; parenting; and general/mass market non-fiction genres e.g. sport and popular culture. We try to read the submissions regularly.

We are a company that likes to publish books that make a difference, but we must publish books that make commercial sense in order to sustain our company. Your book proposal should aim to sell to many people, not a small insular group, please think about how your topic can sell to many people, if it is too niche in the subject matter you may be better to self publish.

Please read the following guidelines carefully before you submit to us.

Your hard copy proposal should include:

  1. A clear and concise cover letter including date and your contact details.
  2. Author/business credentials-1 page.
  3. Short synopsis + Table of contents.
  4. 1-2 sample chapters - Please do not send original artwork, please can you number each page of the manuscript.
  5. Brief overview of market research, target audience, marketing ideas (please do look in bookshops and online to see if a similiar book has been published, we are interested in how your book is different to what is already out there).
  6. If you wish to have your submission returned, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Otherwise, clearly state in your cover letter instructions to discard.


  1. Before making your submission, we would appreciate if you could take a look at our previously published books to gain an understanding of the type of books we are interested in, and if we have already published a book in your topic area then please think about why your book would be good for the reader if there are many books already published on the topic.
  2. Keep it brief and to the point.

We Love

  1. Practical mind body spirit;
  2. Practical Parenting;
  3. General/mass market non-fiction
  4. Originality in subject matter and writing
  5. A submission that demonstrates your writing ability at its best
  6. Author realism, it can sometimes take a long time for a book to become a success in the book trade, and author patience and understanding to trust a publisher and work to promote a book over the long term is appreciated
  7. Your patience! We receive an overwhelming amount of submissions and it may be months before you hear from us.

We don't Love

  1. Children’s book proposals
  2. Fiction proposals


Tips: Note to all prospective authors, they must be prepared to work hard to help in promoting their book, they must present well, and any chance of getting media training for themselves is a plus. You should have researched the market completely and know the competition in the genre, or topic area. You should point out why your book will sell and what differentiates it from the competition.


Send proposals to the attention of Acquisitions Editor, at this address:

Acquisitions Editor
Rockpool Publishing
P0 Box 252
Summer Hill, NSW 2130

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