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Getting Published

We are currently looking for bold non-fiction for our Saqi and Westbourne Press imprints. We welcome approaches from writers and agents alike. Please note the fields we specialise in by consulting our website. We do not at present accept unsolicited fiction manuscripts.

If you are intending to submit your non-fiction work, please make sure to follow the below guidelines carefully.

Guidelines for Submitting Non-Fiction Works

In the first instance, please send your proposal to elizabeth@saqibooks.com.

Your submission should include the following materials in English:

  • Synopsis (including the book’s unique selling points)
  • Contents page (including concise chapter descriptions and proposed word length of book)
  • One sample chapter
  • Author biography and CV, listing all relevant publications
  • Details of photographs, illustrations, tables and other non-textual matter in the manuscript (where appropriate)
  • Proposed completion date of the manuscript
  • Note on competing works

Please do not email us complete manuscripts unless requested to do so.

If you have not heard from us within eight weeks then we regret to say that your submission has not been successful.
Always keep a copy for yourself as we are unable to return work or enter into any correspondence about it.
All submissions are treated as confidential.

For authors who are not successful with us but keen to develop, we recommend that you visit the Writers’ and Artists’ website to find out more about getting published. Whether you are hoping to acquire an agent or embark on a writing career without one, we can also recommend looking up The Society of Authors in the first instance. If you plan to work on your writing there are many excellent BA, MA, evening and online creative writing courses depending on where you are based and your circumstances.