Submitting a Manuscript – Easy Method

Submit a manuscript

We welcome ideas for new books in all the areas in which we publish. Our favourite areas are:

  • Historical Fiction (historically accurate is preferred)
  • Historical Non-Fiction (biographies and books for general readership – especially key dates in history)
  • General Fiction
  • Children’s Educational (but not Key Stage guides etc)
  • Off the wall (hmm, we didn’t see that one coming?)


In the first instance, please email only enclosing your curriculum vitae/resumé, and a completed copy of our New Book Proposal Form (Editable PDF).

If you are unable to download our New Book Proposals form, please email your curriculum vitae/resumé, and an outline of your proposal (including a description of the book, your expectation of who will read the book, and a list of the contents).

Please email your submission to

We very much prefer submissions via email. However, if you feel a postal submission is absolutely necessary, please be aware that material submitted will not be returned to you. It should be sent to the following address:

Trench Publishing
Saffron House
Mayville Drive
Manchester. M203RB
United Kingdom


Your proposal will be carefully read by our wonderful editorial team, desperate to fall in love with your work. The editorial process can take some time, and it may be several weeks before we are able to let you know whether we are interested in taking your proposal forward. Taking a proposal forward may not mean that publication or success is guaranteed.

Costs for New Authors

frustrated-writer-2happy-writer-outside-300x200You can publish a book for free. You can write, edit, format and upload your manuscript, create the artwork and manage sales channels. You really can.


But before you rush to do it all yourself, consider the following, learned from years of trial and a lot of error. Nothing is free, especially your time:


  • Should you edit your own work? You fall in love with your manuscript and want every word to stay. But a reader has different ideas. They want to be informed and entertained, educated and moved. You get word-blind with every re-read and your friends don’t want to deconstruct your work. The results are usually a disaster when the book comes to market.
  • Are your computer skills good enough to tackle the formatting? Do you want to be up at 5am after an all night effort making frustrating changes to format and design (that illustration can’t be cropped and it is just over the crop edge).
  • Do you know how to price a book? Really, properly price a book and manage the discounting to attract sales and revenue?
  • There is no doubt that a good copyeditor is worth his or her weight in gold, really, truly. The quality of a book is directly proportional to the time spent copyediting. Trust us.
  • Are you prepared to monitor sales and track the marketing channels? Sure?


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Well, if you are able to do the lot, then great and fantastic. Otherwise here is a little guide to costs. Just a little one, to get you thinking…

Pre-publication services: 

Ideas development. We charge on a pay as you go basis, when formulating your ideas. You always retain copyright and we can help decide if an idea is interesting enough to go to print, or if there might be room to develop an idea further, even if you decide not to use our services further.

Manuscript Submission:

We do not charge for reading submitted manuscripts, we will give every submission a chance to breathe and if we think it is a publication opportunity for us, we will work with you to get it to publication.

Final Manuscript Acceptance:

For those manuscripts we wish to help develop, the process includes a rigorous copyediting cycle. The costs vary depending on the type of book, but for a novel £10 per 1000 words is a reasonable guide. Factual books require less copyediting, but we do insist on cross referencing facts as part of our internal quality assurance processes.

Formatting and Crafting Final Design:

Your manuscript may be print-ready. If we accept it into our imprint, then the task is to configure the words and artwork into publication-quality print and ebook formats. Typically, this cost depends on how much is required, but expect to pay between £300 and £700 for formatting to final publication on the various channels.

Each book is different and as individual as the subject and author. We will always give you a quote, after reading the manuscript or hearing your ideas.

We love to hear new ideas, don’t be afraid to speak to us. We’ve been there, as authors, we really have.

Whatever options above might be necessary, we charge a flat 20% of royalties earned over the lifetime of a book, typically 3-5 years. Where we develop new editions (as facts develop, time passes and content evolves), the rate may increase to cover the costs.

Whichever way you look at it, this is much cheaper than the alternative, perhaps spending your time and money and receiving no feedback at all on your lovely work.



A 130,000 word fictional novel published on Amazon and Nook, in paperback and Kindle formats. Developed from a draft manuscript:

Copy editing                                                                                   £1,600

Formatting                                                                                       £460

Building Amazon Author presence/Twitter/Facebook etc            £250

Revenue from 12 months paperback sales:

Author £23,400 (Amazon top 100 paperback and Kindle)

It can be done, it really can….with a little help from your friends…


Services for New Authors

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Beginner and Intermediate publishing services

  • Help in generating and developing ideas
  • Pre-publishing guidance to help authors get started and to avoid early mistakes
  • Publishing expertise including editorial, copy-editing, design, illustrations and more.
  • Hard copy distribution, through High Street retailers
  • Distribution through some of the most widely shopped online book retailers such as Amazon (Europe, Asia, South America and US), Barnes and Noble (Nook), Kobo and Apple’s iBooks Store.
  • Formatting available in paperback, hardcover and all e-book formats.
  • Book marketing services including developing a publicity strategy, video, social media promotion and more.


Our unique imprint gives authors the freedom to find their best publishing match and keep control of their work.


NOTE: Certain services are only available for some publishing options. Restrictions may apply. Relationships with retailers are subject to contract and can be modified. Interest from retailers is never guaranteed in our world!

Tips for Emerging Authors

Tips from Famous Writers for New and Emerging Authors

19 July 2013 — 15 Comments
Tips from famous writers - Madeleine L’Engle
“I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. It’s the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write.” ― Madeleine L’Engle
William Faulkner Writing Tips
“Let the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if he is interested in technique. There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no shortcut. The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory. Teach yourself by your own mistakes; people learn only by error. The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice. He has supreme vanity. No matter how much he admires the old writer, he wants to beat him.” ― William Faulkner
Hilary Mantel Writing Tips
“Read Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande. Then do what it says, including the tasks you think are impossible. You will particularly hate the advice to write first thing in the morning, but if you can manage it, it might well be the best thing you ever do for yourself. This book is about becoming a writer from the inside out. Many later advice manuals derive from it. You don’t ­really need any others, though if you want to boost your confidence, “how to” books seldom do any harm. You can kick-start a whole book with some little writing exercise.” ― Hilary Mantel
Neil Gaiman Writing Tips
“Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that – but you are the only you.” ― Neil Gaiman
Anne Lamott Writing Tips
“Becoming a writer is about becoming conscious. When you’re conscious and writing from a place of insight and simplicity and real caring about the truth, you have the ability to throw the lights on for your reader. He or she will recognize his or her life and truth in what you say, in the pictures you have painted, and this decreases the terrible sense of isolation that we have all had too much of.” ― Anne Lamott
Stephen King Writing Tips
“I am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they “don’t have time to read.” This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn’t have time to buy any rope or pitons.” ― Stephen King
Joss Whedon Writing Tips
“You either have to write or you shouldn’t be writing. That’s all.” ― Joss Whedon
E.B. White Writing Tips
“Advice to young writers who want to get ahead without any annoying delays: don’t write about Man, write about a man.” ― E.B. White
Tara Moss Writing Tips
“Write. Start writing today. Start writing right now. Don’t write it right, just write it –and then make it right later. Give yourself the mental freedom to enjoy the process, because the process of writing is a long one. Be wary of “writing rules” and advice. Do it your way.” ― Tara Moss
Paul Theroux Writing Tips
“Notice how many of the Olympic athletes effusively thanked their mothers for their success? “She drove me to my practice at four in the morning,” etc. Writing is not figure skating or skiing. Your mother will not make you a writer. My advice to any young person who wants to write is: leave home.” ― Paul Theroux
Tina Fey Writing Tips
“It’s a great lesson about not being too precious about your writing. You have to try your hardest to be at the top of your game and improve every joke you can until the last possible second, and then you have to let it go. You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it…You have to let people see what you wrote.” ― Tina Fey
Joyce Carol Oates Writing Tips
“Be daring, take on anything. Don’t labor over little cameo works in which every word is to be perfect. Technique holds a reader from sentence to sentence, but only content will stay in his mind.” ― Joyce Carol Oates
Kurt Vonnegut Writing Tips
“First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.”  ― Kurt Vonnegut
Bertrand Russell Writing Tips
“To all the talented young men who wander about feeling that there is nothing in the world for them to do, I should say: ‘Give up trying to write, and, instead, try not to write. Go out into the world; become a pirate, a king in Borneo, a labourer in Soviet Russia; give yourself an existence in which the satisfaction of elementary physical needs will occupy almost all your energies.’ I do not recommend this course of action to everyone, but only to those who suffer from the disease which Mr Krutch diagnoses. I believe that, after some years of such an existence, the ex-intellectual will find that in spite of is efforts he can no longer refrain from writing, and when this time comes his writing will not seem to him futile.” ― Bertrand Russell
Tim Winton Writing Tips
“Writing a book is a bit like surfing . . . Most of the time you’re waiting. And it’s quite pleasant, sitting in the water waiting. But you are expecting that the result of a storm over the horizon, in another time zone, usually, days old, will radiate out in the form of waves. And eventually, when they show up, you turn around and ride that energy to the shore. It’s a lovely thing, feeling that momentum. If you’re lucky, it’s also about grace. As a writer, you roll up to the desk every day, and then you sit there, waiting, in the hope that something will come over the horizon. And then you turn around and ride it, in the form of a story.” ― Tim Winton
Doris Lessing Writing Tips
“Advice to young writers? Always the same advice: learn to trust our own judgment, learn inner independence, learn to trust that time will sort the good from the bad – including your own bad.” ― Doris Lessing
Walter Kirn Writing Tips
“My advice for aspiring writers is go to New York. And if you can’t go to New York, go to the place that represents New York to you, where the standards for writing are high, there are other people who share your dreams, and where you can talk, talk, talk about your interests. Writing books begins in talking about it, like most human projects, and in being close to those who have already done what you propose to do.” ― Walter Kirn
Maya Angelou Writing Tips
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” ― Maya Angelou
Ray Bradbury Writing Tips
“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
John Green Writing Tips
“Whenever I’m asked what advice I have for young writers, I always say that the first thing is to read, and to read a lot. The second thing is to write. And the third thing, which I think is absolutely vital, is to tell stories and listen closely to the stories you’re being told.” ― John Green
Anne Enright Writing Tips
“Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you ­finish this book? Why not? The thing that annoys this 10-weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. So change it. Stop arguing with yourself. Change it. See? Easy. And no one had to die.” ― Anne Enright
Anne Rice Writing Tips
 “On writing, my advice is the same to all. If you want to be a writer, write. Write and write and write. If you stop, start again. Save everything that you write. If you feel blocked, write through it until you feel your creative juices flowing again. Write. Writing is what makes a writer, nothing more and nothing less. — Ignore critics. Critics are a dime a dozen. Anybody can be a critic. Writers are priceless. —- Go where the pleasure is in your writing. Go where the pain is. Write the book you would like to read. Write the book you have been trying to find but have not found. But write. And remember, there are no rules for our profession. Ignore rules. Ignore what I say here if it doesn’t help you. Do it your own way. — Every writer knows fear and discouragement. Just write. — The world is crying for new writing. It is crying for fresh and original voices and new characters and new stories. If you won’t write the classics of tomorrow, well, we will not have any. Good luck.” ― Anne Rice
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