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Tindal Street Press Publishes excellent contemporary fiction from the English regions – i.e. outside of London and the south-east. If you are unsure whether your work counts as 'regional' then please check with before submitting. 6 adult fiction titles a year. Welcome unsolicited manuscripts, but will not consider poetry, children’s, teenage, sci-fi, fantasy or romance. Send a synopsis and the first 3 chapters of a novel to: Tindal Street Press, 217 The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA. More details on website.

Transworld Publishers Ltd IMPRINTS: Anchor John Saddler; Bantam Franceses Liversidge; Bantam Press Sally Gaminara; Corgi, Black Swan Bill Scott-Kerr, Doubleday Marianne Velmans; Partridge Press Alison Barrow. AUTHORS Kate Atkinson, Bill Bryson, Catherine Cookson, Jilly Cooper, Nicholas Eyans, Frederick Forsyth, Robert Goddard, Germaine Greer, Stephen Hawking, Andy McNab, Terry Pratchett, James Redfield, Gerald Seymour, Danielle Steel, Joanna Trollope, Mary Wesley.

Children's & Young Adult Books IMPRINTS: Doubleday (hardcover); Picture Corgi; Corgi Pups; Young Corgi; Corgi Yearling; Corgi; Corgi Freeway; Bantam (paperback). AUTHORS: Ian Beck, Malorie Blackman, Anthony Browne, Helen Cooper, Peter Dickinson, Dick King-Smith, Francine Pascal, K. M. Peyton, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Robert Swindells, Jacqueline Wilson. 61-63 Uxbridge Road, London W5 5SA. Tel: 020 8579 2652. Fax: 020 8579 5479

Trident Press Ltd Publishes TV tie-ins, natural history, travel, geography, underwater/marine life, history, archaeology, culture and fiction. DIVISIONS: Fiction/General Publishing Paula Vine; Natural History Peter Vine. No unsolicited mss; synopses and ideas welcome, particularly TV tie-ins. Approach in writing or brief communications by email, fax or telephone. Peter Vine, 2-5 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1X 3TB. Tel: 020 7491 8770. Fax: 020 7491 8664 Email: Website:

Usborne Publishing Ltd Publishes non-fiction, fiction, puzzle books and music for children and young adults. Non-fiction books are written in-house to a specific format and therefore unsolicited mss are not normally welcome. Ideas that may be developed in-house are sometimes considered. Fiction for children aged 8+ will be considered. Keen to hear from new illustrators and designers. Jenny Tyler, 83-85 Saffron Hill, London EC1N 8RT. Tel: 020 7430 2800. Fax: 020 7430 1562 Website:

Virago Press Publishing approximately 50 new books a year in the areas of autobiography, biography, fiction, history, politics, psychology and women's issues. Send synopsis and sample chapter and return postage with all unsolicited material. Sally Abbey, Little, Brown & Co. (UK), Brettenham House, Lancaster Place, London WC2E 7EN. Tel: 020 7911 8000. Fax: 020 7911 8100

Virgin Publishing Ltd The Virgin Group's book publishing company. Publishes non-fiction, reference and large-format illustrated books on entertainment and popular culture, particularly music, TV tie-ins and books about film, showbiz, sport, biography, autobiography and humour. Launched a series of travel guides in 1999. No poetry, short stories, individual novels, children's books.

Imprints Fiction: Virgin; Black Lace Senior Editor Kerri Sharp; Nexus Editor Paul Copperwaite. Thames Wharf Studios, Rainville Road, London W6 9HT. Tel: 020 7386 3300. Fax: 020 7386 3364 Website:

In addition to full-length fiction, Black Lace publishes roughly two short story collections a year. Unsolicited submissions are welcomed in both formats - but from female authors only. It is also most important to note that if you are intending to submit your manuscript, you should initially obtain a copy of their guidelines. You can do this easily enough by sending an SAE to: Black Lace Guidelines, Virgin Publishing, Thames Wharf Studios, Rainville Road, London W6 9HT.

Walker Books Ltd Publishes illustrated children's books, children's fiction and non-fiction. About 300 titles a year. Unsolicited mss welcome. Vanessa Clarke, 87 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HJ. Tel: 020 7793 0909. Fax: 020 7587 1123

Warner Books publish one or two single-title contemporary and historical romances per month. Most quickly read projects come from agents, but they will review unagented submissions as time allows. Response time four weeks on agented material; eight to twelve weeks on unagented. They are actively acquiring historical and contemporary romances. Warner Books, 271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020, USA; tel: 212 522 7200; fax: 212 52 7990. Acquisitions editors: Beth de Guzman, editorial director of mass market; Michele Bidelspach, editorial assistant; Larissa Rivera, editorial assistant.

The Watts Publishing Group Ltd Publishes children's non-fiction, reference, information, gift, fiction, picture and novelty. About 300 titles a year. IMPRINTS: Franklin Watts Editor - Philippa Stewart (Non-fiction and information); Orchard Books Editor - Francesca Dow (Fiction, picture and novelty books). Unsolicited mss, synopses and ideas for books welcome. 96 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4XD. Tel: 020 7739 2929. Fax: 020 7739 2318 Email: <name>

The Women's Press Publishes women only: quality fiction and non-fiction. Fiction usually has a female protagonist and a woman-centred theme. International writers and subject matter encouraged. Non-fiction: subjects of general interest, both practical and theoretical, to women generally; art books, feminist theory, health and psychology, literary criticism. IMPRINTS: Women's Press Crime; Women's Press Handbooks Series; Livewire Books for Teenagers (fiction and non-fiction series for young adults). Synopses and ideas for books welcome. No mss without previous letter, synopsis and sample material. Elsbeth Lindner, 34 Great Sutton Street, London EC IV 0LQ. Tel: 020 7251 3007. Fax: 020 7608 1938

The X Press Launched in 1992 with the cult bestseller Yardie, The X Press is the leading publisher of Black-interest fiction in the UK. Also publishes general fiction and children's fiction. Send mss rather than synopses or ideas (enclose s.a.e.). No poetry. Royalties paid annually. Steve Pope, 6 Hoxton Square, London Nl 6NU Tel: 020 7729 1199. Fax: 020 7729 1771 Email:

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