We hope to provide publishing services to any author that requires them, but must also be clear in our position regarding potentially problematic content. While ultimate responsibility for the actual content of manuscripts lies with the author, we prefer to state from the outset what we, as a company, find acceptable and unacceptable.
There has been much debate concerning responsibility of the content in self-published books, with cases of inappropriate or offensive material finding its way onto retailers such as Amazon. With some self-publishing companies not even looking at a manuscript (or its contents) before offering a contract, we do worry that there will be more problems of this nature. We review and provide feedback on all manuscripts we accept for publication, and will not accept any material that is offensive, inflammatory, sexist or racist, or that preaches hate in any way.
We are not able to consider texts with the following content:
- Incitement of hatred, prejudice or discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender, sexuality, class, disability, or any content that could be perceived as such
NB: individual characters displaying such views would be acceptable
- Explicit violent sexual scenes, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or sexual assignment
- Explicit sexual content between non-consenting adults
- Explicit sexual content between children (under 18 years), regardless of consent
NB: explicit sexual content between consenting adults (over 18 years), regardless of gender, sexual orientation or sexual assignment, would be acceptable; implied violence or assault (including sexual) would be acceptable; graphic non-sexual violence (e.g. horror/crime) would be acceptable.
- Accusations of crimes or wrongdoing against a named/implied person not confirmed or established legally or historically
NB: ‘true crime’ and ‘true story’ texts, where all names, locations and events are made anonymous, would be acceptable.