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National Portrait Gallery Yes, believe it or not, there's a market here. Check out the Publications page on the NPG website. They do sometimes consider submissions and proposals from authors and the person to contact is the NPG Publishing Manager, Celia Joicey, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2H OHE. Tel: 020 7306 0055 ext 253. Fax: 020 7306 0092. Website:

Neate Publishing Quality books that children can enjoy reading. Their first book, a Dictionary of Plants and Gardens, taught children to recognise the language of a dictionary and also taught them something about plants. An Encyclopedia of Food was a children's guide to healthy eating. Each page had a healthy eating colour-guide chart - chips were red for danger, and apple juice was green. Typical of Neate's recent titles is Teeth, a book that shows children what different teeth they have, how they grow, how they can decay, how they can be protected, and so forth. Each page is accompanied by a panel suggesting ways in which teachers can help children to get the most from the book - showing, for example, how to conduct an experiment to demonstrate how fluoride toothpaste can protect teeth.They publish around six books a year, and are always looking at new ideas, but they must be designed to promote literacy and understanding, be at a quality level, and above all be really innovative. Neate Publishing, 33 Downside Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 5LT. Website:

Nexus Special Interests Publishes aviation, engineering, leisure and hobbies, modelling, electronics, health, craft, wine and beer making, woodwork. Send synopses rather than completed mss. Beverly Laughlin, Nexus House, Azalea Drive, Swanley, Kent BR8 SHY. Tel: 01322 770060. Fax: 01322 667633

Oldcastle Books Ltd Publishes crime fiction and gambling non-fiction. No unsolicited mss; synopses and ideas for books within the two areas of interest welcome. Imprint: No Exit. Ion S. Mills, 18 Coleswood Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 1EQ. Tel: 01582 761264. Fax: 01582 712244 Email: Website:

Michael O'Mara Books Ltd Publishes general non-fiction, royalty, history, humour, anthologies and reference. Unsolicited mss, synopses and ideas for books welcome. Michael O'Mara, 9 Lion Yard, Tremadoc Road, London SW4 7NQ Tel: 020 7720 8643. Fax: 020 7627 8953. Website:

Onlywomen Press Ltd Publishes feminist lesbian books only: literary fiction, genre fiction (crime, sci-fi, romance), non-fiction (feminist theory, psychology, literary criticism) and poetry. Unsolicited mss, synopses and ideas welcome. Submissions should be accompanied by s.a.e. for response and/or return of material as well as a covering letter 'identifying the author and suggesting reasons to consider publishing her work'. Lilian Mohin, 40 St Lawrence Terrace, London W10 5ST Tel: 020 8960 7122. Fax: 020 8960 2817 Email: Website:


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Penguin General Books - Managing Director: Helen Fraser Adult fiction and non-fiction is published in hardback under Michael Joseph, Viking and Hamish Hamilton imprints. Paperbacks come under the Penguin imprint.


Viking/Penguin - Publisher: Juliet Annan. Publishing Director: Tony Lacey.

Hamish Hamilton - Publisher Simon Prosser.

Michael Joseph/Penguin - Publishing Director Tom Weldon. Unsolicited mss discouraged.

Penguin Press Managing Director: Andrew Rosenheim. Publishing Directors: Alastair Roife, Stuart Proffitt. Academic adult non-fiction, reference, specialist and classics. Imprints: Allen Lane; Arkana (Mind, body and spirit); Buildings of England; Classics; Penguin Books Approach in writing only.

Penguin Children's Books Managing Director: Philippa Milnes-Smith. Leading children's paperback list, publishing in virtually all fields including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, picture books, media-related titles. No unsolicited mss; synopses and ideas welcome.

Address: 27 Wrights Lane, London W8 5TZ. Tel: 020 7416 3000. Fax: 020 7416 3099 Website:


Piatkus Books The company is customer-led and is committed to publishing fiction, both commercial and literary, and non-fiction. Specialises in publishing books and authors 'who we feel enthusiastic and committed to as we like to build for long-term success as well as short-term!' Publishes fiction, biography and autobiography, health, Mind, Body and Spirit, popular psychology, self-help, business and management, cookery 'and other books that tempt us'. In 1996 launched a list of mass-market non-fiction and fiction titles. About 120 titles a year (60 of which are fiction). Non-fiction: Gill Bailey. Fiction: Judy Piatkus. Piatkus are expanding their range of books and welcome synopses and first three chapters. Judy Piatkus, 5 Windmill Street, London W1P 1HF. Tel: 020 7631 0710. Fax: 020 7436 7137. Email: Website:

Pimlico Tel: 020 7840 8630. Fax: 020 7233 6117. Publishing Director: Will Sulkin. Large-format quality paperbacks in the fields of history, biography, popular culture and literature. See: Random House

Pluto Press Ltd Has developed a reputation for innovatory publishing in the field of non-fiction. Publishes academic and scholarly books across a range of subjects including cultural studies, politics and world affairs, social sciences and socialist, feminist and Marxist books. About 50-60 titles a year. Synopses and ideas welcome if accompanied by return postage. Anne Beech, 345 Archway Road, London N6 5AA. Tel: 020 8348 2724. Fax: 020 8348 9133

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