Written by Emily Harstone

Affirm Books: Accepting Submissions on the First Monday of Every Month

Affirm Books is a Melbourne, Australia based publisher of local and international authors that is open to direct submissions. They publish a broad range of non-fiction work and have a smaller more focused fiction list for adults and children.

They have good national and international distribution. You can get a good feel for their staff experience here.

They only accept submissions on the first Monday of each month. Note that submissions received outside this window will not be assessed. The first Monday after this review is published will be Monday, July 5th.

This what they have to say about what they are generally interested in:

“For non-fiction, we are interested in most subjects that have a market as long as the manuscript is entertaining, engaging and likely to leave readers (and the world, even a teeny bit) better off for having existed.

For fiction, we will consider literary and genre fiction.

If your book idea is non-narrative, just send us a pitch with some sample material and impress the hell out of us.”

To get a better feel for what they specifically publish, visit their catalogue here.

Submissions must be made by email. Make sure to carefully review all their requirements before you submit.

If you have not heard back from them in six months, assume rejection.

To read their full submission guidelines, go here.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2020 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.





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