Getting Published

SCAM ALERT!

We have become aware of some online activity encouraging people to pay to be included in our publications.  While we are always looking for new and fresh ideas, we do not send unsolicited emails or place advertisements asking for contributors to pay to be included in books published by us.  If you think you have been the subject of one of these scams we encourage you to report the scam through www.consumeraffairs.govt.nz/scams.

SUBMITTING MANUSCRIPTS

Only a very small number of unsolicited manuscripts or proposals are accepted for publication by Penguin Books NZ.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND ADVICE FOR WRITERS

We strongly recommend that writers visit the website of the New Zealand Society of Authors for wide-ranging advice and information about writing and getting published in New Zealand. If you are interested in writing and need general information and advice on how to begin, it is a good idea to look on the internet or in your local library for books that will help you with the genre of writing you are interested in. Getting in touch with a writers' group in your region is also helpful. These groups can offer assistance with the writing process, agents and manuscript assessment services. It is not Penguin Books NZ's practice to assess manuscripts or to provide feedback on manuscripts we receive.

GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION

Please send a synopsis and the first three chapters only. A hardcopy is preferred – typed and double-spaced. Please also include a covering letter with any relevant author information, e.g. previous writing experience or publications.

An acknowledgment of receipt will be sent when a submission is received and no further correspondence will be entered into. It may take up to three months to review material and Penguin will respond only to authors whose manuscripts it wishes to develop.

Please note that we are unable to return material to authors.

Penguin Books NZ doesn’t publish poetry, individual short stories, science fiction, fantasy fiction, or scholarly academic works.

Important Note: Please do not submit original versions of manuscripts or artwork. It is Penguin Books NZ's policy not to return manuscripts or other materials to authors.

Address for Manuscript Submission:
Manuscript Submissions
Penguin Books NZ
Private Bag 102902
North Shore 0745
Auckland

COPYRIGHT GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS

Please read our copyright guidelines.

DECIDING TO SELF-PUBLISH

Alternatively, you can visit a professional services business such as Author Solutions (a member of the Penguin Group), which provides fee-based assistance to self-publishing writers. Their key services include:

  • Pre-publication 
  • Publication 
  • Marketing and Publicity 
  • International Print and Digital Distribution

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