publishing houses I sent to was Penguin, owned by the Pearson Group. At the
time their submission page was confusing as it told us they didn’t accept
unsolicited manuscripts but then gave us an address to send them too.
copying Allen & Unwin’s Friday Pitch. From their website:
Publishing team at Penguin Group (Australia) is keen and excited to read new
work from Australian authors, and as such we’ve developed the Monthly Catch.
For the first week of every month, we throw our doors open to unsolicited
manuscripts. In this time period (the 1st to the 7th of every month), please
send through submissions based on the guidelines below.
submissions electronically – all hardcopy submissions will be recycled. And we
are only accepting submissions in the first week of every month; anything that
comes through outside of this time will not be considered.
your submission, you’ll receive an automatic email acknowledging receipt. All
manuscripts are carefully read and assessed, but we can only respond to those
who are successful. If we do not contact you within three months of submission,
please assume that we have decided not to pursue your manuscript. No further
correspondence will be entered into.
give feedback on every manuscript we receive, there are many avenues to help
writers develop their manuscripts. See our advice for authors page for a
collection of practical suggestions.”
the pack it’s ridiculous. They really need an overhaul to get with the times of
2014 and the publishing world of today, as opening up to unsolicited
submissions is a slow start.
self-publishing, and now that I do that through Smashwords for distribution and
Amazon for print and kindle, I have discovered some ironies in the grand
been accepted for sale through Penguin!?!?!?!?!
early 2011. Yet, here I am, selling my books through Bookworld (one of many
places), which is ironically owned by Penguin. Or more specifically, The Pearson
Queensland-based bookselling chain) was absorbed into Angus & Robertson. The
Pearson Group acquired Angus & Robertson and Borders from REDGroup that owned
them, and killed them, and while the physical stores went bust they still ran the stores as websites.
In 2012 Pearson decided to rebrand Borders as Bookworld. Pearson also owns
owned German company that owns Random House. Bertelsmann is Europe’s biggest
media group and also owns X Factor producer FremantleMedia. The world headquarters
of the Penguin Random House joint venture will be in New York. It will employ
more than 10,000 people worldwide. Pearson will control 47% of the Penguin
Random House venture and Bertelsmann the rest.
fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of
Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and
India; Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; Dorling
Kindersley worldwide; and Random House’s companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina,
Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile.
(est. 1935) of the United Kingdom was bought over by Pearson Longman in 1970. Penguin Group (USA)
Inc. was formed in 1996 as a result of the merger between Penguin Books USA and
the Putnam Berkley Group. The newly formed company was originally called
Penguin Putnam Inc., but, in 2003, it changed its name to Penguin Group (USA)
Inc. to reflect the parent Pearson PLC’s grouping of all the Penguin companies
worldwide under the supervisory umbrella of Pearson’s own Penguin Group
division. The different Penguin
companies use many imprints, many of which used to be independent publishers.
A&R, and even though Penguin owns Grosset & Dunlap who still prints the
original 56 Nancy Drews, and even though I was rejected by Penguin and Random House, the irony of ironies,
is that Penguin (although really Pearson), is selling my book anyway.