The O’Brien Press is an established publisher based in Ireland that prefers to promote Irish authors. Thankfully, they’re open to international submissions.
The press publishes nonfiction for adults and fiction and nonfiction for children. They are looking for work from diverse backgrounds (BAME, LGBTQ+, authors with disabilities, etc.) and New Irish voices.
In the words of the editors, this is what they are and are not looking for:
We publish mainly children’s fiction and nonfiction, adult nonfiction, and a select number of adult novels. We generally do not publish poetry or academic works. If in doubt, take a look at our website and the books currently available for sale; this is a good indicator of whether or not your submission will suit our list.
Please make sure that you check out their catalog before submitting your manuscript to them, especially if you are not an Ireland native.
How to Submit to The O’Brien Press
Here’s what you need to know before submitting:
- They currently only accept submissions via email at this time. The press usually only takes manuscripts sent in the mail, but is making a government-mandated exception for COVID-19.
- The editors usually respond between eight to ten weeks after you’ve submitted, but ask for your patience due to COVID-19.
- They only accept adult and children’s nonfiction and children’s fiction.
You need to send in a cover letter, synopsis, and the first three chapters to The O’Brien Press to consider your manuscript. For children’s picture books or other submissions under 1,000 words, please submit the piece in its entirety.
If you think your story may be a fit, please check out the rest of the submission guidelines and give their catalog a thorough going over.
Good luck to those of you who choose to submit. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you. If you are accepted, please let me know! I’d love to read your work and pass it along to a friend.
Please remember to look into their catalog before submitting to them. If all publishers close their doors to unagented submissions, it will get tougher to get traditionally published. And I don’t want that to happen.
Stay safe, everyone.
Until next time.