Do you want to submit a manuscript?

Weaver Press publishes fiction and non-fiction from and about Zimbabwe.
Please look carefully at our list.
We receive several unsolicited manuscripts every month, and in order to manage them we prefer you to submit a proposal according to the following guidelines.

But before you do, consider the following:

  • We are a small publishing company that publishes only 6-8 titles a year.
  • Whether you want to submit a novel or a work of non-fiction, think carefully about the extent to which your work fits into our list. Every publishing house has a particular focus. If you have written a work of science fiction, it is best to submit it to a publishing house that publishes science fiction, etc.
  • We do not charge for assessment but we do request that all submitting authors purchase at least one of our publications as a sign of their support for other authors as well as the publishing industry.
  • If you're submitting a work of fiction, we require the full manuscript and a one-page synopsis. If you're submitting a work of non-fiction, we require a detailed proposal, a full contents list, the introduction and the conclusion.
  • Make certain your spelling and grammar is correct before you submit your work. A manuscript that begins with a spelling mistake or a grammatical error will not create a favourable impression.

For a little more information read our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Q: What kind of books do you publish?
A: Don't ask a publishing house that question. Have a look for yourself. In a world where information is readily available, asking a publishing house what they publish is like showing up for a job interview and asking what the job is.

Q: How do I go about writing my book?
A: There are certain fundamentals that you must undertake before you think of approaching a publisher, and the first of these is the writing itself. Recording companies don't show you how to create songs, and publishing houses don't show you how to write books. But there are plenty of resources out there – from books to websites, articles to courses – that do.
Remember, a writer, who does not read, has very little comparative sense of their own worth.

Q: Can I arrange a meeting with a publisher to discuss an idea I have?
A: To be sure, proposals are essential but a good idea backed up with serious research as to its value, is always worth considering.

Q: How much will it cost me to publish my book?
A: There are sometimes particular circumstances when an author might contribute to the production costs of a novel; if, however the publisher makes a commitment because they choose to invest in your product, the process will only cost you time. The situation, at least in Zimbabwe, is rather different with non-fiction, which sells very slowly, and where therefore a subsidy is sometimes sought either by the author or the publisher prior to publication. Should you wish to discuss the possibility of such a project, please contact our non-fiction editor on weaver@mweb.co.zw

Q: Can I submit to other publishing houses at the same time as submitting to you?
A: We understand that, as an author, you want as great a chance as possible to have your manuscript published. However, assessment with Weaver Press generally takes four to six weeks and is a direct cost to the publisher. So, if you are submitting your book to more than one publisher, please let us know right away.

Remember that if your ms is rejected it certainly may not mean that it is unpublishable, but simply that either we are over-committed, or that the book does not fit with our list.

Q: What are the advantages of self-publishing rather than publishing with a publishing house?
A. There are many advantages to self-publishing. You are your own judge as to the merit of your work. You may decide that it needs no editing or copy-editing, and therefore you will only need to pay a proof-reader, typesetter and cover designer. You make the investment, and you receive all the proceeds.

The advantage to having a publisher is that you know the manuscript has been assessed and reviewed by critics other than yourself prior to publication. You may find that working with an editor helps you to improve your work, not only stylistically, but also in terms of plot and character development.You may find it helps to have someone suggest ideas for discussion. You will have the book proof-read for minor errors. All the costs are borne by the publisher, and in return you will receive a royalty. If a publisher believes in a work of fiction, or/and feels that it will sell well, he or she will make every effort to do so, not only in terms of direct sales, but also in terms of the sale of rights.


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