Guidance on making a submission
As a leading publisher, primarily (but not exclusively) of local history and books on genealogy, the Foundation welcomes submissions from previously published authors and those who have yet to see their work in print. Please note the following guidelines on making a submission to the Foundation:
- We are unable to accept handwritten submissions.
- Please provide a covering letter explaining your proposal, why you believe it is appropriate for the Foundation, the target market and its commercial potential.
- Please provide a synopsis of the work, a list and outline of the individual chapters, and a sample chapter, plus the bibliography.
- Please provide a brief biography advising of your qualifications to write the book.
- Let us know of any organisations/societies in which you are involved, and any media and other contacts you might have, to facilitate the promotion of the book and sales.
- We request that proposals are submitted to the Foundation in electronic format preferably in MS Word. These should be submitted as plain Word files, with no images embedded and no embellishments or fancy formatting. The text should preferably be formatted in Times New Roman, 11 point text, with text justified and in single line spacing.
- Where a submission is provided in hardcopy, it should follow the above guidance.
- Under no circumstances should any original photographs, documents or artefacts be sent by post (or deliver by hand). The Foundation accepts no responsibility for such material.
- Please provide your full contact details and email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org or post your manuscript to:
Ulster Historical Foundation, First Floor, The Corn Exchange, 31 Gordon
Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT1 2LG
Note: hardcopy submissions generally will not be returned to the author. If you would like your manuscript returned, please provide an appropriately sized and priced stamped addressed envelope.
The Foundation endeavours within ten working days to acknowledge receipt of submissions. The Senior Management Team initially evaluates submissions for publication. If deemed appropriate, the submission is then passed to the Foundation’s Publications Committee who will make the final decision on whether to proceed with publication. The Publications Committee usually meets three times per year so it might take a minimum of six months, or more, before we can provide a final decision from the Committee.
Bespoke Publishing Services
With nearly fifty years’ experience in the publishing business, the Foundation is well qualified to provide private individuals, corporate bodies, societies and organisations with the necessary guidance and assistance to bring your particular publishing proposal to fruition. Boasting a top of the range digital scanner coupled with the expertise of our staff, the Foundation is able to offer a range of bespoke publishing services including:
- Project management
- Cover design
- Advice on layout and structure
- Editing, proofreading and indexing
- Typesetting and correction
- Scanning of images – maps, photographs, illustrations
- Arranging the printing of the book
- Advice on marketing, promotion and launch events
Previous publications brought to fruition by the Foundation include:
Fultons of the Lagan Valley in Ireland
The Ulster Reform Club: Past and Present
The 6th Connaught Rangers: Belfast Nationalists and the Great War
From Special Care to Specialist Treatment: A History of Muckamore Abbey Hospital
Do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss how the Foundation might make your publication proposal a reality.