For Authors

New proposals

We welcome new proposals from writers, artists, galleries and museums for books which fall within our core areas of specialism. New proposals should be sent or emailed to our Commissioning Editor, Lucy Clark, following the Lund Humphries Proposal Guidelines.

Key questions we ask when we receive a proposal for a new book are:

  • Does it make an original contribution to the field?
  • The books we publish are generally on topics which have not been well covered by existing publications, or which offer a new or more comprehensive approach to a subject. How and to whom will we sell the book? We need to be clear about the market for your book and how we will reach it.
  • Can we publish the book economically? Art books are expensive to produce and an art book on a specialist subject may have a limited market.

Please feel free to contact Lucy Clark if you have any questions about your proposal.


Preparation of text and illustrations

Once your book is under contract with Lund Humphries, you will need to refer to our Author Guidelines, Image Guidelines and Legal Guidelines in the preparation of your text and illustrations. Please contact our Head of Editorial and Production, Sarah Thorowgood, if you have any questions about the preparation of the material for your book.


The editorial and production process

For more detail on the various stages of the editorial and production process, see How we Work.


Marketing your book

The accompanying Guide to Lund Humphries International Sales and Marketing should answer all your questions about how our books are marketed worldwide. If your proposal is approved, we will also ask you to fill in our Marketing Questionnaire.

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