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Section A: Submissions

Q1: I am a very talented author, and I have a new manuscript that I can't wait to show you – can I send it over? Maybe just a few pages, or a synopsis?

A: At the moment we would recommend you don't, as submissions are closed. There is no-one within the company currently assigned to submissions, so if you decide to ignore this message and send anyway, you may not recieve a reply.

Although we love new authors, and opening our doors to the great writing public, we currently have a good 30 or so projects on the go, and want to make sure we do justice to those before moving on to whatever comes next. Thanks for your patience.

Q2: When will you next be open to submissions?

A: We haven't set a date yet.

Section B: Purchasing books

Q1: What's the best way to buy a Valley Press book?

A: Buying paperbacks and hardbacks through our website (start here) is a fantastic way of supporting VP and funding our future publications – plus, we offer a 10% discount for everyone who buys direct (see next answer for details). That being said, it's also a great idea to support your local independent bookshop... and to be honest, we love UK bookselling chains Waterstones and Blackwells too. You can't really go wrong.

As for you-know-whoazon, we're happy for you to make up your own mind about supporting that particular behemoth as far as physical books go – but our ebooks are only available through their Kindle service at present, as they have almost all the readers and the best publishing tools. Our audiobooks can be found on the iTunes and Audible stores; see the relevant book page for links to these digital editions, where available.

Q2: Are there discounts for buying direct?

A: Yes, recipients of our email newsletter get 10% off everything by default. Just enter your email address on the basket page to confirm.

Q3: Are there discounts for buying in bulk?

A: Absolutely. Discounted rates start at 20% for orders of 5+ copies, and the discount grows as your order does (see below for the exact levels). To place a bulk order, get in touch via the contact page and select 'my query relates to purchasing books'.

No. of books ordered Discount from RRP
5-49 20%
50-99 25%
100-149 30%
150-199 35%
200-299 40%
More than 300 45%
Please note all orders fulfilled by Valley Press are done so on a 'firm sale' basis, as opposed to 'sale or return' or 'consignment' – and will include an appropriate charge to cover shipping. If that doesn't suit your needs, please see the next answer for alternative supply options.

Q4: I am a bookseller with access to the national/international distribution network, what should I do?

A: Our main distributor is NBN International, so if you have an account set up with them, that will be your most efficient and flexible option. Indie booksellers may be able to get a better deal from a reseller who has already bought in bulk, such as Gardners and Bertrams in the UK.

Q5: How long will my order take to arrive?

A: For 'regular' orders of one or a handful of copies, placed through this website, we aim to have them at your door within two weeks – the exception would be if the VP team were away at a conference or book fair, or where your order coincides with a UK national holiday. For 'bulk' orders, please allow up to three weeks for packing, shipping and delivery.
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