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FAQs

Section A: Submissions

Q1: I submitted my manuscript during the most recent submissions window, which closed on the 31st July, but haven't heard your final decision yet. What does this mean? When will I hear?

A: It means you are in the final shortlist of 28 entries, down from 600ish – congratulations! In mid-November, we started to discuss which of those we should push forward to become Valley Press titles, hoping to have a final decision by Christmas. Here's wishing you the very best of luck!

Q2: I have a new manuscript that I can't wait to show you – when will the next submissions window open?

A: We haven't set a date yet, but it's likely to be around the time we start work on those selected from the 28 mentioned above. Check this page for the latest developments, or sign up to our newsletter and get the news sent straight to your inbox.

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, subscribers to our 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: Buyers within 'the trade' 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 or Ingram in the US. Our distributor in the UK is NBN International, so if you have an account set up with them, that will be your most efficient and flexible option.

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 a week – 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 two weeks for packing, shipping and delivery.
 
 
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