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Frequently-asked questions

Where can I buy your books?

You can buy our books directly from us on our webshop and at our events. You can also find our books in the wild at various bookshops, as well as our official stockists Waterstones Birmingham and the Prince’s Trust Tomorrow’s Store in London.

How can I send you my writing?

We run regular calls for submissions, so first check out our Submissions page to see what we're looking for at the moment and then sign up to our newsletter so you can hear about all our future calls for submissions.

Do you accept unsolicited submissions?

We don't accept unsolicited submissions, because we run so many calls for submissions already. You can look on our Submissions page to see what we're looking for at the moment, and you can subscribe to our newsletter for notifications about all our calls for submissions and previews of upcoming calls.

Do you offer work experience placements or internships?

No. Running a good work experience placement or internship requires spare time, money and space, all of which we are sadly lacking. We know it is hard to get a leg up into the publishing industry, so we are taking part in New Writing North's buddying scheme for young reviewers. If we do start to offer work experience placements or internships, we will do a call-out in our newsletter and on social media, so keep an eye on those.

Can I ask you about how to set up my own publishing house?

If you would like to talk to us about setting up your own publishing house, first take a really good look around this website – including all the interviews on the About page – and the Emma/Valley Press blog. Then, if you have any questions left to ask, feel free to email Emma on queries [at] theemmapress [dot] com

Do you run events?

Yes we do! We run so many events. We run our own booklaunches, poetry readings and workshops, and we also pop up at festivals across the UK. Check out our Events page for all of our upcoming events, or subscribe to our monthly newsletter for regular updates. If you would like to book an event with us or our poets, drop Emma an email at queries [at] theemmapress [dot] com

You can read more about our Arts Council-supported children's poetry tour, Myths and Monsters, here.

Can I book the publishers and/or poets to do an event?

Certainly! If you like the look of our Events page and would like to discuss something with Emma, please email her at queries [at] theemmapress [dot] com

Do you publish full-length poetry collections?

We don't publish full-length collections (usually 60+ poems) for adults. We run an annual call for pamphlet (10-23 poems) submissions, and the only way to hear about this is to keep an eye on our newsletter or social media channels. We are going to start publishing full-length poetry collections for children, but only with poets we have already published or approach ourselves. So again, your best bet is to keep an eye on our newsletter and social media channels for the next call for children's poetry submissions.

Are you interested in publishing translations?

We are! We are currently thinking about dipping our toes into translations of poetry collections for children. If you can help out with this, please email Emma at queries [at] theemmapress [dot] com

Are you looking for cover designers or illustrators?

Emma designs and illustrates all the books herself (with the occasional exception), partly to keep the style consistent across the list and partly to keep costs down. So, right now we are not looking for cover designers and illustrators. If we decide to hire any illustrators for future projects, we will do a shout-out in our monthly newsletter and on social media, so keep an eye on those if you like what we do.

Are your books available as ebooks?

They are! You can buy them exclusively from our webshop here. We make them ourselves, so not all of our titles are available yet, but they soon will be. They are DRM-free and each purchase comes with a MOBI file for Amazon devices and an EPUB file for all the rest. They won't be delivered directly to your devices, because we're not terrifying omnipresent digital giants, but once you've downloaded them you can put them on all your devices, like you actually own them.

Do you deliver books overseas?

Yes, we do. When you're at the checkout in our webshop, please select the £4 international shipping option.

Can I review one of your books?

We do have a limited number of review copies to give away for each of our books, so if you are interested in reviewing something then send Emma an email at queries [at] theemmapress [dot] com

Do you publish writing for children?

Yes. Our children's list is still very new, and we published our first poetry anthology for children – Falling Out of the Sky: Poems about Myths and Monsters – in 2015. We are planning many more in future, so sign up to our newsletter to hear about forthcoming publications and calls for submissions.