The Conrad Press

We hope you are all keeping well. Please note that during the current national emergency The Conrad Press is still open for business and looking for good new books. Best wishes.

James Essinger, Principal

Submissions to The Conrad Press should be made to You don’t need a literary agent to submit to The Conrad Press. Please include the best phone number for you in the body of any email you send accompanying a submission. Many thanks!

The Conrad Press was founded at the end of 2015 by writer and literary agent James Essinger. The Conrad Press is named in honour of the great Anglo-Polish writer Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), who spent the last few years of his life in the village of Bishopsbourne near Canterbury and is buried in Canterbury.

The Conrad Press is interested in publishing all kinds of fiction (including contemporary novels, historical novels, fantasy novels, Young Adult novels and stories for children), and general non-fiction of all kinds including, but not limited to, memoirs and biographies. We also publish poetry collections, playscripts and screenplays. Please note that we do not publish books that have large numbers of illustrations and/or photographs (in practice about 20 per book is our maximum) and we do not usually publish books shorter than 15,000 words in length.

As James explains: ‘I founded The Conrad Press because it had become clear to me that in the current publishing climate, many perfectly worthwhile, and indeed often excellent, novels and other books were not being accepted by large publishers. Why? Because the publishers were, understandably perhaps, financially cautious and were aware that in order for a book published by them to be a success, it  usually needs to sell thousands of copies in the short-term in order to be profitable. ‘

James adds: ‘The Conrad Press also aims to sell the maximum number of copies of all its books, but because of its business model, The Conrad Press is not under such immediate pressure to sell a large number of copies in the short-term. Also, unlike many books published by large publishers, which only get promoted for a relatively short period of time and then, if they are not highly successful, receive less promotion, The Conrad Press will continue to publicise and promote its books indefinitely.’

The Conrad Press makes use of a business model which allows authors to earn considerably more from their book’s success than the traditional publishing model.

Books from this exciting new imprint are available on this website, on the page entitled ‘Buy Our Books’.

The Conrad Press is fortunate to work with  one of the most talented book designers in the UK. Her name is Charlotte Mouncey and you can find out more details about Charlotte at her website

Submissions to The Conrad Press should be made to

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