Book submissions

Forty South Publishing is Tasmania’s biggest book publisher. For more than a decade we have brought the work of Tasmanian authors, poets and illustrators to the world. We are a highly ethical, fee-for-service publisher. We welcome manuscripts of all kinds, and we do not charge for manuscript assessment. We offer a full range of services: assessment, structural editing, copy editing, design and layout, printing, distribution within Tasmania, marketing support and advice. You may need some or all of these services. For submissions, contact Lucinda via email.


American editor John Adamus said, “Editing makes writing better, creating a mutually beneficial relationship between writer and editor that extends far beyond deadlines or paychecks. Because one of our first experiences with editing comes from a school class where we’re told what’s right and what’s wrong with our work, editing becomes this trial by fire, where writers have to test themselves in mortal combat against story ninjas shooting ice blasts or grappling hooks. There are, sadly, whole schools of thought and training where people are taught to turn the creative process into a steep uphill climb, where scarcity is the watchword and the only shibboleth comes by navigating the caprice of gatekeepers long out of touch. I was trained in that method, and it nearly cost me a career when I went toe-to-toe with a writer (who later went on to be a New York Times best-selling author) because I had to prove how smart I was.”

Adamus concludes, “The writer-editor relationship isn’t about how much smarter one person is than the other. The relationship is mutually supportive, collaborative and productive.”

The more experienced a writer, the more they understand the value of professional editing. Forty South has a list of trusted, experienced structural and copy editors who can create supportive relationships to add value and polish to any manuscript.


Design is the conception and creation of the book’s appearance – cover, preliminary pages, internal pages, image pages and any other special pages. This process is carried out in consultation with the client in order to best present the client’s vision. Design is Kent’s favourite job.


Layout is the creation of the book based on the design concept. It is a surprisingly time-consuming and exacting process, even for text-only books. Layout involves, amongst other things, image optimisation, text alignment, consistency of style for paragraph indents, quotation marks and apostrophes. You’d be surprised how often apostrophes are facing the wrong way. Kent, our design guru, admits this is not his favourite job.


Printing of Forty South books is done at full-service, professional facilities. We seek quotes for all individual projects from a range of providers, depending on the job specifications. We have strong relationships with all printers we use.


Distribution is about efficient delivery of books to the market. Forty South can distribute within Tasmania to bookshops, newsagents, tourism outlets, children’s shops and other targeted outlets. We also distribute into our own retail outlets (Forty South online bookshop, Richmond Saturday Market and Artists of Richmond, Tasmania). We do not actively distribute to mainland retail outlets but can fill orders upon request anywhere in Australia.


Promotion and marketing are based on the premise that the most influential promotion for niche books comes directly from the author. With this in mind, we can assist with a promotional plan individually tailored to best publicise each book and work with clients on executing the plan. We have good relationships with radio and print media journalists who, while nothing can be guaranteed, know our reputation and look favourably upon Forty South approaches. We can also arrange flyers and other promotional programs. We promote all our books in our prestigious quarterly print magazine, Forty South Tasmania and on our online website of the same name.