Please see our list of titles we are currently seeking propsals for here.
If there is a
title that you would like to see Valancourt Books republish, please
feel free to make the suggestion via the form on our “Contact”
page. We are always interested to know what books our readers would
like to see in print.
If you are a scholar or academic interested in introducing or editing a volume for Valancourt, the following information may be helpful to you.
Valancourt Books is primarily interested in republishing quality neglected works of literature, mostly in the realm of 18thth and 19 century popular fiction. We aim to resurrect and make widely available to readers and scholars rare and important books that would otherwise be inaccessible, in attractive, affordable editions. We specialize particularly in Gothic, supernatural, horror, weird, sensational, and mystery/suspense fiction, including everything from Minerva Press Gothics to Victorian penny dreadfuls to fin de siècle and decadent works. We also publish a number of lost literary works by gay authors or with gay themes. At this time, we publish almost exclusively fictional works originally published in the British Isles, as well as a small number of translations of important foreign language works published in England.
We always welcome proposals for new editions that would be a good fit with our catalogue and publishing aims. In general, when commissioning new volumes, we are looking for a thoroughly proofread text taken from the first edition of the work, together with a quality introduction that is thorough and scholarly in nature, but yet accessible and interesting to undergraduate students and non-academic readers. Although we make occasional exceptions, in general we are not looking for heavily annotated volumes with substantial scholarly apparatus, such as variant textual readings and appendices. It is not necessary to send a formal, detailed proposal. An email introducing yourself and giving a brief description of your idea is generally sufficient.
Because of our small size and niche focus, we generally do not take on editions of books that are widely available with other presses such as Penguin, Oxford University Press, or Broadview, unless you are able to demonstrate to us how your edition differs from or improves upon those editions already available.
Thanks to our unique publishing model and use of modern technology, we are able to bring out editions of important books that historically remained out of print because they could not sell enough copies to justify a larger publisher's investment. Nonetheless, we are looking for books that are likely to sell a minimum of at least 50 copies per year. Thus, if you are proposing a particularly obscure text that may not have a wide readership, it might be helpful to survey your colleagues and determine whether any of them would be likely regularly to order the book for a course, which would help the press meet this threshold.
Finally, please note that because any profits from the sales of our works are reinvested back in the business and dedicated toward the cost of acquiring and republishing these rare texts, we are generally unable to pay contributors, although all our editors receive prominent credit in the book and on our website, along with complimentary copies of their volume, a significant discount on the rest of our catalogue, and other benefits.