Welcome to Karnac Books Publishing

Publishing with Us

Karnac Books is one of the few remaining independent mental health publishers in the UK. Having begun publishing psychoanalytic texts in the 1970s we continue to lead the way in diverse fields.

We publish more than 100 books a year in addition to our journals and see ourselves as an important component in the psychotherapeutic world through which new ideas and approaches can find their way to a wider readership.

You will find working with us is different to working with a big publisher. We are large enough to have all resources needed to serve our authors and other publishing partners, yet small enough to provide personal attention and responsiveness to authors' needs. The editorial care and attention we can offer makes us stand out from the bigger publishers. We also offer high quality editorial production and printing throughout the production process from the signing of the contract to getting the book onto the shelves.

Submitting Manuscripts

Thank you for your interest in publishing with Karnac Books.

We welcome submissions from all sources and on all relevant topics, and if you would like to submit your work, please send us a curriculum vitae, a one page abstract of the work, an outline of the entire manuscript (table of contents), and some sample chapters following our submission guidelines.

Your covering letter should outline what the primary market would be, when you would be ready to submit the final manuscript, the approximate number of words in the book and, if there are any published books that could compare to, expand on, or challenge yours. These documents should then be mailed to: New Submissions, Karnac Books, 118 Finchley Road, London, NW3 5HT, UK (submissions@karnacbooks.com).

NB: submitted proposals should receive a response within two to three months.


Alternatively, please fill in the electronic form below (fields labelled with * are required) and we will email you by return with instructions regarding your submission :




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Instructions on the Preparation of Manuscripts

Please download our Instructions on the Preparation of Manuscripts here.

Inspection Copies

Karnac Books operates an Inspection Copy Service on selected paperback titles. This service is only available to lecturers who may be able to recommend books to their students.

Applications may be made directly using this form and a maximum of three (3) paperback titles will be sent out for 28 days inspection, together with an Inspection Copy Reply Form. At the end of that time the book(s) should either be returned in mint condition, paid for, or retained free of charge if you return the Inspection Copy Reply Form indicating that the book(s) has been adopted as a course text on a course with at least 12 students.

This service is available in the following countries only: United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, and The Netherlands.

Inspection copy requests for countries not listed above should be directed to our distributor in that country.

All bank charges are to be met by the customer.

NB: We cannot offer this service on any book which is not published by Karnac Books.

Review copies

Karnac Books operates a Review Copy Service on all their recent titles. This service is only available to Journal editors and Book reviews editors who will commission or write reviews to be published in their journals.

Requests may be made using this form for a maximum of five (5) paperback titles. This service is free of charge and available worldwide, but please note that we cannot provide any book which is not published by Karnac Books, and we require a copy of the review once it is published.

Foreign Rights

For information on the rights to publishing Karnac Books titles in languages other than English please contact :

Constance Govindin
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