Bergli Books publishes books that focus on Switzerland, as well as books about
We are currently seeking new projects that fit our profile. Before submitting a manuscript or an inquiry, however, please read the below information carefully.
Bergli Books publishes books on Swiss themes that are distributed through our well-established sales channels in Switzerland as well as through select foreign distributors and directly to consumers through our website. 90% of sales volume occurs in Switzerland, so, with very few exceptions, we are only interested in books that would interest a wide range of English-readers in Switzerland.
In order for a book to be considered commercially viable, we need to be confident that we can sell at least 5,000 copies inside Switzerland in the first few years--a feat in such a small market, but one we have managed time and again. For projects that we do not judge to have the potential to meet that level of sales, we need to secure sponsorship in the form of arts grants or printing subsidies before taking the book on. While we have a great deal of experience in seeking sponsorship and are happy to support authors in this process, the majority of the work falls to the author. We are not a self-publishing company and do not accept direct payments from authors.
We are particularly interested in the following kinds of books:
-Entertaining introductions to facets of life in Switzerland, ideally with a graphic design or illustration element
-Useful reference works on themes of Swiss life or travel
-Something we've never done before, but which appeals to a wide range of English readers in Switzerland and does not compete with large UK and US publishers
We are not interested in the following kinds of books:
-Books that have no connection to Switzerland
-Novels or short story collections
-Books that complain about the Swiss or how difficult it is to live in Switzerland
If you have a manuscript that you would like to
submit to us that fits this profile please send some sample pages (maximum 5) and a
short biography of yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to contact us before the book is finished--we'll have lots of suggestions and you'll save time. Please send manuscripts either as a PDF attachment or as a word document, with a cover letter that summarizes the project.
If you wish to mail us a sample of your work send it to:
Imprint of Schwabe Verlag