Avon Books, the division of Harper Collins that publishes commercial fiction – mainly women’s fiction and crime – is currently open for direct submissions from writers.

Authors published by Avon include C L Taylor, Sue Moorcroft, Scott Mariani and Philippa Ashley.

All you need to do is submit the full manuscript of unpublished, completed commercial fiction novels as doc files. Submissions may be crime, thrillers, historical fiction, romantic comedy, women’s fiction, sagas and time-slip fiction. Plenty of scope, then.

Include a brief author biography, social medial links and a short synopsis or blurb for the book of approximately 250 words.

Details: email: avonsubmissions@harpercollins.co.uk; website: http://writ.rs.avonsubmissions.

Do have a go. The book in the centre of the bookshelf above managed to get itself published without an agent – why not yours?