Spence Publishing no longer accepts unsolicited manuscripts—indeed, for the most part we don't respond to unsolicited manuscripts. This policy is disappointing, not to say offensive, to many, but we've never published a manuscript that came to us entirely from nowhere, nor have we succeeded in persuading the very large number of authors who send us their work to ask in advance if we would like to see it.
Al Regnery has observed that "most books should be articles, and most articles should never be written." Joseph Epstein tackled this problem in a piece for the September 28, 2002, New York Times, "Think You Have a Book in You—Think Again," in which he asks
Why should so many people think they can write a book, especially at a time when so many people who actually do write books turn out not really to have a book in them—or at least not one that many other people can be made to care about? Something on the order of 80,000 books get published in America every year, most of them not needed, not wanted, not in any way remotely necessary. . . .
Misjudging one's ability to knock out a book can only be a serious and time-consuming mistake. Save the typing, save the trees, save the high tax on your own vanity. Don't write that book, my advice is, don't even think about it. Keep it inside you, where it belongs.