Compton is an independent specialist publisher of academic and professional books and media in the communication sciences and their disorders, and related fields including Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Voice, Singing, Special Education, and Occupational Therapy.

The company is owned by two publishers with a combined industry experience spanning over 45 years, gained in international markets across the spectrum of publishing, from academic and professional to general publishing, with world-leading companies including Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, Wiley, Bowker, and others.

Based in the UK, Compton aims to publish books and media with a truly international appeal, from authorship to content.

Formed only in 2011, the company has a burgeoning list of publications forthcoming from some of the foremost practitioners and educators in their respective fields. 

Compton also distributes products from some of the world's leading publishers of books, materials and electronic media.


We welcome unsolicited submissions. In the first instance, please contact: 


Your proposal is a marketing document, and we ask you to 'sell' your product or idea to us in exactly the same way as you would expect us to sell it to retailers and to end users, paying particular attention to the primary audience group; the level of the product (e.g. 'postgraduate text', or 'practitioner reference'); key events, people, or outlets that might be appropriate for publicity; and price levels.

Please consider the following critical success factors:

  1. Audience - ensure you know exactly who you are writing for. Don't write for secondary audiences - focus is the key.
  2. Timings - are critical. Please consider key events, such as conferences, or academic adoption seasons.
  3. Timeliness - be realistic in terms of manuscript delivery dates. Any delays can have serious repercussions for sales of your product, from missing an adoption season, to being beaten to the market by a competing product..

Download our Author Proposal document as a PDF or as a Word file.


Independent in thought and action - Compton is an independent publisher under hands-on ownership. You can therefore be assured of personal attention through the entire publishing process, from the initial concept, to publication, whether you be a first-time, or seasoned author.

Responsive - Decision-making is not by committee, so we can act quickly, whatever the circumstance.

Quality assured - All of our manuscripts are refereed by experts for candid guidance and advice.

We have access to the world's best service suppliers from editing, through typesetting, to marketing and sales. 

Care - We don't ever take your entrusting your work to us lightly. Your work  is a critical part of our company offering and we will endeavor to give it (and you) our continuing care and attention throughout the lifetime of the product.