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Unsolicited Manuscript Submission Guidelines



Nonfiction and Children's



Gibbs Smith no longer accepts paper submissions through the mail. All unsolicited queries, submissions, and correspondence will be via e-mail. Due to the number of submissions we receive, please note that it is our policy to only respond if we are interested in exploring it. We will not return materials and are not responsible for loss or damage.


Nonfiction
Our main emphasis is on interior design, architecture, children's, and cookbooks. Additionally, we accept submissions in the following subjects: arts and crafts, western humor with general appeal, general humor, and gift books.


For the above subjects, we welcome a proposal including: a description of the subject; an analysis of the market and the author's qualifications for writing the book as well as how the author is going to help sell and promote the book, including online presence and outreach; an outline of contents; and sample writing. If photographs or illustrations are a major component, attach a PDF or jpegs showing samples. Maximum size of attachments is 3 MB. We will invite the complete submission only if we are interested.


For nonfiction subjects other than those listed above, send a query letter only. We will invite the submission only if we are interested.


Address all nonfiction queries to Acquisitions Team and submit via email to: debbie.uribe at gibbs-smith.com


Children's
We are accepting submissions for children's activity books, board books, and picture books. Submit a detailed outline, a writing sample, and an illustration sample (where appropriate) via email to the address below. We will invite the entire manuscript submission only if we are interested. Activity book manuscripts should contain fewer than 15,000 words. (For middle-grade children's fiction, see our fiction guidelines.)


Address all children's queries to Acquisitions Team and submit via email to: debbie.uribe at gibbs-smith.com


Poetry
We are NOT accepting poetry submissions at this time.


PLEASE NOTE
  • You should receive a confirmation by e-mail that your query has been successfully submitted.
  • We will respond only to submissions in which we are interested. If we would like further materials or information, we will contact you within 12 weeks.
  • If disk or paper submissions are received, they will be recycled, and we will respond only if we are interested.
  • Your name and e-mail address should appear on the title page of each manuscript.
  • We do accept multiple submissions.
  • Our current catalog can be found on our website.

    Fiction



    Gibbs Smith, Publisher, is seeking submissions for a new adult and children's fiction venture launching in fall 2018. We are accepting agented and unagented completed manuscripts in the following categories:


    • Adult fiction:
      • Historical
        • Set more than 40 years in the past with a plot that is influenced by events, social norms, figures, laws, etc. of the time period
        • Books may be standalone or part of a series
    • Children's fiction:
      • Historical (middle grades, approx. 8-12 years old)
        • Set more than 40 years in the past with a plot that is influenced by events, social norms, figures, laws, etc. of the time period
        • Books may be standalone, but series proposals are preferred

    Note: We will not publish books with excessive violence or profanity and/or explicit sex.

    If your finished manuscript fits the categories listed above, please submit the following materials to fiction at gibbs-smith.com in a PDF or Word document for consideration:

    • A cover letter telling us about your experience as an author and any experience that pertains to the topic of your book or series. Your cover letter should include the following information:
      • a brief, clever, compelling blurb describing your book
      • total word count of your manuscript
      • comparable books and how yours is unique
      • who is the market for your book?
      • what is your platform and outreach?
      • any future marketing plans
    • A one-page synopsis or one-page chapter-by-chapter outline of the finished novel
    • The first 50 pages of the manuscript in a PDF or Word document
      • Double spaced, 12 pt font, first-line indent
    • If submitting the first book of a proposed series, please submit all of the above plus an outline of the series with brief descriptions of each book

      Unfortunately, we cannot personally respond to every submission. After providing digital confirmation of receipt, we will only be in contact if we are interested in publishing your manuscript. Please allow 12 weeks for response.

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