Submissions

Submissions

Thank you for your interest in submitting your work to Workman Publishing. We are an independent publishing company that publishes adult and children’s books as well as calendars. Please note that Workman Publishing encompasses several imprints:

Workman Publishing
Algonquin Books
Algonquin Young Readers
Artisan Books
The Experiment
Storey Publishing
Timber Press

Each imprint publishes a different style of books. Please familiarize yourself with the titles and submission guidelines (below) for each imprint so you know that you’re submitting your work to the imprint most likely to publish it.

When submitting to any of the Workman imprints, please send copies of your work—no original manuscripts or artwork. We will not be held liable for any materials lost or destroyed by the U.S. Postal Service or any other carrier. If you send your proposal as a hard copy, your work will be returned if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) that can accommodate your proposal as you sent it to us. Submissions not containing a SASE will not be returned.


Submissions for the Workman imprint

The Workman imprint publishes exclusively nonfiction books for children and adults, as well as calendars. We do not publish novels, short stories, or poetry. We also do not accept unsolicited picture book submissions.

Contact Information

We prefer to receive submissions by email. Our submissions address is submissions@workman.com.

If you must send hard copies of your work, please include a cover letter that includes your name, address, telephone number, and email address. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) in the correct size for the return of your work. Submissions not containing a SASE will not be returned. We do not accept faxed submissions, or those on disks. Please mail submissions to the following address:

Workman Publishing Co., Inc.
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014

Note: If you are submitting to the Children’s Department, please specify “Workman Publishing Co., Children’s Dept.”

Submissions Guidelines

Please be sure to include the following items in your submission. Your proposal should not exceed 30 pages and should preferably be in the form of a Microsoft Word document.

  • A title and a subtitle.
  • A one-paragraph overview that explains the premise of your book, why you wrote it, and who you see the audience being (with any relevant demographic data you might have about the potential size of the audience).
  • A brief author biography (1–2 pages) that focuses on why you are uniquely qualified to write your book and what kind of platform you have to reach a wide audience.
  • A table of contents that outlines the book, with chapter and section titles, as well as brief descriptions of the material each chapter and/or section will cover. It should be no more than ten pages total.
  • A market analysis of the potential readership for your book, including a comparison to similar books. When comparing your proposal to other works, please briefly explain (just several sentences) how your proposed book differs from these titles. Please limit yourself to 3–4 books.
  • A sample chapter that is representative of the style and content of the larger work.

References on Developing a Book Proposal

If you’d like more information on what goes into a great book proposal, click here for a free sample from Workman’s The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry.

Please be patient

Each manuscript we receive is reviewed by two or more editors. Due to the enormous volume of submissions, the consideration may take several months. Please do not follow up with us if it has been fewer than four months—these inquiries slow down our review time. Thank you very much in advance for giving us the opportunity to consider your project.


Submissions for Algonquin Books

Algonquin Books does not accept unsolicited submissions at this time.


Submissions for Algonquin Young Readers

Algonquin Young Readers does not accept unsolicited submissions at this time.


Submissions for Artisan Books

Thank you for your interest in Artisan Books. Before submitting a proposal, please review this site to learn more about our current list and the kinds of books we typically publish. When submitting a proposal, please keep in mind that it may take up to three months for editors to review it. Outlined below are suggested materials to include in your proposal; the more information you can give us to understand your project, the better. Please send only copies of your material, not originals. Please note that we do not accept proposals on disks or via email or fax.

A proposal may include:

  • A cover letter giving a short description of the project and what materials are included in the package.
  • A proposal, which includes an outline, introduction, art list, and sample text/chapters.
  • Sample illustrations or photographs (duplicates, not originals).
  • A market analysis of the potential readership for your book, including a comparison to similar books.
  • Author biography and credentials.
  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of materials.

Please direct your proposal to our editorial department at this address:

Artisan Books
Editorial Department
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014


Submissions for The Experiment

We welcome submissions from authors and agents. Note that we publish both narrative and practically oriented nonfiction, we do not publish fiction, and we require queries and submissions via hard copy or email.

Our ideal proposal, whether sent as a hard copy or via email, includes the following components:

  • A title and a subtitle.
  • A one-paragraph overview that briefly explains the premise of your book, why you wrote it, who you see the audience being (with any relevant demographic data you might have about the potential size of the audience).
  • A brief author biography (one page or less) that focuses on why you are uniquely qualified to write your book and includes information about how you are connected to your likely readers, or plan to connect—whether in person or online (please include URLs). Please also feel free to include a resume, and if you’ve written previous books, include all basic bibliographic information on them sales figures, names of publishers of foreign editions, and any other information you think will be helpful.
  • An annotated table of contents that outlines the book, with chapter and section titles and even subsections, if you’ve formulated them, as well as brief descriptions of the material each chapter and/or section will cover. It should be no more than ten pages total.
  • A thorough assessment of what you believe to be the most closely competing books—and including very brief comments about how your proposed book differs from already available books.
  • A sample chapter that is representative of the writing style and content of the larger work.

This proposal should be no more than 30 pages, set in 12-point, double-spaced Times New Roman type, preferably as a Microsoft Word document. We will review all proposals that meet the above criteria as quickly as possible and will promptly request more information if we’re intrigued.

Please send only copies of your work—no original manuscripts or artwork. We will not be held liable for any materials lost or destroyed in the mail. If you would like your proposal returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope in the correct size. Submissions not containing an SASE will not be returned.

Contact Information

Proposals sent via email should be sent to submissions@theexperimentpublishing.com; hard-copy materials should be sent to:

The Experiment
220 East 23rd Street, Suite 301
New York, NY 10010

And thank you very much in advance for giving us the opportunity to consider your project.


Submissions for Storey Publishing

The mission of Storey Publishing is to serve our customers by publishing practical information that encourages personal independence in harmony with the environment. The books we select to carry out this mission include nonfiction titles for adults and children on gardening, home reference, crafts, cooking, beer & wine, nature, raising animals, horses, building, farming, homesteading, and mind/body/spirit. We are always pleased to review new proposals on these topics directly from authors and from agents. (Note: no fiction, poetry, or children’s picture books, please.)

Please include the following information:

  • A letter of introduction.
  • A one-paragraph description of your book.
  • A brief statement explaining why you think your book is needed and describing the potential readers of the book.
  • A list of recent books (if any) similar to your own, with a thorough explanation of how yours will be different.
  • A table of contents, including a brief description of each chapter, including a complete list of projects, if appropriate.
  • Your thoughts about the length, format, and photographic/illustrative requirements of the book.
  • A bio with a focus on your credentials for writing the book and your ability to promote it to a wide audience.
  • A sample chapter from the proposed book.
  • For craft books, please include photographs or samples of a few projects.

Contact Information

Email your proposal to submissions@storey.com. Or send by mail to:

Editorial Department
Storey Publishing LLC
210 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247
(Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like your materials returned.)

Due to the number of submissions we receive, it may take several months for us to respond. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Submissions for Timber Press

We consider new book ideas on a regular basis. Your proposal should include the following components:

  • Overview: Introduce the subject and explain why a book on the subject is needed or desirable. Tell us what is unique about your book and why we should publish it. Discuss your overall approach and the organization of the book. Define your intended audience and explain why the book will appeal to them. Provide a target page/word count, and estimate the amount of time you will need to complete the book.
  • Table of Contents: List all the chapters, along with any front matter (introduction, preface) and back matter (appendices, charts, references, bibliography, index). Annotate each chapter briefly.
  • Author Information: Give a brief rundown of your occupation, accomplishments (including writing experience and/or published works), and areas of expertise. Summarize your familiarity with the subject and explain why you are qualified to write the book. If you have writing samples that are germane to your proposed subject, feel free to include them.
  • Sales and Marketing Considerations: Briefly list any specific aspects of the book that will help the marketing department in its sales efforts. Include aspects that will appeal to well-defined groups of readers as well as aspects that will appeal to a general readership. Describe in detail your marketing platform (how your professional activities and contacts will aid the promotion of the book). If you give lectures or workshops, include a summary of your activities for the past year. Please describe any social media outreach you are already engaged in or will engage in to promote your book. Provide any applicable links.
  • Competing/Comparable Titles: List any previously published titles that address the same subject as your book and indicate whether they are still in print. Describe how your book differs from or is superior to competing titles. For each competing title include publisher, publication date, price, and Amazon ranking.
  • Manuscript Length and Illustrations: Give an estimated word count for your completed manuscript and a general art plan including photos, illustrations, maps, graphs, and/or diagrams that you feel are necessary to convey your ideas. If you will be working with a professional photographer, explain why he or she is well suited to the project. Include sample images or a link to the photographer’s website with your proposal.

Contact Information

Please direct your proposal to our editorial department at this address:

Timber Press
Attn: Editorial Assistant
133 S.W. Second Avenue, Suite 450
Portland, OR 97204
editorial@timberpress.com