20 May 2011

Open to Women's Issues/ Non-Fiction Manuscripts: Sourcebooks

Post date: 20 May 2011
Sourcebooks has strong distribution into the retail market–bookstores, gift stores and specialty shops whose primary product is something other than books–and provides tremendous editorial, sales, marketing and publicity support for our authors.

We follow a somewhat out-of-date model for book publishing that makes our passion for books central. In short, we believe in authorship. We work with our authors to develop great books that find and inspire a wide audience. We believe in helping develop our authors' careers, and recognize that a well-published, successful book is often a cornerstone. We seek authors who are as committed to success as we are.


We are interested in books that will establish a unique standard in their subject area. We look for books with a well-defined, strong target market. Our list includes most nonfiction categories, including entertainment, history, general self-help/psychology, business, parenting and special needs parenting, health and beauty, reference, biography, love and relationships, gift books and women's issues.

In order to consider your nonfiction book for potential publication, we will need to see a proposal that includes the following items:

* A brief synopsis in 1-2 paragraphs
* Author bio or resume specifying credentials and publication credits, if any
* A complete table of contents, plus estimated length of manuscript in words and pages
* Two to three sample chapters (not the first)
* A description of the target audience
* One page/paragraph on your book's unique advantages
* A list of competing or comparable titles and how your book differs

Please do not send complete manuscripts unless a specific request is made for one. Queries only and simultaneous submissions are OK. We strongly advise against the expense of sending your proposal via overnight delivery or certified mail.

Please send your proposal and self addressed stamped envelope to:

Editorial Submissions
P.O. Box 4410
Naperville, IL 60567-4410

Please send only copies of your materials. Do not send us any original manuscripts or artwork. We will not be held liable for materials lost or destroyed in the mail. Please enclose a correct size (depending on what you want returned) self-addressed, stamped envelope with your proposal, with enough postage for your materials to be returned at first-class rates. We will not return manuscripts without appropriate postage. Canadian and foreign postage coupons will not be accepted.

Contact Information:

For inquiries: deb.werksman@sourcebooks.com

For submissions: Sourcebooks, Editorial Submissions, P.O. Box 4410, Naperville, IL, 0567-4410

Website: http://www.sourcebooks.com
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