Book Proposal Guidelines
At Lone Pine Publishing, the focus is on regional works of natural history, gardening and outdoor recreation, not on novels, poetry, children’s literature, political treatises, autobiographies, biographies, etc. Ghost House Books, an imprint of Lone Pine Publishing, has an interest in ghost stories and accounts dealing with the paranormal.
If you have written a book and want to see it published, the first step is to find out what publishers specialize in producing books like yours. There is no point sending a religious music book to a publisher specializing in outdoor recreation. Once you’ve decided that Lone Pine is the ideal publisher, send a book proposal package to the Editorial Director. Lone Pine Publishing accepts book proposals by mail and e-mail. It is not necessary to bring your proposal to the office; a discussion about its content will not improve its prospects.
Typos, careless presentation, grammatical errors and sloppiness are all taken into consideration in a book proposal, as well as marketability and cost of production. Obtain copyright permission to use any materials that are not your own.
The cover letter should describe the proposed book and its unique features. Describe who would buy it, and why you should write it. Include a short resume describing your qualifications and listing other publications if applicable. Describe the competition. Will you provide photos or illustrations or maps?
Attach a draft table of contents, a few sample chapters to give us a taste of your writing style and an opportunity to become interested in the content, copies of sample illustrations—no originals—and a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you wish to use the postal system and want the material returned. Use an international postage voucher if you are mailing from outside Canada. Do not send cash or a cheque to cover return postage. Do not send the complete manuscript and do not send original artwork or any irreplaceable material. We do not assume any responsibility for the safety of any of the materials. Keep a copy of what you send.
Lone Pine Publishing will let you know—within a few months, usually—whether or not your book proposal interests us. If it doesn’t, you’ll get a letter and the returned package of material only if postage was included. Please be patient; replies sometimes take months owing to volume. Please do not phone inquiring about the status of your book proposal. An e-mailed submission will receive a response by e-mail. We do not reply to multiple submissions.
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