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Publishers with a web presence that works, if we don't find you, we invite you to find us.  By "works" I mean that no "additional plugins" will be needed to actually read your site.  Please note, simply by being listed on Tale Wins you will increase your page rank in the search engines.  Having higher page rank means more book buyers will find your site from those search engines.  IF you make your submission guidelines available on the web for writers to read we will provide more copy here so that visits will increase.  That added traffic increases your page rank even more.  In other words, it pays to be listed ACCURATELY on this page.  Be sure to keep us posted on changes of address, etc..

It sure seems like publishers WANT to hear from EVERYONE by E-mail, except the author.  If your company does accept queries from professional writers by electronic mail we will link to you twice -- from this page and from a page that readers frequent -- and thus increase your page rank yet again - where it helps you most.  We will also give you up to three hundred words of introduction here so that actual visits will increase.  Again, that improves your page rank substantially.

Writers, please note: We try to list only those publishers that the freelancer working from home might work with.  If you know a Sweetheart Publisher that treats authors as if they were valuable contributors to their success, please send your endorsement to us at once so that we can give them a back pat on this page so other writers can know who the good guys in this industry are.

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Ball Publishing has cultivated a charismatic, talented and experienced group, dedicated to providing the horticulture and floriculture communities with the latest, most thorough information.

Bancroft Press, Books that enlighten.

Bantam-Dell 

Barbour Publishing  frontlist releases number more than 150 titles per year. That, coupled with nearly one thousand stock titles, allows Barbour to provide retailers around the globe with affordable and accessible Christian products for everyone. In its brief history, Barbour has shipped over one hundred million books.

Barron�s Educational Series, Inc. rapidly became America�s leading publisher of test preparation manuals and school directories.

Baylor University Press strives to serve the academic community by producing works of excellent quality that integrate faith and understanding.  The company ENCOURAGES email submissions.

Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.

Bearmanor Media 

Beaver Pond Publishing products for outdoor sports.

Behrman House Publishing is recognized for its distinguished Jewish educational materials used in schools throughout North America and in English-speaking countries around the world.

Benjamin/Cummings Publishers Co., Inc. Excellence in: Anatomy & Physiology  *  Biology  *  Chemistry  *  Computing � Economics  *  Environmental Science  *  Finance  *  Health & Kinesiology  *  Mathematics  *  Microbiology  *  Nutrition  *  Physics & Astronomy  *  Statistics.

Bethany House Publishing.. Christian fiction, Bethany House publishes nearly 120 titles annually in subjects including historical and contemporary fiction, Christian living, family, health, devotional, children's, classics, and theology. Bethany House titles are often found on the Christian bestseller lists.

Breakaway Books publishes literary and thoughtful writing on sports � fiction, poetry, and essays on the athletic experience.

We are interested in the emotional and metaphysical side of sports, the inner life of the athlete.

We also celebrate the many ways sport can serve as muse for excellent writing � both serious and playful.

If you wish to submit writing to us for possible publication, please send a query letter first. E-mail information@breakawaybooks.com, or send it by post to:

Breakaway Books
P.O. Box 24
Halcottsville, NY 12438

Note: we receive dozens of queries a day, and more excellent manuscripts than we could ever publish. If it takes us a long time to respond, please accept our apologies. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are encouraged.

Chelsea Green Publishing
Acquisitions Editor
PO Box 428
White River Junction, VT 05001

We prefer to receive query letters via email (to submissions@chelseagreen.com), and we ask that you send full proposals through the mail. When sending queries by email to Jonathan, enter your last name and the book title in the subject line. (For example: "Jones - Nature vs. Nurture - query")

A query letter should be one or two pages long and give an overview of your book�s topic, along with information about you as an author (who you are, why you are the right person to write this book, evidence that you will be able to complete a high-quality manuscript in a timely fashion).

Please don�t go to the expense of paying for Priority or Express mail services. It usually takes us several weeks to review incoming proposals, so you will not be saving any time. Submitted materials will only be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

If we think that there is a reasonable chance that we might pursue your book, we will request a full proposal. A full proposal should include most or all of the following:

  • A cover letter summarizing the book

  • A preliminary table of contents

  • An expanded table of contents with one- or two-paragraph summaries of each chapter

  • Marketing research such as

    • descriptions of other books on the same or similar topic (with sales history if possible) and an explanation of why your book is different

    • any special sales potential (organizations that might want to buy large numbers of your book; specialty catalogs or stores that don�t usually sell books but might be interested in yours; events where attendees will be interested in your book)

    • your target audience (who they are, why they will be interested in your book. Be specific and realistic, for example, �readers of The Nation magazine� or �fans of Gertrude Stein.� Do not say things like �all women should like my book because I write about problems women face,� or �every American must read my book because we all face the danger of global warming together.� Also, please do not refer to �cultural creatives.� This mythical group is referenced in nearly one-third of the proposals we get, and carries no weight with us.)

  • Biographical material about you (expanded from that in the query letter)

  • Two sample chapters

Please feel free to print your materials single-spaced and double sided, to save paper.

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Conari Press founded in 1987 in Berkeley, moved east in 2002, to join Red Wheel and Weiser Books, then back to its roots in 2006 with a new publishing office in San Francisco. Inspire, literally to breathe life into, that�s what Conari Books aim to do�inspire all walks of life�mind, body, and spirit, and to inspire creativity, laughter, gratitude, good food, and all good things in life.

DNA Press and Nartea Publishing are always looking for exciting book or journal proposals. We publish books about science in any form and for any audience. Whether it is an academic monograph, an exciting thriller, or a children's book � it should be always related to the advancement and spreading of scientific knowledge. If you think you can share your thoughts and experience related to science with a large audience then we are your publisher.
We review every book proposal and manuscript and try to respond within 3 months. Due to the large amount of submissions sometimes we may miss this promised deadline. We use outside reviewers on some subjects.
Mailing Address

If you have an idea for a new book, game, or a journal, and would like to be contacted by a DNA Press Editor, please send your proposal or manuscript to:

DNA Press (or Nartea Publishing)
Acquisition Editor
PO Box 572
Eagleville, PA 19408

Heritage Books, Inc.
65 East Main St.
Westminister, MD 21157 410-876-0371
You Can query by e-mail submission@heritagebooks.com

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If you would like to submit your proposal to W. W. Norton by e-mail, paste the text of your query letter and/or sample chapter into the body of the email message. Do not send attachments.

We cannot accept complete manuscripts via e-mail. Keep your proposal under six pages. If you are submitting poetry, again, try to send fewer than six poems.

(Please remember that we do not consider books from the following categories: juvenile or young adult, religious, occult or paranormal, genre fiction such as formula romances, sci-fi or westerns, arts and crafts, and inspirational poetry.)

If you are interested in writing a book for our college division, please send a letter of inquiry rather than a full proposal.

All e-mail submissions can be sent to manuscripts@wwnorton.com.

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Some authors are so determined to send an attachment they will attach a query letter of less than 300 words!  It only takes two keystrokes to put the query letter or book proposal INSIDE the letter whereas it can take fifteen or twenty to attach the file.  Do yourself a favor, download this book, AND read it.

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