AUTHOR SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
We will gladly accept and evaluate unsolicited manuscripts, but highly recommend most prospective authors to submit an informal query first. An ideal query letter will include the following: brief author biography (basically tell us who you are and why you should be the author of your book); both a “snappy” synopsis (one or two sentences) and a slightly more complete description (a few paragraphs) of the book you want to write. We also need to know if the book is already written and if not, when you think it might be done. For more complex ideas, an outline is suggested.
It is extremely helpful if you can provide casual market research and give us a couple examples of other books yours might be “like”. For example, if you want to write a book on Northwest widgets, you should tell us what other widget books are out there, why yours is needed, and what your approach to the topic will be. Here’s how a good query on the widget example might look—“There are a few widget books available, “Widgets of the World” is a best-seller, and “The History and Wonder of Widgets through the ages” is the standard in the widget community. Both these books cover widgets throughout the world, but barely touch on the Northwest widget community, which is both vibrant and growing. My book will highlight the Northwest’s proud legacy and future in widgets . . . My writing style for this project will be conversational and relaxed, with a touch of humor (like War and Peace).
In short, if you are interested in writing a book, contact Jeff Bolkan (email@example.com) with your idea. We are glad to work with first-time authors as well as seasoned professionals. If you’ve already written a book that you think we should publish, send it electronically.
MEET OUR AUTHORS
Ian has been creating fine art, illustrations, cartoons and writing for more than 20 years.Through his creative arts and writing outlet, Iboga Moon Productions, he illustrates the cartoon series Generation Jaded, designs mixed media fine art, and logos. Tripping the Field is his first novel.
Sharleen is an accomplished writer and award-winning photographer. Over the course of her 20+ year career as a journalist, she has written hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles on a vast range of topics. She has also served as an editor on a number of magazines in the travel, entertainment, education, science, and technology fields. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication and is currently employed as an editor and writer at the UO.
Jennifer is a freelance and marketing writer with more than 20 years experience in newspaper, magazine, and marketing environments. She also works as a virtual assistant to writers, helping them build their online presence and connect with readers so they can focus on what they love--writing.
Julie lives in Springfield, Oregon with her two cats. Julie oversees a large extended family including her four children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. She still plays a mean game of cribbage and remains in contact with many of the friends she made in Alaska.
Janaya was raised in Polson, Montana. She spent two years in Phoenix, Arizona earning her bachelor of arts degree in communications (journalism emphasis) from Grand Canyon University. It was in Phoenix that she discovered that she preferred the company of bears to that of scorpions, so she relocated back to the Pacific Northwest in 1992. She loves being outdoors, even when it's raining.
Patricia lives in a small town on the Oregon coast with her husband where she dabbles in the arts and enjoys the company of family and friends.
Publisher and Owner. Jeff has been a professional writer and editor for nearly 30 years having worked on a number of magazines (both print and Internet-based) as an editor and a writer (more than 300 published magazine articles). He’s also been the book acquisitions editor for a medium-large (in excess of $1 million annual sales) academic press where he was involved in the publication of nearly 100 books.