Submit a Proposal
 Manuscript Guidelines




Submit a Proposal
Before you send us your entire manuscript…

Please note that RMB no longer accepts hard-copy proposals. As such, all proposals and manuscripts for consideration must be submitted via email (see our Manuscript Guidelines for specific details on preparing digital files). Responses will take up to a minimum of six months to evaluate. You may submit your proposal to:

Don Gorman
Publisher, RMB | Rocky Mountain Books

 RMB only accepts submissions relating to the following:

  • Mountaineering & Alpinism
  • Exploration & Discovery
  • Adventure Travel & Eco-Tourism
  • Eco-Politics & the Environment
  • Aboriginal History & Issues
  • Natural History
  • Art & Photography
  • Guidebooks (hiking, climbing, scrambling, winter sports)
  • Children's Picture Books (in areas relating to the above topics)
  • At this time, RMB does not accept fiction, poetry, drama, self-help, family histories, self-publishing endeavours or corporate histories.

A typical proposal should consist of the following items:

1. A short cover letter that describes why you think your book should be published. Give us some examples of similar books that are currently on the market, and then tell us how yours is going to be different. Who is your target audience? Are you an expert on the subject matter of your book? What are your credentials?
2. A one-page synopsis of your book that we can use to prepare catalogues, sales sheets, press releases, and information about the book for booksellers
3. One sample chapter
4. If photography is an important component of your book, send us a few images.
5. A single-paragraph author biography
6. A recent colour photo of yourself (which may appear in your book)
7. A completed author questionnaire (click here to fill out the form online)
8. A list of your past publishing credits, if applicable
9. A list of media contacts who may be interested in your book. Indicate whether or not you know these contacts
10. A list of promotional ideas that may aid in the sale of your book
11. Any other information that may help us to market your book

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