Thank you for your interest in submitting a manuscript or book proposal to us. Before you do, please familiarize yourself with our guidelines.
Down The Shore Publishing
We specialize in regional histories; pictorial, coffee table books; literary anthologies; and natural history titles appropriate for our market. As a rule, we do not publish poetry, memoirs, or personal histories, although we have included these genres in anthologies. We love great fiction - it is a thrill to read great unpublished writing - but rarely publish it. There are exceptions to these generalizations, however, and we will consider any exceptional work appropriate to our market.
We do not engage in subsidized publishing or expect an author to purchase or sell books.
Our limited resources allow us to publish only a few new titles each year. We want to be confident we can provide quality editing; outstanding design; and a full marketing and publicity effort for any book we have committed to. Therefore, if we like your proposal, we may wish to consider it for future publication if we are unable to accept it initially. We'll let you know of our interest in this case, but it may take a year or two before it is the "right time" for your work. Of course, if we do not offer you a publishing agreement, you are free to submit your book elsewhere during this time.
If we decline your proposal, it truly may have nothing to do with the quality of your work. What weighs heavily in our decision is our ability to effectively sell the book. We know our market and if we don't think we can be successful with your book, it is in your interest to look elsewhere. If we do accept your proposal, you can be sure we will use all our resources to make the book a success.
Our needs with any manuscript or book proposal
How to Submit a Proposal or Manuscript
• Synopsis or general description. This will detail the book's purpose, content, format, audience, length, any special features, photographs and illustrations. (Re: photographs and illustrations: Are they readily available now? Are originals available, or must copies be made? Do you own rights, are they in the public domain, or must rights be procured? What is the expected number to be used? Are the images black and white or color?)
• Table of contents or chapter outline, with short summaries of each chapter or section
• One or two sample chapters.
• Have any portions of the manuscript been previously published? If so, who owns the rights to the work?
• Market for the book: Also, are there competing books in this market, and how does yours differ.
• Estimated timetable for you to complete the project.
• List of possible expert readers who could assist us in evaluating the work - with names, titles, addresses, and phone numbers if possible; note their qualifications and previous association with you, if any.
• Your qualifications for writing this book.
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