With 1,000 books in print and growing, the list of books we publish is wide-ranging, diverse, and distinguished. As an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) publisher distributed by Penguin Random House, we enjoy the best of both worlds: complete editorial independence and an unparalleled distribution network. If you would like North Atlantic Books to consider your work, it should be in alignment with our mission of transforming self, society, and consciousness, as well as amplifying traditionally underrepresented voices.
Our strongest categories include bodywork and somatics, ecology and sustainability, health and healing, indigenous cultures and anthropology, psychology and personal growth, social justice and engaged activism, and spirituality and liminality. We also offer an imprint dedicated to the martial arts: Blue Snake Books.
If you believe your work would be appropriate for North Atlantic Books, please send us a proposal following the guidelines below. We prefer electronic submissions addressed to our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also mail us a proposal, including a stamped self-addressed envelope if you would like us to return these materials to you. Please don’t send us original artwork or irreplaceable documents; we cannot assume responsibility for these.
Address submissions to:
North Atlantic Books
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
We accept agented and unagented works.
We will do our best to respond to your proposal within three months of receiving it. North Atlantic Books does not accept phone calls, faxes, or other inquiries regarding unsolicited submissions.
Please note that we are not accepting submissions for new fiction or poetry at this time, and we cannot review submissions of this type. Please also note that while some of our publications are trade books with an additional scholarly market, we are not currently accepting submissions for purely academic books.
Below are some prompts for a successful proposal. The proposal should include as many of the following elements as possible:
- A cover letter introducing yourself and your book, and why you are interested in publishing with NAB.
- A short statement (less than 100 words) describing the book’s intention.
- What is the word count of your manuscript? Is the manuscript complete? If not, what is your goal completion date?
- Your qualifications in this area: education, books, or articles; what makes you a leader in this field? Tell us what your platform is. What do you do to make your work well known? Where have you connected with the readership of this book previously?
- A marketing plan describing how you will reach your book’s potential audience: interviews, journals, magazines, social media channels, etc. Who is the book for? List the most important publications that could excerpt or review your book. How will you help promote your book? What plans do you have to travel, to speak, to teach? What organizations are you counting on for their support?
- Comparative or competitive titles: what are the three leading books to which your book could be compared? How does your book differ from them?
- Table of contents with subheads listed; a chapter summary or synopsis is a plus.
- If you plan to include photographs or illustrations in your book, please provide examples and let us know how many you intend to use.
- One to three sample chapters from the book. Send something that will best convey your writing style and the variety of the book’s content.
Children’s Book Submissions
We are currently accepting submissions for picture books for ages 3-11. We are considering only books that have words and art in place, whether from an author/illustrator or from a team. We will not consider YA or novels.
Our aim is to publish children’s books that fall within our existing subject areas, books that help families embrace views and lifestyles that may be ahead of their time. We are especially interested in seeing books featuring environmentalism, social activism, mindfulness, ability spectrums, movement medicine, unconventional families, and underrepresented voices.
In addition to following the proposal guidelines above, please include a short statement describing the book’s intention (with target age range), the full manuscript as an attached Word doc, and at least three sample spreads. When including comparative or competitive titles, also include comparative art titles. Please familiarize yourself with current industry guidelines on picture book length. This blog post is an excellent resource for determining appropriate word counts for all levels of children’s books.