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Editorial Submissions

Editorial Submissions

Islandport Press typically publishes 15 to 20 new titles per year and we receive more than 500 unsolicited submissions annually. We do accept and review unsolicited completed manuscripts as well as agented submissions. We do not accept or review a project based on a query only. Please review our catalog closely when considering whether to submit a book. We are a regional publisher. We publish books about the Northeast. Submissions should reflect a New England sensibility and primarily be set in and tell stories about this region, as well as characterize the culture and people.

For more information about sending queries to Islandport Press, please carefully read our "Top Ten Tips" on how to submit a manuscript. Please do not call the office to ask questions that are answered here. 

We are a traditional publisher, meaning we acquire rights to the books we publish and then handle editing, design, and distribution. We pay authors and illustrators a royalty based on actual sales and typical a modest advance.

After careful consideration, we have decided not to take on previously self-published titles. If you have already published your book in print or as an e-book, we will not be able to take it on, either as a new title or as the book's distributor.

Adult Books

We specialize in nonfiction, but also consider fiction, gift, and other trade titles, including food, humor, and mystery. The adult genres we do not publish include poetry, fantasy, thriller, self-help, craft, erotica, and science fiction.

We prefer to receive paper copies of manuscripts and written submissions. If you are making simultaneous submissions to other publishers, please note this in your query letter. During the current pandemic, the time it takes to review titles and respond to submissions has increased significantly. Please be patient.

When sending us a manuscript, you must include the following with your proposal or it will not be considered:

  • Cover letter with a complete synopsis and contact information, including email address

  • An author bio

  • Relevant marketing information, including competitive title research

  • Publicity and social media contacts

IMPORTANT: We no longer return manuscripts. Please DO NOT send originals or submit your only copy.

Send written manuscripts/submissions to:


Acquisitions Editor, Adult Trade
Islandport Press
P.O. Box 10
Yarmouth, Maine 04096

Also, please note:

  • Do not phone the office or stop by to deliver your manuscript.

  • We will acknowledge receipt by email.

  • We do not respond to status queries.

  • We look at submissions in the order we receive them.

  • We receive a large number of manuscripts, so please be patient. Our review time has increased significantly during the current pandemic. 

Children's Books

We do consider picture books, story books, middle grade chapter books, and young adult titles. For middle grade and YA titles, you must submit a completed manuscript as well as a one-page synopsis of the book. We are not currently publishing early readers. All of our children's books have New England sensibilities, and we do prefer to work with authors and illustrators who are connected to New England or the Northeast United States.

We prefer paper copies of manuscripts and written submissions (please do not submit children's books via e-mail). If you are submitting a children's book that you have illustrated, please include copies of your illustrations, but keep in mind that if we accept your manuscript, we still may decide to choose our own illustrator. If you are not the illustrator, do not send illustrations (yours or someone else’s). If you are making simultaneous submissions to other publishers, please note this in your query letter.

When sending us a manuscript, you must include the following with your proposal or it will not be considered:

 

  • Cover letter with synopsis and contact information, including email address 

  • A copy of your manuscript

  • Author bio 

  • Relevant marketing information, including competitive title research

  • Publicity and social media contacts

 

IMPORTANT: We do not return manuscripts. Please do not send originals or submit your only copy.

Send written manuscripts/submissions to:
Children's Book Editor
Islandport Press
P.O. Box 10
Yarmouth, Maine 04096

Please do not phone the office or stop by to deliver your manuscript.
We will acknowledge receipt by email.
We do not respond to status queries.
We look at submissions in the order we receive them.
We receive a large number of manuscripts, so after submission, please be patient. During the current pandemic, our review times have increased significantly.

IIlustrators

 
We are committed to supporting artists who live and/or work in New England. We are always interested in seeing work from new illustrators. If you would like to send us samples of your portfolio to keep on file, please include a cover letter, artist bio, and full contact information including your e-mail address. You are also welcome to send a link to an online portfolio.

 

Please send copies (never send originals) to:
Children's Book Editor
Islandport Press
P.O. Box 10
Yarmouth, Maine 04096

Islandport Magazine

Unfortunately, the print version of Islandport Magazine is now on indefinite hiatus so we are not considering story submissions. We are in the process of developing an online version of the magazine so we may reopen submissions in the future.

 
 

Top Ten Tips

Make your Submission the Best it Can Be

 

1: This seems so obvious to us, so we’re not sure why people overlook, ignore, or avoid this, but this is the first step: Read our submission guidelines! Here's a link to the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES on our website. These are linked from every page on our website. Please follow the guidelines. No poetry means don’t send poetry. We are focused on books that reflect the character and sensibilities of New England. That doesn’t mean you can just find and replace the name of the town where your book is set!

 

2: Please don't call or visit the office! Just because we're a small publisher doesn't mean we have time to answer questions you can find answers to somewhere else; it's actually quite the opposite!

 

3: Do your research. There are vast—vast!—amounts of information available online about how to submit a manuscript, and the book industry in general. A small amount of legwork will go a long way. Libraries, writing workshops and groups, literary organizations, and books, websites, and blogs on writing can help as well. How long should a book be? What is an early reader? What is a narrative arc? How can I turn my idea into a book? We are not able to help you with those questions; we should be the last, not first, stop on the development of your book.

 

4: Check the market. Here's what we mean by competitive title research: What other books are exactly like yours, and might—or might not—compete against yours in a bookstore? Go to bookstores and libraries and see what’s out there. For instance, if you have written a book about a moose in Maine, how many other books like that are there? Are they new, or out of print? How are they the same, or how are they different, from yours? How will your book compete in this very, very crowded market?

 

5: Make it your best. Don't send a rough draft or work in progress. Don't say, for instance, "I don't care about grammar and syntax; I'm only concerned with content." We want you to care.

 

6: Never send your only copy. This applies triple if you are sending artwork. We are not able to return manuscripts, even if you send a self-addressed stamped envelope. These seldom work and we spend a lot of time at the post office figuring out postage errors, so we are no longer able to do this. I repeat: do not send your only copy.

 

7: Proofread. That is all.

 

8: Remember the basics. Write a nice cover letter. Include the date on your letter. Make sure your email address is on your letter. Make sure your mailing address is on your letter. Make sure your letter is addressed to Islandport, not another editor/person/publisher.

 

9. We are not a vanity press. If you have a finished product and you want to pay someone to print and distribute it, that's not us. After careful consideration, we have decided not to take on previously self-published titles. If you have already published your book in print or as an e-book, we will not be able to take it on, either as a new title or as the book's distributor.

 

10: Be patient. Six months might seem like a ridiculously long time to wait, but we get lots of submissions, we read them all, we reply to them all. All of us do many different things beside read manuscripts. If three months passes and you haven't heard back, please see Tip #2.

Islandport Press

247 Portland Street

P.O. Box 10

Yarmouth, Maine 04096

207.846.3344

info@islandportpress.com

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