Monday, September 03, 2007

Chronicle Books

Chronicle Books LLC


Chronicle Books LLC specializes in high-quality, reasonably priced books for adults and children. We publishes approximately 175 books a year. Our titles include best-selling cookbooks; fine art, design, photography, and architecture titles; full-color nature books; award-winning poetry and literary fiction; regional and international travel guides; and gift and stationery items. We accept unsolicited manuscripts in each of these subject areas. To gain a better understanding of our publishing program, please examine our books in a bookstore, library, a Chronicle Books catalog, or explore our web site.

Use the links to find submissions guidelines for the appropriate department:

Adult Trade Submissions
Children's Book Submissions
Gift Department Submissions
Design Submissions

PLEASE NOTE: These guidelines are for informational purposes only and do not constitute a solicitation of any manuscript, artwork, transparencies, or other material. Submission of any unsolicited materials shall be done at the author/illustrator’s own risk of loss or damage.


If you are interested in having your design, illustration, or photography work considered for use in our books; please send a few nonreturnable tear sheets or samples (color copies are fine), postmarked with your name, address, and phone number to PORTFOLIO REVIEW. We will keep the samples in our reference files.

If you wish to send original art, slides, or photographs, you must include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) in order for the items to be returned. Please understand that you do this at your own risk, as we accept no liability for unsolicited materials lost or damaged in transit, or on our premises.

If we have a suitable project for your talents, we will contact you at that time to review your portfolio.

We review samples and portfolios the third Monday of every month. We appreciate samples we can keep, so we have them for reference. Arrange to have your work here by noon on Monday. If you are dropping off a portfolio at the front desk, please bring it in on Monday and pick it up on Tuesday. If you are sending something from outside of San Francisco to be reviewed, you need to include a FedEx number/slip, UPS slip, or pre-paid postage so we can return it to you. Please address to PORTFOLIO REVIEW.

When mailing or shipping, please address your samples to:

Chronicle Books
ATTN: Portfolio Review *
680 Second Street
San Francisco, California 94107

(* Indicate whether your portfolio is intended for our Adult Trade, Children's or Gift divisions)

Please address your design department employment inquiries (cover letter, resume, and samples) to:

Creative Director
Chronicle Books
680 Second Street
San Francisco, California 94107

For more information call the design information hotline at: 415-537-4424.
Also please keep in mind, as we receive a great many submissions daily, responding personally to each one is not feasible. However, we do appreciate your interest in Chronicle Books.

Design Guidelines in PDF format