Friday, September 23, 2011

Lark Books: Book Proposals


Submitting a Book Proposal
Lark Books

Asheville, NC

If you’ve got an idea that you’d love to see in print, we’re happy to consider any book proposals on craft and leisure activity topics.

Craft & Core List Books
At present, our list is composed primarily of reference and how-to books with step-by-step instructions on practical subjects including: ceramics; crafts; pets; and other lifestyle topics.

We currently do not publish fiction, and we rarely publish non-illustrated books.

Submission Guidelines in Two Stages:
Please write to us explaining your idea in detail. What is the book about? Who is the audience? What techniques will the book cover? If the book contains projects, how many do you think there will be? What are some examples of what those projects might be?

Be sure to include information about yourself with particular regard to your skills and qualifications in the subject area of your submission. We need to know that you have substantial expertise on the topic of the proposed book – that we can trust you to know what you’re talking about. If you have a resume outlining your education, writing and/or teaching experience, please send that along as well. Please send along images of your work or a link to a web site showcasing your work.

If you have sent your proposal to other publishers, please let us know.

Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Also include a stamped, self-addressed envelope, so materials can be returned to you.

If we’re interested in your query, we’ll ask you for a complete proposal, which includes: (1) a table of contents, (2) an introduction to the book, (3) a sample chapter or sample set of instructions, (4) tear sheets (if you’ve been published before), (5) a list of the books on this topic that are currently in print, and (6) details on how your book would differ from them.

You can, of course, skip the query and simply send us a full proposal, but we advise against it.

Please note that, due to the volume of mail received, we cannot guarantee the return of unsolicited material. Please do not send original art or irreplaceable work of any kind; while we will make every effort to return your submissions, we are not responsible for any loss or damage.

Submissions should be sent to the attention of the category editor, e.g., the material on a ceramics book should be addressed to the Ceramics Editor; a craft book proposal should be addressed to the Craft Acquisitions Editor; and so on. Lark Books no longer publishes children’s titles.

Submissions can be sent electronically to or via snail mail to:

Lark Books
67 Broadway
Asheville, NC 28801

We will contact you as soon as we are able via either letter or telephone. Please do not attempt to call us regarding your submission. Given the volume of submissions we receive, it may take several months for us to reply.