Author Submission Guidelines

GUIDELINES FOR PROSPECTIVE SUNBELT AUTHORS
Thank you for your interest in publishing with us. Please review the following information, and email or write for clarification or further information.

CATEGORIES AND CONTENT
We specialize in regional travel and reference, guidebooks, natural science, and outdoor adventure in California, Baja California, and the Southwest U.S. Our publishing program focuses on books that help to discover and conserve the natural, historical, and cultural heritage of unique regions. A marketable non-fiction title generally includes photos and illustrations (e.g., maps, artwork, diagrams, tables), all with captions that enhance understanding of the text. Natural history and guidebooks require substantial map work.

A goal of our publishing program is to contribute to the body of knowledge about selected disciplines or topics (e.g., San Diego region, Baja California, introductory earth science). To this end, we highly encourage you to review Sunbelt books related to your topic. We can also offer you any Sunbelt books for research purposes at a discounted price.

QUERY LETTER
Authors are advised to query to editor@sunbeltpub.com. Queries should be short, succinct, and focus on what makes the proposed work unique, as well as publishable and marketable. Alternatively, authors may send a single-page query letter to the Publications Department, Sunbelt Publications, 1250 Fayette Street, El Cajon, CA 92020. Please do not query or follow up on queries by telephone. Queries may be followed up by email or U.S. mail, if no answer has been received within 60 days. Materials submitted will not be returned unless accompanied by SASE with sufficient postage.

Authors may be requested to send a complete proposal if the proposed book is a good fit. This may include but is not limited to, the general outline for the book, a brief discussion of the target market for the title, the author’s qualifications, comments on complementary or competing titles currently on the market, and sample illustrations and/or photographs (if applicable). Proposals should also include comments on author’s commitment to promotion of the book. Materials submitted will not be returned unless accompanied by SASE with sufficient postage.