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About Us : Submission Guidelines

We receive many submissions over the course of the year and aim to consider each one carefully so we appreciate your patience with this process. 

It is important that you familiarize yourself with our publishing program before you send us a submission. Please browse our website, download a copy of our current catalogue and review the guidelines below.

We are considering manuscripts in the following areas:

  • mystery and suspense 
  • cookbooks 
  • food and wine 
  • regional travel or guidebooks with a focus on food, wine, art or similar topics
  • visual art 
  • nature or gardening (we are less interested in "how-to" than in stories of plants or gardening) 
  • regional history or biography 
  • biography—of well-known and western Canadian figures only 
  • cultural studies 
  • aboriginal history and writing, for adult and young readers
  • creative non-fiction relating to the above areas
  • historical fiction, relating to western Canada 

If you decide to submit a book proposal, please follow these guidelines:

  • we only publish Canadian authors 
  • we accept submissions in hard copy by mail, or digitally by e-mail. We do not accept submissions by fax.
  • for cookbooks, not all of the recipes need to be sent with the initial submission—a clear description of the focus and contents of your cookbook will suffice

If you are submitting by e-mail:

  • in your covering e-mail, please include a brief summary of what your book is about and how you feel it will fit with our publishing program, as well as your address and postal code and whether your submission is a multiple submission
  • include a short biography and publication history in a single, separate Microsoft Word doc.
  • include a short synopsis of the work and a marketing plan (including thoughts on how your book could be promoted and who you think will buy your book) in a single, separate Microsoft Word doc.
  • include the manuscript in a single, separate Microsoft Word doc. For non-fiction, include a table of contents in this document. Please ensure that your manuscript appears in order within the document.
  • double space all materials
  • please do not send digital images by e-mail. Images that accompany your manuscript can be sent by mail on CD or DVD for onscreen review

E-mail your submission to:

Subject: Acquisitions
edit@touchwoodeditions.com 

If you are submitting by post mail:

  • mail us a hard copy of your manuscript printed on paper
  • double-space all materials
  • include a cover letter with a brief summary of what your book is about and how you feel it will fit with our publishing program.
  • include a short biography and publication history
  • include a synopsis of the work
  • for non-fiction, include a table of contents
  • include a marketing plan and any thoughts on how your book could be promoted and who you think will buy your book
  • include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage for the return of your manuscript, or indicate if you would prefer us to recycle it should we decide not to pursue publication
  • do not send us original art or photographs, however, digital images may be submitted on CD or DVD for onscreen review
  • indicate if your submission is a multiple submission

Address your submission to:

Acquisitions
TouchWood Editions
103 - 1075 Pendergast Street
Victoria, BC V8V 0A1
Canada

We have a review process that can take up to six (6) months from the time we receive your submission. We will e-mail you when we receive your submission so you will know that it has arrived safely but after that please do not expect to hear from us for at least eight (8) weeks. Please do not e-mail or phone us to check on the status of your submission until at least three (3) months have passed.

If you would like to learn more about the publishing process, find an editor to work with you or someone who can ready your manuscript for submission, we recommend the following websites:

The Association of Canadian Publishers maintains a member database listing publishers and their respective areas of interest, as does the Association of Book Publishers of BC.

We also recommend that you visit your local library and ask about writers groups and writers-in-residence in your area.

 



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