Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 27, 2020

Workman Publishing

Workman Publishing is an independent publishing company that publishes adult and children’s books as well as calendars.

When submitting to any of the Workman imprints, please send copies of your work—no original manuscripts or artwork. We will not be held liable for any materials lost or destroyed by the U.S. Postal Service or any other carrier. If you send your proposal as a hard copy, your work will be returned if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) that can accommodate your proposal as you sent it to us. Submissions not containing a SASE will not be returned.

Submissions for the Workman imprint
The Workman imprint publishes exclusively nonfiction books for children and adults, as well as calendars. We do not publish novels, short stories, or poetry. We also do not accept unsolicited picture book submissions.

Contact Information
We prefer to receive submissions by email. Our submissions address is

If you must send hard copies of your work, please include a cover letter that includes your name, address, telephone number, and email address. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) in the correct size for the return of your work. Submissions not containing a SASE will not be returned. We do not accept faxed submissions, or those on disks. Please mail submissions to the following address:

Workman Publishing Co., Inc.
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014

Note: If you are submitting to the Children’s Department, please specify “Workman Publishing Co., Children’s Dept.”

Submissions Guidelines:

Please be sure to include the following items in your submission. Your proposal should not exceed 30 pages and should preferably be in the form of a Microsoft Word document.

  1. A title and a subtitle.
  2. A one-paragraph overview that explains the premise of your book, why you wrote it, and who you see the audience being (with any relevant demographic data you might have about the potential size of the audience).
  3. A brief author biography (1–2 pages) that focuses on why you are uniquely qualified to write your book and what kind of platform you have to reach a wide audience.
  4. A table of contents that outlines the book, with chapter and section titles, as well as brief descriptions of the material each chapter and/or section will cover. It should be no more than ten pages total.
  5. A market analysis of the potential readership for your book, including a comparison to similar books. When comparing your proposal to other works, please briefly explain (just several sentences) how your proposed book differs from these titles. Please limit yourself to 3–4 books.
  6. A sample chapter that is representative of the style and content of the larger work.
  7. References on Developing a Book Proposal
  8. If you’d like more information on what goes into a great book proposal, click here for a free sample from Workman’s The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry.

Please note that Workman Publishing encompasses several other imprints:

Artisan Books
The Experiment
Storey Publishing
Timber Press
Algonquin Books Closed to queries
Algonquin Young Readers Closed to queries

Each imprint publishes a different style of books. Please familiarize yourself with the titles and submission guidelines (below) for each imprint so you know that you’re submitting your work to the imprint most likely to publish it.

Please be patient
Each manuscript we receive is reviewed by two or more editors. Due to the enormous volume of submissions, the consideration may take several months. Please do not follow up with us if it has been fewer than four months—these inquiries slow down our review time. Thank you very much in advance for giving us the opportunity to consider your project.

Talk tomorrow,


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