Chelsea Green specializes in books that promote the “politics and practice of sustainable living.”
Before you submit a query or proposal, please browse our website, look closely at our titles to see the kinds of books we publish, and carefully review our submission criteria. We receive annually more than 800 submissions and publish approximately 30 titles.
Organic gardening and market farming, from home- to professional-scale
Sustainable agriculture and permaculture with an in-depth, how-to approach
Local and global agricultural movements and healthy food supplies
Animal husbandry and draft power
Alternative economic models with a focus on sustainability and social justice
Renewable energy sources and energy conservation
Cookbooks with unique approaches to cuisine
Food politics and other narrative approaches to sustainable food
Fermentation, cheesemaking, baking, and other how-to approaches to food production
Natural science and place-based environmental narratives
Natural health and herbal healing
Radical politics and activism
Cutting-edge science interpreted for lay readers (under our Sciencewriters imprint)
Academic or educationally based (although many of our books are adopted for academic courses)
Agricultural and gardening based but do not promote organic methods
New-Age or spiritual
Popular topics covered by many other books
Offering top-down political policy prescriptions
Submissions that stray too far from our guidelines will not be considered or acknowledged.
A query letter should be one or two pages long and give an overview of your book’s topic, along with information about you as an author (who you are, why you are the right person to write this book, evidence that you will be able to complete a high-quality manuscript in a timely fashion). If we think there is a reasonable chance that we might pursue your book, we will request a full proposal.
A cover letter summarizing the book
A preliminary table of contents
An expanded table of contents with one- or two-paragraph summaries of each chapter
Marketing research such as:
Descriptions of other books on the same or similar topic, and an explanation of why your book is different
Any special sales potential (organizations that may want to buy large numbers of your book; specialty catalogs or stores that don’t usually sell books but might be interested in yours; events where attendees will be interested in your book)
Events where attendees will be interested in you as a speaker
Other countries where demand for your book might be high
Your target audience
Who they are—be specific
Why they will be interested in your book
Biographical material about you (expanded from that in the query letter)
Two sample chapters
Details on your art program, if you plan to have one—including types of images (photos, line illustrations, charts, graphs, or other); an estimate of how many of each type; and whether you envision the art program in color or black and white. If your book features photographs or illustrations, please attach samples of these separately. Do not embed them in your Word document.
Do not send files greater than 8MB.
We strongly prefer to receive query letters and proposals via email, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the word “query,” your last name, and the book title in the subject line, i.e., “Query—Jones—Nature vs. Nurture.”
If you do not have access to email and must send your query or proposal through the mail, please send by regular U.S. mail. Submitted materials will be returned only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Due to the volume of submissions, response time can take several weeks. Thank you for your interest in Chelsea Green Publishing.