Before submitting a proposal, we suggest you click around our site and take a look at the kinds of books we’ve published. The Mountaineers Books produces titles that explore, preserve, and celebrate the outdoors through recreation, adventure, and education. Our imprint Skipstone publishes books that promote a deeper connection to the natural world through sustainable practice and backyard activism. All of our titles strive to demonstrate how a life engaged with the outdoors benefits an individual's physical and mental health, and the wellbeing of the greater community and future generations.
We do NOT publish fiction, children’s books, general tourist/travel guides, or guides dealing with hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, or organized spectator sports.
We DO publish books in the following categories: adventure travel, biking, camping, climbing, conservation, environment/nature, fitness, hiking, mountaineering, natural history, paddle sports (canoeing, kayaking, SUP), safety/first aid, skiing (alpine, Nordic, boarding), snowshoeing, surfing, walking, and wilderness skills.
Our Skipstone imprint publishes books relating to: food (as it pertains to sustainability), foraging, natural living, organic/sustainable gardening, and urban farming.
If you aren't sure whether the subject of your proposal matches our interests, please send a query letter only, via email.
If your proposal does match our interests, please submit a full book proposal. We only accept proposals that include all of the following:
- A brief query (cover) letter
- A one to two page synopsis, including the project's purpose, focus, scope, and significance
- An annotated chapter outline or detailed table of contents
- Market analysis, including competitive research and a description of what you would do to promote and sell your project
- Four sample chapters; or for regional guidebooks, approximately 10 routes
- Sample artwork, if applicable
- Your complete bio including a list of all previous publishing credits and any other applicable credentials
We will ask you to resubmit if your proposal is not complete.
Please note: We do not accept phone queries or walk-ins.
If sending via email, please put all manuscript materials (reading text only) into a single Microsoft Word file. Send query letters and/or proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If sending via USPS or UPS, do not send disks or hand-written materials. Do not send any original manuscript materials, artwork, or photos. Include your name and address on all submitted materials. We will only return materials if adequate SASE and instructions are provided.
The Mountaineers Books
1001 SW Klickitat Way
Seattle, WA 98134