We love to receive book proposals from authors! You do not need an agent to submit a proposal to Santa Monica Press (though proposals sent through agents are more than welcome). Please send us the following information:
  • A brief summary of the book, including its length (i.e., the approximate number of words in the manuscript).

  • A table of contents

  • Two sample chapters

  • Photocopies of any photographs or illustrations you believe might assist us in evaluating your proposal (do not send originals!)

  • A brief list of similar or competitive books, including title, author, publisher, ISBN number, and date of publication-all readily available on Amazon.com and other on-line booksellers. Tell us what makes your book unique. How does it differ from your competition? Please do not treat this request lightly; this is extremely important information!

  • Marketing and publicity plans or ideas

  • A description of your book's audience

  • A brief autobiographical summary or resume. What do you, as the author,
    bring to the project?

  • Your mailing address, daytime phone number, and e-mail address
Please note that we do not accept proposals or submissions via e-mail or fax. If you would like a response, you must include a self-addressed, stamped #10 business envelope. If you would like your material returned, you must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope of the appropriate size with sufficient return postage.

Note to authors who reside outside of the U.S. and Canada: We do not accept International Response Coupons and therefore cannot return your material. You may, however, include your e-mail address with your material, and we will send you a response.

You can expect a reply within two months of our receipt of your proposal. Please do not follow up with a phone call or e-mail, and please do not send the package in any manner that requires a signature upon delivery.

Send your proposal to:

Acquisitions Editor
P.O. Box 850
Solana Beach, CA 92075

Thank you for your interest in Santa Monica Press!