SANTA MONICA PRESS

Santa Monica Press has been publishing an eclectic line of non-fiction books for over 25 years. Our critically acclaimed titles are sold in chain, independent, on-line, and university bookstores around the world, as well as in some of the most popular retail, gift, and museum outlets in North America. Our authors are recognized experts who are sought after by the media and receive newspaper, magazine, internet, social media, radio, and television coverage both nationally and internationally. At Santa Monica Press, we’re not afraid to cast a wide editorial net. Our list of lively and modern non-fiction titles includes books in such categories as pop culture, film, music, humor, biography, travel, and sports, as well as regional titles focused on California. We have recently added Young Adult Fiction and Young Adult Narrative Non-Fiction to our list! Remember to look for the shell!

NEW RELEASES

Adult Non-Fiction

Creating Q*bert and Other Classic Video Arcade Games

Warren Davis Foreword by Ed Boon

Earplug Erotica

Mike McCoy

Freewaytopia: How Freeways Shaped Los Angeles

Paul Haddad Foreword by Patt Morrison

Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11: 20th Anniversary Commemorative Edition

Damon DiMarco Foreword by Governor George Pataki & Original Foreword by Governor Thomas Kean

NEW RELEASES

Young Adult

The Dressmaker’s Daughter

Linda Boroff

Ventura and Zelzah

J.G. Bryan

BEST SELLERS

Santa Monica Press is excited to announce the launch of Santa Monica Press/Teen. We are actively looking for Young Adult Fiction proposals in the Historical Fiction category only, with an emphasis on 20th-century historical fiction. We are also seeking Young Adult Narrative Non-Fiction proposals, and we are open to both contemporary as well as historical narratives. We are specifically seeking captivating and unusual stories, featuring a unique and compelling author’s voice. Please see our Author Guidelines page to learn what we like to see in a book proposal.

AUTHOR GUIDELINES

WE LOVE TO RECEIVE BOOK PROPOSALS FROM BOTH AUTHORS AND AGENTS! WE ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS VIA EMAIL OR REGULAR MAIL FOR THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES ONLY:

Biography & Memoir
California
Film, Theater, & TV
Humor
Music
Pop Culture
Reference & Social Sciences
Sports
Travel
Young Adult Fiction (Historical Fiction only)
Young Adult Narrative Non-Fiction (Both Contemporary and Historical Narrative Non-Fiction)

  • Please follow these instructions carefully and include as much of the requested information as possible:

    • A cover letter, including: a brief summary of the book, the approximate length (word count, not pages) of your manuscript, and what category from the list above you believe your book fits. If it does not fit into any of the above categories, it is extremely unlikely that we will be interested in publishing your book. Thank you for treating this request seriously.
    • A table of contents or outline of the book’s contents. For YA Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction, please include a brief chapter-by-chapter synopsis.
    • Two sample chapters
    • 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 target audience
    • A brief autobiographical summary or résumé. What do you, as the author, bring to the project?
    • Your mailing address, daytime phone number, and e-mail address

If you choose to send your proposal via email, please place your cover letter in the body of the email, and the rest of your submission with all of the information requested above in one attached Word document or PDF. Please do not send multiple files containing each requested item above, and please do not send any links where files must be downloaded. If you would like to receive a response to your mailed proposal, you must include a self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope. If you would like to have your material returned, you must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope of the appropriate size with sufficient return postage. Please do not send a mailed proposal in any manner that requires a signature upon delivery.

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

Send your proposal to:

acquisitions@santamonicapress.com

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

You can expect a reply within two months of our receipt of your proposal. Please do not follow up with a phone call or email.

Thank you for your interest in Santa Monica Press!