Submitting a Manuscript
Big Sky Publishing currently accepts unsolicited non-fiction manuscripts only. We do not accept submissions on disc or via email unless with prior permission.
Big Sky Publishing is currently accepting manuscripts in the following areas only: true crime, history, military history, self-help, auto/biography, business, careers, environment, how to/practical, health, humour, lifestyle, Indigenous studies and women’s and men’s studies.
For non-fiction submissions, we require
One-page synopsis of the manuscript;
First 4 chapters printed on A4 paper (double line spaced);
One page review of any books, already published, that cover a similar topic and an outline of how your proposal differs.
Covering letter telling us about the author’s writing experience, if any previous publications, work and any relevant life details. If the manuscript targets a specific market, please give a brief description of the intended readership.
Please only send copies of your submission (never send the original or sole copy) - Big Sky Publishing bears no responsibility for the loss or damage of unsolicited material received.
An acknowledgment is sent on receipt of the submission. Allow approximately 2-3 months for us to fully assess the work (this is approximate, and while we will try to read your submission as soon as possible, sometimes it will take longer than expected). We also ask that you send a suitably sized, stamped, self-addressed postage bag for the return of your manuscript in the event that we decide not to publish the work. Unfortunately, if you do not send postage, we will not be able to return your work as we cannot bear responsibility for this cost.
Generally, we are not able to provide you feedback if we decide your submission is not suitable for our list. If you would like a constructive report on your manuscript, it could be useful to have a manuscript assessment done. There are a number of Manuscript Assessment Services available see resource section below for further information.
It is important that you ensure that your manuscript is as close to perfect as it can be before sending it to us. We can't stress this highly enough. A manuscript will generally only get one chance with a publishing house, so you need to make sure it's as finished as possible before you send it out. Participate in writing groups, go on writing courses and workshops, show it to people whose opinion you trust, find a mentor, and consider getting it professionally assessed by a manuscript appraisal service or professional editor. It is certainly a positive factor to have a professionally edited manuscript to present.
Please don't send us updates or changes once it is submitted, as they won't be considered. If, once your manuscript is already with us, you feel you would like to make changes, it is better to withdraw it from our consideration process until you are sure it is as finished and polished as possible.
If we do decide to take on your manuscript, we will make you an offer for publication. If you accept the offer, we proceed with the production, design, marketing, publicity and distribution of your book.
If you would like further information about writing and getting published here are some useful resources:
Send submissions to this address:
Big Sky Publishing
PO Box 52,
For general inquires in the first instance you can email:
General Non Fiction: firstname.lastname@example.org
Military Non Fiction: email@example.com