Written by Emily Harstone

Big Sky Publishing: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Big Sky Publishing is an Australian based publisher that focuses on publishing nonfiction books for adults. They also publish children’s books, although they are only open to children’s book submissions at certain times.

They focus on publishing manuscripts focusing on the following areas: History, Military History, Self-help, Autobiography, Business, Careers, Environment, How to/Practical Guides, Health, Humour, Lifestyle, Indigenous Studies, Women’s and Men’s Interest, Corporate Publications.

They insist that everyone who submits indicates their market and the key differentiators of their manuscript.

Their covers are very hit and miss to me. Some are good, most feel dated, and some are very generic. They are one of the rare nonfiction publishers that don’t consider incomplete manuscripts.

I couldn’t find anything out about their distribution but I suspect they are limited to Australia. Their corporate and bulk sales link on their website wasn’t working — their link for school discounts was, however.

Their website was geared towards readers, not writers, which is generally a good sign. I couldn’t find out very much about the editors, the owners, or the history of the company, which was frustrating. The website did imply that most of the editors they worked with were freelance.

They accept submissions only via email. They only respond to submissions they are interested in. They have detailed submission guidelines you can review on their website. You can learn more here.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsThe 2019 Guide to Manuscript PublishersSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The Authors Publish Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Publishing.

She occasionally teaches a course on manuscript publishing, as well as a course on publishing in literary journals.



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