Written by Emily Harstone January 23rd, 2020

duopress: Now Accepting Manuscript Proposals

Updated October 9th 2023: They appear to have been acquired by Source Books, and are not currently open to direct submissions.

duopress is a publisher of innovative non-fiction books and gift books. They publish a large variety of non-traditionally formatted books for children, including board books that fold out, flash cards, and sticker books.

They also publish more traditional books for children, including local books (such as Portland Baby). Most of what they publish is aimed at the very young (two and under).

The books they publish for adults tend to lean towards the non-fiction side of things, although they do generally have a humorous underpinning such as “Never Cook Bacon Naked” and other words of wisdom for the home cook.

It is a good idea to review their catalog to get a good feel for what they have previously published.

They are an imprint of Workman Press and they have excellent distribution.

You can submit via email or mail. You must submit a cover letter that outlines the materials included in the package as well as a proposal with an outline, introduction, art list, and sample text as well as sample illustrations or photographs (no originals). They also want a market analysis of the potential readership for your book.

They also want an author bio and relevant conditionals. To learn more about submitting, go 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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