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Have a brilliant idea? We can't wait to hear about it. But before you send us anything, please read the following guidelines carefully. Trust us, it will be worth it.


Children's Submissions

Chronicle Books publishes an eclectic mixture of traditional and innovative children's books. We are looking for projects that have a unique bent—be it in subject matter, writing style, or illustrative technique—and that will lend our list a distinctive flair. We are interested in fiction and nonfiction books for children of all ages, as well as board books, decks, activity kits, and other unusual or "novelty" formats.

General Guidelines

  • Chronicle Books prefers to receive children's book submissions on paper. No compact discs, flashdrives, etc, will be reviewed.
  • No materials submitted will be returned.
  • If we are interested in your submission, you can expect to hear from us within six months after we receive your submission. Chronicle Books will not respond to an unsolicited submission unless interested in publishing it.
  • If your proposal is a simultaneous submission, please indicate this in your cover letter.
  • Please include your email address with your submission.

What to Include in Your Proposal

  • Books for younger children may be submitted in their entirety without querying first. Projects for older children should be submitted by query letter, synopsis, and three sample chapters.
  • Since we aren't able to return any submissions, please do not send original art or anything you don't want to part with. Anything from photocopies to tear sheets will do.

Where to Send Your Proposal

Chronicle Books, Children's
680 Second Street
San Francisco, California 94107


We receive more than 1,000 children's book submissions every month. For this reason, we do not track receipt of submissions. If you would like confirmation that your materials have been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your submission. This postcard will be returned to you before your submission is evaluated, as proof that your submission was received.


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Adult Trade Submissions

On the Adult Trade side, we publish a wide range of books, stationery, kits, calendars, and novelty formats. Our list includes cookbooks, fine art, design, photography, pop culture, craft, fashion, beauty, home décor, relationships, lifestyle, and innovative formats such as interactive journals, kits, decks, stationery, and much, much more. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the kinds of books we publish before getting in touch. As of 2009, we are no longer acquiring adult fiction. 

General Guidelines

  • We accept submissions by mail or email, and we prefer digital submissions.
  • We are not able to personally respond to unsolicited submissions unless we're interested in publishing them.
  • Please allow three months for the editors to review a proposal.
  • Given the volume of proposals we receive, we are unable to return materials submitted. Please do not include originals of any sort or any materials of value.
  • Because we cannot return materials submitted, no need to include a self addressed, stamped envelope.
  • We do accept unsolicited manuscripts and we review all proposals, but as with all other submissions, we are not able to personally respond to unsolicited proposals unless we are interested in pursuing the project.
  • Please include your email address with your submission.


What to Include in Your Proposal

  • Include a one-page cover letter giving a brief description of the project, why you think Chronicle should publish it, what's included in the package, and your contact information.
  • If your proposal is a simultaneous submission, please indicate this in your cover letter.
  • Include an outline, introduction, sample illustrations or photographs, sample captions, sample recipes (if cookbook) or projects (if craft book), and text/sample chapters.
  • When submitting artwork, either as a part of a project or as samples for review, please do not send original art, as it will not be returned.
  • Include a market analysis of the potential readership for the book. Who is the reader? What trends does the title speak to? Include a list of similar titles including the publisher, date of publication, and a brief explanation of how your book differs from what's currently available.
  • Include an author/illustrator/photographer biography that includes publishing credits and credentials in the field.
  • If you would like confirmation of receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard for the editor to put in the mail upon receiving your proposal.

Where to Send Your Proposal:

Chronicle Books, Submissions Editor
680 Second Street
San Francisco, California 94107
or email

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Portfolio Submissions

If you are interested in being considered for contract design, illustration, or photography work on our projects, please send your website address to

Please note: These guidelines are for informational purposes only and do not constitute a solicitation of any manuscript, artwork, transparencies, or other material. Submission of any materials shall be done at the author/illustrator's own risk of loss or damage.