Author Submissions

ADULT NONFICTION We are interested in books that will establish a unique standard in their subject area. We look for books with a well-defined, strong target market. We publish books on geology, natural history, and history of the western United States.

In order to consider your nonfiction book for potential publication, we need to see a proposal that includes the following items:

  • A brief synopsis in 1-2 paragraphs Author bio or resume specifying credentials and publication credits, if any
  • A complete table of contents, plus estimated length of manuscript in words and pages Two to three sample chapters (not the first)
  • A description of the target audience One page/paragraph on your book's unique advantages
  • A list of competing or comparable titles and how your book differs

If you are interested in writing a book for one of our series–Roadside Geology, Geology Underfoot, Geology Rocks!, or Bold Women in History, we have separate guidelines for these series. Please inquire as to what those are at Please do not send complete manuscripts unless a specific request is made for one. Queries only and simultaneous submissions are OK. Please email your proposal to We do accept hardcopy submissions. Please send those to Mountain Press, Submissions, P.O. Box 2399, Missoula, MT, 59801. If you would like your material returned, please include postage for return shipping. ​We usually respond within a month or two. Thank you for considering Mountain Press as a home for your book.