Submit a Proposal

Before you send us your entire manuscript…

Please note that RMB no longer accepts hard-copy proposals. As such, all proposals and manuscripts for consideration must be submitted via email (see our Manuscript Guidelines for specific details on preparing digital files). Responses will take up to a minimum of six months to evaluate. You may submit your proposal to:

Don Gorman
Publisher, RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
don@rmbooks.com

RMB only accepts submissions relating to the following:

  • Mountaineering & Alpinism
  • Exploration & Discovery
  • Adventure Travel & Eco-Tourism
  • Eco-Politics & the Environment
  • Aboriginal History & Issues
  • Natural History
  • Art & Photography
  • Guidebooks (hiking, climbing, scrambling, winter sports)
  • Children’s Picture Books (in areas relating to the above topics)

At this time, RMB does not accept fiction, poetry, drama, self-help, family histories, self-publishing endeavours or corporate histories.

A typical proposal should consist of the following items:

  1. A short cover letter that describes why you think your book should be published. Give us some examples of similar books that are currently on the market, and then tell us how yours is going to be different. Who is your target audience? Are you an expert on the subject matter of your book? What are your credentials?
  2. A one-page synopsis of your book that we can use to prepare catalogues, sales sheets, press releases, and information about the book for booksellers.
  3. One sample chapter.
  4. If photography is an important component of your book, send us a few images.
  5. A single-paragraph author biography.
  6. A recent colour photo of yourself (which may appear in your book).
  7. A completed author questionnaire (click here to fill out the form online).
  8. A list of your past publishing credits, if applicable.
  9. A list of media contacts who may be interested in your book. Indicate whether or not you know these contacts.
  10. A list of promotional ideas that may aid in the sale of your book.
  11. Any other information that may help us to market your book.

Diversity + Inclusion

RMB will always stand in solidarity with and in defence of those who continue to suffer under the systemic racism and bigotry that infects our world. Through education, empathy, and engagement with one another and our natural surroundings we can foment change. We acknowledge that our publishing program does not reflect the complete breadth and scope of our community and we know that we must do better.

All aspects of our business need to evolve and we need to learn from past omissions, mistakes, and inattention. We long to share stories of triumph, resilience, connectivity, and struggle that embrace the profound relationship between humans and the natural world. We want to help craft a narrative of outdoor engagement that illustrates and promotes a more inclusive story of enjoyment, education, and reflection related to outdoor adventure, natural history, and landscape photography. And that is why RMB will continue to do everything it can to help foster, publish, and promote work by people of colour, Indigenous people, and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community relating to our areas of interest (please see above). In order to achieve this, we’d love to hear from anyone who could help point us in the right direction, and to work with them to ensure that the outdoor community continues to become more representative and culturally relevant. We are committed to providing a platform for more diverse voices and would like to encourage those writers (new authors or previously published) to send us your stories for possible inclusion in our publishing program or to be profiled in our blog, newsletter, or podcast.