Skyhorse Publishing Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Skyhorse Publishing. We are open to receiving submissions for proposed books in the following categories:

  • Sports (Team and Individual)
  • Outdoor Sport (Hunting, Fishing, and Camping)
  • Adventure and Travel
  • Health and Fitness
  • House and Home
  • History
  • Humor
  • Military History
  • Business
  • Games and Gambling
  • Horses
  • Pets and Animals
  • Nature and Science
  • Food and Wine
  • Aviation
  • True Crime
  • Current Events

Before submitting a proposal, we suggest you click around our site and take a look at the kinds of books we’ve published. This will help you gain an idea of what we’re looking for.


A nonfiction book proposal consists of:

  • A brief query (cover) letter
  • A one-to-two page synopsis
  • An annotated chapter outline
  • Market analysis, including competitive research
  • A sample chapter or two
  • Your curriculum vitae (bio) including a list of all previous publishing credits

If we are interested in seeing more than the first 50 pages, we will contact you and request the balance of the manuscript. Therefore, please refrain from submitting unfinished novels.


Send all submissions to: “submissions at skyhorsepublishing dot com”. In the subject line of your submission, please include only oneof the following categories:

  1. Outdoor & Sports
  2. Fiction & Literary Non-fiction
  3. Children’s
  4. Cooking & Lifestyle
  5. Politics, History, & General Non-fiction
  6. Racehorse (highly trending topics; e.g. adult coloring books)

NOTE: We will not review any online submissions that do not include one of the above categories in the subject line.

If we are interested, we will get back to you within 4-6 weeks. Unfortunately, due to the volume of queries, we will not be able to respond to everyone.


Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018 P: (212) 643-6816
F: (212) 643-6819





When we started Oceanview Publishing we endeavored to create a tradition of excellence in independent publishing. Now, as one of the fastest growing independent publishers in the U.S., Oceanview is recognized as one of the country’s preeminent independent publishers of original mystery, thriller, and suspense titles. Oceanview focuses on works that exhibit a strong sense of place and setting; compelling protagonists and supporting characters; tension that builds throughout a book’s narrative; seamless, gripping, and suspenseful story lines; and authenticity, making the books not just great reads but uniquely positioned to make the transition into such media as film and television. If it’s on Oceanview’s list, then it should definitely be on your shelves.


Oceanview Publishing’s titles have received many awards and award nominations. Among the awards and accolades are:

  • Edgar Award Nominations
  • Thriller Award Nominations
  • Agatha Award Nomination
  • Anthony Award Nominations
  • Macavity Award Nominations
  • Benjamin Franklin Awards Gold and Silver Medals
  • Military Writers of America Gold Medal
  • ForeWord Book of the Year Awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals
  • Florida Book of the Year Awards Gold and Silver Medals
  • USA National Best Book Awards
  • Independent Publishers Awards (IPPY)
  • Royal Palm Literary Awards
  • Indie Excellence Awards
  • Indie Notable
  • Eaton Literary Agency’s Award
  • Lefty Award
  • Wisconsin Romance Writers of America Award for Romantic Suspense
  • Write Touch Readers Award
  • New Covey Trailer Award
  • Sharp Writ Book Award
  • Silver Falchion Winner
  • Reader’s Choice Black Quill Award for Dark Genre Non-Fiction
  • Florida Publishers Association President’s Award
  • American Library Association Book of the Year



Oceanview Publishing is accepting manuscripts of adult fiction with a primary interest in the mystery/thriller genre. Submissions will be accepted only if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • An author represented via a literary agent.
  • An author who has previously been published by a traditional publishing house (not self-published or published by a vanity press)
  • An author specifically invited by an Oceanview representative or an Oceanview author.

Oceanview representatives often attend mystery and thriller conferences; please refer to Events on our website.

*Please note that we do not accept manuscripts in the following areas: children’s or young adult literature, poetry, memoirs, cookbooks, technical manuals, or short stories.

Submissions should be via e-mail and should follow these guidelines:
Within the body of the e-mail include :

  • Agent’s Name, affiliation and contact information.
  • Alternatively, the Oceanview contact extending an invitation to submit.
  • Author’s name, complete contact information and brief biography
  • Manuscript title and word count
  • Any ideas on the role of author in promoting and marketing the book

Attached to the e-mail should be the following:

  • A synopsis of 750 words or fewer
  • The first 30 pages of the manuscript

Please note that we accept only WORD documents as attachments to the submission e-mail. Do not send query letters or proposals. The review process takes approximately 90 days. You will receive a response within 90 days of receipt of the initial submission. Do not contact Oceanview Publishingduring the review process.

Submissions not conforming to these guidelines will not be considered for publication by Oceanview Publishing.

Please submit your information to:




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