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Submitting Your Book Manuscript for Publication

Author Guidelines

If you are a skilled farmer, experienced consultant, researcher, or student of the world with a story to tell about ecological food or farming, Acres U.S.A. might be the perfect publishing partner for you.

Our editors are open to reviewing manuscripts and material from both first-time and published authors. We also seek books previously published which fit into our published niche. We have the ability and track record (more than 40 years!) to produce a beautiful, professional edition of your work. The decision for us whether to publish or not rests both in the quality and the marketability of a work. We often are forced to reject wonderfully insightful works because we lack the ability to effectively distribute and market them.

We invest greatly in your work and do not consider a project unless we intend to keep it in print for a decade or longer. Accordingly, books that are news-centered or topical do not generally fit our publishing model.

Review the books we have published. Our list of currently in-print works can be found here: Works Published by Acres U.S.A.

In general, we are interested in the following topics:

  • Organic/sustainable farming (large- and small-scale)
  • Organic gardening
  • Soil fertility management
  • Natural animal/livestock care
  • Traditional food crafting
  • Homesteading/country living

We do NOT publish works of fiction, collections of academic/scientific journal articles, comedy, satire, poetry or artwork.

 

Submitting a Query

Please submit a letter of one to four pages explaining the following:

  • Proposed title
  • Topic
  • Information on the author(s) and their expertise in the subject area
  • Intended audience
  • Proposed length (in words and photos/illustrations/diagrams)

Feel free to submit an outline, table of contents, and sample chapters. We prefer to receive submissions electronically, but initial proposals/sample chapters in print are fine. Please do NOT submit full paper manuscripts without our request.

 

Working with Acres U.S.A.

Our time is scarce. Please do not contact us if you are presenting your work to other publishers simultaneously. We expect that our review and consideration is sought on an exclusive basis.

The response time for queries is two to three weeks from the time of receipt. If you do not hear back after three weeks, please requery using an alternate email address. It’s possible that our email security filter has blocked your email. We appreciate your patience. Within this short window we will tell you whether we are interested in learning more about your work.

Full review of requested material currently takes six to eight weeks from the time of receipt.

 

Please submit your queries to:

Rose Mitchell, Publisher's Assistant, Acres U.S.A., P.O. Box 301209, Austin, TX 78703-0021, email rose@acresusa.com.