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Prospective Authors

Publishers Weekly described John F. Blair’s line as “Southern books with an occasional oddity.” Indeed, we have widely varied interests pertaining to a specific geographical area—the American South, and the Carolinas in particular. This page may help you decide if your manuscript is appropriate for our publishing program.

A brief sampling of our wares:

  • A novel about the Minotaur of Greek mythology, who now finds himself, much diminished, slinging hash in a Charlotte eatery

  • A biography of the real-life Moonlight Graham, made famous in Field of Dreams

  • A guide to one of the liveliest craft beer scenes in the country

  • A cold-case true-crime account that makes the Georgia mountains of Deliverance seem positively visitor-friendly

The majority of our titles are nonfiction books for general audiences. We do not publish poetry, drama, collections of columns or news articles, children’s books, or most category fiction. Each year, we publish one or two works of fiction.

Our areas of interest include the following, all with a Southeastern focus:

African-American history and culture
American history
Appalachian history and culture
Biographies
Civil War history
Cookbooks
Folklore
Mysteries
Native American history and culture
North Caroliniana
Outdoors
Sports
Travel
Women’s issues

For more information about our recent publications and areas of interest, please consult our catalog and listings of books by subject.

Click here to view our Manuscript Guidelines.