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Manuscript Guidelines

John F. Blair publishes five to 10 new books each year. We specialize in regional nonfiction with an emphasis on history, travel, cookbooks, folklore, and biography. We publish only one or two works of fiction each year. Fiction submitted to us should have some connection to the Southeast. We do not publish children’s books, poetry, collections of essays or newspaper columns, or category fiction such as romances, science fiction, or spy thrillers. To gain an understanding of our line, please review our title list, noting which books are Blair’s and which are published by our distributed lines. For more information, visit our Prospective Authors page.

When submitting a proposal, please note that it may take up to two months for the staff to respond. Works of moderate length—50,000 to 100,000 words—always stand a better chance than short works or works of great length.

Nonfiction proposals should include a cover letter, an outline or introduction, up to 30 pages of text (preferably the opening portion), a brief market analysis, and a biography of the writer, including publishing credits and credentials in the field.

Fiction proposals should include a cover letter, a synopsis, the first two chapters (or first 30 pages), and a biography of the writer, including credits and credentials.

We accept both e-mail and snail-mail submissions.

E-mail submissions should be sent to Please type either “Nonfiction submission” or “Fiction submission” in the subject line. Paste your entire submission into the body of the e-mail. E-mails with attachments will be deleted unread.

Snail-mail submissions should be addressed to Acquisitions Committee, John F. Blair, Publisher, 1406 Plaza Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Manuscript samples should be typed and double-spaced. Please do not send original artwork; photocopies will suffice. Be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want a response or if you want your material returned. Packages over 13 ounces will not be returned even if they have postage, since they require a special trip to the post office.

We are always eager to find writers who meet our editorial requirements. Thank you for your interest in us.