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What are some book publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts?

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Small Beer Press, Allworth Press, Chicago Review Press, Chronicle Books and Lee & Low Books are book publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts, as of 2015. These publishers have varying requirements of writers who wish to present an unsolicited manuscript.

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Small Beer Press asks writers to send an excerpt that includes the first 10 to 20 pages of the book in standard manuscript format and a self-addressed stamped envelope with an international reply coupon to its address by mail. The company leans towards speculative fiction and does not accept poetry.

Allworth Press publishes self-help and business non-fiction books; authors who wish to work with them should submit a proposal that includes a query letter, synopsis, annotated chapter outline, market analysis, short biography and a sample chapter.

The Chicago Review Press asks non-fiction authors to send a brief synopsis, estimated word count and completion date, an author biography, complete chapter outline or table of contents and one or two sample chapters. The company typically reviews proposals within six weeks.

Chronicle Books asks authors to write a one-page cover letter describing the project and why the company should publish it, along with an outline and market analysis. Chronicle Books does not respond to unsolicited proposals unless it is interested in publishing the manuscript.

Lee & Low Books focuses on children's books. The company asks for an author biography, publishing history and whether the submission is exclusive or not.

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