Writer's Guidelines

Welcome to Seaworthy Publications, Inc!

Seaworthy Publications is a nautical book publisher that has specialized in recreational boating books since 1992. While book publishing is obviously our focus, we are also interested in other types of boating products, videos, and computer programs. General publishers have little interest in boating books. The reason is that books about boating appeal to a very limited audience compared to many other categories of books. In fact, the book trade’s standard sales and distribution methods are geared towards publishing books on general interest subjects. The result is that in many bookstores the selection of boating books consists of barely a token representation. By contrast, at Seaworthy Publications we view the publishing of boating books as our niche in the publishing industry. We can successfully publish and promote boating books by the constructive use of creative targeted marketing techniques and a nationwide network of marine dealers, nautical book dealers, chain stores, online mass-marketers such as Amazon.com and trade wholesalers.

Every book receives personal attention throughout the publishing process at Seaworthy Publications. Every detail of manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution is handled with the utmost care. Each book is generally one of only a few titles we select for publishing during any given year. As such the success of every book is vitally important to us.

For the fastest response, (usually one or two weeks) we suggest you submit your queries electronically. Use an e-mail program capable of sending attachments. Send your query to queries@seaworthy.com, our e-mail address for writer submissions. Tell us what your book is about, what markets you think it will sell to, and why it will sell. Tell us what makes your book unique compared to other books that cover the same or similar subjects and the price range of any direct competitors. In your attachment(s), include a sample table of contents and two representative chapters. You may also include graphics, drawings, etc., so long as your overall message size does not exceed 5 Mb (Five Megabytes). Save your attachments as Adobe PDF files. If you don’t have the ability to create a PDF, send us a message and tell us what you have and we will reply with instructions. Please don’t send us your entire manuscript! Also, It is a good idea to put a copyright notification on any material you send to any publisher, especially electronically. The reason is that your transmission goes over unsecured circuits and could be intercepted or misdirected, although the chances of that happening are remote. You may choose to submit a query through the mail or other ground carrier, but be prepared to wait up to sixty (60) days for a reply. Send a query letter, a sample table of contents, and two sample chapters. Our address is, Seaworthy Publications, Inc., 2023 N. Atlantic Ave., Unit #226, Cocoa Beach, Florida, 32931.

We are willing to accept unsolicited manuscripts and are happy to work with first-time authors. In addition, none of our authors have agents, but we are happy to hear from agents that have good book ideas to sell. We are greatly interested in receiving query letters about finished manuscripts. We are also willing to consider queries about book ideas. All queries will receive replies. No queries sent through the mail, or other ground carrier, will be returned unless they are accompanied by adequate return postage.

To be accepted, your book must be available electronically, or on computer CD in formats such as Adobe Indesign, Adobe PDF, or Microsoft Word. Most projects come together as a long-distance collaboration between writer and editor. We need our writers to have at least minimal capabilities in computerized word processing, e-mail, Internet access, and to be able to furnish their work to us in a format we can readily make use of.

All submissions are carefully reviewed and if the book is accepted the writer will be contacted and arrangements will be made to discuss the book’s future. If the book is not accepted, the writer will typically receive a form letter indicating one or more of the various general reasons why we decline manuscripts. On occasion, the writer will receive a thoughtful written review of his or her submission. Our written reviews are reserved for exceptional manuscripts that came close to meeting our needs, or ran a close second to another manuscript that was accepted. Writer’s receiving a written review from us should be highly encouraged in their pursuit of publication.

The general reasons we decline manuscripts are as follows:

1. We are not accepting poetry at this time.

2. We are not accepting fiction at this time.

3. Your subject matter does not pertain to sailing, boating, or related information.

4. While your subject pertains to boating, sailing, or related information, it does not meet our current needs.

5. While your subject pertains to boating, sailing, or related information, its appeal is more geared to the general market. Seaworthy Publications’ dealer base consists of marine supply chains, nautical book and chart dealers, nautical book distributors, ship’s stores and chandlers, and nautical mail-order companies. As such, we are more interested in regional cruising guides and how-to books about boating.

Just so you realize, if your book is a boating story featuring your personal sailing adventures, we get a lot of them. Therefore, your story should have a unique angle that distinguishes the book from the many aspiring cruisers hoping that their personal sailing adventures will be of interest to the boating public. While we in no way want to diminish the value of your journey and the emotions you may feel about it, the simple fact is that a lot of these stories have been written and published over the past 50 years or so to the point of saturation. Nevertheless, every few years a story comes along that finds a place in our hearts and if you are that author, we want to hear from you. But just so you understand, there is a lot of competition. I will end this paragraph with a story from one of our past writers, the late Hal Roth, whereupon he met a single-handed sailor in Samoa whose goal Hal tells us was, “ to be the first man to sail around the world and not write a book about it.”

Our typical candidate’s book would fill a 6″ X 9″ trade paperback of 225 to 350 pages. Some specific kinds of books that would be of particular interest to us are:

1. Regional cruising guides.

2. How-to books on sailing or cruising related topics.

3. Technical books on specific subjects related to sailing.

4. Books on circumnavigation, especially single-handed.

5. Computer programs — navigation, weather, etc.

6. Sailing or boating related audio or video cassettes.

7. Other cruising, sailing or boating concepts.

8. That occasional gem of a sailing adventure mentioned above.

If you have any questions that are not covered in this guide sheet, please feel free to contact us directly. We will be very happy to be of assistance to you.