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
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,
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
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
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.