submission guidelines
What Does Histria Books Publish?

Histria was an important center of culture, commerce, and civilization in the ancient world, located on the Black Sea coast, near the mouth of the Danube. Histria Books continues the legacy of its namesake, publishing general interest books, fiction and literature, and children’s books, as well as scholarly books in broad range of categories. Originally established in 1996 as an academic publishing house, Histria Books is now an independent publishing house with offices in Las Vegas and Palm Beach. Our imprints include:

  • Vita Histria – an imprint dedicated to academic books on a wide-range of subjects;
  • Gaudium – an imprint dedicated to non-fiction books on contemporary lifestyle, culture, sports, and politics, as well as biography and autobiography. Gaudium seek books that challenge, inspire, and offer unique points of view;
  • Center for Romanian Studies – an imprint dedicated to books on the history and culture of Romania;
  • Addison & Highsmith – an imprint dedicated to works of adult fiction, including historical fiction, science fiction, detective novels, and other categories of fiction.
  • Histria Kids – an imprint dedicated to books for children and young adults.

We have extensive experience working with international authors and we encourage authors from around the world to submit their book proposals for consideration by our Editorial Board.

How Do I Submit a Proposal?

After reviewing the areas in which we publish, please submit an email query to info@histriabooks.com. Your query should include a brief biography, a description of the proposed book and the book’s intended audience. Our Acquisitions Manager will review this initial proposal, usually within 2-4 weeks, and indicate if we would like to submit a formal proposal or full manuscript to our editorial committee for review.

Histria Books accepts simultaneous submissions for queries or initial proposals, but requests that you keep our Acquisitions Manager informed of the status of manuscripts submitted to other publishers. If we decide to submit your manuscript or proposal to our editorial committee for review we will then ask that it first be withdrawn from consideration at other publishing houses.

What Should Be in a Proposal?

A proposal should give Histria Books editors and marketing staff — most of whom will not necessarily be specialists in your area — a clear and detailed idea of what your book is about. Your initial submission should include a letter of introduction, a proposal that addresses the topics outlined below, your CV or resume, and a sample chapter or two. There is no defined format, but a good proposal will include the following:

1. A Brief Description

In two or three paragraphs, describe the work. This narrative description should identify the audience for which the book is envisioned, explain the proposed book’s purpose, how it will achieve that purpose, and what you consider to be the outstanding, distinctive, or unique features of the work. Also include the relevant themes, arguments, contribution to scholarship, and place in the literature.

2. An Outline or Table of Contents

Include a detailed outline of the book with paragraph-length descriptions of each chapter.

3. Photographs and Illustrations

Estimate the total word count of the completed book (including the main text, footnotes, bibliography, and any appendices).
Approximately how many photographs and/or line drawings (charts, graphs, diagrams, etc.) do you plan to include? If illustrations are planned, please send scans of sample art in JPEG format — do not send original photographs, artwork, negatives, or any materials that are irreplaceable.

4. Market Considerations

For what type of reader is your book intended? Specialists in your field, or in some particular area of a larger field? Is it intended for general readers without specialized knowledge? In the case of fiction or children’s books, who is the intended audience.

5. Comparable and Competing Volumes

Describe existing books in this field and spell out how your book will be similar to, as well as different from, these works. Discuss specifically their strengths and weaknesses, how your coverage may vary from the competing titles. Please discuss each book in a separate paragraph. If possible, please provide the publisher and date of publication as well.
For works with a primarily scholarly audience, please discuss your project’s place in the current scholarship and its distinctive contribution (although one can point out that there is no other book that addresses your particular topic, it is more useful to explain how exploring that topic advances current scholarly discussions).
For works meant for general readers, discuss your project’s unique perspective and outline how it can be differentiated from other titles covering this topic. Consider sharing a “sales handle” or “elevator pitch” — 2-3 sentences that quickly states what’s special about your book compared to others.

For fiction titles or children’s books, tell us what sets your story apart and makes it unique and innovative.

6. Status of the Work

What portion or percentage of the material is now complete? When do you expect to have a complete manuscript?
Do you plan to include material requiring permission (text, music, lyrics, illustrations)? To what extent? Have you started the permissions request process?

7. Reviews

For academic books only, please provide the names and contact details for two or three people whom you feel would be competent to review your material and whose opinion you would find valuable. We will try to use some of these along with our own selection. Naturally, we do not reveal the names of reviewers without their permission.

The Review Process

After receipt of your initial proposal, we will review your materials and consider whether it is a good fit for one of our imprints. We make every effort to ensure that editorial decisions are made in a timely manner, but it may take up to two months for a response to this initial submission.

If we are interested in your project, we will notify you of our interest and request any additional information or materials necessary for us to submit it to our Editorial Board to evaluate your proposal for possible publication. While our Editorial Board works diligently to evaluate proposals in a timely manner and to render its decision about including the proposal in the publishing schedule of one of our imprints, it may take up to four months for them to make a final decision.

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