Publish Your Next Book with Us
AdventureKEEN is a nonfiction publisher of books on a wide range of subjects, including adventure, outdoors, travel, nature, local history, sports, and more. Our imprints are Adventure Publications, Clerisy Press, Menasha Ridge Press, Nature Study Guides, The Unofficial Guides, and Wilderness Press. Please review our latest catalog before submitting.
We do not publish novels, short stories, or poetry, so please do not submit proposals in these genres. In addition, there are a host of other nonfiction subjects that are not our specialty so please familiarize yourself with our company and the types of books we publish before submitting.
At this time, we are not interested in works of memoir, fiction, poetry, or photo essays. We only rarely publish children’s stories, and they must have full-color photographs and pertain directly to nature and the outdoors. We also do not accept distribution titles.
All submissions to AdventureKEEN need the following elements:
- A short cover letter that describes your idea and why you think your book should be published. Provide examples of similar books that are currently on the market; then tell us how yours is going to be different. Who is your target audience? Are you an expert on the subject matter of your book? What are your credentials, including sales numbers from previous books?
- A one-page synopsis of your book
- One sample chapter
- An outline or table of contents
- Tentative size/format and page count for your book
- An outline of anticipated maps, illustrations, and photos. If photography is an important component of your book, send us a few images.
- A brief (300 words or less) author biography
- A list of media contacts who may be interested in your book. Indicate whether or not you know these contacts.
- A list of promotional ideas that may aid in the sale of your book
If you are interested in beginning the submissions process, please click the button below to go to the forms and get started. Please submit only to one imprint, the one that you think is the best fit for your manuscript.
Adventure Publications is the largest independent publisher of birding books and is also renowned for full-color field guides for animals, constellations, trees, rocks and minerals, plus many photo-driven children’s titles. This imprint’s rich backlist of 400-plus titles also includes cookbooks, regional history books, and diverse nature-themed titles. Adventure was founded in 1988 in Minnesota and in 2015 joined the AdventureKEEN family. We invite you to familiarize yourself with Adventure Publications to make sure that your book proposal is a good fit for this imprint.
Clerisy Press publishes books with both a universal appeal and a distinct sense of place. Founded by Richard Hunt in 2006, Clerisy Press later merged with Menasha Ridge Press to form Keen Communications, and then became part of the AdventureKEEN family in 2015. Clerisy’s titles cover topics such as local history, sports, hometown adventure, travel, business, and more. We invite you to familiarize yourself with Clerisy Press to make sure that your book proposal is a good fit for this imprint.
MENASHA RIDGE PRESS
Menasha Ridge Press is a leading independent publisher covering the outdoors, wilderness sports, wildlife, cooking, history, dining, and travel worldwide. Menasha Ridge was founded in Alabama in 1982, joined Clerisy Press more than two decades later to form Keen Communications, and became part of the AdventureKEEN family in 2015. Menasha Ridge’s award-winning series include 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles, Five-Star Trails, Day & Overnight Hikes, and more. We invite you to familiarize yourself with Menasha Ridge Press to make sure that your book proposal is a good fit for this imprint.
Wilderness Press is a longtime publisher of outdoors guidebooks and maps. Initially created in California in 1967, it was acquired by Keen Communications in 2008 and became part of the AdventureKEEN family in 2015. In addition to an array of individual book titles, Wilderness Press produces a number of series such as Afoot & Afield, Backpacking, Top Trails, Walking, and several others. We invite you to familiarize yourself with Wilderness Press to make sure that your book proposal is a good fit for this imprint.