Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heritage House seeks nonfiction about the Canadian Northwest, other Canadian themed books, and children's lit

Heritage House
103 - 1075 Pendergast Street
Victoria, BC, V8V 0A1

Heritage House began telling Canada's stories in 1969. Many of our books celebrate the pioneer spirit and colourful history of western Canada, particularly the Cariboo region in which the company's roots are founded. 

Others delve into contemporary themes, focusing on significant cultural, social, political, environmental and recreational subjects. Heritage House also has a range of full-colour pictorials and recreational guides, and a series of shorter narratives designed for younger readers, new Canadians and casual readers, called Amazing Stories.

Heritage House publishes 20-30 new titles per year. Most of authors are Canadian citizens or residents, as the company’s mission is to publish and promote distinctive nonfiction works by Canadian authors. 

1. Before submitting your proposal, do your best to determine that your subject matter fits our publishing program. Browse our website to see the kinds of books we publish; pay particular attention to recent titles.

2. Include the following in your submission:
  • A 200-word (approximate) synopsis of the book. A good synopsis should generate interest. If you were in a bookstore reading the back-cover text on your book, what would it say? 
  • A marketing summary. Who is the intended audience for your book? What makes your book unique? How does it compare to existing books on a similar topic or of a similar nature? Why do you believe it will be a publishing success?
  • Copies (or a detailed list) of the photographs you'd like to use. When we evaluate a manuscript, we consider the illustrative materials that will be available to support it. 
  • Biographical information: your background, experience, interests/expertise pertinent to this project. In short, what qualifies you to write this book.
  • A table of contents, and either the entire manuscript or two to three sample chapters. 
3. If you want your submission materials returned, include a self-stamped, self-addressed envelope. Be sure that the postage affixed to your SASE is sufficient to cover the cost of returning the material.

4. Mail your submission to our editorial office. Do not send it as an email attachment, and please do not query by telephone.

Full guidelines here.  

Heritage House is a member of The Heritage Group, an affiliation of five separate entities. In addition to our company, it includes our distribution partner, Heritage Group Distribution, and publishing houses TouchWood Editions, Brindle & Glass and Rocky Mountain Books. By sharing select resources, The Heritage Group is better able to generate publicity, expand promotional activities and serve retail customers and readers alike

Maria Vicente of P.S. Literary Agency
Brian Henry will lead “How to Get Published” workshops in London on April 19 with literary agent Olga Filina (see here), in Stouffville on May 24 with literary agent Carly Watters (see here) and in Ottawa on June 22 with literary agent Maria Vicente (see here).

And Brian will lead a "Writing for Children & for Young Adults" workshop on May 31 in Burlington (see here).

But the best way to get your manuscript ready for publication is with a weekly course. Check out the details of  courses starting in April  here. See details of the summer session of The Next Step in Creative Writing here and of Intensive Creative Writing here.

To register or for more details of any course or workshop, email

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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