Motorbooks publishes illustrated books on cars, motorcycles, racing, heavy equipment, and related topics.

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Motorbooks Submission Guidelines

Submission Address

Book Proposals - Motorbooks
MBI Publishing Company
Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300
Minneapolis MN 55401

Phone: (612) 344-8100

Submitting Your Work to Motorbooks

Before submitting to Motorbooks

The Market List recommends you verify the market is active and accepting submissions before sending your manuscript via regular mail. You may verify a market status by either visiting their website, calling their listed phone number, or comfirming via regular mail that the market is still active before sending them your work. To be sure your submission is appropriate for this market, we recommend you familiarize yourself with Motorbooks by reading a sample issue before submitting.


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From the Motorbooks guidelines:

Motorbooks publishes books covering cars, motorcycles, racing, heavy equipment, and all the people, events, culture, and technology related to these subjects. These topics are covered from a variety of perspectives, including, but not limited to: histories, photo books, how-to manuals, restoration guides, references, biographies, and narratives.

Motorbooks titles are typically illustrated. For example, a 160-page book will often include 150-200 photos, and some histories and how-to books might include upwards of 600 photos. Prospective authors must submit a written proposal consisting of a cover letter, synopsis, and working table of contents. In your cover letter, tell us something about your background and qualifications to write the book you’re proposing. Also give us a sense of the market for the book, preferably backing your assertion with demographic numbers where possible. Note things like production numbers, the circulation of related enthusiast magazines, the numbers of clubs and their membership. The synopsis should include a description of the book (several paragraphs covering the scope of the subject, projected word and photo count, etc. If you’re an unpublished author, we will need at least one sample chapter as well.

Submission Guidelines Details for Motorbooks

Market Type: Book

Contact: Lee Klancher, Senior Editor

Accepts: Biography, history, hobbies, how-to, narrative non-fiction, photography, reference

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

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