Submission Guidelines

Heyday is an independent, nonprofit publisher with a focus on California and the American West. We publish nonfiction books that explore history, celebrate Native cultural renewal, fight injustice, and honor nature. Take a look at our catalog to learn more about our areas of interest.

If you think that Heyday would be an appropriate publisher for your manuscript, send us a query or proposal by email to editor (at) heydaybooks (dot) com (please include “Heyday” in your subject line, or your proposal may be discarded), or by post to Heyday, P.O. Box 9145, Berkeley, CA 94709 (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your submission materials returned). Please include the following:

  • A cover letter introducing yourself and your qualifications.
  • A brief description of your project.
  • An annotated table of contents and list of illustrations (if any).
  • Notes on the audiences you are trying to reach and why your book will appeal to them.
  • A list of comparable titles and a brief description of the ways your book adds to the existing literature.
  • Estimates of your book’s expected length and your timeline for completing the writing.
  • A sample chapter.

We will do our best to respond to your query within twelve weeks of receiving it. No follow-up calls, please.

FAQ
Do you publish books of fiction?

With occasional exceptions—particularly books that fit our Berkeley Roundhouse program—we do not publish fiction. In considering any Roundhouse submissions, we have a strong preference for Native voices.

Do you publish books of poetry?

No, though poetic sensibilities do appear in some of our books.

Do you publish books of art and photography?

Heyday publishes some art and photography books that fit our mission. Because of high production and printing costs, publication requires outside funding, which the author is generally responsible for procuring. Please include information about funding sources and plans in your cover letter.

Do you publish children’s books?

Heyday is not currently acquiring children’s books outside of previously established series.

Does my proposal need to be submitted by an agent?

We accept proposals from both agents and authors, and we do not give special preference to either.

Thank you for thinking of Heyday!