Whitecap Books is a general trade publisher with a focus on food and wine titles. Although we are interested in reviewing unsolicited manuscript submissions, please note that we only accept submissions that meet the needs of our current publishing program. Please see some of most recent releases to get an idea of the kinds of titles we are interested in.
We will only consider submissions that fall into the categories below:
- Wine and spirits
- Regional travel guides
- Home and garden
- Canadian history
- North American natural history
- Children’s fiction and non-fiction (please note that we only publish 1-3 children’s titles per year and are very selective on what these titles will be)
At this time, we are NOT accepting submissions that fall into the following categories:
- Children’s alphabet books
- Adult fiction
- Self-help or inspirational books
- Political, social commentary, or issue books
- General how-to books
- Biographies or memoirs
- Business and finance
- Art and architecture
- Religion and spirituality
- Photography books, coffee table books
How to submit your book proposal
Please do not send a completed manuscript. If we are interested in reviewing your entire manuscript, we will contact you.
When submitting an idea for a book to Whitecap, please include the following information:
Introduce yourself and include information about your experience including your educational and professional background, and your previous publishing credits. Tell us why your book idea is a good one: Why is a book like this one needed? Who would buy it? How does it differ from competing titles? In what ways is it like similar titles?
Synopsis of the book
- For food and wine books, the synopsis should include a table of contents with a list of chapters.
- For cookbooks, your proposal should also include at least 15 sample recipes.
- Include information about proposed photographs; do you photograph your own food? If so, include samples (never originals).
- Never send original artwork or photographs.
- If you are interested in having your previously self-published book reviewed, please include a copy of the book.
Please include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient return postage for the reply. Do not send cash. We do not return manuscripts or previously published books if sufficient postage is not supplied. If you are submitting from outside of Canada, please include an international postal voucher. We cannot return manuscripts if only foreign postage is supplied.
Send all materials by ground mail to:
Rights and Acquisitions
Suite 210–314 West Cordova Street
Response time can be anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months. We apologize in advance for this lengthy process, but as we receive a large number of submissions, it can be some time before we get to yours. We are not able to send notifications of receipt due to the large number of submissions that we receive. Please do not e-mail or telephone to check on the status of your submission. We hope these suggestions are helpful, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Frequently Asked Questions about Submissions
Q. Do I need an agent before I submit my manuscript?
A. No. Although some publishing houses refuse to accept un-agented submissions, Whitecap is not one of them. We read every submission that is sent to us, and we take pride in discovering new voices and publishing previously unpublished authors.
Q. If I have a cookbook submission, should I include all the recipes?
A. No. All we need to see is a complete list of recipes, accompanied by 15 sample recipes. If we need to see more, we will contact you.
Q. Do I need to supply illustrations or photographs for my children’s book?
A. If you are not the proposed illustrator of the book there is no need to send any artwork.We should be able to visualize your book from the text alone.
Q. I haven’t heard a response in a while, is there a number I can call to make sure you received my submission?
A. No. Please do not call or email us to check on your submission.
Q. How can I learn more about writing and publishing a book?
A. There are several organizations that can help you develop your writing and research:
- The Canadian Authors Association welcomes any questions from new writers.
- The Writers' Union of Canada also offers manuscript reading services and business information for writers.
- There are several regional organizations as well, such as the Federation of BC Writers and the Association of Book Publishers of BC.