Tilbury House narrowed its editorial focus several years ago, and we would appreciate receiving only queries and manuscripts that fit within our current areas of interest. We receive hundreds of unsolicited manuscripts each year; it's a time-consuming task to read and answer them all—although we sometimes find a gem! Please familiarize yourself with the kinds of books we publish. We look forward to seeing your manuscript and appreciate your interest in Tilbury House.
We are primarily interested in children's picture books (for ages 7-12) that:
Much of our effort goes into our children's books, and it was difficult in the past to effectively market a diverse adult list. As a result, we decided to limit our new adult books to non-fiction about Maine or the Northeast, particularly books that are documentary or about Maine's history. Because the market for these books is small, we often seek out co-publishing arrangements with museums, historical societies, or other organizations; this helps us produce high-quality books that might not otherwise be published, and benefits both parties.
Please do not send us fiction, short stories, memoirs, or poetry. Browse our book pages on this website to get a good idea of the kinds of books that interest us. If your manuscript doesn't seem like a good fit for Tilbury, you'll find guidance in books like Writer's Market or Children's Writers and Illustrator's Market to help you locate a more likely publisher.
Tilbury House, Publishers
103 Brunswick Avenue
Gardiner, Maine 04345
We appreciate the opportunity to read your work. Thank you for your interest in Tilbury House, and for considering us as a possible publisher.