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Formac’s publishing program focuses on the following subject areas: Maritime regional,  travel guides, history, biography, natural history, Maritime Provinces politics, and classic Maritime fiction reprints. We publish regional cookbooks and cookbooks with a fresh/healthy focus.

Our books celebrate the Maritime region, from Atlantic Book Award winning Captain James Cook in Atlantic Canada, to the classic, bestselling Sable Island, through a series of cookbooks using local Fresh & Healthy ingredients, to Colourguide travel through all of the Maritime provinces and beyond. Current events and public issues are explored through titles such as Power Failure? and regional history is revealed through books like Heroes of the Acadian Resistance. Authors are often subject experts, but all titles are intended for the general reading public, the home cook, and the come-from-away traveler.

Formac also publishes children’s fiction and non-fiction in the following two series:

Formac First Novels series -- beginner chapter novels for kids aged 6-9.

The Dreadful Truth series -- humorous histories for kids ages 8-13.

Formac is currently accepting submissions towards Formac’s First Novels, which follow a primary character through realistic and humorous tales with themes kids can relate to such as teasing, friendship, diversity and bullying. These beginner chapter books are for children just starting to read on their own, and are accompanied with ten black-and-white illustrations. Main characters are the same age, or slightly older than the reader (grades 1-4, ages 6-9). The word count runs around 4,000. Prospective writers are encouraged to read First Novels such as the Morgan or Lilly series to get a sense of what we’re looking for.

We are actively accepting new book proposals and will carefully consider all submissions that fall within our publishing mandate. Due to the large volume of mail that we receive, we will respond only to those proposals that interest us. When submitting a proposal, please include a cover letter describing your book idea, a brief outline (either an annotated table of contents or a chapter-by-chapter summary), a writing sample, a schedule for completion of your work, an estimate of its final word count, and your resume.


You can send your proposals to:

Acquisitions Editor
Formac Publishing Company Limited
5502 Atlantic Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 1G4

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