Backbeat Books, founded in 1991, publishes books for musicians and music fans.

Backbeat Books



Backbeat Books Submission Guidelines

Submission Address

Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
33 Plymouth St., Suite 302
Montclair NJ 07042

Phone: 800-637-2852

Submitting Your Work to Backbeat Books

Before submitting to Backbeat Books

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 Backbeat Books by reading a sample issue before submitting.


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From the Backbeat Books guidelines:

Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group welcomes submissions pertaining to music and the performing arts.

As a first step in submitting a manuscript, we recommend that you send a book proposal consisting of:

1.A letter describing the purpose and audience of your book, along with your background and qualifications; please indicate which word-processing software you use
2.An outline or table of contents and an estimate of the length of the completed manuscript in numbers of words or double-spaced pages
3.A sample chapter or two, printed out (no electronic file transfers, please)
4.Sample illustrations as well as an estimate of the total numbers and types of illustrations planned for your book
5.Your schedule to complete the book

Generally, we ask authors to submit book proposals early in the writing process as this allows us to give editorial advice during the development phase and cuts down the amount of revisions needed later.

Submission Guidelines Details for Backbeat Books

Market Type: Book

Contact: John Cerullo, Group Publisher


Accepts: Music, pop culture

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