Submissions

Nonfiction

Popular Science and Technology aimed at a Broad audience:

Do you have the next What If?, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the next The World Without Us? The next Emperor of All Maladies? The next Stiff, or A Whole New Mind, or Predictably Irrational, or The Brain that Changes Itself, or How We Decide, or The Drunkard’s Walk? What about the next Collapse, or Proust Was a Neuroscientist, or Physics of the Impossible or Moonwalking with Einstein? Maybe the next Ghost in the Wires, or The Cuckoo’s Egg, or Everything Bad is Good For You? If it’s the kind of story you can see working as a cover story in Wired then it’s likely to be ideal for LaunchBooks.

Narrative nonfiction:

Do you have the next The Lost City of Z? The next Professor and the Madman, Devil in the White City, or The Great Influenza? Perhaps the next The Monster of Florence, The Tiger, Team of Rivals, Slavery by Another Name, or A People’s History of the United States? How about The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, The Psychopath Test, or The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind? Nothing excites us more at LaunchBooks than a great story expertly told.

Sports & adventure:

We’re huge sports fans here at LaunchBooks. Do you have the next Born to Run? The next Scorecasting, Moneyball, The Wave, Seabiscuit, or Those Guys Have All the Fun? What about the next Into Thin Air, In the Heart of the Sea, The Blind Side, or The Book of Basketball? How about the next Endurance, Perfect Storm, Godforsaken Sea, or Hot Zone? If so, we want to hear about it. If HBO’s Real Sports would cover it or if it would appear on the cover of Outside, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, or The New Yorker, we’re interested in hearing about it.

Concept driven nonfiction with a sociological bent:

Do you have the next Omnivore’s Dilemma? The next The Wisdom of Crowds? The next Why we Make Mistakes, Sway, Nudge, or The Ascent of Money? What about the next Buyology, Guns, Germs & Steel, or NurtureShock? Or the next Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me), The Art of Choosing, or Stumbling on Happiness? If it’s the kind of topic that you can see fitting perfectly in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, or The Atlantic, it’s the kind of project that would be a perfect fit for LaunchBooks, as well.

Business & entrepreneurship:

We’re always on the lookout for big concept business titles, great business narratives. and titles aimed entrepreneurs. Do you have the next Made to Stick? The next The $100 Startup, The Big Short, Let My People Go Surfing, The Wal-Mart Effect, Rework, or Delivering Happiness? How about the next Drive, Good to Great, or Linchpin? What about the next Talent is Overrated, What Would Google Do?, or The 4-Hour Work-Week? If so we can help match you with the best possible publisher for your work.

Current events & politics:

Do you have the next War? The next Too Big to Fail, Banker to the Poor, or Forever War? The next The Next 100 Years? The next The Shock Doctrine, Ghost Wars, Nickel and Dimed, Fast Food Nation, or Confessions of an Economic Hitman? We’re always on the lookout for exciting ideas that take on the issues of the day in a compelling way.

Humor & popular culture:

At LaunchBooks, we’re up for almost anything that makes us laugh. Do you have the next Stuff White People Like? The next The Zombie Survival Guide? The next Year of Living Biblically? How about the next Alphabet of Manliness, Passive Agressive Notes, Waiter Rant, People of Wal-Mart, or How to Survive a Robot Uprising? And on the pop culture side, how about the next Marley and Me, The Art of Racing in the Rain, or the next Dewey?

Fiction

Science fiction, cyber-thrillers, fantasy, urban fantasy, pop culture and genre crossing fiction:

We’re also looking for genre-breaking fiction, especially in the areas of science fiction, thrillers, popular culture, urban fantasy, and anything with a compelling concept behind it. Do you have the next The Martian? Or maybe the next The Remaining, Ready Player One, or Wool, or Monster Hunter International? The next The Bone Clocks, Ancillary Sword, Never Let Me Go, The Dresden Files, or perhaps the next or The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. What about the next The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Robopocalypse, or World War Z? We’re on the lookout for fun, engaging, contemporary novels that appeal to a broad audience.