Our location in the Wisconsin northwoods helps keep Willow Creek Press off the publishing world's radar. Around here, we're more accustomed to landing walleyes and muskies than big books and authors - events hardly worthy of note in Publisher's Weekly. But, a few years ago we did get noticed with the release of Just Labs, a unique and colorful tribute to Labrador retrievers. The book quickly became a bestseller (now with 250,000 copies in print) and frankly startled us with its success.
Willow Creek Press is a publisher of fine quality books and calendars focusing on a variety of topics that relate to dogs, cats, horses and other pets, North American nature and wildlife, gardening, outdoor sports, and cooking, including books of interest to anglers and hunters. Many of the books Willow Creek produces could be described as coffee-table books, with large formats and generous use of color photographs. We seek distinctive, well-composed, crisply-focused images, and favor natural settings and candid activities rather than studio shots.
Calls for submission are sent on an as-needed basis. Photographers may be added to the call list by sending tear sheets, a list of subject areas covered, and an up-to-date resume. Web sites, light boxes, and CD will not be reviewed as an alternative to tear sheets. Do not send original images without an invitation to do so. Willow Creek Press will not be held responsible for the safe return of unsolicited submissions of photographs. Calls for calendar photos will be sent in March.
One-time use rights will be purchased at a set or negotiated fee. Calls for submission will state the terms. Generally, the fee will cover reprinting, additional editions, or reissues, North American rights. The photographs may appear in promotional materials for the specific project for which usage rights were obtained.
To request inclusion in our call list, send tear sheets, a list of subject areas, and resume to:
Willow Creek Press may occasionally publish single-photographer of collaborative works on a flat fee or royalty basis. Send proposals with return postage paid to ATTN: Publisher, at the address above. Include a 1-page cover letter briefly describing the concept, market, and your qualifications; an outline summary; a sample character; and if available, samples of previously published work.
For publication, we use 300dpi high resolution RAW, JPEG, or Tiff digital files with all pertinent information labeled clearly in the files information. We do not accept prints or negatives. When a photograph includes people, a signed model release must be obtained by the photographer, and so noted on the slide or transparency (M.R.). We do not need a copy of the release, but please have it available in your files.
Willow Creek Press is a publisher whose primary commitment is to publish books specializing in nature, outdoor and sporting topics, gardening, wildlife and animal books, and cookbooks. We also publish nature, wildlife, fishing, and sporting calendars. Personal memoirs, children's books, and manuscripts dealing with limited regional subject matter may be considered, but generally stand little chance of acceptance.
Please include the following details when submitting book proposals:
• A cover letter detailing the work as a whole. Include all information that you think we should have in order to make a decision about your project. In particular, tell us who your target audience is and provide a rationale for why we are the best publisher for your work.
Please do NOT send originals of anything. We are not liable for artwork or manuscript submissions.
We do not accept unsolicited proposals through the web, email, or by phone.
Address all inquiries or proposals to:
Please provide SASE with all correspondence if you want your materials returned.