Reading Periods

How2Conquer is open to submissions during two reading periods each year:

  • Winter Reading Period (February 1 – March 31)
  • Fall Reading Period (September 1 – October 31)
Why Publish with Us?

Whether you’re an established or emerging author, we’re here to help you navigate the process of editing, publishing, and marketing your book, with guidance and resources to support you along the way. 

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The Fine Print

While we generally prefer completed manuscripts with a target range of 40,000 – 70,000 words, we do accept submissions of the first three chapters of works in progress.

For more information, please see What We’re Looking For below or refer to our FAQs.

Our mission is to connect subject experts with the subject curious through empowering nonfiction books.

What We’re Looking For

How2Conquer specializes in unique how‑to books that are designed to help readers master new skills quickly. Our books generally share three things in common: use of story, an emphasis on graphics, and an encouraging tone.

We’ve been lucky to find authors whose passion for their subject and genuine desire to share knowledge naturally translates into approachable, reassuring, and inspiring writing. The stories they share – sometimes funny, sweet, or even cringe-worthy – help convey nuance and exhibit ideas in action, promoting understanding and retention of information for the reader. We help develop infographics and illustrations to encourage readers’ interaction with the text as their knowledge of the subject develops, while providing another way to revisit and reinforce what they’ve learned.

We prefer completed manuscripts with a target range of 40,000 – 70,000 words, and we’re currently working to build our lists in the following categories:

Please note that we do not generally accept previously published work. If you’d like us to consider a submission for a new edition of a book, please see our FAQs on eligibility or get in touch.

Our Authors

How2Conquer partners with experts in a variety of fields to share their specialized expertise with our readers. We’ve worked with authors from a range of different backgrounds, from high‑level corporate executives to experienced volunteers, and veterinarians to school board members.

Our authors generally come to us because they are working on a book they think could help people, but publishing can be difficult to navigate. We support them throughout the publishing journey, from developing a manuscript to helping build their platform and marketing efforts.

Learn more about our services and how we support our authors.

What Happens When You Submit

We review all proposals and manuscript samples submitted via our submission form. We aim to respond to submissions within six to eight weeks.

If we choose a manuscript for publication, we put together a contract and outline next steps for the project. Once the contract is signed, the book moves into our editing and production process.

Submit Your Manuscript