The History Press authors are highly knowledgeable local historians — if not in profession, then certainly in spirit. Often affiliated with local historical societies, they are eager to promote their work within their communities through book signings and lectures.
The following defined series offer two distinct advantages: they enable The History Press to guide authors on how to shape and present their work, and they are proven to attract readers and to encourage sales.
Bestsellers in any community, these books serve as accessible introductions to city or regional heritage. A Brief History offers residents and visitors alike a fresh and vivid look at the history of an area, from its founding to the present day. Writing style may vary from academic to casual, but the series parameters stipulate approximately 35,000 to 40,000 words of text and 60 to 75 images.
This series offers history columnists, contributing writers and editors a distinctive format in which to present their work. Rather than a cohesive narrative, books in the American Chronicles series contain discrete historical vignettes, often previously published articles from newspapers, magazines or historical society newsletters. Characterized by a lighthearted, casual tone, these titles form a unique perspective on a community’s past through 32,000 to 35,000 words and 50 to 60 images.
Captivatingly salacious, Wicked titles chronicle darker history, those seedy town underbellies that traditional accounts frequently overlook. A typical table of contents might resemble a rap sheet, listing tales of duels and dirty politics, piracy and prostitution. The narrative may be arranged either chronologically or thematically and contains between 32,000 and 35,000 words as well as 35 to 40 historic images.
A Haunted America book relays an area’s historical haunts, both those that are unfamiliar and those forever etched into local lore. Often ghost tour leaders, Haunted authors are able to entertain and educate simultaneously by offering an original and diverting spin on local history. Text is usually around 32,000 words and broken into 10 to 15 chapters, ideally with one or more pictures per chapter.
Books in this series capture the romantic notion of what has been lost to time, presenting illustrative collections of buildings no longer standing, marquees gone dark, railways abandoned and communities vanished. Images may be as nostalgic as travelers waving from the glorious decks of a long-retired ship or as somber as a Southern plantation devastated by war. Content includes approximately 30,000 to 40,000 words and between 30 and 60 historical images.
Stories in this offbeat series recount unlikely but true incidents that may have been largely overshadowed by headlines of greater scope, but that have not been ignored by the diligent authors who mine local libraries, newspapers and archives for them. The books cover an entire state or a region with a distinct identity. Illustrations hand-drawn by The History Press design team accompany the 30,000 to 35,000 words for a quirky and fun gift-sized book.
Books in the Landmarks series focus on sites of great historical prominence, preferably those with high visitor numbers and built-in sales channels. Authors must be highly knowledgeable professional historians whose research is supported and welcomed by the site. An ideal Landmark book contains approximately 35,000 to 40,000 words of text, organized by subject or chronologically, and 60 to 75 images, which may be historical or contemporary. Color inserts are possible for deserving photography.
True Crime titles recount the stories of sensational crimes that sent reverberations through the local community. Bolstered by evidence from law enforcement sources, these books help dispel the shadows that might otherwise envelop incidents of iniquity. The chronological narratives require 32,000 to 35,000 words and 35 to 45 images, which are often derived from newspaper archives, personal collections and police libraries.
Murder & Mayhem
Books in the Murder & Mayhem series chronicle an era fraught with violent crime. Mainstream histories might not focus attention on such sordid stories, but these titles provide transfixing entertainment while shedding light on the sinister aspects of a community’s history. They contain 32,000 to 35,000 words and 35 to 45 images.
Similar to the American Chronicles series, Hidden History books dig a little deeper to reveal often-overlooked but noteworthy stories from an area’s past. The geographic focus ranges from a town to a region of a state, and books feature 30,000 to 35,000 words and 50 to 60 images of historic local places, people and events.
Civil War Sesquicentennial
This series honors the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States. Each book is a concise illustrated history of an epic battle, a critical turning point, a pivotal campaign or a hallowed location. Authors are respected Civil War scholars who condense their research into accessible volumes of 40,000 to 50,000 words and 60 to 70 images. Successful subjects have on-site visitor centers with retail operations that support the books.
War Era & Military
Nothing binds a people, marks a community and transforms a society like the experience of wartime or a prolonged military presence. Books in this wide-ranging series explore either the influence of a war on a state, county or city or the significance of a place in American military history. Authors tend to be professional historians, and books include 30,000 to 40,000 words with 65 to 85 images.
Every locale claims its own brand of legends, lore, folktales, myths and superstitions. With 30,000 to 35,000 words and at least 30 images, content in these books covers anything from pirates, shipwrecks and sea monsters to Native American creation myths and heroic feats of bravery.
Native Americans, immigrants and slaves shaped all facets of American society and culture. Each book in this diverse series examines the contributions and struggles of generations of an American ethnic group in a city, county, state or region. Authors are local or regional historians who are either part of or welcomed by the communities being honored. With 30,000 to 40,000 words and 60 to 80 images, content highlights a group’s local history from early settlement through recent times.
This series highlights the important moments, players, teams, personalities, triumphs and losses that define the history of sport in a city, county or state. Authors are notable sports journalists, historians or people otherwise closely affiliated with their subjects, such as coaches or former players. Organized thematically or chronologically, the content features plenty of lists and charts of statistics, records and all-time best players. Books typically are 30,000 to 35,000 words and 65 to 75 images.
American Palate heavily defines elements of any local or regional culture. This series explains the full story of how a place became known for its wine, beer, cuisine or desserts. Authors are well-known historians, food writers or people affiliated with organizations or businesses essential to the stories. Each book features prominent purveyors from the past to the present, with 30,000 to 40,000 words and 60 to 80 images. Color inserts can showcase high-quality photography.
Books in this series either detail a specific disaster that struck a place at a moment in history or they chronicle various disasters that devastated a locale. Ideally these books contain 32,000 to 35,000 words and 65 to 75 images.