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Great Smoky Mountains Association partners with the National Park Service to create interpretive products related to the Great Smoky Mountains for park visitors and the public in general. Just four years after our 1953 founding, we published our first book, Mountain Makin’s in the Smokies, which remains in print even now.

Today the association maintains more than 100 publications in print and distributes more than 1 million pieces annually. These products include books, pamphlets, exhibits, audio tours, CDs, DVDs, maps and toys. GSMA is responsible for managing the interpretive products program with guidance from the National Park Service. One of our goals is to generate revenue, which is accomplished by ensuring a balance between the publications of scientific and educational subject matter with books and other products that have wide appeal to a large audience.

Due to the large financial and time commitment most projects require, it falls to the publications department to set production schedules, select writers, designers, illustrators, photographers, cartographers and printers, and determine pricing strategies. 

Retail Director Dawn Roark handles requests to include a previously published book considered as a sales item in Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitor centers. Only completed books will be considered. Send samples of the publication to Dawn Roark, 416 Cherry Street, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Include contact information along with cost and retail. The samples will be given to National Park Service personnel for review. If the book is accepted by NPS, GSMA will make a business decision to make it available in the visitor centers and on our website. If we decide to carry the publication, a GSMA representative will contact you to set up an account.

Please note: Because of the volume of items submitted, we may not acknowledge or respond to every sample we receive.

Creative Services Director Frances Figart oversees the production of new GSMA publications. If you have a completed manuscript or proposal for a book related to the Smokies and are seeking a publisher, you may send a one-page pitch describing the project to frances@gsmassoc.org and receipt will be acknowledged. If deemed acceptable, this overview will be shared with the GSMA board publications committee within the calendar year after the pitch is received. If the committee determines the project to be of interest for potential GSMA publication, the director will be in touch. Please note: Unsolicited manuscripts are not accepted. If a printed manuscript is mailed to GSMA, it will be recycled.

If you have an idea for an article that GSMA might want to publish in Smokies Life magazine, please send a paragraph describing the idea to frances@gsmassoc.org and receipt will be acknowledged along with a timeline of when to expect a response.

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