Our approach to publishing is editorially rigorous, collaborative, and participatory and will appeal to writers who have published enough to be confident of the literary quality of their work and are looking for a way to publish within an artistic community with a clear social vision of Finding the 'We' in 'Them', the 'Us' in 'You' and who share our commitment to paying it forward to other writers as we ourselves are supported and encouraged in our own artistic development.
Books must fit with our social mission of Finding the We in Them, the Us in You as well as our subject categories.
We see publishing as a sustained and sustaining relationship, not a commercial or instrumental transaction. Our writers engage collaboratively with the press for two years following publication and that needs to feel like an engaging opportunity and not an obligation.
We respond within two months to formal submissions and in such a way that writers have something to grow on. Please be as considerate of our time and effort as we are of yours. Note that when you submit your complete manuscript for consideration we ask for a commitment to publish with us if we accept.
No dual submissions.
SUBMISSIONS CRITERIA & PROCEDURES
OPEN SUBMISSIONS: We have a continuous open submission policy and also on occasion directly invite authors whose work intrigues us to submit.
NO READING FEE: However, we do not consider multiple submissions. Manuscripts must be submitted for our exclusive consideration for two months with the understanding that the author intends to publish with us if accepted. This must be stated in the cover letter.
INDIVIDUALLY AUTHORED, COMPLETED MANUSCRIPTS: We don't consider edited collections or book proposals.
SUBJECT AREAS: Books need to fall under one of the subject areas the press focuses on: Creative Acculturation; Pluralism in Families; Social and Psychological Resilience; Illness and Meaning; Creative Aging; Listening Across Faith Traditions; Social Justice and Inclusion; Citizen-Scholars.
Novels, memoir, and creative non-fiction: 40,000 to 100,000 words (160-400 pp)
Short story collections: 45,000-87,500 words (180-350 pp)
Poetry: 60-150 pp (no chapbooks) (If you have a manuscript that does not fall within these limits but which you think is particularly suited for our press, query us.)
RESPONSE TIME: Receipt of all manuscripts will be acknowledged electronically. Authors will receive initial decision within one month of submission. We try to make final decisions within two months.
EDITORIAL DECISION: Decisions to accept a book for publication are made by the publishers, who consult with other Collective writers as needed. We consider the literary quality of the book, its fit with our mission as a press, the importance of publication to the writer at this point in her or his career, the writer's interest in the mission of the press and in our more collaborative approach, and the level and kind of editorial, publishing, and promotional skills the writer can share with the press and other collective authors.
CONTRACT: Our contractis for five years, renewable, and is restricted to world-wide English language rights. The press reinvests all its share of the profits from collective authors' books into the collective.
COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITIES: To help hear other writers into print as they themselves are being heard, authors published through the Collective contribute their skills to the press for two years, at an average of 4 hours/month, as readers, acquisitions, developmental or copy editors, proofreaders, publicists, sponsors of home readings across the country, and developers or facilitators of workshops and discussion groups.
1. A photo-copy of their manuscript. Manuscripts will be returned only with SASE. 2. A resume with list of publications. Highlight any previously published work that is included in this manuscript. 3. Personal Statement See box below 4. Contact Information: Phone number, e-mail address
PERSONAL STATEMENT Entries need to be accompanied by a statement which answers the following questions:
1. How do you think your book could contribute to our social mission to deepen appreciation of the challenges and rewards of diversity, of Finding the We in Them, the Us in You? What kinds of social conversations do you hope it will catalyze? With whom?
2. What importance will publication of this book have for you at this point in your life and your career as a writer?
3. How do you think you might grow as a person and an artist as part of this creative publishing community?In your response, please demonstrate familiarity with at least one Collective publication in the genre in which you are submitting.
4. What existing publishing skills would you like to use, and what skills would you like to develop, during your time collaborating with the Wising Up Press Writers Collective?