June 27, 2019

Penmore Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Penmore is an Arizona-based independent publisher of fiction and nonfiction from emerging and established authors. They are open to most genres of fiction, according to their site, but based on their current releases I would say they lean solidly towards historical fiction (and nonfiction). Their website is aimed at readers, not writers, which is always…

Backchannels: Now Seeking Submissions

A brand-new online quarterly dedicated to creating a network of reciprocity between writers and readers, Backchannels is seeking submissions for their Fall issue. A backchannel is a hidden information pathway; in linguistics, it’s also gesture intended to encourage another to continue speaking. Backchannels literary magazine aims to serve both purposes. They hope to create a…

The Problem of Traditional Publishers With Vanity Presses

Vanity presses have been around for a long time. They charge writers significant amounts of money to get a book published, offering services such as editing, design, and marketing, often for many thousands of dollars. I have many problems with vanity presses in general. More recently, there has been a recent trend of vanity presses…

June 24, 2019

33 Romance Publishers Open to Direct Submissions

In 2018 and 2019, after a sustained period of growth, the romance publishing market started to see a number of changes, mostly in terms of romance publishers going out of business. A year ago this list had 40 publishers on it. It now has 33. Part of this is because of diminished eBook sales and…

June 20, 2019

Aethon Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Aethon Books is a print and eBook publisher that focuses on Science Fiction and Fantasy. They are open to all sub-genres within these genres including Hard Sci-fi, Epic Fantasy, Space Opera, Military SF, Alt/History, and Time Travel. This includes books for young adults, although they haven’t published many yet. One of their focuses is on…

The Rupture: Now Seeking Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Fiction

The Collagist is a literary journal published by Dzanc Books. It was very recently re-named The Rupture. They also got a comprehensive re-design. They are an electronic publication. They publish short fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. They are open to submissions until July 31st. They reopen to submissions in October. They publish one issue every two…

On Pen Names

I am writing this using a pen name. I write poetry, prose, and nonfiction, and only my prose is published under my legal name. That said, there are plus and minuses to pen names. I don’t think they are for everyone, and after using the same one for almost a decade I wouldn’t chose another…

June 17, 2019

17 Mystery Publishers Open to Manuscript Submissions

“The crime novel is the great moral literature of our time.” JEAN-PATRICK MANCHETTE “Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it’s a letdown, they won’t buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book.” MICKEY SPILLANE Mystery is…

June 13, 2019

Allworth Press: Now Accepting Book Proposals

Allworth Press is a non-fiction imprint of Skyhorse Publishing. They have major distribution, and while Skyhorse’s past reputation has been a little mixed, they seem to be doing well for a while now. They have good distribution, decent cover design, and marketing. Allworth publishes books in the following categories:     Graphic Design    …

Sweet Tree Review: Now Seeking Submissions

An established online journal, “obsessed with ineffable connectivity,” Sweet Tree Review is seeking submissions for their Summer 2019 issue. What’s a sweet tree? Whatever you need, and whatever you least expect. You can get an idea by reading Sweet Tree Review online. Since 2016, Sweet Tree Review has been published quarterly online. Now through June…