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.
SECOND TIME AROUND
We're focusing this year on second (or third) novels and short story collections, whether those earlier manuscripts have been published or still reside in your laptop or desk drawer, because we're interested in what people write about as they mature as individuals and also as writers, when they have exchanged their dreams of instant (but oh so hard won, earned) acknowledgement and fame and fortune for something quieter but probably more nourishing—whatever it is that gives them the drive, courage, and patience to write that second or third book knowing everything they know now. How has their relationship with their potential audience changed? Their relationship with themselves? With their characters? With whatever still calls to be brought into being through imagination and language just because. How has their relationship to publishing changed in that process as well?
In your cover letter, in addition to answering the question we ask all writer to consider, please tell us about your first manuscript or published book as well—and why you think this second or third one has moved you to a new and freer place. Who do you hope to enter into conversation with through this new book? What kind of conversation do you want to have? What has your experience as a writer of a second, or third, book provided you that can help other writers who, like you, are no longer novices?
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. 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 contract is 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 Editorial Group for two years, at an average of 6-8 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 in the Editorial Group?
MAIL MANUSCRIPTS TO: Wising Up Press Writers Collective Wising Up Press P.O. Box 2122 Decatur, GA 30031-2122