8642451160_089546435e_bThe Open Book Press is a small, independent book publisher based at the Open Book used book store and event center in Grass Valley, California.

Writers ourselves, we offer generous terms to our contracted authors.

Submitting is a three-step process. First, please send a query note to info@theopenbookpress.com that includes a brief summary of your work and, if applicable, an expected timeline for its completion. If interested, we will ask you to send a sample chapter (or excerpt) before submitting the entire manuscript for review.

Once a book is accepted for publishing, we contract with the author under the following terms:

  • Exclusive review of the manuscript
  • Fair and equitable royalty agreement
    • Author retains 60% royalties from each sale
    • Copyright remains with the author

Marketing, editing and design services are available through the Open Book Press and Dane Creative Ways.

A discounted space rental rate at the Open Book is available for Press authors’ book launch events.

Co-founders Will Dane and Angela Sells

Will Dane, MA, owns and operates the Open Book, a used bookstore and event center in Grass Valley, California; and Dane Creative Ways, offering website and editorial services.

Angela Sells, PhD, is a mythology and poetry professor at Meridian University and Sierra College. She reviews books for the Journal of Popular Culture, and co-produces the Yuba Lit reading series. Her book Sabina Spielrein: the Woman and the Myth is being published by SUNY Press in 2017.