The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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) and CV 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 included.
Author does not pay any printing fees.
A discounted space rental rate at the Open Book is available for Press authors’ book launch events.
View our small press listing on Poets & Writers, here.
A note on Press Manuscript Guidelines: While the Open Book Press prefers to work with manuscripts that follow MLA formatting guidelines, other guideline structures such as the Chicago Manual, APA, etc. can be permissible provided the manuscript follows the chosen guidelines consistently. The Open Book Press retains final formatting rights.
Co-founders Will Dane and Angela Sells
Angela Sells, PhD, is a mythology and women’s studies professor at Meridian University and Sierra College. She co-produces the Women’s Writing Salon, and co-manages the Open Book. Her book Sabina Spielrein: the Woman and the Myth was published by SUNY Press in 2017.
Raveling Travel, Gene Berson (poetry)
The Haunting of Walter Rabinowitz, Judie Rae (fiction)
Feminine Face of God, Yakshi (poetry)