Coffeetown Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Written by Emily Harstone

Important: Read This Before Submitting Your Manuscript

Seven common manuscript submissions mistakes that are very easy to avoid.

Coffeetown Press is a literary and non-fiction imprint owned by Epicenter Press. They primarily publish non-fiction, as well as memoir, literary fiction, and historical fiction.

They have good local distribution in the Pacific Northwest where they are based, but outside of that region their distribution is more limited.

Their books do tend to sell well online and receive positive reviews. It’s good to get a feel for what they publish by visiting their website here. I do not generally like the appearance of their book covers, but this may be a matter of personal preference.

Epicenter Press also owns and manages a vanity press company, but they do not seem to redirect authors towards if. If you are, please send us an email at

For memoir and nonfiction they ask for an introduction, outline, and the first consecutive 50 pages. For literary and historical fiction they ask for the first 50 consecutive pages, a biography, and promotional information.

They will not consider work that has been previously published unless it was published by a traditional press, and has gone out of print. If that is the case they have additional guidelines to follow. Please check the website.

They prefer manuscripts to be between 70,000 and 100,000 words in length, but books between 50,000 and 70,000 words will still be considered.

Their PDF outlining submission guidelines is here.

They accept submissions via email and have submission guidelines that you should be sure to follow. You can read the full guidelines here.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsThe 2019 Guide to Manuscript PublishersSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The Authors Publish Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Publishing.

She occasionally teaches a course on manuscript publishing, as well as a course on publishing in literary journals.

You can follow her on Facebook here.


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