Written by Emily Harstone

New Village Press: Accepting Queries

New Village Press was established in 2005. Since then they have focused on publishing transdisciplinary books in urban sociology, community cultural development, and healthy city design. Most of their books are actively focused on community building and change making. Some of the books they publish are academic, and others are aimed at a general audience. They particularly like to publish books that “go beyond abstract policy and polemics to present the human motivations and nitty-gritty work for making a certain part of the world a better place.” You can get a good feel for what they’ve recently published here.

New Village press is a 502(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. They are based in New York City, their books are distributed by New York University Press.

Much like most nonfiction presses, New Village expects proposals rather than manuscripts. Although their guidelines ask that you query before sending a proposal. In their submission guidelines they state, “If you did not receive this guide directly from an editor, please note that we recommend sending an email query before submitting a full book prospectus.”

They don’t outline what they need in the query, but I would focus on taking their advice for the proposal, and focus on conveying three points related to that in the query letter. To learn more, please visit their website here.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2021 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.

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