Propertius Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Written by Emily Harstone

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Propertius Press is a small non-profit press located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. They have been around since 2014 and have a large staff listed but everyone appears to be mostly part-time. They publish paperbacks and electronic books.

They will consider all genres including action-adventure, urban contemporary, biography, memoir, and women’s literature, children’s stories, young adult, satire, mystery, historical fiction, thrillers, humor, philosophy, and educational works. Keep in mind that they are currently open to just some of these genres.

They do have specific guidelines about what does and doesn’t interest them, which you can read here.

They publish less than 1% of what they receive, and publish a few dozen books a year.

They are actively seeking works by BIPOC authors, and they have BIPOC on staff.

I like how clear they are about what they offer authors in this section:

“We are able to offer very competitive terms to our authors, including professionally-designed covers, editing, formatting, and distribution to online outlets as well as availability to any bricks-and-mortar bookstore through Ingram.

Our general publishing terms are to release within 12 months of signing a contract to publish, in both eBook and paperback formats. We offer our authors 40% of net proceeds, paid annually, free copies of their published works, and generous discounts.”

Their covers are hit and miss and I get the impression that most of the marketing would be on the author, even though they explicitly ask that you don’t submit a marketing plan.

They only distribution they have is through Ingram, which isn’t good, but it is something. Their website is focused on selling books over recruiting authors. You can see their “bookstore” here to get a feel for what they publish.

To learn more, visit their submission guidelines here.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2020 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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