A writer’s manuscript is ultimately their heart. It should be treated with respect, and the author should have some control over the process. It’s their book. It’s their words. Every page should be treated with respect, held high, preserved for each and everyone that picks it up.
Perhaps that’s over idealistic, but it’s what the editor stands for in all aspects of life and what the press stands for as an extension of the editor.
We understand transparency can be construed as vulnerability or a sign of weakness in this day and age and send people running for the hills, but in all reality, doesn’t every writer want to be treated as a human being and not a manuscript?
We read BLIND. We will get a feel for who your are through your words, your stories and your voice. When we fall in love with your manuscript and find out who you are, we still won’t care about your pedigree. We will care most about you as not only a writer but a person. We believe in collaboration between writer and editor, person and person. We believe in words, what they have to say to the reader, to the world. We believe in transparency and accessibility. We feel publishing a collection should be an interactive and personalized experience. Every company has a vision. This is ELJ Publications. We are currently small and growing with a handful of dedicated authors, mostly emerging, with really awesome stories to tell. And, if we ever manage to become a large press, we will endeavor to keep this vision make sure everyone that works for the press keeps this vision close to their hearts.
If you agree with our vision, if you want a meaningful experience when publishing either your first book or twentieth, please consider us. We encourage you to purchase a title, hold it in your hands, speak with our current and forthcoming authors, learn more about the press and ask them about their experiences. We encourage you to write to the editor with questions at any time and expect a personal response. if you believe you can benefit from publishing with ELJ, then we encourage you to submit whatever you would like. We will support you 100%. We put in our sweat equity to treat your baby like our baby.
***PLEASE FEEL FREE TO QUERY US ABOUT ANY PROJECT VIA SUBMITTABLE***
ELJ Publications prefers narrative prose and free verse poetry that explores human emotions, experiences, dreams, revelations, etc. We also veer towards the surreal with powerful images and language. If you feel that your poems and/or stories fit into any of these categories, please consider us.
In the query, send us a bit about yourself (without ever telling us your name or your publication history), why you write, what your project is and why you had it in your heart to write it. We care not about pedigree. We don’t want your resume or a list of awards. Be humble. Be real. That’s the kind of author we love.
Please send the entire manuscript up to 100 pages. For anything over 100 pages, please send first 20 pages only.
We take careful time and consideration with your manuscript.