AREAS OF INTEREST Parkhurst Brothers is focused editorially on a limited number of subjects and types of books. While we appreciate the work of all writers, we are focused on serving readers of: 1. Story collections, folktale anthologies, instructional titles, memoirs and other story-based works—especially those authored by professional or traditional storytellers. 2. Social issues, especially social justice issues. 3. Behavioral psychology titles that can help individuals, groups, and institutions respond to manipulative people and character-disturbed people in the home, the workplace, and in other environments.
HOW TO SUBMIT TO PARKHURST BROTHERS
Do your research. Please submit only proposals for books that seem consistent with the areas of interest above.
A query letter is always a good idea. It may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the address on our contact page. Never send your original copy of anything. We do not accept responsibility for anything sent without backup on your end. Period.
Book publishers—including this one—are not sufficiently staffed to allow for immediate reply to submissions. While we deeply appreciate your contacting us, our first priority is always to authors already under contract and to projects already in production or on the market. Economic sustainability requires that focus.
We do not give advice about submissions that we find unsuitable for our list (or that we simply do not have the resources to publish at any given time). While we decline submissions, we never “reject” writers. We respect all writers for undertaking a difficult task. We cannot, however, survive if we do not honor our focus.
If you choose to submit to more than one publisher at a time, kindly do each the favor of telling them in your query letter that you are doing so.
If you believe that we are the best publisher for your work and you wish to offer us the exclusive right to consider your work first, then tell us so plainly in your query letter, and request a decision date that is at least four weeks from the first business day on which we are likely to receive your query.
No mail returned. We do not accept responsibility to return anything received. Our responsibility is solely to respond, and then only to those queries which we find to be addressed to one of our active areas of interest. The response is usually limited to “Yes, we are interested in publishing, given certain edits or conditions;” or “No, we find other submissions better serve our niches at this time.” Do not send anything of singular value (anything that is not a copy of your retained original).
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