About Blue Crow Publishing

Blue Crow Publishing, LLC, is a small, traditional publisher of fiction and nonfiction founded in 2016. We publish fiction and nonfiction of a variety of genres under our Blue Crow Books imprint:

  • Adult Fiction of all genres.
  • Young Adult Fiction of all genres.
  • Nonfiction, including memoir, essays, and social commentary. In our Critical Higher Education series, we publish narrative nonfiction and essay collections.

We publish 4-6 titles a year. You can learn about the kind of books we publish by reading our Submission page. We are a socially conscious press that prioritizes own voices and traditionally marginalized authors.

Awards and Best-of Lists

Our titles have won awards and been named to best-of lists, and we’re so proud of what our authors have been able to accomplish in just a few years. Here’s a selection of our authors’ achievements.

  • EVEN IF YOU’RE BROKEN: ESSAYS ON SEXUAL ASSAULT AND #METOO, by Katie Rose Guest Pryal, won a Gold 2020 Independent Publisher Book Award—an “IPPY”
  • GRACE PERIOD, by Kelly J. Baker, was named on of the 12 best “New Religion Journalism” Books of the Decade by Religion Dispatches Magazine in December 2019. (Yes, of the decade.)
  • LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTEDby Katie Rose Guest Pryal, was named one of the 5 Books to Help You Understand Higher Education by Bookriot in 2019.
  • SEXISM ED, by Kelly J. Baker, was named one of the 5 Books to Help You Understand Higher Education by Bookriot in 2019. (Yes, that’s two of our titles on that list.)
  • SEXISM ED, by Kelly J. Baker, won the INDIE Gold Award for Women’s Studies nonfiction 2018.
  • THE BOND, by Robin Kirk, won the INDIE Bronze Award for Young Adult fiction 2018.
  • Lauren Faulkenberry was the Winner of the FAMILY CIRCLE Fiction prize.
  • Lauren Faulkenberry was a finalist for the Novello Festival Press First Novel Award.
  • Lauren Faulkenberry was nominated for an Intro Award by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).

Blue Crow Publishing Statement of Beliefs

We at Blue Crow Publishing operate according to five guiding principles. These five principles, or beliefs, inform our decisions every day.

  • We believe that authors should be treated with honesty and respect.
  • We believe books should be beautiful and of high quality.
  • We believe that the best books are sometimes overlooked by publishers.
  • We believe that great writing is not limited by genre.
  • We believe that all authors deserve a voice, especially those whose writing the publishing world has so often turned its back on.

Blue Crow People

Lauren Faulkenberry: Co-Publisher

Award-winning writer Lauren Faulkenberry earned her MFA in book arts from The University of Alabama and her MFA in fiction writing from Georgia College & State University. She is the author of four novels, one children’s picture book, many short stories and more. She teaches book arts workshops all over the country at residencies and retreats such as the Penland School of Crafts and Wildacres.

Katie Rose Guest Pryal: Co-Publisher

Katie Rose Guest Pryal earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the Writing Seminars of Johns Hopkins University, her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the author of many novels and nonfiction books, essays, and more. She also works as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Blue Crow Publishing FAQs

Here are common questions that people ask about Blue Crow Publishing and other small presses.

Do you charge authors money, say, a reading fee, or a fee for publication?

Don’t be silly. No. We don’t charge any fees at all. We are what’s called a “traditional publisher.” We are not a “vanity press” or a “hybrid publisher.”

What is your royalty split with authors?

In general, we split royalties with authors somewhere between 60/40 and 70/30. (Your own contract might be different, depending on what we negotiate.)

Wow, that’s so high! Why do you give authors such a big royalty cut?

We are a small outfit. We will do everything we can to put out a gorgeous book and to market it well with the resources we have. But our resources are limited. So we consider you, the author, a partner in this publishing endeavor, and we need your help to make your book a success. Authors help their books succeed by proofing, marketing, maintaining a web presence, working on social media, and in other ways.

Help! I don’t know how to do those things.

Don’t worry, we’ll help you. We have created a series of author tutorials and a community of other authors who support one another. We know that many new authors don’t know much about publishing. We’re ready to support you through this partnership.

Do you pay an advance?

We do not.

Hey, why you didn’t respond to my query?

There are lots of reasons why we might not respond. The most common reason is that you sent us a query when our submissions are closed. Please don’t do that. Save your query for when we’re accepting submissions—we’ll look forward to reading (and replying) then.

If you have other questions via email.