About Blue Crow Publishing
Blue Crow Publishing, LLC, is an independent publisher of fiction and nonfiction founded in 2016. We publish fiction of a variety of genres under our Blue Crow Books imprint, and nonfiction, including memoir and social commentary, under our Raven Books imprint. Our young adult imprint is Goldenjay Books.
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.
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
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
Katie Rose Guest Pryal earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the Writing Seminars of Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the author of five novels, many nonfiction books, poetry, essays, and more. She is a former professor at the University of North Carolina and a freelance journalist and editor.
Janet A. Linger
Janet A. Linger earned her degree in communication studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She worked in the magazine industry for over a decade as a copyeditor, and she brings these editorial skills to Blue Crow Publishing.
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.
Do you consider books that were previously published?
Sure we do. Books that you self-published, or that you published with a publisher that went out of business, or that you published with a publisher and to which you now you have your rights back—we’ll consider them all. Just query us through the regular process and mention the previous publication. (Previous publication won’t hurt your chances—it just lets us know why there’s a book out there with the same title and content.)
If you have other questions via email.