The Pen Women Press is Accepting Manuscripts
The Pen Women Press is the publishing service offered to NLAPW members that
provides a lower cost than commercial publishers. Sister Pen Women provide
professional support services in editing, cover design, layout and marketing materials.
Individual members and branches are invited to use the Pen Women Press for
publishing projects ranging from chapbooks to anthologies. Contact Managing
Editor, Kathleen Vermaelen for more information via email at:
Manuscript Submission Guidelines
- Manuscripts are reviewed by a PW Press review committee.
- A book coordinator is assigned to work with the author of accepted books.
- The Coordinator will determine the need for other staff such as graphic artists or editors.
- A publication timeline and cooperative agreement, including cost, will be prepared.
- Once signed, the author will begin working with the book coordinator.
- The author will receive and approve a proof of the book prior to printing.
- The Pen Women Press publishes works that compliment the mission of NLAPW.
Associated costs are less than commercial self-publishing companies and your own your inventory. Publish your book for an average cost of $1200 for 100 copies. Bookmarks and other marketing materials not included.
Typical costs include:
- Pre-press Production: Coordination of manuscript cover (to be provided by author) and interior book pages [Price includes one edit; additional edits & interior image(s) are extra.]
- Pre-press Services: File corrections/conversions, referrals for cover design
- Print Production Management (coordination with printer, assignment of ISBN, management of galley proofs, establishment of product delivery schedule)
- Marketing materials (bookmarks, news releases, postcards) provided for an additional fee
- Free advertisement in Pen Woman magazine plus NLAPW web site online sales
- Authors are billed in two equal payments. The first payment is due prior to printing and the second is due upon delivery.
- 100 copies is the minimum print run.
About the Pen Women Press
As early as January 1916, the women of the League of American Pen Women, as it was known before it officially became the National League of American Pen women in 1926, found themselves in the publishing business. The initial issue of the LAPW Bulletin was a 15-page leaflet with notes of interest concerning the League and achievements of its members. It mentions the celebration of LAPW Day at the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Fransisco, November 18, 1915.
In 1920, the League published the first Pen Woman magazine. The Pen Woman magazine has been published at least quarterly ever since. It continues to bring poetry, professional development, fiction, artwork and music profiles to NLAPW members and subscribers.
In the October, 2007 National Executive Board meeting, Jean Holmes, 3rd vice president, announced that the NLAPW had been accepted as an official organization of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. One of the projects emerging from that honor was an an editorial committee to solicit, collect and evaluate submissions for the publication of an anthology of literary, artistic, and musical works about the Lincoln legacy. At the January, 2008 National Executive Board meeting, the Pen Women Press was established to publish the anthology. The NLAPW has donated copies of the anthology to every school in the District of Columbia and to many school libraries, public libraries and educational foundations across the country.
Visit our Bookstore to purchase the anthology, Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: A Commemorative Collage, and other great books offered by Pen Women Press.