Our plans for 2021

February 1, 2021

2020 was a long year, and we’re still trying to catch up. There have been ongoing backlogs for virtually every part of the publishing process (reading manuscripts, coordinating with new authors, completing pre-press layout, print vendor turnaround, order fulfillment…). We had four wonderful interns last year, and two interns the year before; this year, because of COVID, we have none. And while this note uses “we” a lot, PN is just one person — and I have had a number of changes in my professional and personal life in the last year that have changed what I am able to juggle.

We regret that will we not be taking manuscripts this cycle for all of these reasons. We have six amazing titles coming out over the course of 2021, and we are still very much an active press! But, given the above, it seemed irresponsible to reopen and likely receive 400+ submissions, commit to reading each one carefully (often more than once), and usher 4-6 new titles through production. The folks who send us work often don’t find out if their manuscript has been selected until almost November — and if they submitted in January, that is a long time to wait. One of our recent titles took nearly a year and half from the time we accepted it to when it was released. I am not OK with any of that — and those are the outcomes with interns.

I take a lot of pride and put a lot of care into these books, because writers deserve that. We’ve been going strong for ten years, continue to get more manuscripts each year, and have greatly increased the number of titles we publish. By the end of the year, we’ll have published 40 titles. However, we’re getting to a point where that growth is unsustainable. And I don’t want to just keep pressing on to see what the breaking point is. I am hopeful that, by having this time to properly care for the six titles we’re publishing this year and giving them a timely release, it will give us a chance to clear off the to-do list and start fresh in 2022 with a more manageable, scaled-back operation. Thank you for your understanding, and I look forward to sharing our next new title with you soon!

3 Responses to “Our plans for 2021”

  1. A wise decision, dearest Lisa. Time to take a deep breath and take care of your dear self. Sending love. Edwina

  2. plingaus said

    Thank you for that. I wish you well for 2021 and look forward to 2022.

  3. marcia hurlow said

    Thanks for keeping us up to date. I hope 2021 is a time of healing as well as a time to “catch up” with the press.

    With on-going admiration for your work,
    Marcia Hurlow

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