12:13 PM Posted by Amy Allgeyer Cook

To celebrate Small Press Month, the Indie-Debut Authors have rounded up a series of interviews with small presses, agents and other super-interesting industry folks to talk about how they work (or don't work) with Independent and Small Presses. Our first interview is with 4RV Publishing, which is the home house for several of our debut authors. This interview was conducted by our own Terry Lynn Johnson, author of Dogsled Dreams, due out Feb. 2011.

Edmond, Oklahoma
(from their website:)
4RV Publishing LLC works one on one with accepted authors to create quality work. The staff (including published authors and experienced editors, illustrators, and designers) works together to produce professional fiction and nonfiction books for all ages. Submissions are expected to be well-written and professionally edited, with few, if any, grammatical or spelling errors. We want manuscripts that catch the attention of readers (editors) and keeps them reading to the end. Only the best are accepted.

1. How many submissions do you typically receive in a year?

In the two years we’ve been in business, we’ve received over 125 submissions.

2. How many books to you publish in a year?

Originally we planned on publishing twelve books per year at most. *laugh* We have already published thirty books in the first eighteen months we’ve put out books.
3. What type of books do you publish? What are you looking for?

We publish any genre or type except erotica or anything with graphic sex or violence. Most the books so far have been picture books because they can be finished in less time. Novels take more and longer editing and formatting time.

We have tween and teen books, novels, chapter books, picture books, and non-fiction in the pipeline.

Submissions for picture books has been closed for a while, but we’re planning on reopening submissions in the next three months.

4. What is the average response time a writer should expect after submitting to you?

Usually it takes about three months for a submission to work its way through the acquisition process. However, if we have a massive number of submissions, it can take longer.
5. What advice can you give to someone wanting to submit a manuscript?

Submitters need to have a well-written manuscript with few if any errors and must follow the guidelines exactly to submit.
6. How is 4RV Publishing different from other presses?

We are a traditional press, which means authors don’t pay for any of our services and aren’t required to purchase even one copy of their books. We do work one on one with authors (and illustrators where used). Our editors are some of the best to be found, and we help authors make their books become the best possible books. Our authors have more input into the publishing process of their books than can be found with many publishers.
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