Manifesto/FAQ/Submission Requirements

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What cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written.

  • Jacques Derrida

What is Four Freedom Publishing?

Four Freedom Publishing is a limited, private publishing house dedicated to writers whose works advance the cause of Human Rights.

What Does it Publish?

We publish sixteen books a year, in both paperback and ebook/Kindle formats. These are drawn from four literary sectors:

  • Fiction (including both novels and short story selections)
  • Non-Fiction (history, journalism, collected essay, collaborative)
  • Poetry and/or Children’s
  • Drama or Screenplay

Who is the Targeted Audience?

In particular for the Non-Fiction category, we seek works that will appeal to an educated audience with at least some post-secondary credits. However, we resist the purely academic jargon-filled works that erect barriers between the broader audience and the content.

What is Meant by the Term Human Rights?

As the title of our House implies, we base our editorial platform around works that concern themselves with the cause of Freedom as broadly defined by Franklin Roosevelt in his 1941 State of the Union address. They are:

  • Freedom of Speech
  • Freedom of Worship
  • Freedom from Want
  • Freedom from Fear

Does Four Freedoms Publishing Publish Humour?

Yes! It is absolutely true that in life, in order to be taken seriously sometimes it is best to make the audience laugh. There is no literary sub-category (sport, romance, science-fiction, fantasy) that we will not consider.

 

Do You Consider New Authors?

Yes! You will see our Submission Policies below. We do not require a writer to have been previously published or agented, just talented and dedicated.

 

What Support and Royalty Arrangements Do You Offer?

At this time we offer four weeks of marketing to each title at Four Freedom’s expense. We will construct a dedicated web page for each book, establish social media accounts and further promote the book to targeted reviewers and publications. Further marketing can be arranged on a case-by-case basis.

 

We do not offer advances against future sales. However, our Royalty rate is established at 12.5% of gross sales except for copies sent out for promotional purposes. We will also send authors (or their designated representatives) monthly sales updates, beginning 60 days after publication. The author will receive royalty payments bi-monthly beginning at the end of the first month 60 days after publication.1

 

Are There Expansion Plans?

We are working towards establishing a quarterly digital magazine that will showcase our writers and also establish a forum for newer writers to showcase their work to the worldwide audience. The magazine will be launched in the Summer of 2016.

 

How Can Four Freedom be Contacted?

You may email us at any time at fourfreedompublishing@gmail.com

 

Submission requirements

  1. All works must be submitted in English.

  2. The submitting writer must hold all copyright to all content. If quotations or excerpts from other works are contained within the manuscript, it is the responsibility of the writer to prove s/he has received necessary permission.

  3. We only accept electronic submissions in Word, PDF or OpenOffice formats.

  4. Do not send the entire manuscript on speculation!

  5. Send a query letter outlining your book, a brief biography of yourself (and any collaborator) along with the first five thousand words (roughly twenty pages) of the manuscript.

  6. All submissions should be double-spaced and unlocked, allowing for editorial comments to be added.

  7. Use a standard font: Arial, Times, Times New Roman, Palatino, Garamond

  8. If there are illustrations, do not send them until we request them.

1e.g. Your book is published on September 15. You will receive your first sales report at the end of November and your first Royalty payment along with it at that time.