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55 Fathoms Publishing

55 Fathoms Publishing is the book publishing partner to Orca, A Literary Journal. We are open for queries for both fiction and nonfiction works. Although we are a new book publisher, our staff has many years of experience in publishing. We understand what it takes to bring a book to fruition, from editing and cover design, to marketing and distribution. We are committed to working with our writers to achieve a successful book launch and publication run.

We plan to publish two to three books in the coming year

General Guidelines: We are looking for submissions of book length works (40,000 to 120,000 words). Unpublished novels and nonfiction works only. For story or essay collections at least two-thirds of your pieces should have been previously published in reputable literary journals. Sorry, no children's, young adult, or poetry. We are only interested in those books written in the literary style; mainstream genre works are not a good match for us.

Fiction: We are particularly interested in books that exist on the boundary between literary and speculative—books of profound imagination and exquisite writing. In your submission please include a query letter and the first 10 pages of your book. A synopsis of 1-2 pages is optional. In your query letter please provide a paragraph or two focusing on the main plot and themes of your book, with an emphasis on what makes it unique and publishable. Also include a paragraph about you and your writing experience. Don't be afraid to mention that you've never been published before—in some cases that's a plus not a minus. For help in writing a query letter please see Jane Friedman's expert advice. If you are submitting a short story or essay collection please also provide an acknowledgements list. At least two-thirds of your stories or essays should have been previously published in reputable literary journals.

Nonfiction: Topics of interest include current social and political events, science, nature, environment, history, mathematics, and true crime. A collection of essays is also welcome. We will also consider memoir, but your story needs to be much more interesting than a family history. Send a query letter, a table of contents, and the first 10 pages. Although agents and larger publishers often prefer to work with writers to craft a work of nonfiction to the market, we are not staffed for that task, and prefer your book to be completed or near completion.

Quota: This project has established a quota. Submissions will close when it is reached.

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Fiction: We are particularly interested in books that exist on the boundary between literary and speculative—books of profound imagination and exquisite writing. In your submission please include, in a single document: a query letter and the first 10 pages of your book. A synopsis of 1-2 pages is optional. In your query letter please provide a paragraph or two focusing on the main plot and themes of your book, with an emphasis on what makes it unique and publishable. Also include a paragraph about you and your writing experience. Don't be afraid to mention that you've never been published before—in some cases that's a plus not a minus. For help in writing a query letter please see Jane Friedman's expert advice. If you are submitting a short story collection please also provide an acknowledgements list. At least two-thirds of your stories should have been previously published in reputable literary journals.

Nonfiction: Topics of interest include current social and political events, science, nature, environment, history, mathematics, and true crime. A collection of essays is also welcome. We will also consider memoir, but your story needs to be much more interesting than a family history. Send a query letter, a table of contents, and the first 10 pages. Although agents and larger publishers often prefer to work with writers to craft a work of nonfiction to the market, we are not staffed for that task, and prefer your book to be completed or near completion.

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