Chief Editor: Larry Smith
1) We are a book publisher; we do not accept individual poems, stories, or essays unless for a specific collection which we have sent out a call (Exs. Working-class short stories, Family Poems for an announced anthology). Note: We do not do chapbooks; a minimum book needs to be at least 80 pages long.
2) We require that you submit a query first, that you write out a description of your book, yourself (as writer and person), explaining the book's focus, length, and potential audience for that book. Where are you from, what have you done, what are your plans for this book? You may include a few poems, a sample essay, or a story to introduce yourself and the book.
*This may be done via e-mail
3) As one of thousands of independent small presses, we have developed and achieved a certain character. It is suggested that you read some of our publications to sense this. In brief, we publish books focusing on these
4) If work is accepted we will expect the author to work with us on layout and help with promotion. We expect the final manuscript from the author on computer disk, along with a hard copy for reference.
5) Writers receive a royalty fee for books and a flat fee for anthology collections, or a co-operative arrangement on special worthy projects (Bird Dog Publishing).
6) We publish about 5-6 books a year of literary and social worth.
7) Include a self-addressed stamped envelope, with sufficient postage. Query answer in 1 week; query first. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.
8) *Reading Fee: Due to increased costs and decreased funding, we are now asking that you include a “reader's fee” of $20 (It takes at least 2-3 hours per book). This does guarantee you a careful reading and a solid response to your work.
9) Bird Dog Publishing uses print-on-demand technology to publish deserving books. We pay royalties on net sales on all of our books. See our web page http://smithdocs.net/BirdDogy/BirdDogPage.html.
10) Book publication includes royalty, promotion, distribution, layout and design, as with our Bottom Dog Press books.
Working-Class Culture and Values
Family and Spirit
Peace and Justice