Our stories, our knowledge, our perspectives, Our Truths need to be shared and we are sharing all of those in books. From personal stories and children's books to self-help books and poetry, Black Women are writing more books than ever before but sadly, many of those books exist only on laptops and in personal notebooks. A recent survey revealed that 79% of the publishing industry self-report as white. That means that when you look at authors, agents, and publishers, most don’t look like us. That leaves a huge gap in the industry…and that’s where we come in.
Our Truths Publishing was created to help close that gap and share your stories with the world. We will help you take your book from manuscript to a finished book and then into the hands of your readers by taking the guesswork and mystery out of the process.
Our Truths Publishing offers three publishing packages catered to your needs while maintaining your goal of sharing your words and stories with the world.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are all books accepted and published?
All Black female authors have the opportunity to be published by Our Truths Publishing. In some cases, revisions or edits may be necessary prior to starting the publishing process but every author has the opportunity to have their book published.
Is there a recommended length for a book?
Books vary in length according to their subject and the author’s decisions. On average, books that are at least 30,000 words are long enough to have a spine allowing for a more professional finished project. Having said that, all lengths can be accommodated.
Many publishers pay authors advances, does Our Truths Publishing?
Publishers that pay an advance retain partial ownership of the book and are paid for every copy sold. Our Truths surrenders all ownership of the book to the author, therefore we don’t pay an advance.
How long does the full process take?
It varies for each project depending on the length of the manuscript, its readiness for publishing, the number of projects ahead of yours, etc. In general, from manuscript acceptance to finished product averages around 3 months but the estimated time will be communicated at the start of the project.
What is the difference in each type of editing?
Substantive (developmental) editing - The most intensive form of editing is substantive editing. The document is evaluated as a whole and problems of structure, organization, coherence, and logical consistency are corrected. Sentences may be removed or added. Paragraphs may be rewritten, condensed, or expanded. Blocks of text may be moved from one section to another.
Copy editing - The editor corrects problems of grammar, style, repetition, word usage, and jargon. Copy editing includes one revision at no additional charge.
Proofreading - Proofreading is the lightest form of editing. Minor errors are corrected. Minor errors include: errors of grammar and style (e.g., verb tense, units such as ml, use of numerals and words such as “5” or “five”) and errors of capitalization, punctuation (e.g., the use of commas, semicolons, colons, periods, dashes, apostrophes) errors of spelling and word usage (e.g., to/too, affect/effect).
I have other questions.
Email Publishing@OurTruths.com to get answers to any of your questions about becoming a published author with Our Truths Publishing.
No black woman writer in this culture can write ‘too much.’ Indeed, no woman writer can write ‘too much’…No woman has ever written enough.