Are you an author based in either North Dakota or South Dakota looking for publisher nearby?
Below you’ll find 4 book publishing companies in North and South Dakota you should take a look at.
North Dakota State University (NSDU Press) aims to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship across regions including North Dakota, the plains of North America and the Red River Valley, and similar regional academic collaborations across the world. Although no topic is off bounds for NSDU Press, it maintains a publishing output that has a regional emphasis and presents new knowledge generated by a region, or increases the awareness of the public about a region.
The publishing of textbooks at all level, reference texts, reprints, anthologies, proceedings and papers isn’t the only types of works published NSDU Press. This North Dakota publisher also publishes fiction and poetry, as long as works are regional classics or have a primary focus on the region. Biographies and autobiographies are also acceptable to NSDU Press assuming they contribute to the culture of the region and enhance its knowledge.
NSDU Press is currently accepting submissions for fiction, nonfiction, and submissions for its Contemporary Voice of Indigenous Series (through book-length manuscripts of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that give a voice to indigenous people), and for its Heritage Guide Series (guides for travellers visiting North Dakota heritage landscapes and the northern plains). You can find submission guidelines for each of the different genres and series at this page.
South Dakota Historical Society Press was started in 1997 with a remit to create books about South Dakota’s abundant and diverse history. A member of the Association of University Presses, over the years it has developed a reputation for publishing books that are award-winning, and for producing scholarly works that are grounded upon strong research. The books South Dakota Historical Society Press publishes are catered for readers of all ages.
If you’re interested in making a submission to this university press, it is currently looking for manuscripts about the Northern Great Plains region’s culture, people, history and experiences of its residents. Although the main focus of South Dakota Historical Society Press’s is the consideration of submissions of works about South Dakota, it does accept manuscripts about people and events in Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota. This university press also reviews submissions for children’s fiction through picture books and early reader chapter books, as long as these feature the region’s landscape and culture. High quality nonfiction is also acceptable. Genres that South Dakota Historical Society Press doesn’t accept are historical fiction, poetry, and works that make use of research of the genealogical type. Do ensure you read the Submission Requirements page carefully, and ensure your manuscript is prepared in the appropriate format before making your submission.
Based in Bathgate, North Dakota, Bethlehem Books is a small publishing company that is dedicated to publishing reprints of adventure stories, historical fiction, biographies and family stories for children and young adults. A publisher of more than 100 books, the goal of Bethlehem Books is to provide quality reading for all of the family through print books, ebooks and audiobooks.
As the focus of Bethlehem Books is to reprint children’s literature that is not available in print anymore, it does not accept manuscripts for new books.
Ex Machina Books & Arts in Sioux Falls, South Dakota started life in 1987 through the publishing of a book of poetry and art called Steadfast by Clara Hilleson followed by publications such Kim Ode’s Prairie Beat which turned into a bestseller, among others, including translations such as The Forgotten People: A Year Among Hutterites by Michael Holzach. Over the years, Ex Machina Books & Arts has diversified the types of works it publishes, and today is a major publisher and distributor of fiction, poetry and nonfiction in the state of South Dakota.
If you’re interested in making a submission, Ex Machina Books & Arts welcomes new submissions from writers based in South Dakota. However, do note that due to the size of this small publishing house, it only publishes 2-3 books annually. The way to make a submission to this publisher is to make an initial inquiry, provide a few details of your proposed book and if it is of interest, you’ll be asked to send in your manuscript. Take a look at this page for further information.
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Hiten Vyas is the Founder and Managing Editor of Writing Tips Oasis.