• INCLUDAS Publishing is all about bringing diversity books and diversity authors to readers, with a specific focus on ability. Whether it be limited mobility, deafness, schizophrenia, or down syndrome, we are happy to foster a welcoming and supportive community for all. Our criteria:

1. the author/talent identifies with a particular ability status/condition,

and/or

2. the main character of the story identifies with a particular ability status/condition.

We are open to all genres and look to expand our current focus of children’s books, coloring books, novels, and non-fiction. You may submit an unlimited amount of different stories, but please know that if your submission is conditionally accepted or rejected, you can submit again only after six (6) months of the initial submission, so submit your best work wisely. Also, children’s book authors are advised to NOT submit artwork along with the manuscript.

If you’re able to only submit verbally, please call 818.350.3652 to set up an appointment with us.

  • For illustrators: if you would like to be considered for a project, please send one black and white sample piece of what diversity means to you to: submissions [@] includas.com.

Questions to Ask Yourself First:
Is your main goal to get into bookstores? If so, we are not the publisher for you as we currently do not focus on that.
Is your main goal to spread diversity into the book world? If so, we would be the perfect publisher for you.
Are you driven to have a huge marketing plan for sale purposes? If so, then we are too small of a publisher for you.
Are you driven to change lives and bring awareness to the world? If so, then we would make a great team.
For you, is writing and/or illustrating an interest, a hobby, a passion, a side job, a career, or a business?
Common Misconceptions to Know About:
  1. Once my manuscript is accepted, it will be published right away.
    1. Truth is, even finished manuscripts still need to go through a few rounds of editing because there are different layers to editing that range from developmental to copy editing. On average, we have seen a single manuscript go through about 15 drafts before getting published.
  2. Publishing is easy and fast, just put it into an e-book and sell!
    1. The behind the scenes aspects of having a finished product can take up to six months to complete after editing is complete. Things like interior layout, cover art, ISBN numbers, digital formatting, upload policies, and font styles are just a few of the things that make a book, a book. In addition, we like to test for print and audio options as well because everyone deserves the opportunity to read.
  3. Once the book is out on the internet, the publisher will make it a bestseller.
    1. Marketing a book should be an ongoing strategic process that starts at least one year before a book is released. A publisher will produce and package a book to potential outlets, but marketing is a team effort and a lot of it comes down on the author, alongside the brand that is being created.
  1. Why publish with us?
    1. We care about stories. We push inclusive boundaries. We brainstorm around creativity. We pull diversity forward. We foster supportive relationships. We introduce readers to new adventures. We work as a team to help each other. We adapt.
  2. What happens once I submit my manuscript or want to make changes?
    1. Within three weeks, you will receive a response of either acceptance (we want to work with you immediately), conditional acceptance (we would like to consider working with you, but we need you to update a few things in the manuscript), or future acceptance (at this time we are not able to accept your piece, but please submit again in XX months). After that, you will get a schedule which will involve the editing process and everything else to start the process of getting your book out into the world!
  3. Do I have to sell my rights or pay anyone to get published?
    1. No, and you should never sell all of your rights to any entity (for the most part). You should always be the copyright owner and license the right for publishing uses only, which we do ask for exclusively–mainly in the realm of ebook, print, and audio.
    2. You should never have to pay an agent or a publisher to get representation, the royalty structure in place is what keeps everyone in business.
  4. Do I need an agent or know an editor to submit to INCLUDAS Publishing?
    1. You do not need an agent or know any editor to submit your manuscript. If your work is powerful and fits into our mission, it will sell itself to us. We care about stories with emotion, strength, and enlightenment that have strong story elements such as theme, character development, appropriate pacing, etc. For non-fiction, it’s important to have a message, organization, purpose, etc.
  5. What type or marketing or publicity will the book receive?
    1. Each book project will have its own marketing and PR plan, but some of the main avenues could include: author media press kits, ARCs (e-galleys) sent to blog/book reviewers, social media and newsletter announcements, special promotions and giveaways, event or conference marketing opportunities, press releases.
  6. I don’t understand any of this, what should I do?
    1. If you are not sure where to start or have questions, feel free to call 818/350/3652 or email submissions [@] includas.com.
Writing is a different process for each book, depending on genre, length, and fiction or non-fiction. But here is a standard outline of a process:
phase I: research your target audience | find the book’s theme | understand why people read in your genre
phase II: brainstorming ideas | character development | story identity | book personality
phase III: developmental editing | manuscript critiques | conceptual editing
phase IV: beta reading | content/line editing | proofreading | ARCs
When it comes to publishing, there are a lot of moving pieces, as shown in the two images below. Here is a PDF version of how INCLUDAS Publishing got started: Behind the Curtain: The Logistics of Starting Your Own Publishing Press.
These are some of book industry folks who have insightful info (they have great articles & resources):
1. Jane Friedman (anything from marketing to copyright to editing, she’s got you covered)
2. Joel Friedlander (he’s all about the blogging, the book production, and the design)
3. Joanna Penn (a great start to understanding various publishing platforms and how to get your books ready)
4. Emma Darwin (offers am amazing and detailed writing tool kit to strengthen and deepen any writing)

For some visual reference, check out these examples that shows the publishing process:

Publishing in the traditional sense:

A possible publishing journey:

Jan: Ink wants to publish a kid’s chapter book. Ink has a completed manuscript.

Jan: Ink submits to an agent and publisher with a query letter. *weeks pass until a rejection from both parties is emailed back*

Feb: Ink decides it’s time to get educated and attend a conference.

Feb: Ink signs up for five pitch slots at the conference with editors and agents, and practices the pitch.

April: Ink’s brand and story gets interest of one editor, who requests a partial manuscript sent over. *weeks pass before the editor accepts*

May: Ink is excited, but takes time to learn about contracts before signing one with the publisher.

May: Ink endures on a long, back-and-forth journey of editing to satisfy the editor, who also makes sure the marketing & book production team is on board and has a plan of action. *months pass before book is ready for production*

Dec: Last minute designs, layout, and proofs are analyzed before going to print, ebook, and audio production; a distribution plan is in place. *months pass by*

April: Ink receives a copy of the book and is ready to promote the book and usher people to purchase it in bookstores, and request it at libraries.

June: Ink thanks everyone involved and starts to think about another story.