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At INCLUDAS Publishing, we are all about bringing diversity books and diversity authors to readers, with a specific focus on ability. Whether it be limited mobility, deafness, schizophrenia, Down syndrome, or something else entirely, we are happy to foster a welcoming and supportive community for all. Our criteria:
1. the author/illustrator 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 planners. You may submit an unlimited amount of different stories, but please know that if your submission is “conditionally accepted” or “rejected,” you can only submit again after six (6) months of the initial submission, so submit your best work wisely. Also, children’s book authors are advised NOT to submit artwork along with the manuscript. Please make sure the polished final draft is properly formatted for submission and your query letter meets all required standards.

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

Submit Your Best Work

Is your main goal to get into bookstores? If so, we are not the publisher for you, as we currently do not heavily focus on bookstores.
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 inclusion into 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.
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 20 drafts before getting published.
2. Publishing is easy and fast, just put it into an e-book and sell!
The behind the scenes aspects of having a finished product can take up to six months to complete after editing is complete (and editing can range from 1-2 years). Things like interior layout, cover art, ISBN numbers, digital formatting, 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.
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?
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?
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 6 months).
3.       Do I have to sell my rights or pay anyone to get published?
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. We also do book merchandise, so that may be included in the contract as well. Also 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?
You do not need an agent or know any editor to submit your manuscript to us. If your work is powerful and fits 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?
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?
If you are not sure where to start or have questions, please research this information. There are many groups (like Kid411) and organizations (like SCBWI for kid’s books or RWA for romance), that can be a great starting point. You do not have to be an expert at the publishing process, but know enough to show professionalism (such as how to format your story for submission and what a query letter should include).
Here are some folks who provide great info on the book industry with many insightful articles and other 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)

“EVERYONE has their own adventures and stories to tell.” -Kevin N.

“Diversity in publishing is imperative. Publishers who heed the call will succeed and have loyal readership for generations to come.” -Savannah F.

“When the words we read reflect our diverse world, so too will they perpetuate the value of diversity.” -Emily L.

“Inclusion helps others gain a better understanding and awareness of how differences enrich and empower our communities.” -Kendra G.

“Books that are focused on inclusion will help others realize that they are not alone.” -Erica L.

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." —Walt Disney