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Upper Hand Press
  • Type of organization
  • Phone
    (614) 886-2462
  • Web address
  • Social media platforms used
    FB, Twitter
  • Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
    Upper Hand Press authors write urgently about their experience and ideas; their subjects that won't wear out or dim with age. Our mission is to publish books that with topics, stories, characters, and themes that will challenge, inspire, and surprise readers on every reading. We believe that significant writers work hard whatever their circumstances. We will bring you the work of autodidacts and studied writers alike. It's the hard work and time taken that create and burnish authenticity, the fundamental in gaining the Upper Hand.
  • Is your group affiliated with a University, portal or other agency?
  • Primary editor/Contact person
    Ann Starr
  • Contact title
    Ann Starr, Publisher
  • Publishes
    essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry
  • Focus
    Encouraging and publishing new authors and the great ones other presses have let get away.
  • Recent Awards Received
    Eric Hoffer for "The Naming of Girl" by Rhonda G. Williams Best Book for "Cadillac, Oklahoma" by Louise Farmer Smith
  • Representative authors
    Louise Farmer Smith, Ann Cefola, Herta Feely
  • Submissions policy
    Exclusives only. No agents. Writer sends simultaneous paper and digital copy of MS with $10 submission fee. Turn-around is usually less than three months. Please do not send your shotgun submissions to Upper Hand Press. We are a small, personal press. As such, we accept only people seriously committed to publishing here. (See website for details)
  • Accepts unsolicited submissions?
  • Submission Guidelines URL
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted
  • Reading period
  • Reporting time
    04 - 11 months
  • Author Payments
  • Number of paid staff
  • Number of unpaid staff
  • Distributors
    Baker and Taylor, Ingram, Amazon
  • E-distributors
    all ebook platforms
  • Wholesalers
    Baker and Taylor, Bookmasters
  • CLMP Member?
  • How many writers did you publish in your most recent year (calendar or fiscal)?
  • How many live events did you present in your most recent year (calendar or fiscal)?
  • Number of Books Published per Year
  • Titles in Print
  • Average Print Run
  • Format (%)
    100% Paperback
  • Average Price per Book
  • Average Price per e-Book

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