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Big Yes Press
  • Type of organization
  • Phone
    (805) 710-1160
  • Web address
  • Social media platforms used
  • Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
    Big Yes Press is powered by volunteer writers focused on producing books that speak to our places, people, and times. Since 2012, BYP has one to two books in motion at any given time. Started in the spirit of a cooperative, with an eye on fairness, BYPs offers its authors editorial, production and 100% of the book sales revenue. We are interested in poetry, graphic poetry, and short story collection submissions.
  • Is your group affiliated with a University, portal or other agency?
  • Primary editor/Contact person
    Paula C. Lowe
  • Contact title
  • Publishes
    fiction, poetry
  • Recent Awards Received
    Several poets are poet laureates of their cities and/or counties. There are also award winners and finalists in the mix.
  • Representative authors
    Caroline Goodwin, L. I. Henley, Enid Osborn
  • Submissions policy
    Before query, a writer would be best to have an ordered manuscript ready. The query provided a synopsis, bio, and 3-5 representative poems or 3-5 pages of short story. Should the work perk our interest, we will ask for the manuscript and begin a conversation to decide how BYP can serve you. We strive to give a response to those who submit to BYP within a month. Writers who send submissions in batches to many presses should learn about BYP before submitting. (See website for details)
  • Accepts unsolicited submissions?
  • Submission Guidelines URL
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted
  • Reading period
    Year round
  • Reporting time
    4 - 6 weeks
  • Author Payments
    cash, copies
  • Number of paid staff
    we are volunteers
  • Number of unpaid staff
    varies from book to book. Three core plus guest editors.
  • CLMP Member?
  • How many writers did you publish in your most recent year (calendar or fiscal)?
    BYP has two books in motion for the coming year
  • How many live events did you present in your most recent year (calendar or fiscal)?
    We support authors in their own communities.
  • 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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