Sunday, March 14, 2010

ECW Press

2120 Queen Street East
Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario
M4E 1E2

ECW is headed up by co-publishers David Caron and Jack David. Some Quick Brown Fox readers will have met Jack, as he was one of the panelists at my “From the Horse’s Mouth” seminar at Ryerson in 2009.

ECW publishes about 50 new books each year, and to date has published close to 1,000 books which are distributed throughout the English-speaking world and translated into dozens of languages. ECW mainly publishes non-fiction, including pop-culture and political analysis, sports books, biography, and travel guides.  ECW has also been publishing about 4 to 8 books of poetry and fiction yearly.

Many of ECW’s fiction releases are mysteries or crime fiction. For example, out of 18 upcoming releases, there are 12 non-fiction titles, 1 book of poetry, 1 work of general fiction and 4 crime/mystery novels. Among its many fine mystery writers, ECW publishes Ross Pennie, who will be the guest speaker at the Writing Your Life workshops in Guelph on March 27, in Toronto on April 10, and in Brampton on June 19. (For the Brampton workshop, email me for details:

Submissions: For non-fiction, ECW accepts proposals from anywhere, but for poetry and fiction, it publish Canadian authors only. As with most independent publishers, you do not need an agent to submit to ECW.

With your submission, please include:
A cover letter explaining who you are, what your book is about, and why you think it’s a good fit with ECW.
A brief bio and publication history.
A sample of the manuscript. For poetry, 10-15 pages. For fiction and non-fiction, 15-25 pages.
For fiction and non-fiction, please include a double-spaced synopsis of the work. You may also include a table of contents for non-fiction.
For non-fiction, please also include a suggested marketing plan (i.e., who will buy your book?).

Send your submission to:
Jack David, Publisher, for business, sports, mysteries, true crime, biography
Jennifer Hale, Senior Editor, for pop culture, fiction (e.g., Fruit, Showbiz, Shelf Monkey), creative non-fiction
Michael Holmes, Senior Editor, a misFit book (that's the name of his imprint within ECW)  for literary fiction (e.g., Joyland, Brother Dumb), poetry, and wrestling books
David Caron, Co-Publisher, for sci-fi/fantasy, graphic novels, history, and corporate books

Full submission guidelines here:

Note: In the spring, I’ll be leading a number of "How to Get Published" workshops: in Gravenhurst on April 17, Moncton, NB, on April 23, Peterborough on April 24, Kingston on April 25, in Uxbridge on May 8, and Hamilton on May 15.
For information about all of my upcoming writing workshops and creative writing courses, see here.

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