Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Frontenac House merges with rapidBooks

"Learning to Count" by Douglas Burnet Smith
published by Frontenac
has been shortlisted for the Atlantic Poetry Prize
Frontenac House
1138 Frontenac Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T2T 1B6
But check the address before you send anything; they plan to move

Calgary literary press Frontenac House has merged with rapidBooks, which focuses on IT professionals, to form Frontenac House Media.

Frontenac co-publisher David Scollard explains: "Manoj Khanna and rapidBOOKS bring exactly the capabilities that we have been seeking in this new age of international and electronic publishing."

"We always felt that our greatest need was to extend our publishing range into art and literature," Khanna adds.

Khanna will be president of the new company, with Rose Scollard and David Scollard working as consulting editors. Lyn Cadence, who currently has publicity and marketing posts at both entites, will become publisher.

Frontenac House Media will continue the publishing policies and philosophies that have proved successful for Frontenac House. Foremost of these approaches is the recognition that authors are the absolute foundation of a publisher’s success. “Loyalty to the authors whom we have published has always been the company’s foremost priority,” both Ms Scollard and Mr. Khanna agreed. “We fully intend to continue that policy in the future,” Mr. Khanna added.

A Calgary-based literary press that publishes poetry, aviation history, political satire and fine art books, Frontenac has published 62 titles since it launched in 2000.

The submission process for Frontenac House is ongoing. If you have a poetry manuscript, please mail a complete manuscript, not partial manuscripts or samples. "At present, we are looking for manuscripts for Quartet 2013. There is no due date for submissions; when we have chosen four manuscripts we will consider any new submissions for 2014."

If you have a manuscript other than poetry, please mail a letter of inquiry with a 20 – 30 page sample of your book,. "We prefer this to answering queries on the telephone or by email, due to limited resources. Email queries, especially, can be very time consuming and, as our slowness in answering can be extreme, it would be better just to send along your submission.

"Please look at our website and in bookstores to see what we publish. That will give you an idea of the kinds of manuscripts we are looking for. Please note that although we have published a children’s book we are not at this time looking for more books for children."

Full submission guidelines here.

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Barrie, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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