Supporting authors and artists in their quest to create worlds and inspire readers.
Are you Askew?
Are you a self-publishing service?
No. We do NOT require money from our authors for our services. If you wish to hire a designer or editor for your self-publishing project, then RhetAskew Publishing is not what you are looking for.
What can you offer authors who publish their writing with you?
We pride ourselves on offering personal feedback to our authors. We believe the publishing process should be collaborative, and we have built RhetAskew (a division of Rhetoric Askew, LLC), on that foundation.
What makes you different from other small publishers?
Once you choose to be Askew, you will never be alone in the process. We have a team of development coaches and editors who are specifically trained to help authors develop manuscripts which are not quite ready for publication, but have a solid concept and strong characters. Creative Development Editors / Development Coaches walk through the development process with authors until their manuscript is ready for publication.
Because we know authors pour their heart and soul into the stories they create, our editors and coaches respect the voice and vision behind the story. They welcome questions and suggestions from authors and are always willing to listen.
The Askew Marketing and Design team works closely with our authors to ensure the book cover and marketing materials fit their vision, not just for the book launch but afterward to keep the momentum going. We believe no one knows the story better than the author, and our job is to make the author’s dream and vision a reality, while working to make the story the best it can be.
Rhetoric Askew is a Godsend! Their developmental edit allowed me to add a depth to my story that enhanced the characters and enriched the flow. The comments were helpful and professional, and the team was always available if I needed them. I would not hesitate to use Rhetoric Askew for all my future editing needs.
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RA is great. They helped me become a better writer. I have a nearly infinite number of ideas at times and I write a lot, but the end product had tons of problems. Of course, submitting stories like this brought rejection letters, but RA broke down these problems and offered me more than solutions. They … Continue reading An Askew Author
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You guys have been absolutely great editing (and publishing) submissions for the anthologies. Couldn’t ask for a more professional job and relationship. Thanks!
Having had my work edited for publication by Rhetoric Askew, I was surprised by the quality of the suggestions. They understood my vision, and helped hone the work to showcase my voice.
Do you provide feedback to authors on their queries and submissions?
At RhetAskew, we appreciate the time and effort authors put into creating stories they believe are ready for submission; because of our appreciation and respect for the craft and the authors, we do not process queries in bulk.
Our authors do not receive form-letter rejections from us. We do our utmost to provide feedback on every query we receive. If we do not feel a story is Askew material, we will provide an explanation as to why, and when possible we make suggestions on how to address issues found during the review process.
Submissions are evaluated on a multi-point system to determine if the manuscript is ready for print. Authors of stories NOT ready for publication, but who have crafted a strong plot and characters, will receive an invitation to join us in a Creative Development process. This involves working with one of our editors, who walk through the manuscript with the author, polishing the writing and the story until it is at its absolute best, and is ready for publication.
What genres do you accept?
We try not to limit your choices; we want to see what you have created.
That being said, we do NOT accept Erotica, Gore, or Shock Literature. We appreciate those who create and enjoy such stories, but they are simply NOT a good fit for Team Askew, or our readers.
What makes a successful query?
THE HOOK! Plain and simple, hook us on your idea, hook us on your characters, hook us on your writing.
Every query should have three parts, no more and no less. Resist the urge to show us everything in your plot. Please, do NOT—I repeat do NOT—send us the FULL manuscript in the query.
- Paragraph one should tell us why you chose to query RA and please be specific. Include your story’s genre, word count, and a one-line hook (think of this as your character’s life or death moment). Make us love it.
- A mini-synopsis. Brevity and clarity are your friends here.
- Author Bio – Who you are, and where you are in your journey.
When you copy/paste your first three chapters into the online form, do NOT stress too much about formatting. Browsers are simply not designed for formatting so don’t try to force something that isn’t going to happen. DO PROOF-READ CAREFULLY. Make sure you are giving us the best content possible so we can make the best decision for your story’s future with RA.
What is the author’s part in the Askew process?
The author must be willing to accept feedback from our editors. We do not require every edit to be accepted, but we do require cooperation and communication from our authors. We want authors who are as excited to see their story come to life as we are. Askew authors need to be prepared to build their author brand and cooperate with the marketing efforts and plans of the Askew Marketing team. In short, we want authors who are as invested in their success as we are.
Well, I’m sold. I am Askew. How can I submit my work to you?
For novel submissions please follow the Query Us tab at the top of the website and follow the instructions there.