About Askew

The beauty of being Askew…

Create worlds, inspire readers, and support authors and artists. Are you Askew?


What can you offer those who wish to publish with you?

We pride ourselves on offering personal feedback to our authors. We believe that the publishing process should be collaborative, and that is the foundation of RhetAskew Publishing, a division of Rhetoric Askew, LLC.

Once you choose to be Askew, you will never be alone in the process—

We have a team of development coaches to help those who aren’t quite ready for editing. They will walk through the development process with you until the manuscript is ready for editing. You will be assigned an editor who will walk through the manuscript with you until it is ready for publication. We believe editing should be a collaborative process so our editors welcome questions and suggestions from authors and are always willing to listen to your concerns. Our marketing and design team will work with you to ensure the cover and marketing materials fit your vision. We believe no one knows the story better than the author, so we work to make your vision a reality while keeping in mind current market trends. The marketing team will assist you in building a launch campaign and provide a collaborative marketing plan to keep the forward momentum going.


Do you provide feedback on queries and submissions?

The Editors of Rhetoric Askew are active members in the writing community and one of the complaints we hear most often from fellow authors is not receiving feedback on their submissions.

At Rhetoric Askew we appreciate the time and effort that goes into creating a piece you believe is ready for submission. Because of our appreciation and respect for the craft, we give feedback.

You will not receive a form-letter rejection from us. We offer feedback on every query we receive. If we do not feel your story is Askew material, we will provide an explanation as to why.

Entries AND Queries will be evaluated on a multi-point system to determine if they are ready for print, or not. Those which are NOT ready but have a strong plot and characters will receive an invitation to the Creative Development process where one of our editors will walk through the manuscript with the author to polish the story until it is at its absolute best.


What genres do you accept?

We want to see what you have created. We do NOT accept Erotica. We appreciate those who create such stories, but these 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.

  1. 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.
  2. A mini-synopsis. Brevity and clarity is your friend here.
  3. Author Bio.

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.


Why is RhetAskew different from other publishers?


Rhetoric Askew, LLC (our parent company) is committed to providing authors with options. Because of their mission, RhetAskew Publishing came into existence.

We are a full-service publisher for those who do not want to take the journey alone.

We also provide author services for those who prefer to self-publish but need help polishing their story and/or building their author brand before publication.


How can someone inquire about Author Services?

Contact us for a quote. Click here!


You mentioned being active in the writing community. You started RA with the Anthology Askew collection which features new and experienced authors. How often are the anthologies published?

We publish Anthology Askew on a quarterly basis and are always open for submissions. Our team meetings always have one constant component: we’re always shocked and awed by the sheer amount of talent our Askewians submit for the anthologies. We are thrilled and proud to be able to share their stories and voices with the world.


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.

Check out our Anthology Submissions page. Most details are covered there, but you can always Contact Us if you have additional questions about either process.

Our doors are always open, so come join us on Facebook and Twitter.


Happy writing,

Team Askew




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