Supporting authors and artists in their quest to create worlds and inspire readers.
Are you Askew?
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 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 authors develop their manuscripts. This stage is for authors and stories who aren’t quite ready for editing but have a solid concept and strong characters. Creative Development Editors and Development Coaches will walk through the development process with the author(s) until the manuscript is ready for editing.
As a Creative Development Author, you will be assigned a Creative Development Editor and Development Coach who will walk through the manuscript with you until it is ready for publication.
Because we know authors pour heart and soul into the stories they create, we believe editing should be a collaborative process. Our editors and coaches welcome questions and suggestions from authors and are always willing to listen.
The Askew Marketing and Design teams will work with you to ensure the book cover and marketing materials fit your vision for your book launch and thereafter. We believe no one knows the story better than the author. Our job is to make your author dream and vision a reality while keeping in mind current market trends and what will benefit the story. Our Askew Marketing team will assist you in building a launch campaign and provide a collaborative marketing plan to keep the forward momentum going even after launch day.
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.
Hey, you guys do amazing work and are extremely skilled. Some of the fastest editing in the business!
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
Ok, if you are looking for someone to edit, stop right here because this is the place. I just had my first edit and let me tell you, it was a very positive experience. Not only was the edit good, but finally….someone that leaves comments and suggestions to help me out. The feedback is honest … Continue reading Emily
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?
Askew Editors are active members in the writing community and one of the complaints we hear most often from authors is not receiving feedback on their queries and/or submissions.
At RhetAskew Publishing (a division of Rhetoric Askew, LLC) 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 authors, we give feedback.
You will not receive a form-letter rejection from us. We provide feedback on every query we receive. If we do not feel your story is Askew material, we will provide an explanation as to why.
Submissions AND Queries will be evaluated on a multi-point system to determine if they are ready for print, or not. Authors of stories that are NOT ready for editing 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.
- 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 is your friend here.
- 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?
Our mission is to support authors and artists in their quest to create worlds and inspire readers.
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.