Disclaimer: The is the first of a potential series of Aiming Circle spotlights on military- and veteran-friendly book publishers. This coverage should not be viewed as endorsement. Prospective authors should be careful to perform their own respective due-diligence, perhaps in consultation with their own agents or attorneys, before signing contracts with any publisher.
Founded in 2015 by former U.S. Air Force officer and author Peter A. Donnelly, A15 Publishing publishes a wide range of military- and mil-adjacent literature, including but not limited to genre fiction, non-fiction and memoir, and children's titles. The name of the business cheekily refers to Article 15 disciplinary paperwork. The business website promises "substantive & timely feedback, end-to-end publishing, marketing support, and most importantly, honest brokerage."
Responding to Aiming Circle queries, the publisher indicates that the business follows traditional publishing practices. It is not a "vanity" or "hybrid" press. Under the current business model, authors are not asked to directly or indirectly subsidize production costs. The publisher is paid-back through book sales. Authors are paid royalties on book sales, after production costs have been covered. At the end of a 3-year contract, if a given book title has not sold sufficiently to cover the publisher's production costs, authors have the option of buying back copyrights to the work.
A15 Publishing welcomes proposals from any veteran and their immediate family members, regardless of service branch or country of origin. We go to great lengths to ensure the selected works are produced and offered at the highest standards and library specifications. We work across a wide variety of mediums (hardcover, softcover, eBook and audiobook) to allow the author the greatest flexibility. Compelling work will be seriously considered. Multi-contributor manuscripts and edited collections of essays are also welcome. We suggest you browse our catalog to get a feel for our offerings.
A handful of potential exemplars include:
- "There I Was" by Peter A. Donnelly, a non-fiction collection of soldier histories
- "Dismount" by Aramis Calderon, a short novel about a squad of U.S. Marines, set in the Iraq War
- "Saddle Up: Story of a Red Scarf" by John C. Hedley, a memoir of the Vietnam War
Prospective authors and editors should submit proposals to A15 Publishing using formats specified by the publisher. Formats vary depending on work to be submitted. For example, fiction and non-fiction writers might be asked to provide a single chapter. Poets and children's book authors might be asked to submit entire manuscripts. The company promises to reply to submissions within 30 days. Details and manuscript guidelines are here.
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