TEMPE, ARIZONA (PRWEB) March 20, 2006
Attention English-language Muslim novelists, short story writers, playwrights, and poets: A publishing house has been created just for you.
"Islamic writers in English had few options," explains Linda "Widad" Delgado, founder of Muslim Writers Publishing. "There are places for scholarly work, but I want to help Islamic literary writers find outlets for their work."
A retired police sergeant and author of several novels, Delgado became a Muslim several years ago. Read the story of her journey to Islam at http://www.muslimwriterspublishing.com/reversion/
Taking note of the enormous barriers in the traditional American book publishing world, and the stigmas attached to the subsidy alternatives, Delgado set up her company as a traditional Muslim publishing business.. Delgado uses a team of some of the publishing industry's most respected experts to produce the book and jumpstart its marketing. Delgado has established overseas distribution, printing and sales through a network of contacts throughout the Muslim world, and has researched the publishing industry in depth. "This system allows unknown authors to compete as equals," Delgado said. "We will choose books that are worthy of finding audiences, and able to reach a market; the authors don't have to be established celebrities and superstars."
Among the other advantages to authors:
- Top-quality production values without the huge learning curve of self-publishing
- Publisher has the resources and contacts to provide an ISBN, develop sales and distribution channels in the US and abroad, and market the entire line as a group through catalogs, the Web, trade shows, and other venues
- The production cycle is shorter, so authors see their books in print much earlier
- Individualized written contracts established for one year and the author retains all rights; if the MWP edition creates interest from a larger publisher, the author is able to pursue a contract
Books are selected on the basis of literary merit and the author's commitment to help market the book. So far, Delgado has published seven titles with three additional tiles scheduled for publication by summer of 2006. Authors initially submit a synopsis and a marketing plan, and then, on request, the entire manuscript.
MWP does not publish erotica, full-color interiors, or manuscripts promoting hate or violence.
Journalists: Delgado is available for interviews. Call 480-894-6014; http://www.MuslimWritersPublishing.com
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