About Gray Dog Press
Gray Dog Press is an independent publisher located in Spokane, Washington. We publish 3-4 titles per year predominantly nonfiction. Under our imprint we do not publish poetry, self-help, technical manuals, cookbooks, memoirs, or children's books, and we are not a self-publisher. However, we do provide production services for books both physical and electronic. Check out the Services page for more information..
We've established relationships with distributors as well as local and regional bookstores and media, and because we are a small press we are able to devote lots of attention and energy to each book that goes out. We love seeing submissions from all over, but do have a bit of a soft spot for Northwest writers and subject matter. Can you blame us? This place is incredible.
Here at GDP we value our authors and readers. We do not seek out manuscripts, but relationships, and we arrange many events every year to help authors and readers engage with each other. We're not interested in one-sided, business-only arrangements; we believe in treating our authors fairly, with good royalty rates and whatever promotional support they need. We believe in good design, quality production, and relentless effort. Read below for a brief history of where we came from and where we are going, together.
The Back Story
Gray Dog Press has its roots in Spokane, Washington. Several years ago, when the self-publishing industry was coming into its own we started to do book production for regional local writers. These were small-scale, limited print runs for family and friends. Over the years, the owners began to consider the idea of working full-time in publishing. A proper binding machine was purchased alongside upgraded, production class printers, and the books started coming more regularly and in much higher quality. Local self-publishers were thrilled with the quality and quickness with which books were produced.
In 2008, Gray Dog Press was officially formed as a traditional publisher, and began selectively choosing manuscripts to publish. Agreements were reached with wholesalers, distributors, and bookstores, and the GDP list continued to grow. GDP also began publishing the local literary and arts journal as an outlet for the creative minds of the Inland Northwest. Published on a quarterly basis, SpokeWrite was published for six issues before being put on hold in fall of 2010.
Gray Dog Press does not consider manuscripts for self-publishing, we are not a vanity press and do not provide or sell ISBN numbers, but we are happy to provide the services necessary for editing, design, layout and production for self-published works.
New and Improved
Big changes came to GDP in 2010. A full-time senior editor was hired onto the existing staff, which allowed book projects to receive more attention both in pre-production and in marketing. Sales contined to grow, and the press received its first awards: Sherrida Woodley's Quick Fall of Light was named a finalist in both Cross Genre Fiction and Visionary Fiction in the USA Book News Best Books 2010 Awards, and Dawn Nelson's A Cowgirl Remembers When received the Academy of Western Artists Buck Ramsey Book of the Year Award.
Moving into 2011, Gray Dog Press has received a complete facelift of its website, and more changes are afoot. We are now active on Facebook, Goodreads, and twitter. Ebook versions of all new titles and most of our backlist will become available in both Kindle and epub formats. New and exciting titles are in the works, and we continue to seek out those undiscovered writers with stories to tell. We are especially interested in engaging, well-researched nonfiction manuscripts, particularly those with ties to our wonderful region of the world. If you believe you have what it takes to engage in a long-term relationship with us, we'd love to hear from you. You are encouraged to have a look at our submissions page, or to contact us with any questions.