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We are looking for titles for our late-2018 publishing calendar. In nonfiction, we are looking for humorous memoirs and other types of creative nonfiction. We would love to see a collection of essays. We are also interested in solidly researched, more traditional nonfiction that is off the beaten path (remember our motto: Go a little crazy…). Please no cookbooks, and nothing related to health, spirituality, or religion (see above motto). In fiction, we’ll look at just about anything, including poetry. However, keep in mind that we generally lean toward the literary and we area generally not fans of vampires, zombies, or anything that involves magic wands and the likes. That’s about it. So fire away.

Email submissions to: submissions[at]runamok-books[dot]com

Submission Process

Send a detailed synopsis and table of contents (if you have one), along with the first 25 pp of your finished ms to the email address above. Please send these 3 documents as doc, docx, or pdf files, and send them as attachments. Please put your name somewhere in the document names, so we can determine who the document belongs to without having to open it.

We will respond with an initial e-mail to let you know we have received your submission. A final decision can take anywhere between 2 weeks and 6 months. Apologies for that, but we are a small press and time is always at a premium.


If your ms is accepted for publication, Run Amok will take care of all aspects of the book’s publication, at no cost to you. In a word, we DO NOT charge authors anything for our services. However, we do expect authors to be strong participants in the promotion of their book, and authors who already have an online presence/platform will be given priority. At this time, we cannot offer advances, but we offer a handsome percentage of the profits made from selling your book. We will negotiate with authors on these finer points after acceptance.

Before You Submit: A Brief Word About Our Business Model (that comes off sounding more like a rant than a  word)

Run Amok uses POD technology to publish its books. We’re aware of the stigma and the long-held bias (which we hope may actually be fading) against print-on-demand books. As a micro press, POD is the only viable option, and as a “green-thinking” company, POD makes the most sense for our environment. POD technology has come a long way in the past decade. As far as we can tell, a POD book–quality wise–is virtually indistinguishable from an offset book. The only real difference, and it is not an insignificant one, is POD books necessarily have a higher price point. Unfortunately, the higher cost of production must be passed on to the book consumer. For us, that’s a reality we can’t avoid. For the consumer, it’s a couple of bucks more for a great book that he/she knows contributed minimally to the already-too-large footprint of the book industry. Enough said. Now fire away with those submissions!


8/1/17. We are open for submissions! Get ’em in here!

We are putting together a collection of essays tentatively titled Miscellany: Essays by Young(Ish) American Voices (From the Fringe). We’re looking for personal essays by writers who considers themselves (1) youngish and (2) outside the mainstream. The projected pub date is later in 2018 and we’d like all submissions in by December 31, 2017.

Just to be clear and transparent, we are a small indie press. We all volunteer our time. We simply cannot pay all contributors for this miscellany. However, we will offer complimentary copies and the opportunity to buy more at cost (and pocket the profits). If it goes well this year, we will pay contributors for volume 2 (2019).