perennial press

FAQ

Have some questions? Hopefully, we have some answers!

(If we don't, feel free to ask away in the contact box at the bottom of the page!)


 

Works & Submissions

What do you accept as submissions?

Check our Submissions page for details!


What is a chapbook?

“In a nutshell, chapbooks are teeny books. Merriam-Webster defines them as a small book containing ballads, poems, tales, or tracts. They are collections of poems, stories, or an experimental mix of both. Chapbooks usually hover in the range of 20–40 pages and are more affordable purchases to their novel counterparts. In a world where there’s a lot of talk of dwindling attention spans and having little time to read (sigh), chapbooks are a great way to soak up great writing—writing that may not quite fit anywhere else—and be able to finish in one sitting. But of course, there’s more to chapbooks than simply being short in length. Chapbooks are a way to make a point. They are an art form as much as a literary form, used for both revolution, protest, and exploration. Many presses take great care in the final presentation of this often-overlooked work.” - Bookriot

We use chapbooks as a way of making poetry more accessible, more digestible, and more affordable.

Essentially, chapbooks are like zines for poetry and bite-sized pieces of literature. They are closer to pamphlets or brochures than novels. They are cheaper to print, so we can sell them for less than a full-length book. They are shorter, too, so you can read 5+ chapbooks in the time it might take you to read 1 full-sized novel! Honestly it’s the best of all worlds. It is also a nod to DIY publishing


How many copies do you print of each book?

We usually do print runs of 200 books. 


Collaborations

Do you collab with other presses or publications?

Yes! We love to collab. Contact us with your ideas. We’re always down for review swaps, takeovers, features, and possibly whatever else you have in mind!


I have an idea for an anthology. Will you publish it?

Maybe! Send us your idea along with how it fits the vision of the press, what mediums you’ll accept, and where you will advertise the call for submissions. We’d love to hear your ideas and make them realities!! 


Will you distribute my book or zine?

If you’ve self-published a book or zine, send us a note via our contact page about how it is relevant to our mission, and if we are interested, we will distribute your book via in person and online book fairs, and maybe even through the store page on our website. We will take a small cut to offset labor costs.


Getting Involved

Do you need proof readers?

Yes! We always need proofreaders. We can’t pay you right now, but we can give you a free copy of the book or chapbook that you proofread. If you’d like to be a proofreader for us, please get in touch via our contact page


Do you take interns?

Yes! Get in touch on our contact page and we can send you more info. Let us know if you need it for college credit or something else. 


How can I support?

Visit our Support Us page!


Our Store

What is a pre-order? Why wouldn’t I just wait til regular orders open?

When you pre-order a book from us, the money from your sale goes directly to funding the print run of the book. You will have to wait longer to get the book, but pre-orders are crucial for us for judging interest in the publication and being able to afford to print enough copies to sell.  


Why do you have sliding scale pricing and what is it?

One of our goals with Perennial Press is to share great writing and art to as many people as possible. Unfortunately, money often acts as an object in the way of that goal. To combat that, we offer tiers of prices at a sliding scale. Buyers can choose how much they can afford to pay. If a buyer can afford a higher price, it helps offset the cost for people who can only pay the lowest price, and further supports our small press. We were inspired to do this model by the radical press Microcosm. As Microcosm states in their FAQ, “You determine what you can afford to pay for the items that we publish. As a result, we are able to pay royalties to our authors, offer lower prices to those who cannot afford as much as they'd like, and continue to serve our mission statement of making new materials available at the lowest prices possible.”


Money $$$

How do you fund Perennial Press?

Currently through pre-orders, merch sales, and book sales. We are setting up ways for constituents to donate to us and plan on hosting future events where we can charge a small fee. We are also working to get our Patreon up in the near future.


Where does my money go when I buy a book from Perennial Press? 

An approximate breakdown: 

  • 25% goes to printing the book
  • 37.5% goes directly to the author
  • 15% goes to press upkeep costs (Adobe subscription, website fees, ISBN, CLMP membership, Paypal fees)
  • 10% goes to promotional costs (stickers, merch, submission fees, promo copies, proofs, design work) 
  • 12.5% goes to funding future projects

If you bought a $20 book, that would mean: 

  • $5 to print the book
  • $7.50 to the author
  • $3 for press upkeep
  • $2 for promotional costs
  • $2.50 to the press for future projects

Do you pay your authors?

Yes! We pay higher than most presses. Our authors make roughly 50% of profits from their books. (Industry standard is about 10%) 


How much money have you paid to artists?

As of August 2020, we have paid out around $1600 to independent artists, designers, and writers.


Is your staff paid?

Right now our staff is entirely volunteer. 


Misc.

Who designed your logo? 

The amazing @fongkikid


Who designed your website? 

The incredible Ivy Ouyang!


Still got questions?

Send us a quick message and let's chat! We hope we can mitigate any confusion or uncertainty you might have.

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