Grow Your Book with
       Rootstock Publishing


You have worked hard on your manuscript, dedicating many creative hours to writing, research, editing, and going through many drafts of your book. You may have submitted the book to one or more major or independent publishers. Some have already said no, and it's possible you have been waiting months for some to respond at all.  At this point, you may wonder if your book will ever get published. The truth is that significantly less than one (1) percent of completed manuscripts ever get published, in any format through any kind of publishing.

Does that depressing number mean that so few manuscripts deserve publication? Of course not. In fact, many authors who complete excellent book manuscripts are told by many publishers “what a fine book but….” or “we don’t serve the necessary market,” or “marketing such a book would be too costly,” or “another publisher might do much better with your manuscript.” And, of course, there's the ever uplifting “Thank you, but it’s not for us.”  


Rootstock Publishing offers a specialized type of publishing, a hybrid publishing partnership which empowers our authors to maintain control of their work, retain their copyright, earn the highest profits from their work, and still get the expertise needed to design, print, and promote a well-written, high quality book. 

Rootstock publishes authors motivated by George Orwell's "four great motives for writing," described in his essay Why I Write? Orwell explains all four are usually present, but in different proportions. We look for these qualities: 

  1. Sheer egoism— Orwell argues that a writer writes from a "desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on grown-ups in childhood, etc."  
  2. Aesthetic enthusiasm—Orwell explains that present in writing is the desire to make one's writing look and sound good, having "pleasure in the impact of one sound on another, in the firmness of good prose or the rhythm of a good story." 
  3. Historical impulse—He sums this up by stating this motive is the "desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts, and store them up for the use of posterity."
  4. Political purpose—Orwell writes that "no book is genuinely free from political bias, and further explains that this motive is used very commonly in all forms of writing in the broadest sense, citing a "desire to push the world in a certain direction." He concludes by saying that "the opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude." (adapted from Wikipedia)

We are committed to publishing a small number of excellent book projects per year. We seek fiction and non-fiction manuscripts that possess a strongly developed voice, and we accept book proposals. (see our submit link in the top navigation).  To find out more, click on the What We Do button in the navigation and read about the services we provide and the costs involved in the Rootstock Publishing partnership.

Rootstock Publishing is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and the Independent Book Publishers of New England.  We support and adhere to the IBPA industry standards checklist.