root·stock [ˈro͞otˌstäk] noun
1. a rhizome.
• a plant onto which another variety is grafted.
• a primary form or source from which offshoots have arisen.
Rootstock Publishing is an innovative, hybrid partnership publishing company* that collaborates with authors, whom we think of as the rootstock—the primary source. We are not unique, modeling ourselves after other relatively new, non-traditional publishing-partnership houses that have met with success for many new writers. We seek writers who want more control over their work, who seek higher earnings per book sold, and who are willing to invest toward that end.
Rootstock's publishing model is designed to maximize the profits for the author, preserve the author's ownership of their copyright, and provide the author with editing, proofing, design, and print book distribution through IngramSpark, Baker & Taylor, and many other online channels of distribution for both the print and eBook formats. We support the author's promotional efforts in creating the greatest possible exposure for their work.
Rootstock Publishing is an imprint of Multicultural Media Inc., home of Lyrichord World Music, Lyrichord Classical and Early Music, Multicultural Media's Music of the Earth recordings, Rootstock Recordings, MCM Films, and the acclaimed JVC Smithsonian Folkways DVD collections of world music and dance, featuring 41 volumes and 20 books. We have more than 30 years of experience publishing program books that accompany music and film programs on compact disc and DVD. We have years of experience in selling internationally, and we have attended many convention/trade shows, like the American Booksellers Association (now BookExpo), the American Library Association, New England Independent Booksellers Association, Mid-Atlantic Booksellers, and the New England Library Association shows.
*What is (Hybrid) Partnership Publishing?
Simply put, it is a partnership between an author and a publisher, involving the author's commitment to invest money and time in their book, in return for the publisher’s commitment of professional expertise and support. Hybrid partnership agreements differ from expectations of traditional publishing houses. Our partnership publishing process requires not only a fine, well-crafted work, but an involved and committed author. If you believe the only thing you need to do is send your manuscript to a publisher and sit back while they do everything and pay you major royalties, not to mention send you on a major book tour, you probably are already a celebrity or a best-selling author and you don't need to read any further. In reality, as a new and as-of-yet unknown author, your commitment and participation are crucial, regardless of how you publish. This partnership entails a commitment from Rootstock to work with authors of high-quality manuscripts from the very early stages of editing and proofing all the way through the distribution and marketing of your book. Your success is our success.
Click on Working With Authors in the menu, to learn more about the details of this partnership.
Rootstock Publishing is a proud member of the Independent Publishers of New England, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the New England Independent Booksellers Association, and the New England Library Association.
We support and adhere to the IBPA industry standards checklist.
One of our founders, Stephen McArthur, serves on the Board of Directors of the Independent Publishers of New England.