Be Askew. Be Inspired.


Is RhetAskew Publishing a self-publishing service?

No. If you wish to hire a designer or editor for your self-publishing project, then RhetAskew Publishing is not what you are looking for.


About Askew

Because we know authors pour their heart and soul into the stories they create, our editors and coaches respect the voice and vision behind the story.

Askew Editors welcome questions and suggestions from authors and are always willing to listen.

What makes you different from other small publishers?

Once you choose to be Askew, you will never be alone in the process. We have a team of development coaches and editors who are specifically trained to help authors develop manuscripts for publication. Creative Development Editors & Development Coaches walk through the development and editing processes with authors until their manuscript is ready for publication.

The Askew Marketing and Design team works closely with our authors to ensure the book cover and marketing materials align with the author vision for the story while ensuring it stays current and relevant for marketing trends and bookseller/book buyer expectations. Our goal is to keep the momentum going long after the book launch.

What genres do you accept?

We try not to limit your choices; we want to see what you have created.

That being said, we do NOT accept Erotica, Gore, or Shock Literature. We appreciate those who create and enjoy such stories, but they are simply NOT a good fit for Team Askew or our readers.

What makes a successful query?

THE HOOK! Plain and simple, hook us on your idea, hook us on your characters, hook us on your writing.

Every query should have three parts, no more and no less. Resist the urge to show us everything in your plot. Please, do NOT, I repeat, do NOT send us the FULL manuscript in the query.

The ONLY three parts to a successful query letter:

  1. Paragraph one should tell us why you chose to query RA and please be specific. Include your story’s genre, word count, and a one-line hook (think of this as your character’s life or death moment). Make us love it. 
  2. A mini-synopsis. Brevity and clarity are your friends here.
  3. Author Bio – Who you are, and where you are in your journey.

When you copy/paste your first three chapters into the online form, do NOT stress too much about formatting. Browsers are simply not designed for formatting so don’t try to force something that isn’t going to happen. DO PROOF-READ CAREFULLY. Make sure you are giving us the best content possible so we can make the best decision for your story’s future with RA.

What is the author’s part in the Askew process?

The author must be willing to accept feedback from our editors.

We will respect your story’s authenticity. We’ll work with you to ensure your voice is clear and we’ll expect you to work with us to ensure the reader’s experience is uninterrupted by technical and/or grammatical errors.

We do NOT require every edit to be accepted.

The author will be provided with a social media marketing plan aimed at building their platform to draw their ideal readers and each author will be expected to follow the marketing plan, with the assistance of our marketing and design team, to the best of their ability.

We want authors who are as dedicated to their success as we are.

Well, I’m sold. I am Askew. How can I submit my work to you?

For novel submissions please follow the Query Us tab at the top of the website and follow the instructions there.

For shorter works and/or poetry, check out our Anthology Submissions page. Most details are covered there, but you can always contact us if you have additional questions about either process.

Our doors are always open, so join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy writing,

Team Askew

If you have questions for Team Askew, fill out the form below and we’ll contact you. 



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