Chicago Review Press is an independent company founded in 1973. Over the years we have grown into a dynamic midsize publisher with more than 300 titles of national interest. We publish about 60 new titles yearly under four imprints: Chicago Review Press, Lawrence Hill Books, Ball Publishing, and Zephyr Press.
Chicago Review Press, Inc., is the parent company of Independent Publishers Group (IPG). Established in 1971, IPG was the first organization specifically created to market titles from independent presses to the book trade. Chicago Review Press, Inc., acquired Independent Publishers Group in 1987. With consistent growth each year, IPG supports and encourages the success of its client publishers throughout the United States and worldwide. IPG now represents more than 300 publishers and is the third-largest book distributor in the United States. All Chicago Review Press titles are distributed internationally and publicized by IPG.
Chicago Review Press publishes general nonfiction, including popular science, parenting, biography, and travel. Outstanding performers on our list include Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices, by William Gurstelle; the gang memoirs My Bloody Life, Once a King, Always a King, and Lady Q by Reymundo Sanchez; Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of Great American Road Trip by Matthew Algeo. Our Rediscovered Classics series has brought back into print beloved novels such as Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor, Katherine by Anya Seton, and The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart.
Chicago Review Press also publishes a line of sophisticated nonfiction children's activity books perfect for highly motivated young readers and teachers in need of engaging classroom supplements. Titles range from Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids by Jerome Pohlen to The Flying Maching Book by Bobby Mercer to Exploring the Solar System by Mary Kay Carson.
Lawrence Hill Books specializes in nonfiction on topics of African American and Latino interest, progressive politics, civil and human rights, and feminism. Lawrence Hill classics include Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur and Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson. Recent titles include The Assassination of Fred Hampton, by Jeffrey Haas; The Year Before the Flood by Ned Sublette; Sexism in America: Alive, Well, and Ruining Our Future by Barbara Berg; Fela: This Bitch of a Life by Carlos Moore; and My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at the New York Times by Gerald M. Boyd.
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A Cappella is a publisher of music and film books, including the well-reviewed Cuba and Its Music by Ned Sublette; the groupie memoirs I'm With the Band and Let's Spend the Night Together: Backstage Secrets of Rock Muses and Supergroupies by Pamela Des Barres; I, Doll: Life and Death With the New York Dolls by Arthur "Killer" Kane; The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars by Jeremy Simmonds; and Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Glenn Kay.
Zephyr Press publishes education resources for teachers that help them better understand how kids learn and how they can be more effective in the classroom. Recent titles include Art Is Fundamental by Eileen Prince and The Parent-Teacher Partnership by Scott Mandel.
Manuscript Submission Guidelines
If you would like to submit a book proposal to Chicago Review Press, Lawrence Hill Books, A Cappella, or Zephyr Press, please write to us under the name of the appropriate imprint at 814 N. Franklin, Chicago IL 60610. Please remember that we do not publish original fiction or poetry, and we very rarely publish inspirational or self-help books.
Yuval Taylor acquires for A Cappella Books and the Chicago Review Press adult list. Jerome Pohlen acquires for Chicago Review Press adult and children's list and Zephyr Press. Cynthia Sherry acquires for the Chicago Review Press children's and adult lists. Lisa Reardon acquires for the Chicago Review Press children's and young adult lists.
Submit your proposal by first-class mail. Enclose a cover letter describing your book and your credentials. If you want to include a portion of your manuscript, please send no more than the table of contents and one or two sample chapters (typed, double-spaced, and paginated). Make certain that the author's name, address, and phone number appear on the first page of the manuscript. Also, please provide the following information:
Audience/Market. For what audience is the book written? Are there possibilities for special sales of your book to organizations and institutions? If so, which ones?
Competition. Indicate competing titles. How will your book be superior to or different from them?
Manuscript Length and Electronic Submission. What is the estimated word count or length of the proposed manuscript printed double-spaced on 8½" x 11" paper?
Date of Completion. . Indicate the date by which you expect to have a completed manuscript.
If you would like us to reply, please provide us with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Because we receive more queries and manuscripts than we can process promptly, please allow eight to ten weeks for our response.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as they are so identified. Contact us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere for publication.
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Cynthia Sherry, Publisher
Allison Felus, Managing Editor
Yuval Taylor, Senior Editor
Jerome Pohlen, Senior Editor
Lisa Reardon, Senior Editor
Michelle Schoob, Developmental Editor
Devon Freeny, Editor
Amelia Estrich, Editor
Jon Hahn, Designer
Mary Kravenas, Marketing Manager
Ellen Hornor, Editorial Assistant
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