Unbound Edition Press believes publishing is a serious, important and powerful act. We mean to do it in our own way, and always to do it well. We are guided by a mission to respect and elevate emerging, overlooked and LGBTQ+ authors, and to make meaningful contributions to the literary arts by publishing their work. We are a proud member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and the community of literary magazines and presses [clmp].
Our actions and decisions are shaped by four guiding principles.
We see publishing an author as an honor, a promise and a partnership. As authors ourselves, we personally know the work, worry, heartache and joy that goes into shaping a manuscript. When the right author and the right publisher connect, something wonderful can happen together. We both do our best, and we both share in the final result. Our contracts are written to be respectful of and fair to authors. And they are written in plain English, so we always enjoy an easy, mutual understanding.
Authors we publish must have a strikingly original voice and an outstanding command of their craft. And we must be extraordinary in our work, too. A top-quality manuscript deserves to become a top-quality book. We are committed to getting each step of the publishing process right by caring about every detail. That includes: timely responses to submissions, fair and ethical contracts, thoughtful and clear editing, exceptional materials selections, purposeful design and typeface choices, trusted production and distribution partners, and proven marketing approaches. Afterall, a well-made book is an artifact of inspiration. We think it should inspire other authors and future books, too.
The deeply human experience of reading, holding, sharing and collecting books feels more important than ever. Readers prefer printed books for the undistracted focus, intimacy and quiet they help create, and for the proud accomplishment of closing one when completed. Bookshelves become memory archives of the people and places, the challenges and delights and ideas, introduced on the page. We believe in the power of real books, and choose to make them our primary focus. Digital tools are amazing and essential to help produce, distribute, market and sell books, but not necessarily the best to read them.
Patrick Davis is a poet and essayist. His most recent work has been featured in Great River Review and Provincetown Arts. He also has developed and ghost-written five books for major publishing houses. Under the mentorship of William H. Gass, he conducted his graduate research in American literature at Washington University in St. Louis. He previously worked as a consultant to leading print and digital publishers and media companies.