We are excited to announce Freedom Forge Press’s two new imprints: Apprentice Books and Bellows Books! Both imprints will open to submissions on October 1, 2014.
Apprentice Books is our young adult line. These are stories targeting readers ages 13 (for younger YA) to 18. As always, we’re looking for stories with a strong freedom theme that are not dogmatic about it. Think The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Giver. But while we love dystopias, we are also looking for books that address freedom by celebrating the spirit of the individual, free to achieve his or her best. For instance, we love the innovation and strength of Gary Paulsen’s characters as they face survival situations that force them to find their inner power. We also love coming-of-age tales and well-researched historical novels that highlight strength and freedom—or the fight for freedom—of past eras.
These books would ideally be rated the equivalent of PG-13, though there are always exceptions for well-written stories (violence in The Hunger Games, for instance, is pivotal to the story). With books meant for the older end of the YA spectrum, we’re willing to push the boundaries a bit.
Specific submission guidelines and announcements for this imprint can be found on the Apprentice Books page of our website.
Bellows Books are meant for readers under age 13. Primarily, we’re interested in middle grade works—books for readers ages 7 – 12. These would be chapter books meant to be read independently by developing readers—or read aloud to younger readers one chapter at a time. These stories should empower young readers to find strength in their abilities and celebrate all that freedom allows. Like any good middle grade book, adults should disappear into the background, allowing the younger characters to make decisions and confront and solve problems on their own.
We’d love historical fiction that highlights strength and freedom—or the fight for freedom—of past eras. We’d consider survival stories, mysteries, and any other tales of the perseverance of the individual.
Bellows Books will also consider books for younger readers; however, illustrated books are expensive to produce. For illustrated books, we will only accept works from authors who have already found an illustrator and either have either already purchased rights to the illustrations, or have found an illustrator willing to work for a share of royalties. When querying for an illustrated book, please provide details about illustrations you have acquired or hope to acquire as well as artist contact information.
Specific submission guidelines and announcements for this imprint can be found on the Bellows Books page of our website.