The somewhat eccentric tastes of
Alfresco Press are
elucidated elsewhere. (See: Editor’s Desk, for example.)
encapsulate them, let’s just say that there are few in-house taboos,
This section is meant for something
else, however, to
plainly state what we feel our responsibilities are toward readers and
We’re committed to bringing
you thought-provoking and literate fare, with perspectives you can take
from the reading experience and ponder later — questions that encroach on
thoughts, notions which prompt reveries — simply because those ideas, and
language they’re wrapped in, encourage it.
To our artists:
We wouldn’t take you on if we didn’t
think your work
merited it. Should we decide to, you’ll profit or not (as we do) from
success of that work.
Although our company does
maintain a professional editing service, that business and our
branch remain functionally separate.
To be absolutely clear on this point:
No author whose work is accepted for
Alfresco Press will ever be charged for editing. (Manuscripts almost
need some, but if we choose to accept one, any further editing is on
said that, the manuscript had better be in damn good shape by the time
submit it; we don’t have all day.) Furthermore, we have a strict
rejecting a submission for publication, then subsequently referring it
own editing service to be “fixed” for a fee. We consider such practices
Conversely, no author who submits a
manuscript to our
editing service through the normal means will ever have that manuscript
considered for publication by Alfresco Press. That’s another strict
If we were to run across a rough gem in the process, we’d do our
best to improve the manuscript…then encourage the writer to submit that
particular piece of work elsewhere — no matter how much we might believe
This would probably hurt us as much as the author in question, but we
draw a bright line on this issue. There are simply too many rapacious
artists out there, masquerading as legitimate businesses, who entice
talented writers into paying them huge fees for their “services” by
the carrot of future publication. As we’ve stated, here and elsewhere,
generally consider this practice to be unscrupulous.
So, if you really believe your
masterpiece is ready for
publication, please polish it up a bit and submit it to
us. (See: Submission Guidelines.)
should we reject it, we won’t help you edit it afterward, no matter
On the other hand, if you have a piece
of work which you
feel would benefit from some editing, we refer you to our editing
Remember, however, that we won’t subsequently consider publishing
we’ve already charged to edit.
Perhaps this will hone your own
editing skills…or cause
you to more highly value ours.
At any rate, that’s the best we can do.