Raven Publishing
Giving wings to great books since 2002

About Raven Publishing

The mission of Raven Publishing is to engage, entertain, excite, and inspire readers through the publication of thoughtful, compelling books. We publish works that contribute to the greater literary community, encourage imagination, and foster the relationship between author and reader.

Launched in 2002 with two middle-grade novels, Raven Publishing went on to publish four more novels by the end of 2004, completing the six-book Miranda and Starlight series by Raven's founder, Janet Muirhead Hill.

In 2005, Raven accepted and published books by other authors, expanding Janet's self-publishing company to become a small commercial press (one where the publisher pays the author royalties in exchange for rights to publish). Raven continued to publish award-winning novels by various authors at the rate of two or three per year through 2008.

With the crash of the economy and a drastic drop in book sales, Raven took a moratorium in 2009 and 2010 to restructure and ride out the difficult financial times. We used this time to publish all of our print titles as e-books on Amazon's Kindle and Smashwords.com and to prepare more books for publication. In 2011 we resumed publication with more titles in both print and ebook formats.

Our purpose has been and still is two-fold: to produce quality books worthy of a reader's time and to help authors with compelling and important books, but who are unable to gain the attention of larger presses, to make their words available for the public to enjoy.

Our list of published works includes juvenile, young adult fiction, and adult titles including historical novels, literary novels, memoirs, legal mysteries, children's picture book, children's coloring book, compilations of short stories, a compilation of essays, and literature units. We also, under the imprint, Nesting Tree Books, publish books by kids for kids and have one currently available and in print. All are available in softcover, a few also in hardcover, and all but the picture book, color book, and literature units are available electronically at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com. To view our complete list, go to catalog.

We are not a vanity or subsidiary press and do not charge the author for publishing services on the books we accept for publication, but acquire the right to publish in exchange for a 10% royalty to the author on net profits of print books and 50% royalty to the author on ebooks. Unlike larger publishers, we cannot pay an advance on royalties, and we may ask the author to buy some copies of their book in advance of printing at a discount of 50% of retail price on quantities of 500 or more and slightly more for fewer books. Be aware that we only publish 5 or 6 books per year and receive many more queries than we can accept, so every submission goes through our acquisition committee for vetting before a book is accepted. Before submitting, please review Raven's standards as outlined in our submission guidelines.

For every book we publish we work closely with the author, to present the work in a form we can all be proud of. For every book accepted for publication, Raven will provide the services of a traditional publisher including the following:
  • Close editing

  • Quality design of your choice, both book cover and interior layout

  • ISBN, bar code, and CIP for the copyright page

  • Your book listed on Bowker Books in Print

  • E-book formatting and layout

  • E-book placed for sale on Amazon's Kindle and on Smashwords.com

  • Quality bound and printed trade-paperback books (Hardcover available at an added cost)

  • A 50% discount off retail price for purchases made in any quantity at any time after publication.

  • Your title made available on Amazon.com

  • Limited marketing and distribution to independent bookstores, gift shops, and tradeshows where applicable
  • Because we do not have access to national or international distributors other than Amazon.com (for both print and electronic editions) and Smashwords.com (for ebooks) we are no longer accepting manuscripts for books set outside of the United State nor books and authors with no connection to Montana or the Rocky Mountain region.

  • Listing for sale in our print and online catalogs

  • Author is paid a royalty on all print books sold by us

  • 50% of proceeds from ebook sales

  • Copyright registration in your name

  • We seek and welcome author input every step of the way.

** Limitations of Raven Publishing and qualifications of our editor-in-chief, Janet Muirhead Hill. Although we do everything we can with our limited staff to get the word out about your book, we do not currently have a national distributor other than Amazon, which distributes both nationally and internationally. This may limit the sales potential of your book.

Janet Hill, CEO and editor-in-chief has studied English and English writing (among other majors) at Montana State University but doesn't have a degree in either. She studied with Institute of Children's Literature and completed and received certification in two programs: short stories and novels. At Raven, we use the Chicago Manual of Style as our main style and grammar guide. For further questions, please contact her at: Janet@ravenpublishing.net.
She has been designing covers and doing the layout and typesetting of our books for sixteen years, and her only qualification for doing so is her experience and self-taught skill, as evidenced in the products she's designed.

See our catalog. or request samples by mail. The only covers she didn't design are Election Day, The Body on the Floor of the Rotunda, and An Inmate's Daughter.

Briana Alvine, Assistant Editor, also works as a middle-grade English teacher. A high school literature and writing teacher for eight years, Bree recently moved to Montana with her two children and husband. She loves to write as well, focusing her writing on the growth that stems from hardship. Brianna graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with her Bachelor's degree in English, emphasizing in creative writing, in 2006, then went on to earn her post-baccalaureate secondary teaching license, her Master's from Walden University in psychology, and is currently finishing her second Master's in Teaching and Learning. Travel is a passion of Bree's, and she loves to experience the world. In her life, Bree wishes to affect positive change and believes literature to be a great place to start.

As time allows, both Janet Hill and Brianna Alvine will supply the following services for those who interested in assistance in preparing their manuscripts for submission or their books for self-publishing.

A-la-carte Editing and Design Services:

We offer one per-hour rate for editing with the understanding that some types of editing will take longer than others, thereby compensating the editor according to the difficulty of the job. — $30.00

• Developmental Editing: Guiding an author in conceiving the topic, planning the overall structure, and developing an outline—and may coach authors in their writing, chapter by chapter. This is true developmental editing. When a developmental editor is engaged after the rough draft is written, but the author requires substantial revision and restructuring, developmental editing becomes a radical form of substantive editing.

• Comprehensive or Substantive Editing: In-depth, intense, thorough, a comprehensive edit tackles a manuscript line by line. The editor cuts down on wordiness and tightens the language to create a more enjoyable read. This type of edit hunts down clumsy or awkward sentences that take away from the rhythm of your prose. 

• Copy editing: Involves the following six areas of scrutiny. The editor
1. Checks for and corrects errors in grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation.
2. Checks for technical consistency in spelling, capitalization, font usage, numerals, hyphenation. In other words, is the style consistent throughout the book.
3. Checks for continuity errors and makes sure that all loose ends are tied.
4. Checks for factual errors, especially for non-fiction manuscripts, such as historical pieces and memoirs.
5. Checks for potential legal liability such as libel or plagiarism.
6. Checks for inconsistency in character description, plot points, and setting.

• Proofreading: When the material is nearly a finished product, the proofreader searches for typographical and formatting errors.

• Layout and typesetting: of print books: 1.00 per page + $50.00 extra for TOCs (Table of Contents)

• Cover Design: $250.00 + cost of illustrations if any.

• Ebook formatting: $50.00 + $2.50 per item in TOC if navigation is required.