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.

Our history (2002 to 2020)

Launched in 2002 with two middle-grade novels, Raven Publishing went on to publish four more novels by the end of 2004, completing the first six books of the Miranda and Starlight series by Ravenís founder, Janet Muirhead Hill. An additional three (the teen years) were added to the series in 2015, 2016, and 2017, bringing Miranda and friends to adulthood and the series to an end with nine volumes.

In 2005, Raven accepted and published books by other authors, expanding Janetís self-publishing company to become a small commercial press (one where the publisher pays the author royalties in exchange for rights to publish at no cost to the author). 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 Amazonís Kindle and Smashwords.com and to prepare more books for publication. In 2011 we released more titles in both print and ebook formats.

Our purpose has always been and still is two-fold: to produce quality books worthy of a readerís time and to help authors with compelling and important books see their words beautifully presented and 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, and books of short stories and essays To view our complete list, go to our catalog.

Our publishing schedule is currently full, so we are not accepting new submissions. We do, however, offer a-la-carte publishing services as follows:

Publishing Services
1. Editing choices:

  • Developmental Editing: Guiding an author in conceiving the topic, planning the overall structure, and developing an outlineóand 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:

  • a. Checks for and corrects errors in grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation.
    b. Checks for technical consistency in spelling, capitalization, font usage, numerals, hyphenation. In other words, is the style consistent throughout the book.
    c. Checks for continuity errors and makes sure that all loose ends are tied.
    d. Checks for factual errors, especially for non-fiction manuscripts, such as historical pieces and memoirs.
    e. Checks for potential legal liability such as libel or plagiarism.
    f. 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.

2. Quality Design
a. Layout and typesetting: of print books:
b. Cover Design
c. Ebook formatting
d. Bookmarks
e. Posters

If you need help or advice in getting your ISBN, LCCN and barcodes, weíll help with that, too. If you wish to publish under our Dark Trails Press name and logo, instead of creating your own business, that is an option, but we do not do any marketing or post publishing announcements, or selling except by prior agreement.

To make it simple, we charge $30.00 per hour and work closely with authors every step of the way to make sure they are getting the result they want.
Any out-of-pocket expenses such as printing and shipping, bar codes, copyright registration and illustrations will be the authors responsibility.