Peace Corps Writers — a component of Peace Corps Worldwide — publishes a line of books by writers who have served with the Peace Corps either as Volunteers or staff members. These books — fiction, non-fiction, travel, memoir, poetry, etc.—
- are printed by CreateSpace, a well-known print-on-demand (POD) company,
- carry the logo of the Peace Corps Writers imprint,
- are sold through Amazon.com,
- are featured on Peace Corps Writers with an announcement of publication in addition to listing in “New Books by Peace Corps Writers,” an interview with the author(s), and a review, should you choose to have one.
Your book need not be about the Peace Corps, your Peace Corps experience, or be set overseas in the country where you served.
Books by the family and friends of PCVs are also welcome to submit proposals if the subject matter of the book is focused on the experience of a Volunteer or the Peace Corps.
For your book to be published under the Peace Corps Writers imprint
For your book to become part of this publishing venture, one chapter of your manuscript and a short description of the book must first be submitted to the publisher, Marian Beil, for acceptance.
Peace Corps Writers will not publish books that are rants against host country nationals, other Peace Corps Volunteers, or the Peace Corps agency. We are also not interested in publishing books that have not been edited, are poorly written, or have not been designed for publication in book form.
Once your book has been accepted to be published under the Peace Corps Writers imprint a fee of $150.00 will be charged that will cover the cost of a unique “Peace Corps Writers” ISBN number, the assignment of a unique Peace Corps Writers’ Library of Congress Preassigned Control Number (PCN), rights to use the Peace Corps Writers imprint logo in the production of the book, and inclusion in this line of books that are promoted by our website, Peace Corps Worldwide.
There is a one-time fee of $150 charged by Peace Corps Worldwide for each book by published by Peace Corps Writers. This fee will be used to support the awards Peace Corps Writers gives annually for the best books published by Peace Corps writers and photographers in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, Peace Corps memoir, poetry, travel, children and photography. Peace Corps Worldwide receives no other payment or royalty.
NOTE: The Peace Corps Writers Imprint is a totally volunteer run effort. Marian Haley Beil receives no payment for her work on this project.
The payment from Imprint authors goes to help cover the expenses of the annual awards that we present to writers, and the cost of maintaining the Peace Corps Worldwide multi-blog.
All production costs — set-up, printing and distribution — for your book will be paid directly by you to CreateSpace. You may also choose to employ CreateSpace to handle editing, book and cover design, and marketing for your book.
An author may choose to have his or her book edited, designed and prepared for printing by others, but the book must be printed by CreateSpace. Authors who choose to have the editing, book design and layout, and/or cover design done elsewhere, should use great caution in your choices. Any designers should have professional experience in designing for book publication, and we require that your book be copy edited — preferably by several people with some literary experience — and that at least one of those people not be a personal friend.
Each of these areas can ultimately have a great impact on the readability — and success — of your book.
Your income from your book
All royalties from sales of your book will go directly to you. Peace Corps Writers will not share in your royalties. You will receive 40–80% of the retail sale of your book from the CreateSpace, depending on the distribution channel through which sales are made. Distribution channels include: Amazon.com, CreateSpace Estore (a customizable sales page that allows you to sell directly to customers), and other book outlets.
If you are interested in participating in this special publishing venture, please email Marian at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also wish to read:
How to Write A Novel in 100 Days by John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962–62). Even if you don’t want to finish writing your book in 100 days, or even if it’s not a novel, this book has lots of writing and editing tips, and encouragement for any book author.
“You Can Publish It!” with hints and encouragement on publishing your book, and “How to Format you Peace Corps Book” to get an idea about what “designing a book” really entails, both by Larry Lihosit (Honduras 1975–77).