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What We Stand For

Founded by author Nick Courtright in 2015, Atmosphere Press is dedicated to being the premier service for authors who want not just any publisher, but one who will be a true partner through the book-making process. As a Better Business Bureau accredited business, we are devoted both to excellent bookmaking and to excellent ethics.

Here’s what we stand for:

Honesty: because our mission is to be author-friendly, that means always giving the most straightforward and honest advice about the ins and outs of the authorial life. We pride ourselves on telling the truth, even when it’s not easy, and are dedicated to sticking by one of our founding precepts: “if I were the author, what would I want to know?”

Transparency: publishing is rife with dodgy behavior, from predatory vanity presses who promise the moon (if only you give them twenty grand) to traditional presses who mark up author copies and make book changes without the author’s permission. We’re dedicated to letting you see the wizard behind the curtain, so that you can rest easy that everything’s on the up and up.

Professionalism: with decades of combined years of writing, editing, designing, and publishing experience, our staff strives to be as professional as they come. We know the ins and outs of the industry, and will be responsive and helpful; in other words, we respond to emails in a timely fashion. And of course, we will only publish books that truly contribute something wonderful to the world.

Kindness: this might be our favorite tenet on this list. As an author-friendly press, we take the word “friendly” seriously, and will be positive and helpful every step of the way. A good publisher shouldn’t be just a business partner, but should be full of people you’d want to invite to dinner. Whether it be making a good joke, allaying your worries about being an author, or simply sending an encouraging note, kindness is our hallmark.

Making Your Book Awesome: this one is a no-brainer, but we really can’t settle for anything less. Whether it be a matter of editorial advice or design, we want our authors and their readers to be blown away when they first hold that book in their hands. It needs to look good inside and out, and feel good to the touch. And, of course, the words need to be top-notch, and our editors are devoted to making that the case.