Celebrating 15 Years in Independent Publishing
Schaffner Press, Inc. was founded in 2001, and is independently owned and managed by former literary agent (Schaffner Agency) Timothy Schaffner. Over the last decade and a half, the press has published over fifty titles of literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry that deal with themes of universal social concern and social change, such as health, the environment, issues of race, war, and other humanitarian issues. In recent years, Schaffner Press has expanded its scope to include books in translation from the French and Spanish languages, and hopes to include voices from other parts of the world as well in the near future.
We publish between 6-8 books a year, and maintain a strong backlist of over 50 titles in print. We usually require a long lead time in which to publish an original title, so time-sensitive books, such as tie-ins to a movie release, historical event or anniversary, should be submitted well ahead of time.
Schaffner Press is distributed by Independent Publishers Group (IPG), and has been their client for over twelve years. IPG is the third largest distributor of independent publishers in the United States, and has a broad international reach with partners in all English-speaking territories. IPG is headquartered in Chicago, IL and has over three dozen commissioned regional sales representatives as well as long-term relationships with all national chains and online vendors.
For submissions of works of fiction and non-fiction, please send a query to either Tim Schaffner (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sean Murphy (email@example.com). While both of us share similar interests, please query Tim for non-fiction, journalistic, social activism, environmental, health/mental health, biography, history, current events, and personal memoir. Sean would be the one for mystery, humor, literary and short fiction, first fiction, true crime and pop culture (esp. music and entertainment, film and film noir studies). Both Tim and Sean are looking for titles that will expound upon our original mission statement to publish “books of social relevance and universal concern.”
Please note that we are not taking submissions in children’s or young adult categories, poetry collections, self-help, fitness, craft and diy how-to titles, political or religious screeds, erotica, and science fiction/fantasy.