If you caught December's feature on self-publishing, you know the road to getting your thoughts printed, bound and stacked neatly on bookstore shelves is a mighty treacherous one. Luckily, the Boise Nonfiction Writer's group has got your back. This assemblage of aspiring and accomplished Idaho writers meets once a month to schmooze and listen to speakers from the industry. This month's speaker is Teresa Sales from the long-running Caldwell-based publisher Caxton Press. Founded in 1925, Caxton Press has published thousands of Western Americana nonfiction books, including Boise gallery-owner Mark Lisk's Owyhee Canyonlands and Doug Copsey's With Our Good Will: 30 Years of Shakespeare in Idaho.
On Wednesday, Jan. 6, from 6:30-8 p.m., head over to Rediscovered Bookshop on Overland Road to hear about the ins and outs of submitting your frontier history or Western-themed nonfiction masterpiece to Caxton Press. While Caxton publishes historical fiction on occasion, they poo poo publishing poetry and specifically request that authors avoid topics like: "Growing up on the farm, in the mountains, in the city, etc. Or 'My family history.'" They also shy away from publishing self-improvement books, textbooks or books with religious themes. If your next great Western American nonfiction novel doesn't fall into any of the aforementioned categories, then you should undoubtedly follow the road to Rediscovered this Wednesday.