About MilSpeak Books

MilSpeak Books is the nonprofit electronic book publishing division of MilSpeak Foundation (501c3). Purchasing a book supports MilSpeak Foundation programs. MilSpeak Books is dedicated to publishing creative works by military people. MB was founded because military people's contributions to American Literature go largely unrecognized and unpublished by corporate publishers. MB is dedicated to providing a venue for creative literary works written by military people. At a time when other presses are losing readers, MB's reading audience is growing and this press is operating in the black.

MilSpeak Books is smaller than small. This micro-press publishes only eBooks, has no marketing other than social networking and website exposure, and has no overhead. MilSpeak Books exists to help realize the publishing dream come true for the military person who writes, to connect those writers with their audience, and to assist emerging writers learn about the publishing process while building a readership and building marketing skills. 
Genres considered for publication include nonfiction (memoir, essay, biography, autobiography, photo-essay, graphic), poetry, fiction, photography and art. 

Creative works by civilian writers addressing important military life themes will be considered for publication. 
MilSpeak Books is not an academic publisher. Nor does it publish war fighting volumes, political tomes or manifestos. Presses abound that publish such works. MilSpeak Books publishes creative works - short stories, novels, autobiography, biography, memoir, essay, photo-essays, photography, art, etx., primarily by military people. 

Not all of MB’s titles will be military life-themed. The purpose of this press is to publish and promote CREATIVE WORKS by military people. MilSpeak Foundation defines military people as active duty military members, former military, veterans, retirees, military family members present and past, members of the National Guard and Reserves, Merchant Marines, and federal and civil employees working or retired from a position within the military civil support network.
MB’s electronic books division launched its first two titles December 24, 2009. Visit the MilSpeak Books Catalog for full details and coupon information. 

The majority of the purchase price of each title goes directly toward supporting Milspeak Foundation (501c3) operations. Milspeak Foundation is operated by volunteers and has no salaried employees at this time. Foundation programs are free to participants. Milspeak Books authors are paid standard royalties, as any other independent press would do. MilSpeak Books is not a vanity press or a self-publishing business. 

Sally Drumm, MilSpeak Books’ Editor in Chief, received a BAIS with emphasis in literature and philosophy from University of South Carolina (2003) and an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, NC (2005). Sally is a published essayist, memoirist, playwright, and short story author. Her writing received honorable mention in Best American Essays 2005. She is editor of MilSpeak Memo and of the anthology MilSpeak: Warriors, Veterans, Family and Friends Writing the Military Experience. She is especially interested in myth, symbology, and rites of passage as cultural context and construct within literature. She also loves reading true stories about military life and working with military people who want to write. She served as on the editorial staff of Apostrophe, USCB Journal of the Arts from 2002-2006.  Sally founded MilSpeak Creative Writing Seminars, MilSpeak Memo, MilSpeak Books, and MilSpeak Foundation as a way of giving back in return for all she received during 20 years active military duty and for receiving her education through a VA rehab program for disabled veterans. 

If you're a military person who writes, consider submitting your longer work to Milspeak Books and your shorter work to Milspeak Memo for publication. See our Submissions page to learn how.   

Contact: submissions@milspeak.org 
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MILSPEAK FOUNDATION (501c3),  foundation programs and publications, do not engage in political activity; however, writers and artists may present political opinions. Every attempt will be made to make space for diversity. Content on these pages represents thoughts and opinions of the writers & artists, and not the official position of MilSpeak Foundation, its directors or of any other person, organization or institution. 

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