What We Publish

Chemeketa Press publishes textbooks across the disciplines. We work with faculty to develop books that will fit their specific needs in the classroom, but also with an eye toward solving problems for faculty around the nation. Take a look at our textbook catalog to see the range of texts we’ve published. 

We work with faculty on original content, OER-adaptations, edited anthologies and readers, and lab manuals. The main question we ask faculty is: do the texts available work for your classroom?

If the answer is “no,” then we ask this: do you think you could write a book that’s at least 10% better?

If the answer is “yes,” let’s talk. We have a variety of development opportunities available to faculty. We offer a range of professional development courses throughout the year, free to Chemeketa Community College faculty and easily accessible for faculty from other institutions.

Submission Periods and Process

Open Periods

Submissions open twice yearly: December 1–January 15 and May 1–June 15. 

All publishing opportunities below accept submissions in each period.


When the submission period closes, the Press staff and Editorial Board evaluate all submissions and select those that best meet our evaluation criteria. 

Faculty authors selected will be offered contract terms and after signing, a publishing schedule will be set. 

As part of its mission to publish affordable and accessible textbooks, Chemeketa Press reprints books in the public domain and repackages them for a student audience. We are looking to publish new editions of older books as part of our two series, American Voices Collection and Primary Text Editions.

If you teach at the college level and use a book in your classroom that is no longer under copyright, apply to be a faculty editor and produce a student-friendly classroom edition. We are particularly interested in amplifying underrepresented voices and introducing compelling texts that are relevant to diverse student populations. 

Grant amount: $1000

Project Requirements

To be eligible for this project, you must be a full- or part-time faculty member at a two- or four-year accredited college or university with a project that meets the following requirements:

  • a book-length text (25,000–70,000 words/approx.100–280 pages)
  • a stand-alone text (not an anthology) for use in a college course
  • in the public domain (published before January 1, 1926) 

About Our Series

American Voices Collection

Narratives that feature a unique perspective on the American experience (fiction or creative nonfiction). Previous books in this series include:

  • Passing, a novella by Nella Larsen (edited by Matthew Hodgson)
  • My First Summer in the Sierra, a personal narrative by John Muir (edited by Kevin Dye)
  • Wynema: A Child of the Forest, a novel by S. Alice Callahan (edited by Tammy Jabin with a guest introduction by Norma Marshall from the Muscogee Creek tribe)
Primary Text Editions

Primary sources, nonfiction, or journalistic accounts that document important moments in history. The inaugural book in this series includes:

  • America Awakened: The Anti-Lynching Crusade of Ida B. Wells-Barnett (edited by Taylor A. Marrow III) 

Faculty Editor Expectations 

Faculty editors select and curate the manuscript and make editorial decisions under the guidance of the Press’s instructional editor. The duties of the faculty editor include writing an introduction that contextualizes the book for a student audience. Faculty editors also provide support material for the text, such as footnotes and/or a glossary index. Faculty editors assist with copyediting of the text and proofreading of the final manuscript. Faculty editors collaborate with Chemeketa Community College’s Visual Communications department to guide student design of the book’s cover. This may include providing a guest lecture on the book’s content for student designers. Faculty editors also participate in promotions of the book under the guidance of the Press’s marketing coordinator. 

What to Submit

Submit a query letter that describes the book you would like to reprint. Like any other cover letter, it should be concise and precise, no more than two pages. It should include:

  • a description of the book and its author along with the series best suited for this text
  • information about the book’s copyright status (copyright must be expired)
  • an argument for why the book needs to be reprinted/repackaged for a student audience
  • an explanation of the challenges and opportunities the book presents to students and how you intend to address these in your introduction and/or annotations to the text
  • your biography and qualifications for editing this particular project
  • information on the course(s) the book will be developed for, including yearly enrollment projections and any cross-campus adoption opportunities
  • confirmation of the program- or Dean-level support your project has received (Chemeketa faculty only) 

Where to Start

Sources for Determining Copyright Status

US Copyright Office

Cornell University’s Copyright Information Center

University of Pennsylvania’s Catalog of Copyright Entries

Your institution’s reference librarian 

Sources for Finding Public Domain Texts

Digital Public Library of America

Google Books

HathiTrust Digital Library

Internet Archive

Library of Congress

Project Gutenber

All textbooks acquired by Chemeketa Press must be submitted with a query letter and full book proposal, whether original material or OER compilations.

  • Original Textbook: an original textbook is entirely new content, written by the faculty author.
  • OER Compilation: a textbook comprised of OER materials, edited and updated by faculty author, that will be published on an open digital platform with a for-sale print-optional companion,

Before a contract can be offered or Press labor dedicated to a book, the proposal must be prepared by the faculty author(s), submitted by the deadline, and evaluated by the Press’s editorial board.

What to Submit

Query letter

A query letter is a cover letter for your book. Like any other cover letter, it should be concise and precise, no more than two pages. It should include:

  • a description of your book
  • a description of the problem this book solves
  • your biography and qualifications for authoring this particular book
  • any details that will help the editorial board understand your concept, the book’s purpose, and the students it would serve
  • confirmation of the program- or Dean-level support your project has received (Chemeketa faculty only) 

A proposal package will include several documents, preferably gathered into a single PDF:

  1. Book description and mission, and plan for completing the rest of the manuscript
  2. Outline or table of contents; including details about how the book meets particular learning objectives of the intended course(s)
  3. Introduction and 1–3 sample chapters
  4. Market analysis; including a) list of competitive titles, their publishers, price, ISBNs; b) information on the course the book will be developed for, including yearly enrollment projections and what book yours will replace and its price; c) any identified courses for external adoption (which courses and where are they taught) 
  5. Explanation of required graphic elements and plan to identify and source them
  6. Textual permission needs (copyrighted, quoted materials used)
  7. List of potential peer reviewers and classroom testers, internal or external
  8. Ancillary materials: does this course require ancillary materials, and if so, what is your plan to produce them

Criteria for Evaluation

The Editorial Board will use the following criteria to evaluate projects for publication:

  • Impact: What is the potential value, including savings, of this project for students, for the faculty involved, and for the college? What is the enrollment for the course, the frequency of offering, and potential for outside adoption?
  • Mission: How closely does this project align with the mission of Chemeketa Press and the college’s vision? How likely is this project to meet the Press’s standards of accessible style and content?
  • Press Investment: What resources of time and money are needed to develop this project? How demanding is this project likely to be?
  • Author Preparation and Support: How ready is the author/author team to proceed with this project? What level of support does this project have from programs, departments, or beyond?
  • X Factor: How might this project take the Press in new directions and teach us new things?

Chemeketa Press publishes perfect-bound lab manuals and workbooks designed to standardize and professionalize course materials while reducing the burden of photocopying and printing for both instructors and students. These manuals are typically 90–130 pages and are sold at the College Bookstore at a price range of $14 to $18. The manuals are designed for a single course with options for tear-out pages or full-color illustrations to support in-class learning or lab assignments.

If you are interested in developing a lab manual for your course, please consider the following:

  • Do you own the rights to the text and images you want to include in the lab manual? In other words, do you have the permission of the content creators to republish this information and make it available for sale?
  • Do you have program- or Dean-level support for your manual?
  • Do you have the time to compile the content for your manual?
  • Does the manual require special features (full color, perforated pages, spiral bound, etc.)
  • Does the manual need to be available electronically for the purposes of remote instruction?

Contact the Press at if you’re interested in pursuing a lab manual or workbook project.

How to Submit

Submissions are open May 1–June 15, 2021.

To submit an application or book proposals, fill out this form and upload relevant documents.

All applications and proposals are evaluated by our Editorial Board and Press staff. 

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