By Chuck Armsbury, November Coalition
heard from several prisoners in the last few months asking for
help getting their books published. As this Razor Wire
goes to press, our staff hasn't concluded how to respond fairly
to incarcerated writers with very different needs.
For already-published writers like Seth
Ferranti, we'll include a thorough review of his Gorilla
Convict Publication "Prison Stories" in
next fall's Razor Wire. Three other incarcerated writers
contacted our office recently, but each needs help getting first
drafts ready for a publisher to see.
Since we handle a lot of daily correspondence
from prisoners, some of it printed in this issue, we're experienced
with how much time, thought and editing go into preparing rough
writing for final posting on our website or in the hard-copy
Therefore, we can't promise at this time
to get anyone's book published. As with requests for legal help
that we can't provide, requests to take manuscripts and edit
for publication is more work than our small staff can handle
at this time, but we're exploring ways to do our part publishing
Chuck Armsbury, Senior Editor
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