Fearless Books

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Fearless Books
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Founded 1997
Founder D. Patrick Miller
Country of origin  US
Headquarters location Berkeley, California
Key people Sari Friedman
Nonfiction topics Poetry
Fiction genres Literary, Spiritual
Official website www.fearlessbooks.com

Fearless Books is an independent publisher, located in Berkeley, California, and founded in 1997 by D. Patrick Miller.

Fearless Books comprises several divisions, including its Award-Winning Fearless Poetry Series which is run by Sari Friedman, and it publishes spiritually-themed paperbacks along with e-books in every format, using two digital distributors (Smashwords and Overdrive) to disseminate digital versions of its print books.[1]

Two notable titles from Fearless Books include The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard, a worldwide bestseller, which was later sold to Hay House; and TOUCHING: Poems of Love, Longing, and Desire (a recipient of two 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards prizes: winner of the Anthology category, and Second Place Grand Prize in the Non-Fiction category.[2] The e-book version of TOUCHING: Poems of Love, Longing and Desire won First Prize in the Poetry Division of the Dan Poynter Global E-Book Award.

Fearless Poetry Series[edit]

The Fearless Poetry Series comprises a series of poetry anthologies. The series was launched in 2009, showcasing distinctive and compelling new voices in contemporary poetry.

The first volume was The Light in Ordinary Things.[3] TOUCHING: Poems of Love, Longing, and Desire was the second volume.[4] Volume Three of the Fearless Poetry Series will be called TURNING THE PAGE: Poems of Trauma, Healing and Transcendence. This volume is expected to come out later in 2014.

All submissions to the series are evaluated on merit alone—the submissions are read and evaluated by staff without their knowing the poet’s name, race, gender, religion, political affiliation, credentials, or any previous publishing history.[5] Sari Friedman has stated that, by selecting on merit alone, the anthology is free of bias. Friedman started this poetry series to see if anthologizing exceptional contemporary poetry would lead to poetry being more appreciated by the American public.

About the editors/writers[edit]

D. Patrick Miller has been studying A Course in Miracles for thirty years, and is head of the Northern California chapter of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.[6] He previously published with traditional publishers but currently focuses on writing manuscript assessments and e-book production and design. His primary focus, and the primary focus of Fearless Books, is to support manuscripts devoted to “A Course in Miracles” ideas and to disseminating information about this mind training and discipline.

Sari Friedman has won numerous literary awards including the First Prize in Fiction from The Writers' Voice in New York City. She has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes and the GE Younger Writer's Award, and others.[7] She has just completed writing a literary novel in which a young New Yorker starts remembering her past life 4,000 years ago in ancient Israel, and Friedman is in the process of completing two other novels including a Young Adult novel and another literary adult novel. She earned an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.[7] She serves as a judge for the Northern California Book Award, and was the first wife of Dr. Peter Hotez.

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