Spirit Bound Press is a revolutionary imprint birthed from the resounding call and need for more diverse and inclusive books in the magical, spiritual, and wellness categories. We are dedicated to amplifying the voices of Latinx, BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color), and marginalized communities that are underrepresented, appropriated from and silenced by traditional publishing channels.
Publishing writers with authentic roots, cultures, practices, and experiences in their works acts as a conduit of truth in the stories, cultures, wisdom, medicine, and magic of the communities we are part of and embrace.
Spirit Bound Press advocates for diversification in literature and publishing, creating an equitable publishing press that represents the values and diversity of the authors and communities we represent. While also honoring antiracist and inclusive principles.
Spirit Bound Press offers equitable publishing deals (with a 40% royalty rate, which is about 4x the industry average) and a team that coaches, supports, and helps authors develop the best platform, community, and campaign to share their work. We also give SBP authors a free membership to our educational and social networking platform, Literary Craft Society. LCS houses courses, workshops, and events on all things literature, creating a book from idea to marketing, decolonizing your writing, reclaiming your voice, and more. LCS will be available to the public in 2023.
Spirit Bound Press is an imprint of Row House Publishing and holds the same values and mission.
"Big publishing is broken, but it doesn’t need to be fixed. It needs to be disrupted and dismantled. What no longer works begs to be torn down, reimagined, revolutionized." - Row House Publishing.
We are that disruption and a new way to publish. Our leaders are authors who know how to put the author first, front and center. We believe in equity and activism and that books—and the culture around them—have the potential to transform the universal conversation around what it means to be human.
Juliet Diaz, the founder of Spirit Bound Press, is known for her works and presence as an empowering voice in the Spiritual and magical community. She left traditional publishing shortly after being asked to be a mentor with the US Diverse Wisdom Initiative at her former publisher, where she saw for herself the lack of experience and understanding in how to support diverse authors. This, along with the reality check from the #PublishingPaidMe hashtag, showed her the existing inequality and how deeply rooted this was and intentional.
After meeting with her former publisher about it, not only were they dismissive, but they also continued to offer her meager advances for her following books even after having had a bestselling book that stayed in the top 5 (mostly #1) in many categories, was picked up in ten countries and with a big active following. Staying true to what she stands for as an Indigenous, Afro-Caribbean Woman who is an activist, cares deeply for her community, and believes in equality, she risked her career as a writer and left.
Rebekah Borucki, the founder of Row House, came to Juliet, asking her if she would want to join Row House as their first author and be part of the RH council as a faith investor. Juliet received offers from other traditional publishers after the word of her leaving her former publisher was made public. She, however, decided that what Row House stood for was incredibly important and aligned with her values.
With her experience as a multiple bestselling and award-winning author and her many connections as a writer and community leader, she wanted to keep the door open for voices like hers that were being taken advantage of, appropriated from, and silenced. And so, she founded Spirit Bound Press to give a platform to writers with authentic roots, cultures, practices, and experiences in their works.
"We need more diverse and inclusive books on the shelves of magical, spiritual, and wellness categories. I want our communities to reclaim their stories, medicine, wisdom, and magic while taking up space."
- Juliet Diaz