Womancraft Publishing is committed to sharing powerful new women’s voices, through a collaborative creative process. Founded in 2014 and based in east Cork, Ireland, we have published eighteen titles by ten women so far. Our authors are based in the US, Ireland, Switzerland, Portugal, Ecuador and the UK, and several of our titles are in multiple languages.
Womancraft was founded on the revolutionary vision that women and words can change the world. We act as midwife to transformational women’s words that have the power to challenge, inspire, heal and speak to the silenced aspects of ourselves.
We share powerful new voices with new visionary ideas, empowering our readers to actively co-create cultures that value and support the female and feminine. This to us is deeply exciting and powerful work. We fully believe that values are not meant to be dry words, but juicy actions, lived out. Books are not meant to be mere paper, but the means of transporting ideas from place to place. Business is not just a way of getting rich at the expense of others, but a way to consciously change the world, one transaction at a time.
At the heart of our Womancraft philosophy is fairness and integrity. Creatives and women have always been underpaid: not on our watch! We split royalties 50:50 with our authors. We offer support and mentoring throughout the publishing process as standard. We use female artists for our cover designs, and as well as paying fairly for these images, we offer a royalty share and promote the artists both in the books and online. We pay the living wage to our employees and provide flexible working practices that centre family, menstrual and health needs. We pride ourselves on being fair, open and accountable. Our books have been #1 Amazon bestsellers in many categories, Nautilus and Women’s Spirituality Award winners.
The vast majority of our business is in paperback books so we want to give back: re-planting the trees that are sacrificed to make our books. We can see a book as the ghost of a tree, or the spirit of a new idea. We champion advances in technology using print-on-demand systems for our books. This means that each book that is ordered by us, by retailers, by customers is printed there and then so we don’t have large print runs of books that then may have to be pulped. When we sell books in the US they are printed in the US, when we sell books in Europe they are printed in Europe, minimizing shipping and CO2 emissions.
We do the majority of our business via the internet so that we don’t have distributors and sales people on the road. We try to be ecologically sound at every level: reusing packaging, recycling waste, cycling to work, heating our office with a sustainable sourced local wood in a woodburning stove...
We are proud that Womancraft is walking its talk, living the new paradigm in the crumbling heart of the old: through financially empowering creative people, through words that honour the feminine, through healthy working practices, and through integrating business with our lives, and rooting our economic decisions in what supports and sustains our natural environment. I hope that one day soon, what we do is seen as nothing remarkable, just the norm.
We work on a full circle model of giving and receiving: reaching backwards, supporting Treesisters’ reforestation projects, and forwards via Worldreader, providing e-books at no-cost to education projects for girls and women in developing countries. We donate many paperback copies to menstrual education projects, red tents, women’s groups and women’s libraries around the world including: India, South Africa, Haiti, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland... As we grow, we can give more back.
We build alliances with independent, women-run media outlets in order to share our books. We do not market to women, but speak from our place within the circle of women, sharing our vision, and encouraging them to share it onwards, in ever-widening circles. We are honoured that the Womancraft community is growing internationally year on year, seeding red tents, book groups, women’s circles, ceremonies and classes into the fabric of our world. We are the change we want to see in this world.