Joseph Street Digest is a small publisher that publishes short stories in both print and digital format.
We have been around since 2017 originally as a collaboration between three authors local to the metro-Washington, DC area. Those three original authors continue to write for us. Our membership in the Independent Book Publishers Association ensures top-notch publications.
During the pandemic, our operations had to pause. But we are now back and in full swing. Our reputation for significant stories and literature is thanks to our passion. We will continue providing them for many years.
We are proud to be an imprint of AEM Services, an autistic owned business. Our firm foundation assures readers of a unique, captivating reading experience. We believe that success lies in having many readers and writers to supply the works.
What sets us apart is the story selection, designed to meet a wide variety of tastes for readers who appreciate reading for the joy of reading. We will continue to release quality stories from a range of new and talent writers, to deliver the best content for our readers.
Let Us Be Your Next Read.
What we are NOT and what we are about…
We are not large to medium trade publisher. We don’t see ourselves as a vanity press. We are not listed on wall street. Our authors tend not to be found on bestsellers lists or have won the National Book Award. Nor do some of our authors have professional writing degrees. And we don’t mind being up front about these facts.
And yes, we have author contracts and try our best to pay our writers fairly. That being said, we’ve never liked the advance/earn out model. It’s fairer to pay for the rights up front, and provide a share of any income we get from sales as royalties for those rights. And yes, as a publisher we don’t expect our authors bearing the full weight of marketing and advertising. It is our responsibility to handle that task.
This is all because we believe in writers write to be read by readers who enjoy reading for reading’s sake.
Our View On Generative AI
Our publications, online and otherwise, will allow the use of generative AI within the systems and laws we are subjected to by agreements or otherwise.
But as this area is in constant flux, our policies on these matters may change drastically.
Currently, US Copyright laws do not protect AI generated content and some distribution networks won’t accept it.
We require authors and subcontractors to disclose the AI tools they used, including generative AI, grammar checker, and AI writing coach for rephrasing.
We will do our best to identify any generative AI content published.
Our owner believes that allowing generative AI benefits communities with intellectual disabilities. It allows such communities to potentially compete on the same level as “normal” writers. Thus, it aligns with the fact we are an autistically owned business.