Your First Book

In remembrance of founder and author Phyl Manning, Kalana Press will accept applications to assist one writer each year to get their first book published.

It’s important to manage expectations. Kalana Press is not a full-service publisher with standing orders with Barnes & Noble or libraries or Scholastic Books.  We will provide an ISBN number, manuscript preparation as required, at least 25 copies of your book delivered to you, and a listing with order information here at our site for as long as you wish, as long as Kalana Press operates.  If this publication enables you to sell your book to a larger publisher, or option it for a film, or anything else, more power to you!  No ongoing interest by Kalana Press is asked or expected.  We’re simply offering help for writers to get going.

If you would like to learn more about this assistance, or submit material, please respond through the Contact page of this site, with “MY FIRST BOOK” as the subject.  We will respond with guidelines and the submission calendar.


Welcome to Kalana Press – uncommon works of independent spirit.  We are books of course, as well as music and movies, pictures and plays.  If there is a collective theme, it is the great novelty and diversity of life on this planet.  As our logo suggests, subjects can range from nature, including animals, and animals including man.  If you think of something we’ve left out, write about it with insight and passion, and we’ll make room for that, too.

If you look closely, you will find stories you never thought you might.  Explore the work.  Share your thoughts.  Either way, join us and be welcome.