How did you get your name?
Panama Hats project a certain sense of adventure. And their historical links to regions outside of North America evokes that same childhood curiosity about other cultures we hope to instill in our young readers. So we thought it was a good fit.
Are Panama Hats really from Panama?
No! Authentic Panama Hats are hand-made in Ecuador, the best styles and quality coming from the city of Montecristi. These straw hats were known as “Panama Hats” internationally since – like so many other South America goods in the 19th century – they were shipped abroad from the Isthmus of Panama. International buyers didn’t necessarily know the original origin, and by the time the hats were popular, the Panama name had already stuck.
What is a micro-publisher? Is it the same as a vanity press?
A micro-publisher is just what it sounds like: a publishing company at a micro- scale. We take on authors and handle all aspects of book design, production, manufacturing, publicity, etc. Obviously we don’t publish nearly as many titles as the Big Publishers, but being a micro-publisher has its advantages. It allows us to focus our efforts on fulfilling our mission, specializing in a specific genre. Micro-publishers like us are generally looking to fill in market gaps that the Big 6 overlook with quality titles. We can give individualized attention to each project, and we treat authors like partners not vendors.
A vanity press like lulu.com operates quite differently. Vanity presses basically just provide some basic services to self-publishing authors. The self-published author does all the work, pays all the fees, and takes all of the risks.
Book publishing can be quite complex, and we feel strongly that writer’s should focus on what they do best: writing, and partner with a publisher to handle the details. At Panama Hat Publishing, Ltd. we love reading and we love books. We are committed to helping worthy authors publish a better quality product.
Are you a print-on-demand (POD) publisher?
Print-on-demand is a printing process that allows printers to print as many or as few books – even just one at a time – as needed using digital printing technology. The quality has improved vastly in recent years so that for many books produced for trade distribution, a POD book is nearly indistinguishable from a traditionally printed book to most readers. It is important to understand that nearly every publisher – big or small – uses print-on-demand as part of their production process. Printing is just printing, and is only one small part of the overall publishing process.
While most of are books are printed uses digital presses, we look at a combination of factors to decide whether digital print-on-demand, traditional offset printing, or a combination of both is right for each edition of a book we produce.
I have a great idea for a manuscript! Will you publish my book?
Maybe. We are always on the lookout for good books to publish, but we can only take on a fraction of what is submitted to us. Our philosophy is quality over quantity.
Please take a look at our Submission Guidelines before you send us your manuscript.
What kind of books do you publish?
At this time, we are focused on making meaningful contributions to the middle grade fiction genre. The Panama Hat imprint will publish juvenile fiction up through Young Adult. We do nott have an imprint to handle adult fiction nor non-fiction at this time.
Where can I purchase one of your books?
Our books are available at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble online. If you don’t see us on the shelves at your local bookstore, just ask them for the book you want. Any bookstore should be able to order any of our books if you give them the ISBN.
If you are a bookstore please see or Ordering Information page for details.
How can I get permission to use an exceprt from one of your books?
For text and illustration permissions see Permissions Request.
For rights requests for foreign language, book clubs, etc, see Subsidiary Rights.
How can I contact one of your authors?
Just send us a note using the contact forms on our Authors pages, and we’ll be sure to relay the message to them.