eBooks and Traditional Publishing

Sartoris Literary Group is a traditional publisher that takes a non-traditional approach to publishing. We do that by providing authors with options that they do not have with the majors (very high royalty rates, for example) and we do it by embracing eBooks as the future of publishing without turning our backs on print publishing. All our books are available in both eBook and paperback formats. We love bookstores as much as the next person. There is no better place to spend an afternoon. But we envision the future of bookstores as places where readers can download the books of their choice for their iPads, Kindles and Nooks while also purchasing more traditional print editions.

Lastly, we pride ourselves on offering unique voices of the South in both fiction and non-fiction. The South has provided the nation with some of its best journalism and best literature and we are devoted to continuing that tradition. As of today five of the seven largest publishers in New York are owned by interests outside the country. The practical effect of foreign ownership is to limit the publishing options of American writers so that the only books deemed worthy of publication are those that have celebrity names attached or that have existing media platforms.

Sartoris Literary Group is more interested in stories than platforms. We are interested in publishing compelling books that are worthy of the time that people will devote to them. We are especially interested in books that the majors consider too regional, too controversial, or too “small” for publication. Journalists and authors who have previously published books will be given priority in the selection process, but we are open to first-time authors.

Sartoris Literary Group is not interested in the following:

  • We do not re-publish self-published books.
  • We do not publish non-fiction books on technical subjects (psychology, social work, medicine, the law, etc.) that are not written by experts or experienced journalists.
  • We do not publish children’s books.


Publisher James L. Dickerson is an award-winning writer who has authored more than 30 books. He worked as a staff writer and editor at three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers—The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tennessee; the Clarion Ledger/Jackson Daily News of Jackson, Mississippi, and the Delta Democrat-Times of Greenville Mississippi. In the mid-to-late 1980s, he published and edited a national magazine titled Nine-O-One Network that made history by becoming the first magazine published in the South to ever obtain newsstand distribution in all 50 states as well as overseas in countries such as the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal.

Dickerson is interested in acquiring mysteries, romance, and Southern literary fiction. In non-fiction, he is interested in books on business, politics, medical self-help, dogs, or cookbooks with a unique slant. Anything off-the-wall or culturally revealing about the South will attract his attention.

A prolific writer, Dickerson will publish some of his own books on SLG, but he also will publish with other publishers when appropriate. His most recent non-SLG book is Scotty and Elvis: Aboard the Mystery Train, which he co-authored with guitar legend Scotty Moore. It was published in July 2013 by University Press of Mississippi.


Acquiring Editor Dr. Mardi Allen is a nationally known psychologist who has co-authored four books on adoption and parenting, including How To Screen Adoptive and Foster Parents: A Workbook for Professionals and Students. Dr. Allen acquires books related to psychology, self-help, religion, and women’s fiction. She has been in practice as a licensed psychologist for over 20 years. She has been on the editorial board of the American Psychological Association’s PsycCritiques. She is a former president of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and a frequent guest on radio and television programs related to mental health. She is the parent of two gifted cocker spaniels, Allie & Mattie.




Michael Levine is a celebrated Hollywood publicist who has represented 58 Academy Award winners, 34 Grammy Award winners, and 42 New York Times bestsellers. He is also the author of several books on public relations, including Guerrilla P.R. His client list has included Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, George Carlin, Mickey Rooney, Charlton Heston, and broadcaster and author Bill O'Reilly. He enjoys working with writers, so if you think you have the right stuff to become a bestselling author he would love to hear from you. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 310-396-6090.




Lynda and Jim O’Connor are energetic, award-winning book publicists who have been doing PR for 30 years. They specialize in non-fiction books, but have done many fiction books as well, developing comprehensive national PR campaigns based on an author’s time and budget. Lynda and Jim enjoy promoting Sartoris Literary Group authors. The couple live in Lake Forest, Illinois. For more information, please visit www.oconnorpr.com or call 847-615-5462.




Maryglenn McCombs is an independent book publicist who has actively worked in the book publishing industry since 1993, and has been involved in the publication and promotion of hundreds of books. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and native of South Central Kentucky, Maryglenn lives in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, please visit: www.maryglenn.com. Maryglenn serves as publicist for numerous Sartoris Literary Group authors.