Patrick McDonald

Patrick McDonald founded Overcup Press in 2011 with his wife, Rachel Bell, after graduating from Portland State University with a Masters in Publishing. Their titles include books about art, travel, food and drink, architecture and design, and some books for the kids. This year Overcup published its first book of literary non-fiction: Volcanoes, Palm Trees and Privilege: Essays on Hawai’i by Liz Prato, which was named as a New York Times Best Summer Read. In 2020 they are publishing Ground Truth: A Geologic Survey in Essays by Ruby McConnell. Overcup is a home-based business overseen by two cats named Cooper and Dee Dee.

Overcup Press is an independent publishing house with national distribution. We are currently looking for manuscripts in the following genres:

Longform creative nonfiction
Narrative journalism
Regional U.S. Northwest Topics
Travel (essay, other related)
Architecture and Design
Food and Drink, Cannabis
Contemporary Arts and Culture
Music / Music History / Long-form Music Journalism

We are NOT currently considering queries or submissions from the following genres:

Children’s picture books
STEM titles (middle grade and YA audience-focused)
Religious books
Self-help books