“We are not superwomen”: Navigating Finances, Identity Politics, and Vision of a Feminist Press

Introduction to Documents 1 and 2: “Unbusinesslike” Conduct   |   Document 1      |     Document 2
Introduction to Documents 3 and 4    |     Document 3: Feminist Publishing Ethics    |     Document 4: Women in Print Publishing Accords
Document 5: Feminist Publishing Proposal From Ruth to Barbara
Introduction to Documents 6, 7, and 8: Seal Books   |    Document 6     |    Document 7     |     Document 8
Document 9: Women Who Dared    |     Document 10: “Cheat to Eat”
Introduction to Documents 11 and 12: Hate Mail      |     Document 11       |    Document 12
Document 13: Outreach to Women of Color        |       Document 14: Letter to Angela Davis      |     Document 15: Letter from Audre Lorde      |    Document 16: “No More ‘Social Problems’ Projects”

Introduction to Documents 6, 7, and 8: Seal Books

The following correspondence between Seal Books and Seal Press reveals the tension between competing publishing companies–or, at least, perceived competition by Seal Books. Heather Florence Grant of Seal Books opened her letter presumptuously, assuming that Seal Books had published for longer, and therefore entitled to the name. In fact, both presses opened in 1977. They agreed that neither press had to adjust their logo, name, nor scope of publishing. However, in her last response, Florence threatened Wilson, insinuating she would take legal action on behalf on Bantam Books, the umbrella for Seal Books, if Seal Press moved too aggressively.
Another correspondence between Seal Press, Inc. of California and Seal Press reveals that this was not the only conflict over operating names.