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Small press publishing highlights

I’ve been fixated this summer–no surprise–on publishing, the small press world, and community building, and here are a few links and highlights. The Atlantic Everyone interested in small presses should read “American Literature Needs Indie Presses,” an exciting piece by Nathan Scott McNamara … Continue reading

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Post-BEA Post

My friend Kevin Smokler, whose Brat Pack America is forthcoming from Rare Bird Books in October, said to reserve Monday for catching up with people and sending follow-ups. That’s the kind of important advice that I picked up as a first-timer … Continue reading

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BEA bound!

I have my hotel and plane tickets arranged for Book Expo America next month in Chicago. It’s been on my to-do list to walk the floor and meet people and get that wider sense of the industry, but until now, … Continue reading

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Query Tips: When to Respond

Submittable allows us to customize a message thanking writers for sharing their work when they first submit. Do not respond to this message! Asking a question before we have a chance to read any pages definitely shoots up a small warning flag about … Continue reading

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Query Tips: How Volume Has Changed How I Read

We had more than a 300 percent increase in manuscripts in the first seven days of this year’s open submission period for Forest Avenue Press. That’s certainly due to the national exposure the press has received this year, all the media … Continue reading

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Holiday Reading, and Hurray for Indies

My husband says I have become harder to buy books for in the past decade; part of that is because I read so much and attend so many bookstore events, and I attend more events, and buy more books, than … Continue reading

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On the Tenth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

My husband and I went on a several-month, across America road trip back in 2006, including stopping in New Orleans in June, ten months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region. My former editor connected us with her sister and brother-in-law; … Continue reading

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