Small Press Maestro: Jeffrey Lependorf and the Ecosystem of Independent Publishing

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

• The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses has institutionalized best practices for distribution, fund-raising and moving into to digital. CLMP’s annual spelling bee to raise money will take place on October 26 at 7pm in NYC. • “Independent literary publishing is that it is mission-driven, not dollar-driven.” By Kate Travers In 1967 a motley crew of magazine editors including …

Best of ’09: Andy Hunter on Independent Publishing

In English Language by Guest Contributor

As 2009 comes to a close we wanted to celebrate by bringing you a week’s worth of your favorite articles that we’ve run on Publishing Perspectives. We’ll be back on Monday, January 4, with our next new feature. In the meantime, enjoy the best of ’09 and check our news blog for updates and analysis. Today, Andy Hunter, editor-in-chief of …

Which Indie Publishers Impressed You in ’09?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today, in our countdown of the “Best of ’09,” Andy Hunter, editor-in-chief of Electric Literature, argues that the economic and other challenges faced by traditional, conglomerate publishers have opened the door for independent publishers to win new readers. Do you feel that this has been the case? If so, which publishers have benefited? Which impressed you? And …

Bonus Material: Indie vs. Corporate Publishing, Is the Choice Still Relevant?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s article about German publishing house Tropen’s transition into the folds of the much larger Klett-Cotta, executive Michael Zöllner stressed that the move was, by-and-large, a positive one. “The element of trust, combined with greater possibilities and safety [as a business] aren’t contradictory with independence, they’re an improved concept of it,” he said. “With Tropen we always …

If New Media is a Giant Killer, Will Independent Publishing Get the Golden Eggs?

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Andy Hunter In these stormy times, large publishers are jettisoning everything they can in order to lighten their sinking ships. What are they tossing overboard? Among other things, promising authors who haven’t found an audience, as well as anything too literary, difficult, or narrow in appeal. As Random House clings to the desperately inflated Dan Brown, hoping a …

German Buch News: Indie Award “Hotlist” Criticized as Not Inclusive Enough

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The decision by a band of independent German publishers to launch their own book “Hotlist” as an alternative to the German Book Awards (see our coverage here) has been met with quite a bit of criticism in the trades. For starters, the Boersenblatt reports that the Kurt Wolff Stiftung (KWS) — a prominent foundation that supports the …