F273. Elements of Small Press Success

E141-142, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


What are the elements of success for emerging small presses? This diverse and inclusive panel of editors and publishers considers this question from all sides—from acquisition to editing and design, from production and distribution to marketing and sales. The panel will also address issues including defining a mission and building a brand, for-profit versus nonprofit models, the role of social media, the use of interns and volunteers, and the pressing questions of how to get books into stores.



Anna Faktorovich, PhD, is the founding director of Anaphora Literary Press, and editor of Pennsylvania Literary Journal and CCR. She previously taught at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and Middle Georgia College. She published two scholarly books, Rebellion as Genre and Formulas of Popular Fiction.

Stephanie Andrea Allen is a southern Black lesbian writer, scholar, and educator. She works as an English instructor at a local university, codirects a literary nonprofit for Black women writers, and is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at BLF Press.

Michael Broder is the author of This Life Now, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. He is the founding publisher and managing editor of Indolent Books, a nonprofit poetry press focused on underrepresented voices, innovative language, and racial, social, and economic justice themes.

Mark Givens is the owner of Pelekinesis, a publishing company. He designs album covers, posters, and packaging and is art director for Shrimper Records. Mark has been writing computer code and designing websites for over twenty years and harbors a deep love of design, typography, art, and technology.


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