R280. Small Wonder: How Small Presses and Their Authors Promote Their Work

Room 303, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


You’ve signed (or are about to sign) your book contract with a small press. Congratulations! It’s a huge accomplishment, but it’s just the beginning. You likely won’t have a full team of agents, marketers, and public relations experts at your disposal (versus, say, if your book was coming out with a large publishing house). So, what can you do? Hear authors and small press publishers offer tips and tricks as you gear up to get the word out about your book.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2020_Small_wonder_Event_Outline_Revised.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: AWP_2020_Small_Wonder_Marketing_and_Promoting_Your_Book.pdf



Brian Petkash has worked for a number of small presses over the years in marketing/promoting their books. He holds an MFA from University of Tampa and his work has appeared in various literary journals. His collection of short stories, Mistakes by the Lake, is forthcoming.

Kimberly Davis is the director at Madville Publishing, a nonprofit independent press based in Denton, Texas. Kim writes mostly fiction and has an MFA from SHSU, and she teaches at the University of North Texas. She spent five years at Texas Review Press.

Shane Hinton is the author of the books Pinkies and Radio Dark and the editor of the anthology We Can’t Help It If We’re from Florida. He is president of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition and a fiction editor for Tampa Review. He teaches at The University of Tampa.

R Dean Johnson is the author of Delicate Men: Stories and Californium: A Novel of Punk Rock, Growing Up, and Other Dangerous Things. He is an associate professor at Eastern Kentucky University and director of Bluegrass Writers Studio Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing.

Jared Silvia is a fiction writer, musician, and creative writing professor. He hosts the Functionally Literate reading series, and is one of the editors of Fantastic Floridas literary journal.


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