R154. Small is the New Big: Working With Independent Presses to Build a Literary Career

Room L100 B&C, Lower Level
Thursday, April 9, 2015
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Publishing with a small/academic press can be a key strategy to build an author’s writing platform and credentials. This panel will discuss: When is it the right time to publish with a small press? What are the benefits of publishing with a small press? What are the potential challenges? How does working with a small press affect an author’s writing career? Four panelists from all walks of publishing will discuss these questions and elaborate on ways to maximize the small press experience.



Michelle Brower is an agent with Folio Literary Management, where she specializes in literary fiction, book club fiction, and narrative nonfiction. Her authors include Jason Mott, Tara Conklin, and Rebecca Rasmussen.

Ben George is a senior editor at Little, Brown & Company.

Anitra Budd is an editor at Coffee House Press, an award-winning independent publishing house in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In this role she oversees the editorial schedule, assists with subsidiary rights management, and acquires and edits new titles.

Ethan Nosowsky is editorial director at Graywolf Press. He has edited books by Jeffery Renard Allen, Hilton Als, Deborah Baker, David Byrne, Geoff Dyer, Dave Eggers, Stephen Elliott, J. Robert Lennon, Sarah Manguso, and Maggie Nelson among many others.

Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who represents literary fiction, YA, and narrative nonfiction. She received her MFA in creative writing from the New School.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center