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Friday, September 29 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Don't Go Home, Go Small

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With the New York Publishing scene in upheaval and revision and with the growth of independent presses, writers have many more options than in the days when the Big Five ruled the publishing world. 

But where to start? With fiction and nonfiction, is it best to try the traditional route, finding agent and then letting the agent do the work of selling? Or should the intrepid writer set forth with query letter and sample pages and work directly with smaller publishers? Poets have long been published by smaller presses, but is publishing a chapbook a good idea? Many writers wonder about working directly with Amazon, either with their publishing arm Little A or their digital rights group. 

The members of this panel have a wide and varied background, published by many smaller publishers (indie and academic) as well as the “big five.” As poets, nonfiction writers, and novelists, we can offer a wide perspective on how to position yourself with a smaller press. 

With detailed handouts (including lists of indie publishers, web sites to find such, and how to’s in terms of working with small publishers), we will provide a working model that participants can emulate. 

For the panel, we will first talk about our roads to publication, focusing on the decisions we made that led to our recent books. We will introduce themselves and our recent books—and the stories that led to them. 

During these discussions and in a following Q and A we will cover the following ground: 
1) Why a smaller press? 
2) Money? Can you make any with a smaller press? 
3) Other types of remuneration (maybe even emotional) from small presses. 
4) Did we try for a New York publisher? 
5) Did we try for an agent? 
6) Will an agent work with a smaller press? 
7) What are the pros of working with a smaller press? 
8) What are the cons? 
9) If we could do it all over again, what different choices would we make? 
10) Tips on what to do leading up to and then after publication with a small press.

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Jessica Barksdale

Jessica Barksdale’s fourteenth novel, The Burning Hour, was published by Urban Farmhouse Press in April 2016.  Her novels include Her Daughter’s Eyes, The Matter of Grace, and When You Believe. A Pushcart Prize, Million Writers Award, and Best-of-the-Net nominee, her short... Read More →
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David Allan Cates

David Allan Cates is the author of five novels, and a chapbook of poetry, the Mysterious Location of Kyrgyzstan. His novels include Hunger in America, a New York Times Notable Book; X Out of Wonderland and Freeman Walker, both Montana Book Award Honor Books; and Ben Armstrong’s... Read More →
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Darien Gee

Darien Gee is the author of the award-winning craft book, Writing the Hawai’i Memoir: Advice and Exercises to Help You Tell Your Story, published by Watermark Publishing. She has also published six novels (three under the pen name Mia King) with Penguin Random House, including Friendship... Read More →
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Meagan MacVie

 Meagan Macvie grew up in Alaska writing poems about injustice and hot boys. Her first novel, The Ocean in My Ears, is set in her hometown and was a 2016 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest finalist. Meagan’s short work has appeared in Narrative, Fugue and... Read More →
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Warren Read

Warren Read is an assistant principal on Bainbridge Island, WA, and is the author of the 2008 memoir, The Lyncher in Me (Borealis Books). His fiction has appeared in Hot Metal Bridge, Mud Season Review, The Waccamaw Journal, Sliver of Stone, Switchback and The East Bay Review. In... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am MDT
Dana Gallery