We used to ask, “What about small/independent press publishing is particularly exciting to you right now?” We’re still interested in the answer to that, but we’re even more interested to know what you think needs to change.
2017 was a whirlwind of a year for Paloma Press! And none of what we were able to undertake would have been possible without the help of the Filipino American community and the wider network of writers, artists, reviewers and booksellers, from the Bay Area, DC, Philly, Southern Cali, Luxembourg, New Zealand and the Philippines. In our case, it really took a village to launch our books.
So many exciting things are happening in the publishing industry now. Running a small press gives me free rein to explore different things and publish what I love. I’m a reader, first and foremost, and reading is a subjective activity, which means, I like the books I like. As a business model, this is not always sustainable, but I’m an optimist. Someday, I’d like to see more small press releases in libraries and brick and mortar stores; I’d like more library patrons requesting indie titles on OverDrive, and more diversity when I browse the catalog; I’d also like to see more vendors/distributors working with small presses; I’d like to see authors, especially poets, get paid for the work they do, and I’d like to see the indie presses who publish them get the profit margin they need to be able to do so.
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