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Five LWC Takeaways for Authors in the Querying Trenches
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

A first-time conference attendee’s perspective As an as-yet unpublished novelist currently submitting my manuscript to agents, my life sometimes seems to revolve around that little chime on my phone that heralds an incoming e-mail. Whatever support I might receive from…

A view from the ABA’s Winter Institute in Memphis
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

CLMP Board Member Matty Goldberg reflects on a vibrant industry event. In early February, I spent four days at the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute in Memphis, TN. If you’re not familiar with Winter Institute, it could best be described…

What’s Your (Literary) Sign?
Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Here at CLMP, we’re feeling excited about what the new year has to offer: events and initiatives, opportunities to make change, and more great reading from a diversity of voices and publishing perspectives. In fact, there’s so much fantastic literature…

Featured Resource: Bringing Lit Mags into the Classroom
Thursday, January 18th, 2018

In 2018, we’re excited to be launching a series of featured resources here on the blog. These audio recordings, videos, and PDF guides are pulled from our vast indie publishing library, on offer to everyone in our community for perusal…

Chris Fischbach

Tips from an Industry Pro: How One Indie Press Builds Book Buzz
Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

When it comes to book marketing, who promotes what, where, when, and how? Chris Fischbach, Publisher of Coffee House Press, can answer that. He knows pretty much everything about how indie presses and authors can work together to bring their…

CLMP’s 50th Anniversary Gala Retrospective, from a Spelling Savant
Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

CLMP’s 50th Anniversary gala took place on November 8, 2017 at the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant in New York City. Ben Greenman, a CLMP Spelling Bee triple-crown holder, and the host of this year’s Spelling Bee part of the evening, wrote a recap of the…

Meet the First Readers: Raquel Penzo
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Before submitting to a literary contest, it’s often recommended that you look into the publications and literary interests of the judges. But what about the first readers? First readers are some of the unsung heroes of the literary community—passionate lovers…

Tips From an Industry Pro: Get Your Book into Readers’ Hands
Thursday, October 19th, 2017

“Publishing” means “to make public.” But how do indie authors and presses actually do that? Recently, CLMP was fortunate to host Nicole Dewey, Managing Director at the legendary Shreve Williams Public Relations firm and Co-Chair of the CLMP board, to…

James Sherry on CLMP’s 50th
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Forty years ago, I started Roof, a small press dedicated to publishing new writing. I lucked out and found a ready-made generation of poets ready to revise the accepted standards of American verse culture. Today those writers have succeeded in…