Literary Landscape

Links to places to find independently published literature (Get Indie Lit), independent publishers, and resources for publishers and writers.

Resources for Publishers

Nonprofit Administration and Management

Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers
National coalition of nonprofit organizations sharing an vested interest in nonprofit postal policy. Useful resources include basic guidelines on how to apply for reduced rates, a FAQ, chart of nonprofit postal rates, and a guide to the maze of eligibility requirements.

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
Nonprofit consulting and training organization for nonprofits. Based in San Francisco and San Jose.

Independent Sector
Membership organization for the non-profit sector: foundations, NFP organizations, corporate giving programs.

LitTAP: New York State Literary Presenters Technical Assistance Program
LitTAP, the New York State Literary Presenters Technical Assistance Program, serves the literary community by providing literary presenting organizations and literary curators with the resources they need to succeed and survive.

Support Center for Nonprofit Management
The Support Center strengthens the leadership and management capacity of nonprofit and public interest organizations to fulfill their missions and vitalize their communities. The website provides a comprehensive listing of their management workshops (in NY and NJ), customized consulting programs, and useful publications. The web site also allows you to sign up for their nonprofit management email list.

Foundations and Philanthropy

Benton Foundation
The Benton Foundation works to realize the social benefits made possible by the public interest use of communications. Benton initiates projects in three areas: 1.Defining and promoting public policies that support the public interest services and capacities of new media, 2.Helping nonprofits use communications tools and strategies to be information providers and social advocates and 3.Creating knowledge centers that are trusted sources and guides to nonprofit information and action.

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
Searchable database of funders (corporate and foundation) in Silicon Valley. Many fund only locally, but some are national.

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Gives in the arts, primarily for New Jersey organizations or those that benefit New Jersey in some way. Also sponsors the Dodge Poetry Festival and a poetry in education program.

The Foundation Center
The source for fundraising research. Free search for specific foundation information. $20-30/month for individual access to their top 10,000 foundations by subject, geography, etc. Free queries to their librarians via email form. Free excerpts from trend analysis reports on arts funding.

The Markle Foundation
Emerging communications media and information technology create unprecedented opportunity to improve people's lives. The Markle Foundation works to realize this potential and promotes the development of communications industries that address public needs. A private not-for-profit philanthropy, the Foundation has $200 million in assets. Established in 1927, Markle began focusing on communications media in 1969.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Find your state's arts agency through this national membership organization's membership directory.

National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest annual national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

The New York Foundation for the Arts
The New York Foundation for the Arts enables contemporary artists to create and share their works and provides the broader public with opportunities to experience and understand the arts. The Foundation accomplishes this by providing responsive leadership and advocacy, offering financial and informational support and building collaborative relationships with others who are committed to the arts in New York State and throughout the United States.

New York State Council on the Arts
State funding agency that offers general program support to presses and magazines in successive years.

Philanthropy Journal
Through a daily website and free, weekly email bulletin, delivers nonprofit news, resources, announcements and job listings.

Philanthropy News Online
News on the philanthropic community with an emphasis on not-for-profits and technology.

The Wallace Foundation
The Wallace Excellence Awards provide support to exemplary arts organizations in selected cities to identify, develop and share effective ideas and practices to reach more people.


American Civil Liberties Union
Free speech is one of their causes.

The Authors Guild
The Authors Guild, the nation's largest society of published authors, is a leading advocate for fair compensation, free speech, and copyright protection.

Ivan Hoffman
Includes articles on legal matters for writers and publishers.

Publishing Law Center"
This site is devoted to providing quality information for the publishing community ‘ publishers, authors, editors, web masters, and freelancers.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Provides contact information and links to state organizations which provide legal assistance to non-profit arts organizations.

Associations and Trade Mags

The Alternative Press Center
The Alternative Press Center (APC) is a non-profit collective dedicated to providing access to and increasing public awareness of the alternative press.

Association of American Publishers
A trade association for the book publishing industry.

Book Industry Study Group
Not-for-profit organization that collects data about the book market, establishes technical standards to make distribution more efficient (EDI, barcodes, etc.), and provides other types of information for all in the bookworld -- publishers, retailers, distributors, wholesalers, manufacturers, librarians.

Independent Book Publishers Association
The largest not-for-profit trade association representing independent book publishers.

Independent Press Institute
The Independent Press Association (IPA) works to promote and support independent publications committed to social justice and a free press. IPA provides technical assistance to its member publications and is a vigorous public advocate of the independent press.

Independent Publisher
Provides a good overview on all aspects of publishing, i.e., book awards, book reviews, industry updates, resources, and an events calender.

Publishers Weekly
The international news magazine for book publishing and bookselling.

Resources for Writers and Readers

Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets supports awards, prizes, and fellowships for distinguished poets, as well as for those who are just beginning to make their mark. The Academy sponsors National Poetry Month, poetry readings, high school workshops, and other programs designed to promote poetry nationally.

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs as helped to establish the largest system of literary patronage the world has ever seen. AWP has supported the development of hundreds of educational programs, conferences, reading series, and literary magazines as well as thousands of jobs for writers and new audiences for contemporary literature.

Center for Fiction
The Center for Fiction in Manhattan is the only nonprofit in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction, and we work every day to connect readers and writers.

Open Education Database
Open Education Database offers a clear and comprehensive survey of online resources for writers.

Independent Publishing Resource Center
The Independent Publishing Resource Center (in Portland, Oregon) facilitates creative expression and identity by providing individual access to the resources and tools for the creation of independently published media and art.

PEN American Center
PEN American Center is the U.S. branch of the world's oldest international literary and human rights organization. PEN's programs reach out to the world and into diverse communities within this country. They promote writing and literature at every level and are founded on the belief that free expression is an essential component of every healthy society.

Poetry Project
Founded in 1966, the Poetry Project is now one of the premier forums for innovative poetry in the United States. Housed in the landmark St. Mark's Church in the center of New York City's East Village, the Poetry Project offers three weekly reading series, writing workshops, a bimonthly Newsletter, an annual literary magazine, The World, an Annual New Year's Day Marathon Reading, tape and document archives, and general support for poets.

Get Indie Lit

American Booksellers Association
The national trade association for independent booksellers since 1900.

American Library Association
Among its many programs, the ALA sponsors numerous conferences with book exhibits and sponsors the Office for Intellectual Freedom and Banned Books Week.

Center for the Book
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established to promote books, reading, literacy and libraries, as well as the scholarly study of books. Since its founding, the Center has established affiliate centers in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

New York State Literary Tree
The gateway to literary New York.

NewPages Guide to Independent Bookstores

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