Join us this year in Portland, Oregon, for the AWP Conference & Bookfair. We’ll be hosting four panels, all designed to help independent publishers learn and grow.
We’ll also be hosting our annual Membership Meeting in partnership with Small Press Distribution, which will take place on Wednesday, March 27, from 5-6:30 PM, in room A105 of the Oregon Convention Center. And please come by Booth #3066 to say hello and let us know how we can continue serving you. We hope to see you!
Lit Mag Editors in Academia
Thursday 3/28, 1:30-2:45 PM
Editing a university-affiliated literary journal presents unique challenges well beyond those of simply publishing a literary magazine. Join us for this roundtable discussion on everything from course release time, research credit, and staffing issues to working with or around academic development departments and building circulation through university websites.
Featuring Lisa Roney (The Florida Review & Aquifer: TFR Online), Jodee Stanley (Ninth Letter), and Jennifer Acker (The Common), and David H. Lynn (The Kenyon Review). Moderated by Stephanie G’Schwind (Colorado Review).
Hold for Oprah: Connecting with Literary Influencers & Bloggers
Friday 3/29, 1:30-2:45 PM
In today’s increasingly noisy marketplace, small publishers must do more than routine marketing and social media campaigns to connect to readers and drive sales. Hear industry experts discuss how they develop digital relationships with key literary influencers, bloggers, and other “big mouths” to raise the profile of their authors and books.
Featuring Jenn Abel Kovitz (Catapult/Counterpoint), Karen Gu (Graywolf Press), and Trisha Low (SPD). Moderated by Christina Blok (CLMP)
Small Press Accounting 101 and Beyond
Friday 3/29, 3-4:15 PM
A discussion of the unique bookkeeping and accounting issues and challenges facing independent literary presses, with tips and strategies to address them, from monitoring sales and structuring margins to tracking author royalties and dealing with bad debt.
Featuring Rafay Khalid (Global Lit Fund) and Brent Cunningham (SPD). Moderated by Jeffrey Lependorf (SPD).
Keeping the Boat Afloat: Challenges of Sustainable Nonprofit Publishing
Saturday 3/30, 12-1:15 PM
In the face of shrinking funding and rising costs, how can nonprofit literary publishers stay afloat while remaining relevant? Leading small press literary publishers discuss how they address their many challenges–and how they adapt–to keep publishing meaningfully.
Featuring Chris Fischbach (Coffee House Press), Erika Goldman (Bellevue Literary Press), and Jamia Wilson (Feminist Press). Moderated by Mary Gannon (CLMP).