2017 Small Press Workshop

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Sunday, June 11, 8:30–11:30 AM
Organizers: Jane Bunker, Director, Northwestern University Press; Justin Race, Director, University of Nevada Press; Dan Williams, Director, TCU Press

Each small press is unique in its successes, but all share the same challenges and frustrations: too many books and too few resources—time, money, and staff. This workshop offers strategies to help any small press get a lot from a little, starting with what the AAUP can offer small presses and how to find that information and make the most of it. You will also learn how to make your press visible and essential to your parent institution; how to organize personnel and workflow to maximize efficiency, including working with interns and choosing in-house or outsourcing for various steps in the workflow; how to garner national attention and publicity for your books; and what authors can gain by signing with a small press over a larger or commercial house. With so many hats to wear, this workshop hopes to show you how you can be the best haberdashery in town.

Small Press Workshop Agenda:

8:30 AM: Welcome
8:45 AM: What AAUP can do to help small presses — Darrin Pratt (AAUP President/Colorado) and Peter Berkery (AAUP Executive Director)
9:15 AM: Institutional Relationships — Carey Newman (Baylor) and Justin Race (Nevada)
9:45 AM: How to be a university press publisher — Gillian Berchowitz (Ohio)
10:15 AM: Break
10:30 AM: An author’s experiences with big and small presses — Tom Zigal
11:00 AM: Final open discussion — Jane Bunker (Northwestern)

Speaker Information:

Jane Bunker has degrees in philosophy from St. Norbert College and Fordham University. Born to a librarian and a homemaker turned Latin teacher, she got her start in publishing as the editor of her high school literary magazine. She went on to work in acquisitions for many years at SUNY Press, and is now director at Northwestern University Press.

Justin Race has a BA in political science from Tufts and a masters from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He got his start in publishing in acquisitions for Rowman and Littlefield during the depths of the Great Recession in 2010. He survived. He’s now coming up on two years as director of the University of Nevada Press.

Dan Williams earned his Ph.D. in English, as well as M.A. degrees in both English and History, from the University of Denver. A specialist in early American print culture, he has published six books, including two recent novels, and over fifty articles and essays. He is the Director of the TCU Press and the Honors Professor of Humanities in the John V. Roach Honors College at TCU. In addition to his scholarship, Dr. Williams is an avid hiker and is certified as a wilderness first responder.

Carey C. Newman has directed Baylor University Press for the last 15 years. He has led the Press to expand the number of its publications while focusing its scope. Before Baylor Newman was Senior Acquisitions Editor at WJK spent a decade in undergraduate and graduate teaching. He is the author of three books and two perfect daughters.

Gillian Berchowitz is director and editor in chief of Ohio University Press and the Swallow Press imprint. She began her career as an academic sales representative for Oxford University Press and as sales manager for Ravan Press, an antiapartheid scholarly and literary press in South Africa. Her long career at Ohio University Press began with her working as a freelance copy editor, followed by positions as assistant production manager, executive editor, senior editor, assistant director, editorial director, and finally director and editor in chief in 2013.

Thomas Zigal (1948) was born in Galveston, Texas, and grew up in nearby Texas City. He received a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Stanford. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Aspen trilogy, a crime series set in Aspen, Colorado, featuring Sheriff Kurt Muller, and two books of the New Orleans trilogy-in-progress -- The White League and Many Rivers to Cross, the latter with TCU Press in 2013, which has been called the finest Katrina novel published. He has published short stories and book reviews in literary magazines and fiction anthologies for more than 40 years. Zigal lives in Austin, Texas.

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