Well, we did it: We managed to produce an audiobook! It was something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but the time and expense of it all was always a turnoff. With author-funding, however, it was doable — and that’s how we got ParentShift made into an audiobook.
As I said in my last blog, it’s almost impossible to compete with the ginormous dickhead that is Amazon. But it’s so much better for our authors (and for us) to order straight through our shop that it behooves us to get a little creative —in an attempt to lure you away from the behemoth and gently balance things out.
I’m going to do something that small publishers normally don’t do. No, I’m not going to dance naked on a coffee table. (Why would you even think that?) I’m going to talk about money.
Now, as personally fulfilling as it’s been — and as proud that I am of the finished product — and as glad I am that my amazing co-authors agreed to publish the book through Brown Paper Press — I would very much like to NEVER DO THIS AGAIN. It’s just too difficult wearing the cap of publisher and author at the same time. I
Peter has been in New York this week workshopping his adaptation of The Inheritance of Shame with a bunch of Broadway actors — and will speak about it at The Center in Chelsea on Tuesday — and, dammit, it’s all just hugely exciting.
Of all the aspects of bringing a a book to life, the cover design is, by far, one of the most fun. We have had the pleasure of working with some wonderful designers here and abroad, but none as well known as Joan Wong, the designer for our latest book.
We just sent our latest book, ParentShift, to the printer — and, although it’s terribly exciting, it’s also anxiety-producing in the extreme.
Conversion therapy survivor Peter Gajdics, the author of our own Inheritance of Shame, has a lot to celebrate these days. In addition to bringing much-needed awareness to efforts to ban conversion therapy for gay youth and adults in his native Canada and beyond, he also has been contracted to adapt his book into a play. How cool is that?
When you publish as few books as we do, every one needs to be fantastic. That’s my philosophy, at least. There have been a lot of “almost-fantastics” that have come our way in the last year — more and more every day, thankfully. But none of them reached out and grabbed me until September—when I received Sandra Miller’s debut, Trove.
When I started this blog last March, my intention was to write regularly about what it’s like to be a small book publisher, to pull back the curtain and expose how things really work around here. But within weeks of starting the blog, my dad was given a terminal diagnosis. The cancers — yes, plural — that he’d been staving off for years had finally made their move, and this wonderful human began his long goodbye.
I am thrilled to announce that Brown Paper Press will be releasing its fifth title — a parenting book — this spring. ParentShift: Ten Universal Truths That Will Change the Way You Raise your Kids will launch on May 7, 2019, and is now available for pre-sale.
Meet Lauren Diethelm, our new intern who, after several months of doing wonderful things here at the press, DEFINITELY deserves a proper introduction.
When author Peter Gajdics was 23 years old, he came out to his parents. It didn't go well. Today, because of Peter's own personal lobbying efforts, the city of Vancouver became the first city in Canada to ban all forms of conversion therapy for both minors and adults.
When Jennifer and I named the company Brown Paper Press four years ago, we had no idea it would be a difficult name to remember. It seemed so simple to us — as simple as, well, brown paper.
Right off the bat, if you're here reading the blog of an independent press just for fun, we're inclined to think that yes, you can space a minute for literature. It's a noble thing, and we commend you for it.
In honor of supporting books by women all year round and also of World Book Day, here in the first of our Five Things series are five books we’ve loved written by, for, and about women.
Long Beach Spotlight
Welcome to the first episode of SPOTLIGHT ON LONG BEACH — our chance to throw some attention onto our local literary community. Recently we caught up with Tim Grobaty (Grow-bay-tee, for those unfamiliar) via email.
We’ve made a few changes over here at the old press and thought it might a good time to launch a publishing blog.