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Celebrating and Reflecting on the (Weird) Launch of ‘ParentShift’

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

Publisher's Notebook

Publishers Have Dads, and Sometimes Those Dads Die

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.

Publisher's Notebook


Since our inception in 2014, Brown Paper Press has been distributed through IngramSpark, a subsidiary of Ingram Content Group. This arrangement has made our books readily accessible by every bookstore in America and in several foreign countries. 

But it also means we lack a dedicated sales force, or automatic exposure to established booksellers — which is a disadvantage when it comes to building a publishing business.

So, as of Jan. 1, 2017, our books will be made available through SCB Distributors — a full-service distributor and home to a number of small presses we greatly admire. At the same time, we will be making our first foray into offset printing with Peter Gajdics' The Inheritance of Shame.  Check out SCB's latest catalogue here

We are very excited about this new step, but it also means that we are taking a big risk. So think of us fondly, will you? With all your fingers crossed.