This tale of an armchair-treasure-hunting mom seems to be resonating especially deeply with a demographic my sister likes to call “Women Of a Certain Age.”
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
We just sent our latest book, ParentShift, to the printer — and, although it’s terribly exciting, it’s also anxiety-producing in the extreme.
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.
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.
We’ve made a few changes over here at the old press and thought it might a good time to launch a publishing blog.
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.