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Friday, April 3 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
4L: When Small Presses Take You Big Places: Maximizing the Impact of Small Press Book

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Big publishing houses want big stories – stories that reaffirm what people already believe, stories that they “know” will sell well. Small presses, on the other hand, can-- and want to-- take bigger risks, challenging readers with unexpected stories. They often value quality and originality over marketability and "platform,” and give authors more personalized attention than a large press. This session features authors who had original, unexpected stories to tell, and who each eventually decided that a small press would give them greater freedom to tell these stories truthfully. Is your story "difficult?" Does it challenge dominant beliefs? Is your form creative or nontraditional? Then maybe a small press is right for you, too. This session will discuss how these authors made their choices, and suggest how you might make your own.

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Nina McConigley

Nina McConigley is the author of the story collection Cowboys and East Indians, which won the 2014 PEN Open Book Award and a High Plains Book Award. She was born in Singapore and grew up in Wyoming. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston and an MA from the University of Wyoming... Read More →
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Ron MacLean

Ron MacLean teaches writing at GrubStreet. His short fiction has been anthologized, and has appeared widely in magazines including GQ, Narrative, Fiction International, Night Train, Other Voices, Drunken Boat, Best Online Fiction 2010, and elsewhere. He is author most recently of... Read More →
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Nathan Rostron

Editor, Restless Books
Nathan Rostron is the Editor and Marketing Director at Restless Books, an independent, nonprofit publisher of international literature, based in Brooklyn. Restless is devoted to championing essential voices from around the world, whose stories speak to us across linguistic and cultural... Read More →

Friday April 3, 2020 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
Stuart Room - 4th Floor