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Becoming a Gatekeeper–and eBook News!

From the “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself” file. Good luck, Laura!

Laura Stanfill

My essay on becoming a small press publisher has just been published by Souvenir, a new online literary magazine. Read “Becoming a Gatekeeper.”

It’s my own personal manifesto, created from the sense of writerly community, and given power by the shifts in the traditional publishing industry. Here’s an excerpt:

“Nobody gave me this power, and maybe I have no right to take it, and that terrifies me. Some days it feels like dress up, putting on a superhero costume and calling myself a publisher. A gatekeeper. But I believe in promoting and publishing local authors, so I’m donning my satin cape and jumping into the giant gap between the major New York houses and the self-publishers—vowing to make something magical happen, not just for my authors but for readers seeking that sweet mix of literary language and plot.”

It has taken me much of this year to accept the…

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5 comments on “Becoming a Gatekeeper–and eBook News!

  1. Laura Stanfill
    September 9, 2013

    Thanks for the reblog, Kevin! I think we have similar philosophies. It makes sense, this do-it-yourself ethos, when the publishing industry has shifted so drastically and closed its doors to so many talented writers. I wish you the best of luck with Yesterday Road and look forward to following your journey.

    • Kevin Brennan
      September 9, 2013

      My pleasure, Laura. I really admire what you’re doing. It’s kind of like the small craft brewers who decided Budweiser wasn’t good enough anymore… 😉

      Looking forward to reading Stevan’s book too.

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