Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
From the “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself” file. Good luck, Laura!
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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