We never planned for more than one book, but momentum and book sales kept propelling us. Twenty years later, we have published 73 titles and 600 writers, we run an independent bookstore not far from that coffee shop and operate a national residency program and annual writers conference. This month, one of our novels, Minnow by James McTeer, was named to Kirkus Review’s Best of Fiction 2015 list. These days, we have seven people on the payroll, which is really pretty amazing, considering we are located in a small city in South Carolina.
It’s a cliché to discuss the relationship between new media and old, but for the last fifty years or so that’s been the topic, and in a funny way, we haven’t quite moved beyond that yet. It’s still a compelling argument for the emerging generation of aspiring publishers to shape the future of literacy, to build the books they want to read—exciting times indeed.