When I’m looking for a book, I look for stylists. It’s not the just the story, it’s how it’s told. That’s a pretty boring thing to say, but it’s true. Our first writer we published was Kyle Coma-Thompson. That’s a writer who has a lot to say, and he says it in a way that really isn’t like anyone else. His stuff can be polarizing, and often puzzling, but the way he writes, the way he pays attention to the sentence is remarkable. He’s soon to be a force.
How to account for, much less explain, America’s malaise? Is it that our politics lack imagination, or that our imaginations too easily give into the temptations of ostensibly ideology-free escapism?…
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We must ask questions and work together—not just publishers, but authors and agents and readers and booksellers and everyone who has a stake in the literary community, in this era of content, content, content. Is the traditional publishing distribution model sustainable on a smaller scale, i.e. fewer than six to twelve titles per year? Why aren’t major awards moving the sales needle to a significant degree? If debut authors want independent presses to open more slots in our catalogs, then how can they help support our growth? How can we get everyday readers—people who aren’t industry stakeholders—reading more fiction?