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Let’s Hear It for Independent Presses!

June 22, 2011

Here at Last Light Studio, we’re quite obviously enthusiastic about indie publishing. So it won’t surprise you that Elise Blackwell’s latest contribution to the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Arts & Academe blog—“Independent Presses: Saving Jobs & Literature?”—caught our attention.

Perhaps our favorite excerpt is this one:

Independent publishers may well be saving literary fiction in this country; they are certainly helping to save it. As commercial concerns increasingly dominate the New York publishing world, large houses abandon their midlist writers, and university presses back away from publishing new fiction, these publishers’ colophons are the ones that many writers and readers of literary fiction—both within the academy and outside of it—seek out.

Even better, Blackwell’s post includes brief descriptions of and shout-outs to a number of excellent indie and university presses. Knowing how much work it takes to produce even one quality literary book, we salute our more established and prolific publishing confrères. (We also invite Professor Blackwell to get to know us!)

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