Indie Press Reports

There’s an old saw tacked up on our bulletin board:

Commercial publishing houses publish books. Independent houses publish authors.

We define an independent house by its editorial freedom; some have corporate business managers. It’s the old market driven vs. art driven argument. But don’t assume that independent presses accept books without a plan to make back their investment. Indie presses know their market and select books that will make them money; the difference is that their threshold for turning a profit is considerably lower than a large corporate imprint like Vintage.

This is not news to many writers, but it has set certain criteria for our student-generated press reports. In choosing a press, the students must limit their search to presses that have a track record, publish at least two to three books annually, and accept unsolicited manuscripts. To meet these criteria, particularly the latter, students settle on independent presses. Each report includes a fact sheet, editor interview and book review. These reports will assist any writers searching for a press to submit their book manuscript.

It goes without saying but we’ll say it anyhow; the views expressed in our market research are those of the student reviewers and do not represent the opinions of the Fiction Writing Department, or Columbia College Chicago.

Abrams Press - A large press with an eye for detail.
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 Atticus Books - Literature that transcends. 
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Black Balloon Publishing-They'll lift you off the ground and take you to a whole new world.
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Caketrain - Beautifully designed covers. Beautifully written books. Only $8 each.
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Curbside Splendor Publishing - An indie press so Chicagoan it goes to the Logan Square Farmer's Market.
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Dark House Press New, promising, and dark, like the day's first cup of coffee. 
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 Dzanc Books- An indie press vying for the future of literature. 
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Eraserhead Press- Franz Kafka meets John Waters meets David Lynch meets Dr. Seuss of the post-apocalypse.
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Gorsky Press - A true indie that looks for work outside the mainstream.
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Leapfrog Press - Where the writer gets the attention they deserve.
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NoPassport Press - A press that publishes plays because they're good, not because they're produced.
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Outpost 19Truly provocative reading.  
 Photocredit: Outpost 19
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7 Stories Press  - Books that aren't afraid to get political.
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Soho Press - Take the F train to books as hip as the lower west side.
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Sourcebooks - their mission: "to reach as many people as possible with books that will enlighten their lives."
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Top Shelf Productions - Welcomes all work, for an emerging author to great such as Alan Moore.
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