AWP Panel, “Writing Outside the Big 5: Practical Tips for Authors Working with Indie Presses”

March 29, 2019 at 10:30 to 11:45PM

C123, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Authors’ experiences with indie presses can vary greatly. This panel provides insights from authors who have published story collections and novels with indie presses ranging from micro presses to large indie publishers. It focuses on how authors can best utilize the resources of presses with limited staffs and budgets, marketing, working with an editor who is also the publisher, and what to do if a press folds and it is necessary to find a new publisher after a work’s initial release.

Alice Hatcher is the author of the prize-winning novel The Wonder That Was Ours. Her novel research benefitted from the support of the National Science Foundation, German Marshall Fund, Center for European Studies, American Philosophical Society, and North American Conference for British Studies.

Michelle Ross is the author of There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You, winner of the 2016 Moon City Press Short Fiction Award. A fiction editor of Atticus Review, she was a consulting editor for the 2018 Best Small Fictions anthology.

Dana Diehl is the author of Our Dreams Might Align (2016). Her chapbook, TV Girls, is from New Delta Review. She lives and teaches in Tucson, Arizona.

Kim Magowan lives in San Francisco, California and teaches at the Department of Literatures and Languages at Mills College. Her novel The Light Source is forthcoming, and her short story collection Undoing was the winner of the 2017 Moon City Press Short Fiction Award.

Angela Mitchell is the author of the short story collection, Unnatural Habitats & Other Stories. She is the director of the St. Louis Writers Workshop.