Barman

James Jay is back! We’re proud to announce the release of Jay’s latest poetry collection Barman. About the book: The Barman is the keeper of lost objects: a forgotten hoodie, a wallet full of cash, the strophes sung out in pain and despair, the beautiful moments that a rich life allows you to have and…

Everyone Loves You Back

Gorsky Press is proud to announce the release of the 2015 Molly Ivors Prize for Fiction winner, Everyone Loves You Back by Louie Cronin.   Everyone Loves You Back tells the story of Bob Boland, a middle-aged radio engineer on a meandering quest for love and meaning in 1990s Cambridge, MA. It’s the debut novel…

The Publishing House in the Local Weekly

As we wrapped up work on The Publishing House class, a reporter from the local Ventura County weekly visited our class. He took photographs and interviewed students. Afterward, he and I sat down and chatted for a while. The reporter is a former student of mine. He seems to be doing very well for himself.…

Behind the Scenes of the Contest 7: Public Relations

by Jake Winegar I spoke with Nic de Sena on his experience with trying to get a reviewer to publish a review on their website. It begins with a one sheet, which is like a summary, or catalog description that is used for publicity reasons. The one sheet for The Pocket Guide to Divorce included…

Behind the Scenes of the Contest 5: Small Press Presentations

by Georgia Mclaughlin To get a better understanding of trade publishing, Sean Carswell taught us about the different kinds of publishing houses. There are the Big 6 (most recently the Big 5), independent publishers, and vanity publishers. After going over the corporate giants and the “pay-to-play” publishers, we focused our attention on the independent houses.…

Behind the Scenes of the Contest 4: A Review of Reviews

by Georgia Mclaughlin In Sean Carswell’s Publishing House course at California State University, Channel Islands, students learn about many different topics as they relate to the ever-changing publishing world. One of the topics we covered was book reviews. My first impression of a book review was that it is simply the opinions of prominent people…