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…

Behind the Scenes of the Contest 3: Oh, the Overview

by Cory Pete The book is dead… Bullshit. That Fascist propaganda has run its course. Reflecting upon my time in “The Publishing House” I can tell you now that that sycophantic polemic is an outright lie. So who spreads this lie to the readership at large? Probably Amazon, but either way it is shit. Nazis…

Behind the Scenes of the Contest 2: Social Media

by Cory Pete The Internet is full of shit. That is a given. Try looking at all the sites that lack credibility, the sites that offer penis enlargement, or the sites that will clean your Mac for free. Yeah, clean all your files right into someone else’s hard drive. The over indulgence of advertising to…

Behind the Scenes of the Contest 1: Deciding the Fate

by Brianna Demirci We are to publish a book he said, a real, physical mass of pages with a plot and symbolism and all that great stuff. To accomplish this goal a quirky group of college students, a professor/master indie press runner, and a lucky contest-winning author all had to come together as one. This…

Molly Ivors Prize Winner

About a month ago, Sean Carswell’s “Publishing House” class met to decide who the winner of the Molly Ivors Prize for Fiction would be.  Prior to the class, we narrowed the submissions down to a top 10, then a top 4.  The discussion took hours.  Students made impassioned pleas for Ben Nadler’s The Book Peddler,…

Judging the Contest

All of the submissions for the Molly Ivors Prize for Fiction have been gathered, pored over, and judged.  It’s incredible how many great submissions we received.  We feel a little humbled that writers trusted us with their best.  It’s tough to narrow the manuscripts down to one winner.  But we’ve debated and made our cases…