Past Meetup

Publishing with a Small Press: A Primer for Authors

This Meetup is past

40 people went

Next Door Cafe

659 W Diversey Parkway · Chicago, IL

How to find us

We'll be in the open area just outside the conference rooms at the back of the cafe.

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Many writers, even prospective self-publishers, have a spark of hope that traditional publishers will be interested in publishing their books. There are pros and cons to both traditional publishing and self-publishing, but in some cases it makes more sense for an author to pursue a book deal with a traditional publisher than to self-publish. Since it's very difficult to get a book deal with a large publisher like Random House, an author's best bet may be to pitch the book to small presses. There are many more small presses than big ones, and small presses don't require agent representation.

Emily Victorson, co-founder and publisher of Allium Press (, will educate us on:

· How publishing with a small press is different than self-publishing

· How to determine whether it makes sense to pursue traditional publishing instead of self-publishing

· What small presses are looking for and how to pitch to them

· How to work with a small press

Next Door Café (, 659 W Diversey, is hosting this meeting. There is street parking in the area and public transportation nearby.

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Speaker bio:

Emily Clark Victorson is the co-founder and publisher of Allium Press of Chicago. After receiving degrees from Oberlin College and the University of Michigan she moved to the Chicago area, where she has lived for over twenty-five years. Prior to starting Allium Press she worked as a librarian, historian, and book designer for such organizations as the Newberry Library, the Chicago History Museum, and History Works, Inc.

Allium Press ( was founded in 2009 as a small, independent press to publish literary fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and young adult fiction, all with a Chicago connection. Recent titles include Frances McNamara’s Death at the Paris Exposition; D. M. Pirrone’s For You Were Strangers; and Mary Burns’s The Reason for Time.