March 6, 2013

Visit Melville House’s publishers and staffers at the AWP in Boston March 7 – 9


The AWP, otherwise known as the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, is holding its annual conference and bookfair this weekend in Boston, and Melville House will be there!  Come to the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center from Wednesday, March 6 to Saturday, March 9, 2013 and visit booth #309  for your fix of our Art of the Novella series, the Neversink Library, and the Last Interview series, in addition to our latest fiction. If you sign up for our newsletter, you can pick up a novella poster.

We’d also love to see you at the panels featuring Melville House co-publisher Dennis Johnson. Here are the details for your conference schedule:

Breaking Digital Ground: E-Books and Independent Literary Publishing
(featuring Craig Morgan Teicher of Publishers Weekly, Fiona McCrae, publisher of Gray Wolf Press, John Oakes, co-publisher of O/R Books, Amelia Robertson, ebook coordinator for Copper Canyon, and Dennis Johnson, co-founder and publisher of Melville House.)

Friday, March 8
3:00pm – 4:15pm
Room 210, Level 2
Hynes Convention Center

E-books are here to stay; by now they have penetrated every segment of the book market. Some indie literary presses were on the e-book vanguard, while others waited for the big guys to test the waters before jumping in. By now, though, everyone is working on, or executing a digital publishing plan. In this panel, sponsored by Publishers Weekly, indie press editors will discuss and debate what has and hasn’t worked in terms of e-book strategy and how digital changes the indie publishing world.

The Business of Publishing Your First Novel: Author and Publisher Perspectives
(Moderator: Dennis  Johnson, publisher of Melville House, with panelists/authors Christopher Boucher, Emily St. John Mandel, and Vanessa Veselka)

Saturday, March 9
10:30am – 11:45am
Room 210, Level 2
Hynes Convention Center

Melville House co-publisher and co-founder Dennis Johnson will lead a practical discussion of the publishing process with three authors in various stages of their literary careers: Emily St. John Mandel has published three acclaimed novels with Unbridled Books, while Christopher Boucher and Vanessa Veselka each debuted a novel in 2011 with Melville House and Red Lemonade, respectively. Topics will include: acquisitions, editing, big-house versus independent publishers, publicity, marketing, tours, social-networking, do you need an agent? and the changing role of the author.

If you’re not registered for the conference, the bookfair will be free and open to the public on Saturday, so come pick out some new reading material and and visit Melville House founders Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians in booth 309!



Claire Kelley is a the former Director of Library and Academic Marketing.