Welcome to Front Porch Commons! A Note from the Editor

On behalf of CLMP, I am thrilled to announce the launch of Front Porch Commons, independent publishing’s new front porch!

Front Porch Commons is a virtual space for conversation within and about the independent literary publishing community. Indie publishing has long been a house of many rooms; I hope Front Porch Commons can be the place where our diverse community comes together to talk. Through weekly blog posts and short essays, we’re creating an ongoing discussion of the ideas and issues that matter most to our industry.

Who’s writing these posts? You! All who are a part of our community–from publishers, booksellers, agents, and librarians, to educators, historians, readers, and writers–are invited contribute. In the true spirit of a commons, we’ll be publishing all submissions we receive (so long as they are previously unpublished, on-topic, and not attack pieces).

The conversation is already starting. Check out an interview with the ever-hilarious Sue Shapiro on the pros of publishing small, a discussion with poetry icon Deborah Landau, a literary podcast roundup with new recommendations even for the veterate podcast listener, one author’s take on Chipotle’s package publishing model, and firsthand advice about starting and running literary magazines, among other great features.

This terrific mix of pieces reflects the spectrum of work that Front Porch Commons will continue to run: everything from logistical and advice-oriented essays for fellow members of the community, to thought pieces about the industry, to profiles and interviews with some of its stars, and all manner of work in between.

So, please, read! Stay a while! Add your voice! We’ll look forward to seeing you on the Porch!

All my best,

Emma Komlos-Hrobsky, Front Porch Commons Editor

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