Talk:Small press

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Genre Fiction[edit]

I'm not completely convinced that the statement about genre fiction should be here. It's not entirely true that small presses concentrate on genre fiction. Because genres are generally defined as geared towards a specific marketing (and marketable) audience, many small presses do not describe themselves in terms of a genre (except for the "literary" distinction). Rather, they would describe themselves as existing to serve a specific subject matter, such as serving various ethnic and/or nationality distinctions in their books. It should be noted that this is normally author-based, and not audience-based as it is with genres. Still 18:44, 23 August 2006 (UTC)

I'm very much inclined to agree--tho' science fiction has a substantial share of the small press market (in terms of sales), the greater number of publishers are producing poetry and, to a lesser extent, literary fiction. I'm don't really see the further distinction Still makes, in serving ethnicities; examples can certainly be found but it seems to me the much more general conception of "small press" should be kept focused on "literary." funkendub 23:19, 19 September 2006 (UTC)

In my experience, and in the stats I have seen, I suspect that non-fiction is a larger part of small press publishing than fiction or poetry.Marion Gropen 17:03, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

Printing and Presses[edit]

This article confuses craft printing with small-scale publishing. The arts 'n' crafts movement may be peripheral to literary publishing, but that's all. The Transcendentalist magazine, The Dial, for instance, was never an example of what should be here distinguished as craft printing. Indeed, in the 20th century the majority of small press work was done on the opposite of "craft" equipment: mimeograph machines and photocopiers. funkendub 23:22, 19 September 2006 (UTC)


Then there's the whole issue of indie/small press production of comics. That needs a mention here, and a link.... funkendub 23:23, 19 September 2006 (UTC)