I’m a Writing, Literature and Publishing major at Emerson College. If I could, I would narrow my focus into the publishing aspect of my major. This would mean that acquisitions, editing, production and publicity would be in my near future (fingers crossed). As I’ve become immersed in this program at Emerson, it has become increasingly obvious that people idolize the “Big 5” publishers that are located in New York City: Random House/Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, and Macmillan. While these publishers are certainly admirable, I recently learned just how many small presses exist throughout the United States that are completely overshadowed by larger publishing conglomerates.
On February 4th, Richard Thomas (a contributor for BuzzFeed) wrote an article entitled “15 Highly Anticipated Books from (Mostly) Small Presses,” which is what inspired me to write this piece. While Thomas’ article would likely be skipped over by some BuzzFeed readers, it certainly caught my attention. These books, which are just as eagerly anticipated as books from a major publishing house, are finally getting some recognition.
In short, take a look at where the next book you read has been published. If it’s owned by one of the Big 5, that’s great, but if you can manage, try to pick up a book from a small press. Keep the publishing industry alive, and, more importantly, keep calm and read on. And try out one of these new books from this BuzzFeed article!
Natalie Hamil is a Writing, Literature and Publishing major at Emerson College. She enjoys skimming bookstore shelves, watching the sun rise, and wearing bright/patterned pants.
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