Entries by Colleen Bates

What I Learned in School Yesterday

Greetings from the Home2Suites in Albuquerque, where the view is of a complex freeway interchange and my neighbors are fellow presenters at the University of New Mexico Writers’ Conference. I was one of three editor/publishers here to spout off about the book business yesterday and listen to pitches from aspiring authors. Joining us publishers were […]

To Hell with LaLa Land—L.A. Is Book Land

Enough with the clichés about L.A. being only about movies, TV, and juice cleanses. We’re here to report that our city’s small-press scene has been exploding. Check out Eagle Rock–based Unnamed Press, which is rocketing to success with outstanding fiction and nonfiction; their sister operation, the nonprofit Phoneme Media, is also making waves. Also in […]

Malcolm Margolin: Publishing Hero of the Week

Because it’s Prospect Park’s tenth anniversary, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I got here, and how my co-workers, authors, and I have navigated the many, many obstacles that make book publishing one of the most challenging businesses out there. Other than trial and error, I’ve learned almost everything from others who are smarter and more experienced […]

10 Lessons From 10 Years of Running a Small Press

When I first began Prospect Park Books ten years ago, not for a minute did I imagine it would still be in business today, let alone have grown from a regional guidebook publisher into a national house focusing on fiction, cookbooks, and gift titles. Sure, I cranked out a business plan or two along the […]

Jen Bilik: Publishing Hero of the Week

Because it’s Prospect Park’s tenth anniversary, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I got here, and how my co-workers, authors, and I have navigated the many, many obstacles that make book publishing one of the most challenging businesses out there. Other than trial and error, I’ve learned almost everything from others who are smarter and more experienced […]

Steve Piersanti: Publishing Hero of the Week

Because it’s Prospect Park’s tenth anniversary, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I got here, and how my co-workers, authors, and I have navigated the many, many obstacles that make book publishing one of the most challenging businesses out there. Other than trial and error, I’ve learned almost everything from others who are smarter and more experienced […]

Dude Books for Dad

It’s a problem for the ages, returning every year and so challenging to address: What to get Dad for Father’s Day? Problem: solved. These two books, together or singly, are sure-fire Dad-pleasers: Plus One Brand-new in paperback, this smart and sharp comic novel tells the story of Alex, a midlevel marketing guy in L.A. whose […]

Talking Publishing with Caroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt is a literary ball o’ fire. She’s a talented and successful novelist, no stranger to the New York Times bestseller list. She’s a much-sought-after manuscript editor and much-in-demand teacher of the art of novel writing. And she’s a tremendous booster of her fellow authors and editors… and even of publishers, who aren’t always […]

Making the 2015 “Best” Lists

We’re more than proud of the eleven books we published in 2015—each has won acclaim, and each has been a success, which is not the norm in any annual slate of titles (this is a tough business). A few of these titles are getting a little extra love now, as they’re getting new attention on […]

The Return of Things I Want to Punch in the Face

Few publishing projects have brought us more in-office fun than Jennifer Worick‘s Things I Want to Punch in the Face, which we first published in 2012. Not only is Jen, a publishing whiz with more than 25 books to her name and a successful consulting business that helps authors, an absolute delight to work with, […]