Entries by Colleen Bates

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Need to Escape? Join the Club!

Colleen here. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it. I just can’t handle another poll, or another wildfire, or another favorite restaurant going under. We have to rethink Thanksgiving because it’s not safe to gather with my large, jovial family, and Christmas looks iffy, too. None of our 2020 books can have in-store […]

On Being Anti-Racist

I have not sent out a dedicated email trumpeting Prospect Park’s commitment to racial equity, because, well, so many of the ones I’ve received have struck me as rather shallow marketing ploys. Yet neither is it right to not address what is gripping our country. So I’ll say: 1. Black lives matter; 2. No one […]

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Holiday Open House

Thanksgiving is behind us, Hanukkah is in full swing, and Christmas is a’comin’, so it’s time once again for Prospect Park’s annual holiday open house. We’ll be pouring the prosecco, arranging the cheese platter, and putting out the books on Thursday, December 6th, happy hour time, at our office, 2359 Lincoln Avenue in Altadena. All […]

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 […]