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Small Press Week #SPWshop

Last day of Small Press Week! Today we’re engaging in capitalism, since it’s also Small Business Saturday!

Most of our titles could only be released by a small, independent publisher not beholden to a large corporate editorial structure. Upper Rubber Boot has the freedom to take risks. Poetry books, especially, are hard to sell, but, I believe, vitally important to the literary conversation—every one that we publish is a risk. I also love stories that are hard to quantify and pigeonhole, which can make our anthologies riskier to publish because they aren’t absolutely clearly one genre or another.

We exist on the fringe. It’s even in our name (Upper Rubber Boot is Canadian for a place that’s far away from the center of things, and probably uncool and insignificant).

 
Here are some of our riskiest titles:

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  • Flight 505, a rock-and-roll road trip turns violent after an ill-considered heroin theft in this chilling novella by ex-Sparks bassist Leslie Bohem, who also wrote A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5, Dante’s Peak, and the mini-series Taken.

    [Amazon ; elsewhere]

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  • Three short books of poetry in a single volume: brothers Anders and Kai Carlson-Wee explore America by train; F. Douglas Brown and Geffrey Davis explore fatherhood in the era of Black Lives Matter; and Enid Shomer explores environmental destruction and hope for the future.

    [Amazon ; elsewhere]

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  • Memory, a novelette by Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría (trans. Lawrence Schimel) of oppression, genetic engineering, non-binary relationships, and—you guessed it—memory, on a colony on a terraformed Mars.

    [Amazon ; elsewhere]

 

 

Previous URB Small Press Week posts:

26 November 2016

Small Press Week #SPWreads

Some books I’m interested in that other presses have released:

Antigona Gonzalez
Sara Uribe
Les Figues
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Assdeep in Wonder
Christopher Gudgeon
Anvil Press
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Assi Manifesto
Natasha Kanape Fontaine
Mawenzi House
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Canto General: Song of the Americas
Pablo Neruda
Tupelo Press
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The Conjoined: A Novel
Jen Sookfong Lee
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Roberto Harrison
Green Lantern
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Equilibrium
Tiana Clark
Bull City Press
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How To Draw a Rhinoceros
Kate Sutherland
Book Thug
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I Am Providence
Nick Mamatas
Night Shade
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IRL
Tommy Pico
Birds, LLC
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Lament for the Afterlife
Lisa L. Hannett
Chizine
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Literature for Nonhumans
Gabriel Gudding
Ahsahta Press
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Lithopedia
Anne Keefe
Bull City Press
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Mercurial
Allison Joseph
Mayapple Press
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Miniatures
John Scalzi
Subterranean Press
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The Missing Museum
Amy King
Tarpaulin Sky
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Monsieur de Bougrelon
Jean Lorrain
Spurl Editions
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Myriad Lands
Stories by: Tade Thompson, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Lyn McConchie, Daniel Heath Justice, Dilman Dila, Daniel Ausema, and more.
Guardbridge Books
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Non-Sequitur
Khadijah Queen
Litmus Press
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Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera
City Lights Books
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The Performance of Becoming Human
Daniel Borzutzky
BAP Books
Winner of the 2016 National Book Awards for Poetry
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Pirate Utopia
Bruce Sterling
Tachyon Publications
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Remembering Animals
Brenda Iijima
Nightboat Books
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Selected Works
Jose Antonio Ramos Sucre
Noemi Press
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Some Nights It’s Entertainment; Some Other Nights Just Work
Matt Robinson
Gaspereau Press
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Street Magicks
Stories by Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Bear, Catherynne M. Valente, and more.
Prime Books
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Sympathetic Little Monster
Ricochet Editions
Cameron Awkward-Rich
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Testament
Vickie Gendreau
Book Thug
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Vile Men
Rebecca Jones-Howe
Dark House Press
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When the Ghosts Come Ashore
Jacqui Germain
Button Poetry
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When the World Wounds
Kiini Ibura Salaam
Third Man Books
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Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone
Sequoia Nagamatsu
Black Lawrence
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Words Are My Matter
Ursula K. Le Guin
Small Beer Press
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Written in the Dark: Five Poets in the Siege of Leningrad
Ugly Duckling
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Previous URB Small Press Week posts:

25 November 2016

Small Press Week #SPWthanks

It’s Small Press Week! Today we’re focusing on who and what makes us grateful to be in publishing.

First of all, I’m grateful to you. Thanks for stopping by! Readers are some of the best people I know, and I am grateful when you invest your time in reading our books. Ask any writer how much work it is to write a story or a poem or an entire novel. It’s similarly hard work to edit, design and format the actual book. Without you, our efforts would be for nothing.

I’m extraordinarily grateful to work with so many wickedly clever editors and writers, who are also often luminously kind and good people. Special shout-outs to Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, who edited Apocalypse Now: Poems & Prose from the End of Days and carries the Floodgate Poetry Series every year from cradle to grave; to Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Wieland, who are currently editing Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation; and to H. L. Nelson, who edited Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good with me, and who will be co-editing another women-focused anthology with me next year.

I’m thankful for my family, friends, and co-workers, who are constant sources of support and inspiration. A special shout out to my husband, who juggles so many things so that I can keep this business going.

I’m also thankful for gummy bears and Kroger’s double chocolate protein bars, which have been a significant source of comfort to me.

Finally, thank you to everybody who makes the human race look a little more human. I’m so glad that you are here with me.

 

Previous URB Small Press Week posts:

24 November 2016

Small Press Week #SPWfutures

It’s Small Press Week! Today we’re talking about the future.

Our next release, in spring 2017, is Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation, an anthology of fiction focusing on solutions to environmental disasters, and the people living during tipping points and inhabiting the crucial moments when great change can be made. Follow the book on Facebook to keep in the loop on this release!

Next autumn, we’ll be releasing an anthology of long poems, Warning! Poems May Be Longer Than They Appear, co-edited by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum and Matthew Silverman.

Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 4, featuring some kickass poets, will be released in January 2018.

We’ve also got big plans for two still-unnamed anthologies of women-focused fiction for 2018, edited respectively by Octavia Cade, and by H. L. Nelson and Joanne Merriam!

 

Previous URB Small Press Week posts:

23 November 2016

Small Press Week #SPWzoom

Today for Small Press Week we’re zooming in on 2016 releases. Upper Rubber Boot has two releases this year: The Museum of All Things Awesome And That Go Boom, an anthology of derring-do, explosions and blunt force trauma, and Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 3, comprised of a short poetry book by Enid Shomer, another co-written by Cave Canem fellows F. Douglas Brown and Geffrey Davis, and a third co-written by brothers Anders and Kai Carlson-Wee. We thought we’d have some fun with this and just tantalize you with some snippets:

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Previous URB Small Press Week posts:

22 November 2016

Small Press Week #SPWpast

It’s Small Press Week! Today we’re talking about the history of our press.

I’m Joanne Merriam, the Publisher of Upper Rubber Boot. I had toyed with the idea of starting a press for over a decade, since my days as a staffer at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, where I was one of two staff, doing everything the Executive Director didn’t do (essentially running the office and our programming, and helping our members and the public understand submission etiquette and industry standards). Working there both made me feel like running a publishing company was a possibility, and gave me a great primer on much of what I needed to know.

After I immigrated to the United States, I was having trouble connecting with other professional writers, mostly because I was mired in poverty and couldn’t attend workshops or the like. I met Molly Peacock at a reading, and she suggested that I start something that made writers come to me, like she had started The Best Canadian Poetry in English series.

I started URB in 2011. I ran a very modest kickstarter which gave me the funds to buy 100 ISBNs, and spent my two-week Christmas break releasing and promoting Heather Kamins’ Blueshifting and 140 And Counting: an anthology of writing from 7×20.

In early 2012, Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum approached me about an apocalyptic anthology, which became Apocalypse Now: Poems & Prose from the End of Days, containing stories by Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, and Pinckney Benedict. I started to feel “real” at that point!

Andrew has stayed on as an acquisitions editor for the Floodgate Poetry Series, which annually releases three chapbooks (short poetry books) in one volume. He is also co-editing the forthcoming Warning! Poems May Be Longer Than They Appear.

After the success of Apocalypse Now, URB has released a number of anthologies of speculative fiction: Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good, How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens, and The Museum of All Things Awesome and That Go Boom.

We’ve also released single-author books of poetry by Peg Duthie (Measured Extravagance), T. D. Ingram (Hiss of Leaves), Lyn Lifshin (Marilyn Monroe: Poems), Corey Mesler (The Sky Needs More Work), of fiction by RJ Astruc (Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories), Sergey Gerasimov (The Mask Game), and most recently by Argentine author Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría and translated into English by Lawrence Schimel (Memory: A Novelette).

I feel tremendously fortunate to get to work with talented writers on books that are important, that talk about vital things, and that challenge readers to think and act!

 

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21 November 2016

Small Press Week #SPWsecrets

It’s Small Press Week! Look for these hashtags this week on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and other social media sites:

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Today, we’re sharing some secrets and behind-the-scenes glimpses of life in small press publishing.

Small presses come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes. Some use digital typesetting and print-on-demand technology to fulfill orders one at a time, while others produce limited editions on small letterpress machines of their own, while still others order a few thousand copies from a printer and maintain an inventory. Some run their own associated online or physical bookstores. Some employ 30 people and some are one person’s passionate hobby.

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Upper Rubber Boot is a micropress, because of the small number of titles we release a year (typically 2 or 3). Because of our low profits, I run URB as a part-time job, while holding down a full-time job as a program co-ordinator and admin at a local hospital. It can be tiring! Some days I’m exhausted and overwhelmed. But it also means I can choose projects with very slim margins, or which I know will lose me a small amount of money (most of our poetry titles lose money in their first year, and some never break even). I have a lot of freedom to publish what I love.

I also have an almost pathological need to create order out of disorder, and getting everything just right scratches that itch for me. And it’s an amazing privilege to be able to work with so many intensely talented writers, and to make actual physical things that go out into the world and have a life independent of me. Curating the stories that will appear in an anthology, or helping one of my editors to take a book from cradle to—well, not grave, since none of our titles are out of print, so let’s say, healthy middle age—is extremely satisfying work.

20 November 2016

Announcing Small Press Week, Nov 20-26, 2016!

Small presses, the authors they’ve published, and the readers who love them, will talk about exciting new releases, classic back-catalogue titles, and what makes small press publishing so fearless, intimate, creative, and heart-warming—using the hashtag #SPWeek16.

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We’ll also have 7 one-day hashtags, each concentrating on a different facet of publishing:

Sunday November 20

#SPWsecrets

Kick off #SPWeek16 with some secrets! Provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of your process, press, or people.

Monday November 21

#SPWpast

Today is for talking about the history of your press, past employees, the authors you discovered who’ve gone on to win Pulitzers, the stories that still haunt you, and anything else that has gone into making your press unique and its books fantastic.

Tuesday November 22

#SPWzoom

Every Tuesday is #newreleasetuesday, but this Tuesday is for featuring all of your 2016 releases, no matter when their release date. Zoom in to provide excerpts, close-up photos, and anecdotes about your new books.

Wednesday November 23

#SPWfutures

What’s on the horizon for your press and its authors? Share your goals and initiatives, your most creative projects, and where you want your press to be in 5, 10, or 100 years!

Thursday November 24

#SPWthanks

Today is American Thanksgiving, so today we’ll focus on what—and who—makes us grateful to be in publishing!

Friday November 25

#SPWreads

Recommend some #FridayReads: what books are you loving that other presses have released? Wherever possible, be sure to tag the authors and publishers you’re praising!

Saturday November 26

#SPWshop

Encourage holiday shoppers to support small presses! Talk about what makes small presses special, how you are embedded in your local community, how your titles could only be released by a nimble, innovative publisher, or how independent publishers help writers nurture and sustain the literary conversation. And be sure to talk up your most amazing titles! (You may also want to use #shopsmall for greater visibility, since today is Small Business Saturday.)

Remember to hashtag every post you can with #SPWeek16 so people can find the whole sprawling discussion in one place!

Small presses and their editors can also join us on Facebook.

11 August 2016

Choose Wisely Goodreads Book Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Choose Wisely by H. L. Nelson

Choose Wisely

by H. L. Nelson

Giveaway ends August 23, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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23 July 2016

Museum Goodreads Book Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Museum of All Things Awesome and that Go Boom by Joanne Merriam

The Museum of All Things Awesome and that Go Boom

by Joanne Merriam

Giveaway ends July 31, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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23 July 2016

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