Page Turners vs. Clickers. Paper vs. Plastic. Let’s debate the e-book.
Welcome one and all to the inaugural Roundtable, where we the Gloom Cupboard Editorial Team chew over various pressing matters. On the panel today we have Dorla Moorehouse (DM), Greg Oguss (GO), Jude Dillon (JD), Lena Vanelslander (LV), Richard Wink (RW) and Stuart Sharp (SS).
Let’s Get Down to Business: What are your opinions on the Current State of the Small Press?
(GO): I don’t know enough about small presses to comment on their health. But their inherent obstacles to making an impact have probably never been greater. Two years ago, I was telling a friend that a risqué short story I considered my “best stuff” had never been published. She answered, “The best stuff never is.” Whether or not my story was any good, I think this suggests the role that the small presses and little magazines used to play: as a ‘publisher of last resort.’ They often printed odd things overlooked by bigger presses, giving the material some small chance of rising (or falling) on its merits. Now, blogs have usurped this function, making certain that nearly everything gets some sort of public airing via personal websites, which frequently have a larger readership than many small presses. If small presses are to stick around, which I’m not sure they will, I think tough questions have to be answered that are confounding all “content providers” these days.