How to Get Published by a Small Press

For over two years Diane Goettel, Black Lawrence Press Executive Editor, has been giving lectures on how to get the attention of small and independent presses. One of the problems with lectures, however, is that they are only available to people within commuting distance. We are solving that problem by putting Diane’s advice into a weekly newsletter.
You may already get emails from Black Lawrence Press about contests and recent publications. This will be an entirely separate newsletter that will go out only to those of you that subscribe.
The newsletter will include tips for novice, mid-career, and seasoned authors alike. It will have information on what editors look for in cover letters, how to choose which writing conferences to attend, and how to choose the right press for your book. The newsletter will also address frequently asked questions that come in from authors like yourself. Furthermore, it will include case studies of authors who have done things like making a name for themselves with a chapbook, changing genres mid-career, using a second language to deepen their understanding of their craft in English. To summarize, we are going to chock each newsletter full of what we think is the freshest, smartest, most exciting insider information about small and indy publishing and how to get published by small and indy presses.
Want to sign up? It will just cost you the price of one Black Lawrence Press title. The choice is yours. (And we’ve got some great chapbooks that are only $9.)
Here’s how to sign up:
1) Go to
2) Click on “Books”
3) Browse our selection of titles, pick one that sounds interesting, and purchase it through Paypal.
4) Forward your Paypal receipt (it should automatically show up in your email box once you make your purchase) to [email protected] with “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line. You will automatically be subscribed for one year of emails.
Our first newsletter will go out next week, so sign up soon!
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