The Inpress Festival of Publishing 2017

Inpress Festival of Publishing 2017I set off for the Inpress Festival of Publishing, yesterday, with high expectations. Not so much of what I was going to hear, but what I was going to do with it. Conferences are alway marvellous things for those who attend with enthusiasm, not so much for the reluctant delegate who feels they have nothing to learn. Here at Paper Swans Press, we have lots to learn and bundles of enthusiasm for publishing, poetry and flash fiction.

As a small, independent press, we are minnows in the sea of publishing. However, it is my belief that the independent presses are the ones who, more often than not, foster the new talent that is on the scene and are able to give a ‘leg-up’ to emerging writers, who may not have the confidence or access to bigger presses and publishers. This has always been Paper Swans’ key mission-statement; to support and promote writers who are new on the scene.

Of course, we have had the good fortune to have published some more prolific poets too, I always remember how wonderful it was to be able to publish T. S. Eliot prize winner, Maggie Sawkins, in our first ever anthology, just months after she had won AND using two of her prize-winning poems. It was a real boost to our first baby-step into physical publishing and great to hear her read at the launch, too.

Yesterday’s programme gave a varied and interesting range of topics and, of course, it is as valuable to chat and meet other publishers over coffee as it is to hear the speakers. It was particularly nice to catch up with Sally from Two Rivers Press and Emma from The Emma Press.

I certainly came away with my head full of plans and my notebook full of ideas and things to action. I hope this is going to be another exciting year for Paper Swans Press.

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