NC Literary Hall of Fame




WINSTON-SALEM—Small presses are the lifeblood of the publishing industry, able to take risks and provide a platform for traditionally underrepresented voices. What they sometimes lack in marketing budget is often made up for by the personal attention they give their authors and the quality of the product they produce.

So how exactly do you go about getting your book published by a small press?

On Thursday, January 18, at 7:00 pm, the publisher and chief editor of Prospective Press, Jason T. Graves, will lead the online class "Whither Small Press?" 

Registration is now open.

This course is capped at forty (40) registrants, first-come, first-served. There is a $25 fee to register.

Are you considering approaching a small press with your manuscript? Jason T. Graves will discuss the best practices for querying and working with small publishers, and the benefits and limitations thereof. Topics will include:

  • Investigating the press—do your homework
  • Querying—there are rules for a reason
  • So you’re accepted…what next?
  • Contracts and publishing agreements—glad tidings and red flags
  • Realistic expectations 1—what we can and cannot do
  • Realistic expectations 2—yes, it really will take that long (to do it well)
  • How to work with the team—editors, illustrators, designers, and marketers
  • Realistic expectations 3—you will need to pull, too
  • Miscellany and Errata
  • Questions and Answers

Jason T. Graves is the publisher and chief editor at Prospective Press, a traditional publisher of genre fiction and select nonfiction titles, currently with twenty-five books in print and over thirty authors represented. The company now encompasses seven traditional imprints and two hybrid imprints for institutional/academic clients and individuals. He is an illustrator, the author of four novels, and was once punched—lightly—by Muhammad Ali.

"Whither Small Press?" is the North Carolina Writers' Network's second offering in their 2017-2018 Winter Series of online classes.

"This program is a great way for writers from all over North Carolina to connect without having the hassle of driving somewhere and finding parking," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "Online classes offer top-shelf instruction for a fraction of the cost, and the software itself is very intuitive and easy to use."

The online class "Whither Small Press" is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the online class on Thursday, January 18, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of class.

Register here.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit


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