some words about Us and Our books
from the people behind
chapbookpublisher.com

About Our Books

There are many different styles of chapbook production, from homey to lush, from exquisite to unusual, from down-and-dirty to DIY, and all points in between. Our chapbooks are best described as professional. They are not printed on home machines or hand-stapled, they have covers of heavier-weight paper (covers are 80# stock, inside pages are 24# stock), they contain flyleafs, and the front-edge is trimmed so that the pages are flush rather than a rookie-looking wedge. We do not seek to fetishize the book-object, nor do we believe the text is all that matters. The coöperation of all elements is necessary to make any whole harmonious.

If you would like to see a physical sample of our chapbooks, but have no interest in purchasing one of our Naissance titles, you may request a free copy of the 12-page chapbook “Suggestions for Writers Just Starting Out”, by Dan Waber. It is completely free within the USA. For mailing addresses outside the USA postage is appreciated. To request a copy, please email danwaber@gmail.com.

About Us

It’s funny how things happen. We have another small press that publishes poetry. Over time, we stopped publishing chapbooks, mostly for practical reasons. Under normal circumstances, it takes the same amount of work (in terms of page layout and back-and-forth with the author) to produce a chapbook as it does to produce a trade paperback, so it just didn’t make sense to be doing $10 chapbooks when we could be doing $16 trade paperbacks with the same level of investment.

Then there were three unconnected incidents in a very short period of time that made us realize that something is lost with that model. The chapbook is a legitimate unit of composition, and it should be supported. So we started simmering on the back burner this problem of how to support the chapbook when one has not been lucky at playing the lottery. The idea arrived, as most ideas do, when it was inopportune and nearly forgotten. If the problem of layout can be solved by software, and the problem of time can be solved with a reading fee (and the reading fee offset by providing completed .pdfs to those whose work isn’t accepted for publication), then there’s the added benefit of being able to simply print for those who don’t want to have anything to do with the whole dirty business of publishers. It sounded like it could work. We decided to give it a try.

We are also the publisher of two different booklet series, tiny and 500 Favourite Words, the November 2010 project, the lost lines found project, and more sestinas than there are particles in the known universe, all five located on this site; and are the proud producer of the booklets for the Hay(na)ku for Haiti fundraising project, edited by Eileen R. Tabios.

In our free time we are the publisher of several other projects that actively resist traditional methods of promotion and distribution, projects which resemble smiles and birdsong more than status updates and tweets. Someday we hope one or two finds you.