Small Presses, Big Problems


Have you ever considered what it would be like to run a small press? J. David Osborne, who runs Broken River Books, explains just what happens in a typical day:

I check my email. There’s someone who’s interested in submitting a piece to Broken River. They really dig what’s going on, and can I check their shit. Also, there’s a message from someone I’ve just rejected, telling me to go fuck myself and they hope I feel real bad when they’re the next big thing and I passed. This is like looking at before and after photos where the only difference is that in one someone’s sucking in their gut.

Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →