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Patricia Flaherty Pagan

dark Fiction & Poetry 

My Reward: Connecting With Talented Authors

Small Press Publishing Panel at Comicpalooza.
Small Press Publishing Panel at Comicpalooza.

Last weekend I was fortunate to represent Spider Road Press at the Small Press Panel at the fun & fantastical Comicpalooza here in Houston. We discussed how small presses help authors & what authors can realistically expect from them.

As we discussed how we came to found or connect to the small press in our lives, I shared one of the most rewarding aspects of my job as editor-in-chief at Spider Road: connecting with unique, skilled writers. A small press can’t offer the big bucks or a big marketing team. What we offer our writers is the personal touch and continued support.

A wonderful result of this process for me is I get to learn about and promote the exciting projects that writers from Up, Do, Eve’s Requiem & our upcoming collection of four novellas, Approaching Footsteps, are doing outside of Spider Road Press. Catherine Edmunds, Mardra Sikora, Eden Royce & Jennifer Leeper are among the authors I would never have connected with had it not been for my editorial work. Balancing my own writing with running an indie press is intense (especially when you throw in a toddler! Sleep? What’s that?), but the writers I meet through Spider Road continue to inspire me in my creative life. Which is sweet indeed.