Q & A with Jennifer Barnes of Raw Dog Screaming Press

Posted: October 12, 2010 by fsucenterforcreativewriting in Interview

How did Raw Dog Screaming Press get started?

Many years ago we started out doing an online zine for weird and fringe short fiction. We got so much great stuff that didn’t seem to have any other outlet. It seemed like a lot of publishers just wouldn’t take the chance on something that didn’t fit neatly into on genre or another. We eventually decided to start up our own press to provide a home for works that cross genres and aren’t easily explained.

How have you seen the publishing industry change and how are you responding to it?

To us the problem of publishers only publishing the most straightforward, typical material has only gotten worse while we’ve been in business. This has also caused a lot more small presses to form and try to fill in the gap. I think the quality books are gravitating away from major publishers and mostly being published by the small press now.

What are your opinions on self-publishing, online or in print?

It’s all in the way you do it. Self-publishing can be a great idea and I think its probably the way authors can get the most return on their work. However there is a quality control issue and also the fact that there is so much work involved in producing a book. Some people are DIY and love the thrill of doing every aspect. But my experience is that it’s all so much work that if you don’t have a lot of time and energy to devout to every aspect of publishing then you’re still better off trying to find a publisher to help you.

What benefits does a small press or journal offer writers?

Usually a small press or journal is much more flexible and supportive than larger outfits. Authors can often have a lot more say about the way their work is presented and don’t have sacrifice their vision as much.

What events/publications do you have coming up that we should look out for?

We have been trying to be a lot more active with social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook so we are always having Twitter chat events or contests going. We’re also running a monthly ebook deal called Retrospective that allows ebook readers to check out our backlist for a very low price. We invite everyone to check out our web site and other pages (www.RawDogScreamingPress.com, www.twitter.com/RDSPress & search for us on FaceBook).

Please see their website and Facebook page for more information. Also check out Guide Dog Books and Imaginary Books. All three will be at the Small Press Festival!

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