April 16, 2014

Picking Out Paper Cuts

Writers are a bit odd when it comes to self-promotion of their product (because your writing is a product). One of the struggles I’ve had with the print runs of There Will Be Words chapbooks is motivating the writers to sell them since they benefit financially once we meet cost. From November 2013-February 2014, we made back cost with an $8 price point. I thought by lowering the price point to $5 (and the print run), we would sell more. This past month is the first time we didn’t make cost. The losses have been small, but it’s a loss. Based on the trending, I’m going to produce chapbooks yearly instead of monthly (the Best of There Will Be Words poll winner will get a solo collection, and the three runner-ups will have their work collected in a chapbook). I don’t regret bringing the chapbooks back as this has been a lesson in nano press publishing and I further appreciate the decisions indie presses make on what books they want to publish. The yearly model should allow us to build up some hype and produce quality work.


  • The Bones of Us is now available through Small Press Distribution, which you can check out here.
  • The Bones of Us is also up on Goodreads. If you have a copy and finished reading it, please rate it here.
  • Adam Scott Mazer’s play The Tower got a lot of love from Flavorpill. Check out that love here.
  • Three new Yelp reviews are up at theNewerYork. Check that out here.
  • My launch party for The Bones of Us is on Thursday, May 8 at The Geek Easy. Check out the Facebook invite here.

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About J. Bradley

J. Bradley's is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals including decomP, Hobart, and Prairie Schooner. He was the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Flash Fiction Editor of NAP, and the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at iheartfailure.net.

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