Thursday, November 17, 2016

2017: A Different Kind of Year for RMP

In January 2016, we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Rose Metal Press. It's been 10 amazing and busy years of hybrid genre publishing. We've published 29 books and 239 authors, and have organized hundreds of readings and events. We're proud of and humbled by all we've been able to do with donor/subscriber support over the last decade.

As we move into our second decade, we've decided to make 2017 a year of planning and improvements. We will only be publishing one book in 2017, the winner of our 11th annual chapbook contest (submissions are open now and we’re thrilled to have Amelia Gray judging this year), which will publish next summer. In the time we would normally spend editing, designing, publishing, and promoting the fall and spring full-length books, we are going to be:

  Completely overhauling our website and online book-buying experience, including a redesigned website and shopping cart interface.
  Creating e-book versions of all our backlist fiction and prose poetry titles to give those books and authors more exposure worldwide and promote classroom use.
  Working to increase readership and college course adoptions of our backlist titles.
  Moving our publishing schedules for 2018 and beyond earlier so that we can better promote our authors and their books.
  Taking a long look at how the literary and hybrid genre fields have changed in the last 10 years and making a plan for how we can continue to best serve our mission and publish books that push new boundaries.
  Reading new submissions and accepting books for the coming years.

We’re really excited about 2017—we can hardly wait to unveil our new website and we’re looking forward to making upgrades to all aspects of our operations as we also assess the publishing needs of the hybrid genre field. With such a small staff—just the two of us plus our amazing freelance designers, interns, and website help—it’s sometimes essential to take a short break from our regularly scheduled programming to make needed improvements for the future. It's the right thing to do to better serve our authors, readers, and the literary field.

In 2018 we will resume our regular three-books-a-year schedule with Monster Portraits by writer Sofia Samatar and artist Del Samatar in spring 2018; the winner of our 12th annual chapbook contest in summer 2018; and Ghostographs by Maria Romasco Moore in fall 2018. And no, we are not becoming a horror publisher—both Monster Portraits and Ghostographs delightfully subvert the ideas of monsters and ghosts with innovative forms and terrific writing. We look forward to sharing those books with you.

In the meantime, we hope you will continue to support us in 2017 with your donations and subscriptions. Though we will be printing fewer books, the new website and the 6-7 e-book conversions represent large expenses in the 2017 budget year, and your continued support will be crucial to accomplishing those goals. 

Thanks for your support for our mission and our authors! 
Happy reading,
Abby and Kathleen

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Monday, August 08, 2016

Printing the Covers for Superman on the Roof

In early June we gathered in Boston to letterpress the covers of this year's winning chapbook, Lex Williford's Superman on the Roof. This year we were thrilled to print again at Union Press in Union Square, Somerville, enjoying the expert help of Union Press’ Eli Epstein. Over two breezy New England days, we mixed ink, set type, and cranked out over 400 beautiful 2-color covers on a Vandercook press.

We used a Kraft-colored paper from the French Paper Speckletone collection for the covers,
and used red and dark blue inks that allude to the colors of the iconic Superman logo. The title story of the collection features a small boy dressed as superman standing on the roof of the house, so we played with that idea by having the title stair-step down the roof of the house. The cover and interior were both designed by our award-winning designer Rebecca Saraceno. The covers came out beautifully and the finished books are lovely, featuring metallic bronze endpapers and warm white interior pages. The book launches August 9—order your copy now!
Here are some photo and video highlights from the letterpress printing process:

Red ink on press with house artwork

Round 1 finished and ready for blue ink!

Blue ink on press

Finished covers drying

More finished covers drying

Our printing team! From L to R: Heather Butterfield, Kathleen Rooney, Rebecca Saraceno, Eli Epstein, and Abby Beckel


Many, many thanks to Eli Epstein of Union Press for his help, expertise, and use of Union Press' equipment and inks.

The finished chapbook is now printed and bound and ready to read. Order your copy of this limited edition contest-winning chapbook! More details about the book and the book trailer here.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

RMP at AWP Los Angeles

We're looking forward to seeing many of you in sunny California next week for the Annual AWP conference, being held this year in Los Angeles March 31-April 2. We will be at Table 1525 in the book fair from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2. Please stop by the table and say hello!

We'll be having a number of book signings by RMP authors at our table and we'll be hosting both an offsite reading and a panel. Here's what RMP and its authors are up to at AWP so you can add these events to your conference schedule:

Thursday, March 31
2:00 to 3:00 pm: Nicelle Davis will be signing copies of In the Circus of You at our table (1525).

7:00 to 9:30 pm: Nicelle Davis, Rosie Forrest, and Anthony Michael Morena reading at Rose Metal Press's AWP Offsite Reading Crossing the Line: Genre-Curious Readings at Wolf & Crane in conjunction with The Cupboard Pamphlet and DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. Free and open to the public.

Wolf & Crane
366 E. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, California

Friday, April 1
12:00 to 12:30 pm: Sierra Nelson will be signing copies of I Take Back the Sponge Cake at our table (1525).

1:00 to 2:00 pm: Family Resemblance editor Jacqueline Kolosov and some of the anthology contributors will be signing copies of Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres at our table (1525).

2:00 to 3:00 pm: Rosie Forrest will be signing copies of her contest-winning chapbook Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac, Michigan at our table (1525).

Saturday, April 2
10:00 to 11:00 am: Anthony Michael Morena will be signing early release copies of his book The Voyager Record: A Transmission at our table (1525).

1:30 to 2:45 pm: Why We Innovate: The Case for Hybrid Genres, a panel on the RMP anthology Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres, with panelists Jacqueline Kolosov, Jenny Boully, Tung-Hui Hu, Mary Szybist, and Kathleen Rooney. Room 409 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level. Check out the Facebook event here.

3:00 to 4:00 pm: Post-panel signing party at our book fair table (1525)! After the Family Resemblance panel, the book's editors, panelists, and other contributors will be signing copies of Family Resemblance at our table. Come by and get your copy signed!

Please support our authors at AWP by buying their books, coming out to hear them read/speak, and getting your book signed at the table. Thank you!

We will have pre-release copies of Anthony Michael Morena's The Voyager Record for sale at our book fair table (1525). In honor of these special early copies of the book, we'll be offering space-age golden star drink koozies to the first 25 people who buy the book at the table. Be among the first to own this fascinating book! 

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Monday, February 08, 2016

The Winner of the 10th Annual Chapbook Contest Is…

Superman on the Roof by Lex Williford of El Paso, Texas.

Contest judge Ira Sukrungruang selected Superman on the Roof out of a field of 120 strong submissions, and the chapbook will be published this coming summer. You can sign up to receive the chapbook automatically as soon as it’s available by becoming a Rose Metal Press supporter here.

Our finalists include:

Runner-up: Mistransformation by Tori Bond of Perkasie, Pennsylvania

Untitled by Anonymous by Andrew Farkas of Billings, Montana
Tuck the Story Away by Lisa Romeo of Cedar Grove, New Jersey
What to Say to Aliens by Marc Sheehan of Grand Haven, Michigan

Our semi-finalists include:

Properties of Life by Jody Brooks of Decatur, Georgia
The Names Change Every Time I Tell the Story by Aubrie Cox of Knoxville, TN
Revelations by Jasminne Mendez of Houston, Texas
Insomnia Veritas by Jennifer Met of Troy, Idaho
The Long Bridge by Anji Reyner of Missoula, Montana
Lies and Saturdays by Cinthia Ritchie of Anchorage, Alaska
Lost John and Other Stories by Joseph Young of Baltimore, Maryland

Congratulations to all of them, and thanks to everyone who submitted.

We are also thrilled to announce that Amelia Gray will be the judge for our Eleventh Annual Short Short Chapbook Competition. Submissions will be accepted here from November 1st through December 1st, 2016. 

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

The Chicago Launch of Family Resemblance this evening at Women & Children First...

...was a standing-room only success. Thanks to W&CF for their abundant rose-themed signage. both outdoors..
...and inside:
...and thanks to Bella for the lovely introduction...
...and to Caro Macon for reading Maggie Nelson's contribution to the anthology...

...and to Jewells K Santos for reading Brenda Miller's contribution...

...and to Rachel Tenuta for reading Ander Monson's contribution...

...and to Barrie Jean Borich for reading Julie Marie Wade's contribution...

...and finally to Tim Jones-Yelvington for reading Kazim Ali's contribution:

Thanks too, to everyone...

...who came out to hear hybrid literature on a balmy November Wednesday...

...and to Eric Plattner for taking all these lovely pictures, including this one of RMP editor Kathleen Rooney, emceeing the night:

If you couldn't attend, you can still add Family Resemblance to your cart here.

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Friday, October 02, 2015

Spring Reading Period Results

This past May we held an open submission period for text/art works and prose poetry manuscripts. We received 164 submissions, all of which showcased the creativity and wide range of styles and techniques being used in even just these two subcategories of the hybrid genre field. Reading submissions is a pleasure and always reaffirms our mission here at Rose Metal Press. We are grateful for the opportunity to read and consider so much great cross-genre work.

After careful consideration of all of the manuscripts, we have selected two books to publish: 

Monster Portraits by Sofia Samatar and Del Samatar 
Releasing in Spring 2018 

Ghostographs by Maria Romasco Moore 
Releasing in Spring 2019 

We'd also like to recognize the following finalists from the reading period:

The Nature of Hairwork by Emily Blair 
The Old Man's Illustrated Library by Johnny Damm 
Collected Drawn Essays, 2005-2015 by Miriam Libicki 
The Unbroken Child by Nicole Matos 
The State of Our Union by Julie Marie Wade 

We look forward to working with Sofia, Del, and Maria on their books and sharing them with you all in 2018 and 2019!

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Printing the Covers for Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac, Michigan

In mid-June we gathered in Boston to letterpress the covers of this year's winning chapbook, Rosie Forrest's Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac, Michigan. This year we printed at a new location: Union Press in Union Square, Somerville, enjoying the amazing help of Union Press’ Eli Epstein. Over two warm New England days, we mixed ink, set type, and cranked out over 400 beautiful 2-color covers on a Vandercook press.

Highlights this year included working with a large piece of artwork with both empty and ink-filled spaces (the broken windows at grace the cover), and creating a rust-red ink to complement the olive tones of the paper and artwork ink. Though many of Forrest’s stories feature teenagers, there’s a feeling of unease and decay in the background of most of these stories, so we wanted the cover colors and artwork to reflect that rusty, broken atmosphere. The covers came out great and the finished books look amazing, complete with rust-colored endpapers. The book launches August 5, and ordering is available now.

Here are some photos of this year’s printing process:

The beautiful print shop at Union Press

The green ink and artwork on press

Inks ready for mixing

Not a crime scene—rust-red ink in the making
So many to print!

Rust-red ink on press creating finished cover

The finished cover
The printing crew at the Vandercook with the finished cover! From left: Kathleen Rooney, Abby Beckel, Rebecca Saraceno, Eli Epstein. Photo by Katie White.

Huge thanks to Eli Epstein of Union Press for his help, expertise, and use of Union Press' equipment and inks. Special thanks as well to Maria DiPasquale for her help printing on day 1 and Katie White for her help printing on day 2!

The finished chapbook is now printed and bound and ready to read. Order your copy of this limited edition contest-winning chapbook!

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