Fiction Reboot: Small Press Continued

Welcome to the Fiction Reboot!

Today, I am continuing the discussion of the small press, begun a few weeks ago. To refresh, a small press is usually independently owned, has a smaller print run, etc. However, the term also is used to describe those presses not in the “big six,” so that the boundaries of the definition tend to bleed. The press I would like to consider today is the Thames River Press. Unlike some small print houses, Thames River Press is an imprint (of Wimbledon Publishing). It is dedicated to publishing original works of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books that cover a variety of issues across an array of genres in fiction and non-fiction.

NOTE: Please see the announcements today as well; I have provided the link to some great advice for authors about “right fit.”



I became familiar with TRP through the work of Stephanie Smith, author of Warpaint. Stephanie will be featured here next week, and her book treats women’s issues, identity and sexuality. TRP is interested in providing a wide variety of texts to a multifaceted and global audience, which means you can find texts here that may not appear on other market lists. For instance, they publish Crime Fiction and Romantic Fiction–but they also publish Historical Fiction and Literary Fiction. Literary fiction–that is, books with literary merit, books we might consider ‘literature’ rather than trade fiction: poetry, reflective texts, etc.–is not always easy to find or easy to sell. Warpaint is literary fiction–so are many of the classics you read in high school and college. TRP has a good list of texts in this category, including the poetry I featured recently, Love if We Can Stand It.

TRP also publishes nonfiction and children’s fiction, and accepts unsolicited manuscripts–information to be found here.

Here’s to the small presses! May they continue to be beacons of light, providing high-quality work!


An excellent article appeared on The Millions recently. It talks about navigating literary agencies. Nice bit of work and very useful!

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