The Secret Origin of Small Beer Press

In an era where small publishers are struggling and take fewer chances, Small Beer Press is a marvel, putting out strange stories that other publishers rejected. In a new article, Small Beer's Kelly Link and Jedediah Berry explain their philosophy.

The article, in the Valley Advocate, tells about how publishers turned down Link's own first short story collection, either because some of the stories were too odd or because they wanted to see a novel instead. And now, Small Beer is publishing works like Julia Holmes' Meeks, which other publishers turned down because of "the problem of strangeness."

Link tells the Advocate: "A lot of the books we were able to pick up were books that didn't quite fit into a category and were harder to market, or the approach was quirky enough that their earlier books hadn't done well."

Adds Berry, author of the acclaimed The Manual of Detection, "I like work which perhaps borrows from the traditions of genre but which moves beyond those boundaries a little bit." And who doesn't love boundary-pushing work?

The whole article is worth reading, for a portrait of a small press that's still pushing the genre boundaries in a quirky, playful way. [The Valley Advocate]