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Publishing Genius 2.0 is a campaign to release five books in 2014. Groundbreaking collections of poetry, fiction – and a cookbook!
Publishing Genius 2.0 is a campaign to release five books in 2014. Groundbreaking collections of poetry, fiction – and a cookbook!
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The 2014 List

At every $2000 benchmark, we're going to announce a new book. The images below certainly aren't the actual jackets, and even the titles are subject to change. The books are still on the distant horizon, but keep on pledging so we can turn over more.

New Rewards added! 

We just added the last round of artwork: paintings from Edward Mullany (see his work at The Other Notebook). There is also a BALLS! package, including softballs, tennis balls, ping pong balls. And because Publishing Genius puts out more than just books, we wanted to highlight our chapbook series—so now you can get a copy of Joseph Riippi's latest, Puyallup (coming this winter), PLUS Joe will send you a postcard from the titular Washington town.

What's Being Said About Publishing Genius Press

My overall mantra is, “What would Adam Robinson do?” I try to channel him a lot. If you’re looking for a model of how to run a small press, he is a good spirit animal. —ROXANE GAY, at HTMLGiant

Publishing Genius is my favorite press in the whole universe because Publishing Genius is a door. It opened up a neon new world to me. I met my girlfriend in this world. If you read Publishing Genius books you will find true love. I own or have read 22 Publishing Genius books. Each one is fantastic, surprising, and different from every other Publishing Genius book. —JACKSON NIEUWLAND, poet, reader

Anyone in the publishing industry not paying attention to Adam Robinson and Publishing Genius isn't paying attention. With each new book, it's like hearing a voice from the clouds saying, "Here you go. Books definitely still matter, especially this one." They are not only finding the best new authors, but a whole new model. —MICHAEL FITZGERALD, founder of Submittable & author of Radiant Days (Counterpoint)

Adam Robinson has turned Publishing Genius into its own special frame-of-mind. The writers he works with and the books he publishes are fantastically fresh. They point to a bright future, when books become heroic again and discovery is still important. —KEVIN SAMPSELL, publisher, Future Tense Books and author of This Is Between Us (Tin House)

Publishing Genius is awesome. Adam's got great taste in design, knows how to run a business, but most importantly: he finds brilliant writers, and produces their work beautifully. —KEN BAUMANN, publisher, Sator Books and author of Solip (Tyrant Books)

Everyday Genius is our online journal
Everyday Genius is our online journal

Where PGP Has Been

Since 2006, Publishing Genius has worked with dozens of writers and has released 30 award-winning books of fiction and poetry from some of the most innovative writers working today. PGP authors have been lauded in Publishers Weekly, VICE, NYLON, Poets & Writers, The Huffington Post, The Believer, Variety, and dozens of other culture magazines. PGP also hosts an online magazine that has published over 1,000 writers since 2009 and offers a new piece every weekday. 

Running this press has been a privilege and worthy challenge, as well as a mind-opening experience. PGP authors, designers, editors and friends are humbled by the praise and support, and just by the fact that so many people are interested in buying our books. Each year we're increasingly amazed by the genius of contemporary literature, and we're inspired by the readers who give value to the work.

Where PGP Is Going

Now we are launching "Publishing Genius 2.0" because as attention grows for our books and the small press culture in general, it's an ideal time to increase print runs, production values and distribution, and thereby readership. 

To be specific, this "Publishing Genius 2.0" project is to Kickstart our 2014 catalog of books. We will release five books (which we're excited to announce [sneakily] as the campaign continues) (as well as some cool stretch goals), and we want to put more money toward 1) larger print runs and new printing styles, 2) better sales channels on our website, and 3) advertising and publicity. 

We'll be revealing the books in a series of updates as the project continues. The first book will be revealed once we hit $2000, and then every subsequent two grand. 

It's important to note that these books will be published regardless of this campaign. But the degree of attention the authors absolutely deserve is only possible with your help. With these funds, we'll be able to capitalize on all the experience and support we've gained in our seven years, and combine it with the funds necessary to achieve these goals. Even though this money will be used specifically for the projects slated in 2014, it is our expectation that the new levels of success will be sustained throughout the long future of Publishing Genius.

If you want to participate in a new beginning for a savant avant press, please consider donating. Also check out the awesome rewards we're offering: books from PGP, original artwork from popular writers, an editorial session, and other unique items.

Risks and challenges

Some potential challenges are delays in the editorial stage, finding the right book design, then getting the files to work with the printer. We've dealt with these issues (and more) in the past and have a good track record. We've already established almost everything that's needed to succeed and we're excited to have more financial latitude to help in the future.

Working with publicists and advertising salespeople is new to us, but PGP is networked with other generous publishers who have already agreed to help with any questions we have in this new process.

As long as we reach our base goal of $10,000, we'll be able to make significant strides in our 2014 catalog.

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    THANKS: Our sincere gratitude and your name listed on our Thank You page. (This reward comes with every level listed here.)

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    EBOOK: One eBook – your choice from Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a Postcard); I Don't Know I Said by Matthew Savoca; Fun Camp by Gabe Durham; Pee On Water by Rachel B. Glaser; Falcons on the Floor or MLKNG SCKLS by Justin Sirois.

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    BACKLIST BOOK: Your choice of any book from our catalog (each title is subject to availability). You can see all our books at www.PublishingGenius.com.

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    THE GOODLOE BYRON LEVEL: A book from our catalog, PLUS Goodloe Byron will doodle your portrait. These drawings are amazing, and great for Facebook profile pics.

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    OUR PRIMARY CONCERN: A backlist book plus a copy of our new eBook, OUR PRIMARY CONCERN, which is interviews with publishers and booksellers and innovators, all about the business of books.

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    BALLS! Your choice of either a softball used by the Baltimore's Rec-league champions "Sir Lord Baltimore," a tennis ball signed by Mike Young, or a ping pong ball signed by Adam Robinson. Plus a backlist book!

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    JOSEPH RIIPPI CHAPBOOK: A copy of "Puyallup" the newest from Chapbook Genius (coming this winter), PLUS a personalized postcard from Joseph Riippi and Puyallup, WA (sent from Brooklyn).

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    TWO BACKLIST BOOKS from our catalog (each title is subject to availability). You can see all our books at www.PublishingGenius.com.

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    SMALL PRESS CONNECTION: Your choice of any PGP book from the catalog (subject to availability), which we'll pair with a second book from another small press of our choosing.

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    THE EBOOK BACKLIST: All of the eBooks currently in our catalog.

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    THE EBOOK SUBSCRIPTION: An eBook version of all the books from 2014.

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    MINI SUBSCRIPTION: Your choice of any three books from the PGP 2.0 2014 Subscription Package. These books will be announced during this Kickstarter.

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    ALL THE BALLS! All the balls mentioned in the $30 "BALLS!" level. Plus the eBook subscription!

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    THE SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGE: All five books from the 2014 catalog, as they're released.

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    BROADSIDE: The 2014 Subscription Package plus "A Brief History of Havana" by Laura van den Berg, which is a broadside from Ink Press. Checkout www.inkpressproductions.com

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    CHAPBOOK COLLABORATION: The 2014 Subscription Package and a PGP writer will compose one original piece (a poem or microfiction) that includes you as a character. These will all be gathered and published in an online chapbook.

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    PARTY: The 2014 Subscription Package, plus an invitation to a private party at AWP in Seattle at the end of February. Meet the writers and other small press insiders.

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    JOHN DERMOT WOODS ART: The 2014 Subscription Package and an original drawing by John Dermot Woods (www.johndermotwoods.com).

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    STEPHANIE BARBER ART: The 2014 Subscription Package plus an original collage by Stephanie Barber (www.stephaniebarber.com).

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    JOSEPH YOUNG ART: The 2014 Subscription Package, plus an original collage by Joseph Young. (www.josephyoung.net)

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    RACHEL GLASER ART: The 2014 Subscription Package, plus any digital print by Rachel B. Glaser at http://nbapaintings.blogspot.com/

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    EDWARD MULLANY ART: The 2014 Subscription Package, plus an original painting by Edward Mullany. (theothernotebook.tumblr.com)

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    MICHAEL KIMBALL ART: The 2014 Subscription Package plus a painting by Michael Kimball.

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    ORIGINAL EDITED MANUSCRIPT: The 2014 Subscription Package, plus the original manuscript of one of PGP's books, marked up with what are sure to be confounding editorial notes.

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    THE MEET AND GREET: Adam Robinson will share a Mint Julep with you at Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore.

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    THE JUSTIN SIROIS DESIGNER: The 2014 Subscription Package, plus graphic designer Justin Sirois will make a logo (or something similar) for your enterprise. (www.sosaythewaiters.com)

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    DINNER: The 2014 Subscription Package, plus an invitation to dine at EAT, KNUCKLEHEAD author and chef Craig Griffin's Chicago home.

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    MUSIC: The 2014 Subscription Package, plus Mike Young, Bobby Donnie or Adam Robinson will write and record a song and send it to you.

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    EDITORIAL CONSULTATION: An editorial consultation with Adam Robinson. He'll read your manuscript and schedule three hours of notes and conversation about it. You can discuss what's working, what might be improved, and the next steps on the publishing path.

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    PRINT AND DESIGN CONSULTING: Adam Robinson will take your finished manuscript and turn it into a printed book. You'll get a completely custom page layout and cover design, print-ready files and print- or eBook-management if appropriate, as well as 2 copies of the book (from Createspace, though other options are available). Feel free to ask a question below for more info.

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    THE LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION: We'll send you every book in our catalog and every book we publish from now on, as they're released. With this Kickstarter for Publishing Genius 2.0, we know we'll be around for a long time.

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    EDITORIAL/PUBLICATION: This combines the editorial consultation and design and printing of your manuscript. NOTE: The manuscript must be fewer than 30,000 words long. This is at least a $3000 value. NOTE ALSO: This package is to self-publish your own book. Adam Robinson will provide editorial and design assistance, but PGP will not be the publisher or manage anything after its release.

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