Join us for the celebration of the official launch of Onion River Press! Onion River Press is the new self-publishing program geared toward promoting the voices of local authors.
Free and open to the public, the launch will start with a short information session highlighting how aspiring authors can access the services that Onion River Press offers--from basic printing and distribution to a launch event at a Phoenix Books location and distribution in five stores: Burlington, Essex, Rutland, Chester, and Woodstock. Onion River Press will provide authors access to editors and designers to ensure that the finished product is competitive with the quality of traditionally published titles. Utilizing the printing services of IngramSpark right here in the United States, authors will have the benefit of Ingram Distribution--the lifeblood of independent bookstores across the country--making their work available world-wide.
Onion River Press has already published and released two books: Caveat, an action suspense novel by UVM Medical School professor George Osol; and Luscious: Food I Fed My Family, a beautiful full-color cookbook, by Shelburne resident Kate Laud. Both authors plan to be in attendance at the launch celebration.
Onion River Press will be run by Burlington store manager Tod Gross and Rachel Fisher. Gross started with Phoenix Books in 2010 and saw the need to offer local authors an alternative to online self-publishing options. Gross says, "Our whole mission statement is to be a hub for literary activity. Anything we can do to have the local community be more about books is what we want to do."
Rachel Fisher has been with Phoenix Books since the opening of the Burlington location in 2012 and will act as publishing manager. With five plus years of publishing experience prior to bookselling, she brings an in-depth understanding of the publishing and book production process. Fisher says, "I'm excited to be launching Onion River Press with Tod and Phoenix Books, I can't wait to work with Vermont authors and help them bring their work into print.”
The press was originally founded in 1997 as a traditional publishing program by DeSanto and Reiner. DeSanto says, “In the future we hold open the possibility of using Onion River Press to publish books the old fashioned way, if the perfect project came forward."
DATE: Tuesday, May 9th at 7pm
LOCATION: Phoenix Books Burlington
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public