Job Description: Small Press Publisher – Kaolin Fire

3 Mar

As any small business owner, you will be expected to wear as many hats as you can take, and likely a few more than that. A few of these hats are described below, but new hats may appear at any time–in fact, one of your hats is finding new hats and trying them on for size.

Above all, this position is for those that can keep their eye on the prize, against all odds, while keeping up with–and not trivializing–absurd amounts of minutia. The prize? To have an award-winning publication out there gaining its contributors (authors, artists, poets) their just desserts. Paying for itself? Dare to dream, but don’t presume.

While you will be working in a small team, members may disappear at any point for weeks on end–or for good–so you should be both widely experienced and flexible in your duties. Some of what you might be expected to manage follows:

* Reading (slushing, proof-reading, forums)

* Writing (blogging, reviews, copy-editing, writing and submitting to be published elsewhere for the links back)

* Rithmatic (budgeting, accounting, tax preparation)

* Networking (social, business, outreach)

* Advertising (SEO, SEM, ad design, copywriting, buying, selling, contests, audio/video editing, game development)

* Software Development (developing and maintaining a website/hosting/email, alternate digital platforms, software to support any or all of the other business practices)

* Publishing (orders, distribution, partnerships, contracts, printing, layout, shipping)

Must have a sense of humor, an external support network, and an alternate source of income. Must take criticism well, and give it better. Must be able to work long hours with little encouragement. Must be a very fast and determined learner. Must be tenacious. Must be a good communicator. Must fill in the blanks.

Check him out:  GUD Magazine http://www.gudmagazine.com/   or his website http://www.erif.org/

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9 Responses to “Job Description: Small Press Publisher – Kaolin Fire”

  1. Kaolin Fire (GUD Magazine) March 3, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    Thanks for this. It was a lot of fun. 🙂

  2. mamadivine March 3, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    There are many similarities between being a small press publisher and a writer. I especially like the last paragraph of your job description: “Must have a sense of humor, an external support network, and an alternate source of income. Must take criticism well, and give it better. Must be able to work long hours with little encouragement. Must be a very fast and determined learner. Must be tenacious. Must be a good communicator. Must fill in the blanks.”

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Good luck with your venture.

  3. Kaolin Fire March 3, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    Being a writer has the advantage of being somewhat less expensive–but yes. 🙂

    And thank you! Having an award-winning magazine does make it all worth it at the end of the day.

    Most days, anyway. Some days I have trouble looking past how much the next issue is going to cost. :heh:

  4. mgkdesigns March 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    Wow, you just described my life. And there’s so much more isn’t there? Not enough words in the English language sometimes to describe all the hats. I run three businesses and I’m getting pretty burned out. Especially at tax time. And now I want to pursue a writing career on top of it all? I think I’m nuts. Thanks for your post!

  5. Katrina Williams March 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    This is great – I actually thought you were describing a writer. I especially love the part about criticism. I do feel I have to be good at giving it, especially if I expect to get it back in an honest fashion. “Hats” off to ya!

  6. danieford March 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    I can see a lot of these aspects applying to writers too.

    Especially this part “Must have a sense of humor, an external support network, and an alternate source of income. Must take criticism well, and give it better. Must be able to work long hours with little encouragement. Must be a very fast and determined learner. Must be tenacious. Must be a good communicator. Must fill in the blanks.”

    And I love the “Dare to Dream” line

  7. briaq March 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    This was so great to see such a diverse day going on! Thanks for joining us

  8. Terry March 7, 2010 at 3:25 am #

    I was at a writing conference yesterday and many people were saying to me a small press publisher is like being a writer. What they might not realise is most small press publishers are also writers, so the job description is twofold.

  9. Kaolin Fire March 7, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    Was it writers or publishers saying this? :heh:

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