This event took place on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022

Who are the Big Five? What’s the difference between a small press and a university press? What are the pros and cons of publishing with each, and how does one approach each type? Learn all this and more at this session, which will include a fun and illuminating activity.

Takeaway Resources

Speakers: Jill Christman, Cathy Day

Link to PDF of Presentation Slides 



Joe Biel, A People’s Guide to Publishing: Building a Successful, Sustainable, Meaningful Book Business from the Ground Up (Microcosm, 2018) 

Jane Friedman, The Business of Being a Writer, (University of Chicago Press, 2018) 

William Germano, Getting it Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books (University of Chicago Press, 2016) 

John B. Thompson, Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century (Polity, 2010)

John B. Thompson, Book Wars: The Digital Revolution in Publishing (Polity, 2021)


Online Articles 

Robert Lee Brewer, Writers Digest, 100 Common Publishing Terms  

The Balance Careers, The Seven Types of Book Publishing Companies 

Jane Friedman, The Author’s Path: Interview with Stuart Evers and Myfanwy Collins 

Jane Friedman, How to Evaluate Small Publishers 

Roxane Gay, This is Tiny Hardcore Press 

New York Times, Plan to Close University of Missouri Press Stirs Anger 

Inside Higher Education, University of Missouri Press Survives 



Association of University Presses, Subject Area Grid  

Poets & WritersSmall Press Database 

Jane Friedman, Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published 

Jane Friedman, Key Book Publishing Paths 2021-2022