The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) is a major resource for independent literary journals and presses looking for inside information and tips about the industry. Their comprehensive and easy-to-use website, www.clmp.org, features discussion forums, frequently asked questions, and articles concerning publicity, marketing, distribution, and fundraising for independent publishers.
The practical guides teach the basics for beginning publishers, such as registering as a non-profit, grant writing, and finding a distributor. The site also provides in-depth articles for more established publishers who are looking to refine their marketing schemes or expand their circulation. While many site features are available only to members, the membership dues are calculated on a sliding scale according to the journal's or pressís annual budget, so beginning publishers donít have to break the bank for access to vital information.
CLMP functions not just as a support network for small publishers, but also as a connection between independent publishers and writers and readers hoping to get more involved. Many of the site's resources, including a section called Literary Landscape, are also geared toward a wider audience of students, teachers, writers, and readers. The tools provided can help users locate events and readings, find local bookstores, search for jobs and volunteer opportunities, and read more about the history and scope of independent publishing. The extensive links page is divided into resources for writers and publishers, with a section to help locate booksellers who deal in independent and small-press books.