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The Future of Front Porch Commons

Dear friends,

This summer, we launched Front Porch Commons as a shared space for the independent publishing community to gather and chat. We’ve been thrilled to see so many of you come to the Porch to reflect on the writing we love to read and the work that puts it into the world. Independent publishing’s strength has always been its commitment to hearing from all voices—and we have been so glad to hear from you.

This said, we think there may be better ways still for us to have this conversation. Our plan is to put the project aside for now and explore other ways to generate lively, productive discussion around what we all so love. The conversation begun by the Commons will continue in part in CLMP’s Fresh Pressed newsletter, which will relaunch in the next weeks. We will keep you posted on other new projects. Our mission at CLMP remains, above all, to be of service. We are eager to apply what we’ve learned from the Commons to our next endeavors, and to continue to grow in usefulness to you, our community.

Do visit us at for more about what we’re up to.

Thanks once more for your support . It’s been a privilege to share the Porch with you.

Yours truly,

Emma Komlos-Hrobsky
Editor, Front Porch Commons


Welcome to Front Porch Commons! A Note from the Editor

On behalf of CLMP, I am thrilled to announce the launch of Front Porch Commons, independent publishing’s new front porch!

Front Porch Commons is a virtual space for conversation within and about the independent literary publishing community. Indie publishing has long been a house of many rooms; I hope Front Porch Commons can be the place where our diverse community comes together to talk. Through weekly blog posts and short essays, we’re creating an ongoing discussion of the ideas and issues that matter most to our industry.

Who’s writing these posts? You! All who are a part of our community–from publishers, booksellers, agents, and librarians, to educators, historians, readers, and writers–are invited contribute. In the true spirit of a commons, we’ll be publishing all submissions we receive (so long as they are previously unpublished, on-topic, and not attack pieces).

The conversation is already starting. Check out an interview with the ever-hilarious Sue Shapiro on the pros of publishing small, a discussion with poetry icon Deborah Landau, a literary podcast roundup with new recommendations even for the veterate podcast listener, one author’s take on Chipotle’s package publishing model, and firsthand advice about starting and running literary magazines, among other great features.

This terrific mix of pieces reflects the spectrum of work that Front Porch Commons will continue to run: everything from logistical and advice-oriented essays for fellow members of the community, to thought pieces about the industry, to profiles and interviews with some of its stars, and all manner of work in between.

So, please, read! Stay a while! Add your voice! We’ll look forward to seeing you on the Porch!

All my best,

Emma Komlos-Hrobsky, Front Porch Commons Editor