February 6, 2013

Graywolf Press needs a new website


Graywolf Press, the Minneapolis-based nonprofit publisher of Linda Gregg, Jane Kenyon, D.A. Powell, Tomas Transtromer, among many others, is seeking funding for a new website. The press is asking for $25,000, which it says will help “bring us into the 21st century.”

Graywolf explains its urgent need, as well as what the new site will offer, on Indiegogo, which is being used to crowdsource funds:

Looking for insights from your favorite authors from Graywolf and elsewhere? Looking for a behind-the-scenes look at Graywolf and publishing in general? Our blog posts will give you the inside scoop.

Want to be inspired? Each week we’ll feature a new poem in our “Poem of the Week” section.

Want to improve your writing? Graywolf authors and editors will provide their expertise and insight in our “On Craft” blog series.

Want help picking something for your book club? Want ideas for books to use in your classroom? The “Resources” section will be the place for you.

Do you want to buy a book directly from Graywolf? Our current website is so outdated that the mechanism for processing credit cards couldn’t be relied on anymore. So, for the past ten months, we discontinued selling books on our website. On the new website, you will be able to buy books easily and securely.

What is the barrier to getting all of this done? Simply put, it’s money. The design of the new website costs money. The programming that makes everything show up on the website costs money. The staff time it takes to create original content worth reading and to add fantastic reviews and recommendations takes money.

Help make graywolfpress.org a place where writers can hone their craft by learning directly from authors and editors and where readers can learn about the best new literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books being published. Make an investment today, and share this message with all of your friends who love great literature.

Graywolf’s authors have received numerous awards and endowments. The press has a rich backlist and publishes many exciting new authors, as well as works in translation, collections of poetry, essays, and short fiction.

So head over to Indiegogo today and support a terrific independent press — there’s little more than two weeks left to donate — and wow, look at those incentives!



Kevin Murphy is the digital media marketing manager of Melville House.