Meet Anna Faktorovich.
Anna Faktorovich is the Director and Founder of the Anaphora Literary Press. She previously taught for over four years at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the Middle Georgia State College. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism, an MA in Comparative Literature, and a BA in Economics. She published two academic books with McFarland: Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson (2013) and The Formulas of Popular Fiction: Elements of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Religious and Mystery Novels (2014). She published a poetry collection, Improvisational Arguments (Fomite Press, 2011). She published two fantasy novellas with Grim’s Labyrinth Publishing: The Great Love of Queen Margaret, the Vampire (2014) and The Campaigns against the Olden: Kingdoms of Laruta (2014). She has been editing and writing for the independent, tri-annual Pennsylvania Literary Journal since 2009, and started the second Anaphora periodical, Cinematic Codes Review in 2016. She has presented her research at the MLA, SAMLA, EAPSU, SWWC, BWWC and many other conferences. And she won the MLA Bibliography, Kentucky Historical Society and Brown University Military Collection fellowships.
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What is the origin story for Anaphora Literary Press? A brief bio works too!
Anaphora began when I applied for an Editorial Assistantship with a scholarly journal at my PhD program in 2009, but did not receive this post, instead winning a general Research Assistantship. I realized that I had to create a job for myself if I believed I could do superior work rather than waiting for somebody else to judge me as worthy. So, I posted a call for papers for the first issue of the Pennsylvania Literary Journal, and submissions immediately started pouring in. In the first year, I started receiving some book-length submissions without asking for them and decided to start helping writers publish their books.
Share with us a little bit about the services you offer and why you specifically picked those specialties to promote and assist writers with.
Anaphora is a general press and the services offered are a full range of services that writers need to successfully publish their books. The model came about when writers started purchasing copies of their books for resale. I realized that with help from this purchase, I could invest more time and money into each new release. Writers buy 50 copies at 25% off the cover price ($15-25). If they sell these at readings or the like at the full price, they make a 25% profit. Books sold through a distributor make a 50% royalty for the author. The need to sell books usually energizes a new release as a writer schedules many of these at libraries, bookstores, in the home and the like. My goal is to provide an all-inclusive package that leaves the writer with a profit. Some of the services included in this package are: formatting (soft and hard cover and EBSCO, ProQuest and Kindle ebooks); editing; proofreading; design (cover, interior); image (graphics, photographs) editing and creation; ISBN and LCCN assignment; title setup with the printer/ distributor (and payment of Ingram’s distribution fees); distribution/ sales processing; marketing; advertisement and merchandise design; electronic distribution of review copies to individual review forms on websites and an email distribution to over 10,000 reviewers, librarians, academics and other parties; processing print review copy mailings; LookInside submission, creation of an author page on the Anaphora website; print catalog mailing; exhibit display design and manning; and YouTube book trailer audio and visual design and distribution. Based on my research into publishing, these are the most important and relevant services that help writers make and sell top-quality books. If a writer informs me of a service he or she would like me to provide that is not currently available, I usually help them out, and if it’s a service that is relevant (and helpful) for all of the authors I publish, I add it to the standard list of services.
Has your experience starting as an academic press helped you grow into what you are today? Did it hinder you in any way?
I started Anaphora with the Pennsylvania Literary Journal, which was in part a scholarly and in part a literary or even general interest periodical. I don’t believe in narrowing the types of books I offer for the sake of having a story I can tell about what kind of press Anaphora is. I believe there are good books in all genres and book categories (non-fiction, fiction, poetry), and I want to share all of them with the world. Many new presses pick a focus like “feminist” or “liberal” or “African American” or “western”. This is particularly common among non-profit publishers who need this focus to explain which underrepresented category of writers needs their assistance. Since Anaphora is fully self-funded through the copies authors purchase, there is no incentive to narrow the focus in this way. I am considering starting a non-profit branch to Anaphora and perhaps there a general focus would be a hindrance, so I might come up with a narrow field of exploration.
Share a fun fact about your journal!
My periodicals, Pennsylvania Literary Journal and Cinematic Codes Review, accept around 80% of the projects that are submitted to them. There are no submission or publication fees. So, if you want to be published and you’ve written something you are proud of, email it to email@example.com with a paragraph biography, and it will probably find a home.
What was the first book you published?
I believe the first single-author book Anaphora released is Lynn Clarke’s Evidence and Judgment in 2010. Clarke is a successful lawyer in Charleston, West Virginia, and she has since published a second book in this legal thriller series with Anaphora.
Is there any future projects that you can share with us today?
I don’t keep any secrets. I advertise all forthcoming books on the Anaphora website and on my social media. I usually wait to post about a new release until the editing is completed and I have at least a preliminary cover I can post on the author’s page. As far as my own books, I am currently editing a procedural mystery, and just started writing my first science fiction novel. I recently “resigned” from academia via cash purchasing a tiny house, so now I have little overhead, and can focus on my writing and publishing more fully. So, I hope to release even more of my books in the coming years than I have in the past.
Is there anything you’d like to share with the readers today?
You are all warmly invited to submit your books for publication with Anaphora. Each new purchase of books is a contribution to my variety of a funding campaign: I can spend another month doing nothing but art and writing on a single new release. More importantly, I hope Anaphora helps writers who might otherwise be screened out as unmarketable see their books released into the world. The top canonized authors (Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Sir Walter Scott) all self-published, and even though the term self-publishing is a misnomer (as few of us truly publish ourselves), the concept of independent, entrepreneurial self-promotion via self-publication can only be a good thing in this troubled world that we live in.