Asymmetrical Goings On No. 1

Corner Missoula, photo by Joshua Fields Millburn

Time flies when you buy it a plane ticket. Accordingly, February 2013 has been a busy month, flying by for us here in Montana. Thus, we’re going to make this little update—Asymmetrical Goings-On—a semi-regular thing to keep y’all apprised of our antics.

Settling and Connecting

After settling into the Asym House (photos), the three of us began connecting with dozens of Missoulians, from university facility and students to creative types and cowboys. Plus we’re doing the necessary media rounds with local TV, radio, and print publications, as well as a few national organs. Stay tuned to our media page for a glimpse at our interviews and media coverage.

Interns Working with Asymmetrical

This month, dozens and dozens and dozens of people applied to work with Asymmetrical in various capacities. After sifting through the first deluge of applications, we’ve made offers to 25 folks who’re skilled at design, development, editing, audio and video production, photography, sales, social media, and PR. You’ll soon see their pretty faces plastered onto our site.

These skilled interns won’t be fetching coffee, they’ll be learning the ropes of the new publishing environment and helping us (and others) build things. Really cool things.

Ryan’ll be managing the day-to-day operations with these folks, making sure they have the tools they need to be successful. If you’re interested in participating, we’ll start filtering through our second round of applications toward the end of this month. You can find more details and apply here.

Upcoming Asym Events

To celebrate our new HQ in Missoula, we’ve planned a special event for Montanans on 2/26 at 7 PM at Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers: The New Publishing Landscape (event poster).

We’re also hitting the road in March for SXSW, and we’re stopping through five cities for the Spring Into Minimalism Tour (event poster), where we’ll discuss our journeys and answers your questions in person.

You can RSVP for any of our events at the Asymmetrical Events page. And stay tuned to that page for future events (workshops, meetups, publishing parties, tour stops, readings, and the like).

Coming Soon: New Releases

We’re publishing two new books in February/March 2013:

Chapbook Volume 1, cover design by Colin Wright

Chapbook Volume 1

Coming February 26, 2013. Print and ebook.

This 129-page book is a compilation of existing and forthcoming work from Asymmetrical Press. It includes eleven pieces—nonfiction fiction—from Shawn Mihalik, Chase Night, The Minimalists, Colin Wright, Ryan Nicodemus, and me, Joshua Fields Millburn. The stories in this collection are amazing; I’m thrilled to share them with you because they’re a great representation of our forthcoming work. This is the first volume of many. Details.

The Flute Player by Shawn Mihalik, cover design by Colin Wright

The Flute Player

Coming March 12, 2013. Print and ebook.

The Flute Player by Shawn Mihalik is a young-adult novella that adults will love, too. Although this book is small (105 pages), it is filled with beautiful writing and identifiable emotions, an enchanting story about an important child’s self-actualization. Details.

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5 Comments

  1. February 18, 2013 - Reply

    Great to see things progressing apace, chaps—looks like 2013 is set to be a resounding success. The HQ isn’t looking too shabby, either.

    Best to you all,

    T

  2. February 20, 2013 - Reply

    Thanks, Thom. You’re awesome.

  3. February 20, 2013 - Reply

    Eve,

    It’s 3/18. We’ve narrowed it down to two locations. Details will be posted by next week. Hope to see you there. That’d be great.

    JFM

  4. February 24, 2013 - Reply

    The term Chapbook has been around a couple centuries. The definition can vary depending on the context. For the most part it has a similar meaning in every circle.

  5. February 25, 2013 - Reply

    I second what Nicodemus said.

    In the traditional sense, a chapbook used to be a small booklet containing short works from various authors. Back in the olden days (which I think means like pre-2008), publishers would use chapbooks to showcase their authors’ best work.

    Because we loved the chapbook concept, and because we believe in blending a little old school with a little new school, we decided to resurrect the form to show off our talented authors.

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