At a time when conglomerates own most New York publishers, accelerating the tendency to publish formulaic escapist blockbusters, while on the other hand self-publishing has become a cottage industry for anyone seeking a fun new hobby, the continuance of serious, selective, literary presses like Somondoco is essential. Such presses are, in the best sense of the word, “discriminating.” They put into print works of literary excellence that deserve an audience. Hope Maxwell Snyder and her crew are doing something of lasting value. Long may they prosper!
The world has many people in it who install windows yet don’t know how to make glass. Somondoco Press can set a sheaf of poems or stories beside a tree and make a book appear. Hope Maxwell Snyder doesn’t merely install the words. She makes them into books which make a difference to anyone who believes in a good old fashioned surprise.