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Conversations in Publishing


The top independent small presses continue to deliver award-winning books and triple-digit growth. But what does this mean for authors, readers, and booksellers?

Our panelists for this year's event, the team at Lanternfish Press, will use their small press perspective to provide insights into the business of publishing and the skills needed to thrive. Audience members will also get the inside scoop on their catalog and upcoming titles.

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Light snacks will be provided. This event is open to the public, entry is free, and guests are kindly asked to register.



amandaAmanda Thomas is the publisher and co-founder of Lanternfish Press. She attended the University of Rochester and received a BA in Political Science with minors in history and Mandarin Chinese in 2007 and a MEd in 7-12 Social Studies Education in 2009 from the University of Rochester's Margaret Warner School of Education. She taught social studies and Chinese at the high school level. For several years she has provided freelance letter press and design services. Since co-founding Lanternfish Press in 2014, the press has developed a successful Victorian reprint line, and the press’s catalog of titles will double this year.




felizaFeliza Casano is the assistant publicist at Lanternfish Press. She holds a BA in Communication with a concentration in Journalism from the University of Toledo (2012) and an MA in Publishing with a concentration in Business of Publishing from Rosemont College (2015). She previously worked at Wolters Kluwer and spent more than 5 years working in copyediting and proofreading. As founder and editor-in-chief of the website Girls in Capes and contributor to Unbound Worlds, The Portalist, Book Riot, and other publications, Casano stays current on issues related to sci-fi, fantasy, and trade publishing. Since joining Lanternfish in the summer of 2017, Feliza has coordinated publicity for three titles and increased social engagement for the company. She also creates all of the marketing and publicity plans.



Donna Talarico

Donna Talarico is an independent writer and marketing consultant, and she is the founder/publisher of Hippocampus Magazine and Books. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University and an MBA from Elizabethtown College. From 2010 to 2015 she was the director of integrated communications at Elizabethtown College. Donna speaks regularly at higher education, technology, and publishing conferences and events. She authored a chapter in mStoner’s Social Works: How #HigherEd Uses #Social Media to Raise Money, Build Awareness, Recruit Students, and Get Results, and writes a monthly marketing column for Wiley's Recruiting and Retaining Adult Learners newsletter. Donna has been published in a variety of daily, weekly, industry, and affinity publications, including The Writer, mental_floss, The LA Times, The Guardian, and Games. Before relocating to Lancaster county, she was a long-time correspondent for two Wilkes-Barre, Pa.-based news publications.

Prior to higher education, Donna worked marketing and editorial capacities in eCommerce and radio. She also has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Wilkes, and she is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Lancaster. She lives in downtown Lancaster, Pa.