THE GIFT OF TWENTY YEARS

Foreword Reviews - - Publishers's Note - BY VIC­TO­RIA SUTHER­LAND

For this an­niver­sary is­sue, I’m find­ing it im­pos­si­ble not to rem­i­nisce about the myr­iad changes, the in­dus­try drama, the mir­a­cle of print sur­viv­ing in the age of ma­chine learn­ing. But Fore­word’s mis­sion has never been to dwell in the past or get caught up in the machi­na­tions of process. Then and now, we’ve only ever been about shar­ing re­views of great books com­ing from indie presses.

My mes­sage to­day is one of grat­i­tude. I’m over­whelmed by the gen­eros­ity of those fiercely indie presses who have sus­tained us for twenty years— from es­tab­lished pub­lish­ers smaller than “the big five,” to univer­sity presses, and even self-pub­lished authors. You see, Fore­word Re­views is pri­mar­ily sup­ported by ad­ver­tis­ing rev­enues, not ex­pen­sive an­nual sub­scrip­tions or news­stand sales. The en­dorse­ment of these indie presses has kept our mes­sage vi­tal to a loyal and grow­ing group of book­sellers and li­brar­i­ans, dis­trib­u­tors and whole­salers, who don’t just want to of­fer a me­dia-driven list of best­sellers to their cus­tomers and pa­trons. Our foun­da­tion was built on cham­pi­oning literary fic­tion, poetry, chil­dren’s pic­ture books, trans­la­tions, and top­ics like cli­mate change, di­ver­sity, and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism. Most im­por­tantly, we strive to pro­mote voices that are un­heard, over­looked, or even si­lenced.

In a world of haste and noise, it gives us great plea­sure to know our print read­er­ship con­tin­ues to grow. More lengthy re­views de­mand a present pa­tron who wishes to be pro­voked as well as en­ter­tained. I’m crazy proud of my col­leagues, a sup­port team of ed­i­tors, re­view­ers, pro­gram­mers, de­sign­ers, and sales­peo­ple that has evolved through the years. They’ve helped Fore­word not only gar­ner awards in ed­i­to­rial and de­sign, but es­tab­lish stay­ing power to share great books from indie presses for a long time to come.

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