In a new meeting of the Leamos independents cycle – a space to meet the leaders and protagonists of the emerging and alternative publishing scene in Latin America – the writer Esteban Castromán received Valeria Iglesias, head of the Outsider label, and Leticia Martín, creator of Qeja Ediciones , to talk about their stories, present, catalogs, authors and view of the current literary scene. Some of the titles they have published are Stick, mindless tales, by Patricia Suárez, I do not want be your friend, by Luciano Lutereau, The winter system, by Yamila Begné, Smoke in the smoke, by Gabriel Francini.
–How did Qeja Ediciones start?
–With Qeja we started 4 years ago. My boyfriend suggested it to me, we knew each other recently and it seemed super crazy, unexpected. The project brought us together from the beginning. We took out a book of poems as a test and it was like the match that was lit before the flare, because soon after we were caught by two years of macrism and two of pandemic. But the love for publishing never stopped. Today we long for contact with readers, which for us was a fundamental part of how we saw the publisher. The reading clubs, the meetings with readers and authors, those experiences shared with a small and organic group, well community, is something very beautiful … but we go little by little, without hurrying.
–How do they get along with the e-book format?
– It has a very optimistic leg and it is that with the e-book we can reach places that we would not otherwise reach. Perhaps we do not publish younger authors who are just starting out in that format, because they do not know them elsewhere and the book does not have such an impact, but it does with authors who have a little more experience. In those cases we have a small market and there are many interested people. It is a good tool for small publishers who cannot yet export.
What will Outsider be like next year?
-From Outsider we are going to be with a new team and with the project of incorporating poetry, especially that which was discontinued, books that were not republished or that are not available. We also want to get inside the poetry e-book format and bet on youth literature. We will continue to publish story books, from now on, but we will also try more than ever to make new authors visible. It’s a difficult task, but we really want the outsiders to come in.
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