Ends of the Spectrum:
Publishing Writ Large and Small in Carroll County
This article originally published August 27, 2013 in The Advocate of Hamstead & Manchester.
By Jon Kelvey
To the extent that the publishing world has intersected with Carroll County, it has been mostly as an employer: mega-publisher Random House has been one of the largest employers in the county with its distribution and fulfillment operations center located in Westminster for several decades.
Random House is no longer the sole publisher in town, however: New advances in printing technologies and widespread Internet access are making it possible for smaller, but fully functional, publishing houses to spring up virtually anywhere, even Hampstead, according to Craig Schenning, owner of Hampstead’s own Old Line Publishing.
“We can do everything that Random House does, it’s just we don’t have the deep pockets that they have,” Schenning said. “Authors send us their manuscripts, we forward them to our acquisitions editor and they give us a report back on what’s good, bad or otherwise and then we make a decision on whether or not to publish it.”…