Against the Grain Press

With a background as an entertainment executive who also writes and plays music, starting an indie imprint wasn’t much of a stretch. Against the Grain Press released its first novel, My Year as a Clown January of 2013. We intend to apply the lessons learned from this experience for a few select writers that we fall in love with. At the moment, ATG Press does not accept unsolicited submissions.

ATG Press just announced a partnership with Rimecoat Records in Ireland to help release in the U.S, Declan O’Rourke’s new CD.

MY YEAR AS A CLOWN is the 2013 Silver Medal winner in Popular Fiction awarded by the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Here’s what people are already saying about My Year as a Clown:

“With MY YEAR AS A CLOWN, Robert Steven Williams has written a terrific novel. He pulls back the curtain on male masculinity — showing us what a guy really goes through when dealing with the difficult mess of his beloved spouse’s infidelity and the ensuing divorce. Williams’ characters give us the real-deal:  a gut wrenching and often humourous look, showing us the everyday horrors of what it’s like to start all over again as one approaches middle age.”

Suzan-Lori Parks,  Pulitzer Prize winning playwright for Topdog/Underdog

“Robert Steven Williams has written a novel of tremendous honesty, humor, and insight. His story of Philadelphia Eagles-loving Chuck Morgan, cast adrift on the rocky shoals of dating when his wife of twenty years suddenly leaves him, does for men what Bridget Jones’s Diary did for women.”

Joy Johannessen, editor (Alice Sebold, Amy Bloom, Michael Cunningham)

For more information about Against the Grain Press, contact our business manager, Liz Schwartz:


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