Dear appreciators of literature, as well as other arts & culture,

Pleasure Boat Studio: A Nonprofit Literary Press was founded in 1996 to champion unusual books of high literary merit – books with substance and imagination, a break from the mainstream. And now we are in need of assistance. It’s well known that the current economy is tough for independent presses. There’s a very small profit margin after the printing and shipping of books, certainly not enough to properly fund the press, make large orders, cover bills and royalties. In trying to produce new works, I have gone into debt and currently can’t pay authors their royalties. I have orders I can’t fulfill, bills I can’t pay…

We are now a non-profit organization, meaning tax deductions for you, while supporting outstanding contributions that the world might not otherwise get to experience.

We are extremely grateful for any help in navigating Pleasure Boat studio into safer waters.  

After 15 years in NYC, Pleasure Boat Studio is again based in the Pacific Northwest, where it began, a region which has become a magnet for powerful visionary individuals and businesses. We hope you can support and encourage this indie press to continue to carry on its mission, bringing literature of depth and beauty into our culture.

What funds will go to:

• Managing & yearly hosting price of the website

• Memberships to IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association), which offers discounts on book fairs and advertising & to one of our main distributors, Small Press Distribution

• Set up fees for books which often run up to $300 / book

• Possible book fairs

• Ordering / sending books to reviewers

• Providing authors’ copies and royalties

• Developing audio books

• Book trailers

• Marketing

• Ordering & shipping large orders to our distributors and college bookstores (as they pay later and I often don’t have the funds to meet larger orders at this time).

We’re asking for donations from anyone who believes in our mission of enriching the world with eye-opening stories and poetry by talented authors who write with heart, originality, and a love of language. We would love for you to contribute by purchasing our books, but of course we are very pleased to receive direct donations.

Please visit to see our new and backlist titles. Our latest release, Goodbye to Tenth Street, by Irving Sandler, was just listed as one of the best art books of 2018 in the NYT, with an enticing review.

I hope you agree that our world benefits from independent presses which keep literary gems worthy of broad readership from falling through the cracks. Please help if you can.

If Hollywood can have millions, why can’t literature have a padded base to treat books with the care and promotion they deserve?

Another way to support is through these PBS DEALS:

* Surprise Bag: Get 3 surprise back-listed books of your preferred genre(s) for $30

* $100 Club: Prepay for $100 worth of new releases &/or books of your choice. We will send the books to you as you request them.

* Bulk Orders: If you would like to order in bulk for a book club or other reason, receive a 30% discount when you order directly from this site with this coupon code: book club

I also paint occasionally and would be happy to sell or commission art – some samples, though not recently updated:

Thank you so much, to all of you who’ve written in response, &/or offered your generous contributions. It bolsters my spirit to continue to march forth. It’s been a pleasure to connect with PBS authors, and readers, to feel the wide net that this press casts, the connections outside of my office, the people I am doing this for. Thank you for your support!

Comments by authors in support of the press.

“Without the continued viability of an independent literary press like  Pleasure Boat Studio, so many deserving voices would be silenced and so many deserving books would never be read. Pleasure Boat’s fierce commitment to both  authors and their works deserves recognition andsupport. As one of those fortunate authors benefiting from Lauren Grosskopf and Pleasure Boat Studio, I know the inestimable joy of seeing one’s work in print and knowing it will now find readers who will bring life and worth to its existence. Pleasure Boat Studio plays an essential and significant role in elevating the cultural spirit of our country and the world.” – Robert Karmon, author of  Isaac

“Pleasure Boat Studio not only published my first book of essays in 1998, but has remarkably kept most of my out-of-print books of poetry and my novel from extinction and early death. I can’t be grateful enough to Jack Estes and Lauren Grosskopf  for the heroic work they have done. In a world run by profit and hype, they truly CARE about literature, aboutauthors, about their own integrity. In their own small way, they are a national treasure.” – Michael Blumenthal, author of Because They Needed Me: Rita Miljo and the Orphaned Baboons of South Africa; Weinstock Among the Dying; Days We Would Rather Know; When History Enters the House: Essays from Central Europe


“Pleasure Boat Studio is a treasure in the book world.It publishes those of us who don’t have a big name, like Stephen King, shepherds our work carefully, gives us a voice that otherwise would be muted. Ifwe allow a press like Pleasure Boat Studio to sink, then the world of letters that publishedJohn Steinbeck when he published work that sold less that a thousand copies will vanish. Weallowed the Lord God bird to vanish and the Monarch butterfly is on the verge of extinction. We cannot let this happen to an independent press.” – Russell Hill, author of The Egret; Tom Hall and The Captain of All These Men of Death; Deadly Negatives


“Warm greetings! Yes, hang in there because your publishing house is a meaningful one. Thank you! I/ we are here to supportthe Press. Lots of courage, in solidarity.” -Maria C. de Vasconcelos, Translator of Monique and Kunuar by Luísa Coelho, & Phil Eggers


“I want PLEASURE BOAT to continue with the wonderful books.” – Esther Cohen,, author of Breakfast with Allen Ginsberg, Painting Brooklyn and God is a Tree and Other Middle-Age Stories 

With best wishes from,

Pleasure Boat Studio: A Nonprofit Literary Press, where every book is a journey and reading is both a pleasure and a leisure.

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