I am going to forgo a weekly update on my NaNo work in favor of a little proposal. This week after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States is the traditional beginning of the Christmas shopping season. For decades people have surged out into the cold dark morning of the Friday after Thanksgiving to attend Black Friday sales. With the advent of the internet-age Cyber Monday was instituted as a way for on-line businesses to focus people on the deals that could be acquired on-line.
In 2010 American Express decided to establish Small Business Saturday, the first Saturday after Thanksgiving as a way to encourage people to support the small and local businesses that employ the majority of people in the United States.
This year as Small Business Saturday approaches I was struck that a segment of the small business market was being under represented in the move to drive commerce to small businesses, The Small Press Publishers.
With more and more of the resources of the major publishing house being devoted to the latest celebrity book or big name bestseller it has been harder and harder for the beginning and unusual voices to be heard above the dim. So for those friends you have that would enjoy a book, consider something different from one of these independent presses.
A publisher of short story collections for some time, Rabid Transit Press has branched out into alternative speculative fiction novellas with their Electrum Novella Series. Changing the way people look at the possibilities of the novella.
If long form fiction is not what you are looking for, possibly cutting edge poetry is what you want, If that is the case then check out Write Bloody Publishing. Publisher of some of the leading voices in the slam poetry scene today.
Looking for alternative fiction and non-fiction works? Take a look at the books available from Hunt Press. An up and coming publisher of alternative speculative fiction with several novels available.
One of my personal recommendations for a small press book this year would be “Confessions of a Transylvanian” by Kevin Theis and Ron Fox from Berwick Court Publishing
I would be completely remiss if I ignored independent published books as well.
If you know someone who enjoys ‘Chick-Lit’ the incomparable Joanne Phillips has released in the last year both her gripping novel “Can’t Live Without” and a collection of short stories “A Life Unpredicted and other stories”
Finally there is “Bridges of Memories” by AJ Race an exciting tale of contemporary fantasy.
There are hundreds if not thousands of small and independent publishers out there waiting for your support. Why should you support them. I think it is best summed up by Angela Hunt of Hunt Press.
“To quote James Owen: We’re not IN publishing. We’re at war. And I don’t intend to lose. At war against whom? Against entropy. Against the long night. Against obscurity. We’ll all eventually fail against those titans. But while we last, while the battle rages, oh, yes, we will be glorious. Let it not be said that we did not at least *attempt* to leave our mark on the world.”
So please join us in Small Press Saturday and support a small press publisher and bring the joy of discovering a new author to someone you love.