Small Press Anyone?
There are so many amazing publishing companies out there these days. I was wondering if you stick to the big guns or dabble around with the small press as well. Or even look at the small press publisher. And if you don't dabble with Small Press books, can I ask why?
Me, I do both. Although I enjoy chatting up the big hot selling books as much as the next person, I LOVE finding that new gem no one else has seen yet and screaming from the rooftops about it. Yes, I've been doing that a lot lately. I've found a few brilliantly bright-shiny books that others have not heard of yet. And I enjoy showing them off to everyone. And sharing the great finds with you as well.
We all have our genre of books we pretty much stick to, and love. Mine is Urban Fantasy and Fantasy. (Yes, there are deviations of these that I love too but for general purposes these are the main areas I read.) And different presses specialize in different genre. And some do a little of everything. I've found one small press that fits my book loves wonderfully, and they have mystery reads and other genre as well but I'm hooked on their Fantasy and Urban Fantasy reads. Amazing writing, story, and the editing is clean.
I like that the books are new and fresh in thinking. Beyond the norm that the big publishers want us to have. I like getting different books, new views, and voices. Nothing wrong with the big publishers as I do love them, but we are talking Small Press here today. :)
But with the Small Press books it seems hard to find them. First we don't know about the books as they don't get as much air time as the big publishers do. Nor are they ones to be found on all the local bookstore shelves either. They seem to be leaning toward ebook formats, but they do have printed books as well (so don't be discouraged!) Most of the Small Press books are found out here on the web. And ordering online. (As you all know, ordering online isn't like it use to be, that dark secret that no one should know about or do because the end of the world will fall upon us.) So for people who don't do online book searching don't know about these amazing diamonds hiding around the web.
Do you share with off-line friends the books you find by Small Press Publishers?
If you enjoy Small Press books do you have a small press you seem to have attached to? Let me know who it is. I'd like to take a look at their books as well, if they are in my genre of reading.
The Small Press that has caught my attention is Mundania Press. I hope you get a chance to check them out. Really great stuff there.
I've also read a series from Ridan Publishing, and there is an author whom I've listened to a podcast from and enjoy that writes with this publisher, but need to try his books yet. Ridan Publishing is still rather small, but looks like a good source for Fantasy and Science Fiction.
So, want to share your thoughts?
Do you read Small Press books? If not, do you mind mentioning why? Do you share Small Press books with those not online searching the blogs? What Small Presses do you gravitate toward?