March has been designated Small Press Month. It is officially listed in Chase’s calendar of events.
This nationwide promotion is intended to highlight the valuable work produced by independent publishers. Small Press Month is an effort to showcase the diverse and unique works produced in the independent spirit of smaller publishers.
Now in its fourteenth year, Small Press Month is co-sponsored by The New York Center for Independent Publishing, The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, and Independent Book Publishers Association.
Sadly, the co-sponsors have dropped the ball this year. As of the end of February 2010, the Small Press Month website had not been updated for 2010. When I emailed IBPA about this, the answer I received was that the sponsors were “busy” and had not gotten around to it yet.
Let me get this straight: the sponsors, at least two of whom exist to serve and strengthen small presses, are too “busy” to actually help small presses promote themselves this month. Busy with what? Helping small presses in a more important way?
One of the things that the Small Press Month website offered in the past was free posters that small publishers (and authors published by small presses) could order and take around to their local libraries, schools, and bookstores. Those entities willing to hang the posters would most likely also be willing to host an event that featured a book or an author by a small press during the month of March. No posters are being offered this year since the website has not been updated – and the timing is getting late.
As someone who champions small presses and as a small press owner myself, I have decided to take up a little of the slack and am offering my blog readers a button or banner that promotes Small Press Month. Feel free to copy the button or banner (right click on it and copy) from this page (or click here to get the html code to embed it) and post this button on your website and blog to promote Small Press Month.
To celebrate Small Press Month, I am offering a special on my book Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace. Since this book was written for small presses and their authors, I am offering it at a $4.00 discount for the month of March 2010. You can purchase the book for just $19.99 this month by clicking here.
Want to do your part to support small presses this month? I suggest you head on over to http://www.christianpublishers.net/10votes and vote for the Christian Small Press Book of the Year. Honor books by small Christian publishers this month. Vote for the ones that you think are making a difference in people’s lives.
Happy Small Press Month!