March has been declared Small and Indie Press Month. By whom? Don't know and don't care. It's an excuse to celebrate those wonderful, hardworking, lacking in fame, small presses. Many times these publishers are run by a few dedicated people who love books and spend most hours of the day editing, promoting, designing covers, updating blogs, websites, twitter and facebook to help their authors succeed in this often heartbreaking business.
The thing easiest to love about small presses for an author is the relationship between writer and publisher. Those wonderful people actually listen to their authors. They respond quickly to emails. They're thrilled to help with promotion even though their budgets for such as very limited. Often they're entirely welcoming of an author's request for cover art.
They love hearing about your newest book. Most of them offer your books at reasonable prices so they can compete in the sprawling market of the ebook trade.
The editors I've worked with at New Concepts Publishing have been wonderful and thorough. I've learned so much from them and become a better writer because of their excellent work.
Another great thing about small presses is the great variety of them out there. Write romance? You have lots of choices. Write mystery or suspense? They're waiting for you. Write SF or fantasy? You can find a home for it. How about YA? They'll love you. So do your research if you're looking for a small or independent press for your newest book. And if you're looking to add to your TBR pile, support an independent press by sampling a book from one of their talented authors.
Do you buy books published by small and independent presses? Do you know what entity decides to set aside certain days, weeks or months for celebrations? Who has that power over the calendar or can a simple commoner like me do that?