Last year around this time, I started seeing bookseller reports and bloggers' posts about Small Press Month, which was traditionally held during March. I decided then that I wanted to participate the next time March rolled around. Unfortunately, the national celebration of this event seems to have fallen by the wayside for 2013 – perhaps funding was lost? – but I decided to forge ahead with my plans regardless!
Starting today, and over the next 30 days, Reading the Past will be looking exclusively at historical novels from small presses. Definitions for this term can vary, but I'll be using it to include those publishers outside of the Big Six that are independently run and not part of large conglomerates. Many of them specialize in certain types of works (literary fiction, regional settings, particular genres, and so forth). There's even a growing number of small presses that publish only historical novels, something I find very exciting.
Historical novels have thrived in the world of small and independent presses, and I've always enjoyed seeing the diversity they offer readers. In fact, they're a necessary part of the industry, especially now, a time when many excellent mid-list authors are being dropped by their Big Name publishers for not meeting high sales goals – or for other more nebulous or arbitrary reasons.
I have a great selection of guest posts, reviews, and previews of small press titles lined up over the course of the next month, and I hope you'll enjoy reading along and seeing what's in store.