Coming off the grim post previous about the book biz and so forth, it seems to me that word of mouth is about the only recourse for those of us who haven't a publicity agent in the family, or friends in High Places. So here's me pimping some deserving very small press work.scribblerworks
, an old Mythie friend (and chairdroid of Mythcon 40
this next summer, here in LA at UCLA* talks here
about The Scribbler's Guide to the Land of Myth, ETA Introduction here
. It also boasts an index by calimac
. There ain't no one better at compiling indices than calimac
, a professional archivist--there just ain't. I plan to buy this book as soon as the my wallet has something more in it than moths.
Another very small press book is by an old fan friend, Helen Davis. Ages back, Helen started serializing this story about what would happen if Elves had stayed here on Earth and time went on, mixing the cultures. Helen has a degree in science, and has always been terrific at worldbuilding. Her look at elves was unlike anyone else's. She kept a bunch of us fascinating with this story as it evolved. Now she's offering it through LuLu, here
. The book is called By Blade and Cloth
, and you can see more about it, and even sample a bit of it, at the clicky above. Helen is a nifty person, and I've love to see her find her audience.
Third up is Laura Underwood, fellow SFWA Musketeer, harpist, and writer. She's been steadily publishing stories about Keltora, her alternate Celtic world for twenty years, now. She mostly does short work, but has written a few novels, and her Dragon's Tongue
came out from Meisha Merlin, doing pretty well, but when that publisher closed up shop, her sequel, The Wandering Lark
, ended up in limbo. She's offering copies of the first for ten bucks, but here's where I come in. Yard Dog Press
, a small press that has been a go-getter for giving a lot of new writers, especially Southern writers, a chance, is also struggling like so many to stay afloat. They said that if Laura could gain 100 subscribers to promise they'll buy Wandering Lark
they will publish it. Just a hundred. Then maybe word of mouth would help it sell more, but first Laura needs a hundred people to writer to her at Keltora@sff.net
and commit to paying 17 bucks whenever it comes out, maybe November or so. So if you like Celtic adventure stories, Laura's Keltora is there to be explored. Here is Laura's website
if you'd like to learn more about her.
Okay, that's three--but hey, if anyone wants to pimp a small press project in the comments, please, go right ahead!
*I'm in charge of programming. Anyone local want to join/help with the con, let me know!)