Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: Independent Publishers

As part of my series on giving credit where credit is due in unexpected ways [1], I would like to give credit to a group of companies that I deal with often, although usually impersonally. For those who might not be aware, I review a lot of books [2] [3], and these books come from both large and small publishers. Yet while people often know the large publishers by name, it is often the independent publishers that have provided me with unexpected gems all the more precious for sometimes being a little rough around the edges. Because I have been the recipient of many free books from such publishers, or borrowed copies from friends (in the case of some novels published by Baen Books, about whom I have more to say in a bit), I would like to give credit where credit is due, to the niche publishers who enrich my reading with their quirky offerings.

Almost every day I find myself affected by independent publishers in some fashion. Let us take today, for example. For my daily reading, I took a book titled Arab Spring, Christian Winter, sent to me by Life Sentence Publishing/Aneko Press, an independent operation I just started reviewing books for, a book whose tour does not take place until March 22nd, when the book review is scheduled to be released. When I got home, I found out that another book from an independent press arrived from a black minister (who calls himself a bishop) who wrote about The Monogamy Mystery for a book tour early next month. I hope to read that somewhat soon as well. I am still waiting for a set of books from Baen Books, the publisher of the Vorkosigan saga, some of which I purchased in omnibus form, which will be reviewed for overall context in due time, whenever the books arrive. At any rate, I expect independent publishhers to continue to play a role in my reading, as long as I enjoy reading for fun (and I do not see that stopping).

I tend to see independent publishers as existing in a middle ground between large publishers with big print runs that seek large sales numbers and self-publishing with little distribution save an Amazon page [4] or a personal blog or website. The middle ground exists for good reason. For one, there are advantages to publishing with a niche publisher if they help provide editing and distribution and a market reach that will allow for one’s writings to receive a larger audience and more critical acceptance than one could by oneself. Often such publishers attract a suite of writers with similar thoughts, allowing for perspectives to be heard and appreciated that would otherwise be marginalized and neglected but instead reach an interested audience and also become part of a writing community that might otherwise be absent.

So, there are several reasons why we should appreciate independent publishers. For one, their smaller overhead budgets allow for them to take chances on books with a smaller audience by quality authors, and occasionally allow them to find superstars that larger publishers neglect because the cost of failure for larger publishers is greater. For another, they offer services to authors (even the occasional cover art) that are more difficult for authors to maneuver on their own. Yet another is that they are often very creative in finding ways to match books to desired readers with a bit of a creative and imaginative flair. Being a somewhat independent-minded person myself, who appreciates companies and people of all sizes, I believe there is plenty of room for independent presses to thrive in the future, so long as they can find a way to reach people who appreciate what they have to offer.

[1] See, for example:



[4] See, for example:

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I'm a person with diverse interests who loves to read. If you want to know something about me, just ask.
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