When I started my blog several years ago, I had always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to focus more on small press publications than on the big books making news everywhere. So I tried. I contacted small presses for review copies, got on some lists but very few, and eventually got swept up by other larger publishers and their glossy covers.
When I get books from small presses, they usually fall into similar categories as larger press. There are the ones that exceed their promise, those that disappoint and those that are simply OK. But what I love about small presses is that there are true undiscovered gems in there. And even better, there are books that take real chances, risk it all and some work and others fail horribly. But at least the risk was taken.
So I wonder, how do we get copies of books by small presses to review? How do we
bring to people’s attention great books that are being overlooked
simply because of the size of their printing? How do small presses
afford to even consider sending review copies?
And my question to all of you is if you are reading small press materials, how did you get your hands on them? I would much rather wade through unknown material never before reviewed than find yet another book whose marketing promises the moon and then the book is mediocre at best.