Saturday, August 24, 2019

Top 3 Small Presses (Laurie)

A few weeks ago, Katie shared her Top 3 Benefits of Being in the Bookish Community, and I completely agreed with everything she said! Her post led me to reflect on how I've changed as a reader since becoming a writer. In addition to knowing more about writing techniques (which can be both a plus and a minus as a reader!), my to-read pile has practically exploded as I've met and interacted with so many fellow authors at conferences, in my writing group, and online. As a result, I've gone from reading mostly popular, big name books to many self-published and small press stories. And I love it! There are so many gems out there I would've never found out about if left to my own devices. So today, I want to celebrate my three favorite small presses! For each graphic, I included only the books I've actually read, which it turns out, are quite a few! :)

3. Pelican Book Group (PBG)

You may notice a theme in this first graphic - Pelican Book Group (PBG) made my list in large part because they made the excellent decision to publish the sweet and talented Katie Clark! Her Enslaved series (the three books in the middle of the top row) was my first introduction to PBG, and I was hooked! I absolutely fell in love with the characters, and the mysteries and suspense in her dystopian world kept me on the edge of my seat. Since then, Katie's released two books in her Beguiled series (so fun and creative!), The Rejected Princess (one of my favorite books last year!), and a few sweet romances. PBG also releases a set of Christmas novellas each year, of which I've especially enjoyed A Match of Sorts and The Widow's Captive by Lucette Nel. I so appreciate that PBG is publishing quality, entertaining Christian fiction!

2. Uncommon Universes Press (UUP)

I've had the opportunity to get to know a few of the amazing ladies involved with Uncommon Universes Press, so it came as no surprise that the books they produce are fabulous! I love that their books are clean with great messages but aren't specifically Christian. And the writing and world-building in every one of these books has blown me away! Cool fantasy / steampunk settings, swoony romances, plus such gorgeous covers - what's not to like? I very much look forward to seeing what UUP has coming up next!

1. Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing (L2L2)

Okay, so maybe I'm a little biased since this happens to be my publisher :) But seriously, the covers alone are enough to catch anyone's attention! And the stories inside are just as incredible! I read a few Love2ReadLove2Write titles before I submitted my manuscript and was so impressed by their depth and creativity. There's something about L2L2's stories that makes for really engaging, immersive reads no matter the author or genre. Following the publication of Common, I've had the opportunity to endorse many of their subsequent books and have been whole-heartedly enthusiastic about every one! It's such a blessing that my story found such a wonderful publishing home.

How about you? Do you read books from mostly big name publishers, or have you explored some self-published and small press titles? Do you have any favorite small presses?

Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. What a great subject! I love several books by L2L2, and of course PBG (thanks for the live, btw ♡). I haven't tried UUP yet. I will definitely be checking them out now!


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