Last Monday, I posted about the "power" of the internet. That post, in part, was a response to all the brouhaha surrounding John Scalzi vs. Black Matrix Publishing.
One commenter, Diana Lyles of Scribblers and Ink Spillers, LLC, suggested:
If you, the short story writers, want paying markets for your work, then support those magazines and journals that do pay.
That happened to be pretty darn close to one of my resolutions last year (buy something small press at least once a month). How'd I do?
Well...I subscribed to Necrotic Tissue, Kaleidotrope, Morpheus Tales, and Murky Depths. I purchased Shock Totem #1, and Black Ink Horror #5. I was fortunate enough to win copies of Malpractice and Barry Napier's Debris collection, and Grant's Pass. Camille Alexa's wonderful Push of the Sky, K.C. Shaw's delightful Jack of All Trades, and Michael Stone's magnificent Fourtold found their way to my door via Amazon. Finally, I'm awaiting R. Scott McCoy's debut, Feast from Shroud. Wait...wait...I picked up the bizarre and delicious The Sour Aftertaste of Olive Lemon by Cate Gardner, too.
So, I could do better. Eleven small press subs or purchases (that I can remember) in twelve months came pretty darn close to my goal, but I did that without effort. Purchasing is one thing, but reviewing and getting out the word is something else entirely. I plan to amp up my small press promotion with a "reviews" blog, trying to mention something about everything I read from the "small press". Whatever small press means.
As Diane noted in her comment, word of mouth is the best promotion any work can get. I plan on blabbing a bit over the next year. Let's build this community. I'm calling my reviews ('cause they need a site of their own and blogs make me happy): Skull Salad Reviews. If you want to write reviews, I'd be happy to have the company. Drop me a line.
Have a wonderful Monday.