It can be argued that the small press publisher is a key ingredient to shaping the future of science fiction and fantasy literature. Some of literature's brightest stars can be found in the books they publish. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to run a small press? I talked with the following small press publishers to learn about why they do what they do, the challenges they face, and the shining voices they publish:
BOOK REPORT for This Savage Song (The Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab
Cover Story: Deceptive
BFF Charm: Maybe x 2
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: She Thought, He Thought
Bonus Factors: Paranormal Creatures
Anti-Bonus Factor: Lack of Backstory
Factor: Duology Starter
Relationship Status: Looking Forward to a Second Date
Cover Story: Deceptive
This cover is pretty, and, at first glance, made me think This Savage Song is a book about a prodigy violinist who wanders through alleys ...
Reporter: There will be talk about you going down as one of the greatest female athletes of all time. What do you think when you hear someone talk like that?
Serena Williams: I prefer the words ‘one of the greatest athletes of all time.’
2016 has been a hard year for a lot of people, for a lot of reasons, and last week was harder than most. This past weekend, the only real joy I saw in my Twitter ...
I’ve been thinking a lot about superheroes lately.
Partially, that’s because it is summer and summer is a time for megasuperhero blockbusters, San Diego Comic Con, World Con, and so on. The other part of the superhero brooding is because 2016 is officially The Year of the Superhero over at Book Smugglers HQ and we’ve been reading/editing/reviewing a ton of superhero themed stories.
In all of this superhero-focused thinking, I’ve noticed a pattern—one of surprise, defying my normal ...
Lately, I’ve been trying to dip my toe farther into horror than I have in the past. Like Joey on Friends, I’ve felt the need to put a book or two in the freezer to be safe from them. I love horror movies, but horror books have always freaked me out. Which brings me to Providence: Act 1 from Avatar Press, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Jacen Burrows, a dense and moody story of the early twentieth century ...
The Kirkus review for Dan Richards’ Can One Balloon Make an Elephant Fly?, illustrated by Jeff Newman, notes the following: “[T]his is one of the first books to so accurately portray what parental cellphone use may look like to a child and how it can affect parent/child relationships.” This is true, you observant reviewer, you, I found myself saying altogether too enthusiastically to the review itself. (I probably need to get out more.)
There have been ...
I hope you all had a great holiday weekend!
Since I’ve been really busy recently I thought it might be fun to ask my book club for some reading suggestions this week. My book club is an awesome group of women who are very eclectic readers and always have great picks though most of them aren’t huge romance fans, so it’s a bit of a change of pace to check in with them and see what they would recommend.
Australian author-illustrator and filmmaker Jeannie Baker has created many award-winning picture books over the years but is perhaps best-known here in the States for Mirror, released in 2010 to a starred Kirkus review. Thanks, once again, to Candlewick Press, U.S. readers now have the chance to experience Baker’s newest picture book, Circle, released in May. Circle traces the path of one bar-tailed godwit, who sports white wing patches, on his journey north – and then back home again. Baker ...