Not too long ago I wrote a blog about small and large publishing houses. I wanted to take this one step further and start spotlighting these small publishing houses who are working hard to get amazing books into the hands of readers. First up, I reached out to Black Spot Books’ owner Lindy Ryan to get her take on launching and growing a small press publishing house.
What inspired you to go into the world of publishing?
I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember, and have had an intrinsic yearning to be part of the literary world, so I think the inspiration was always there.
Choosing speculative fiction and diving into genres like fantasy, dark humor, and science fiction was a pretty natural decision. From authors like Orwell and Adams to Tolkien, King, and everywhere in between, these are the types of books I’ve always loved to read, so they were exactly the types of titles I wanted to publish.
Did you have previous publishing experience before launching Black Spot Books?
As both a traditionally published and indie author, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the largest publishing houses and some of the most boutique, as well as brilliant folks in the industry — agents, editors, artists, and many phenomenal writers.
This incredible experience and network helped to solidify the vision for Black Spot Books. I think this has been something of a natural evolution after having been involved so intimately in the publishing community in various ways. You begin to put together what works and what doesn’t, what you’d like to see done differently, and where you can bring something new and unique to the market.
As most small publishers have a target market how did you find the authors to fit that market.
It’s like that famous line from the film Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come.”
We reached out to our author network — our friends and peers in the writing community — and hit up social media and a few strategic advertising places, and were lucky enough to receive a great response to our initial call for submissions.
What aspect do you believe that social media ie… book bloggers and bookstagram play in the publishing world?
They are invaluable assets to the book community. We love working with bloggers and bookstagrammers. It gives us a chance to network directly with readers, connect authors to influencers, and show off beautiful covers!
What new projects does Black Spot Books have on the horizon?
The rest of 2018 will feature historical fantasy, seasonal fantasy, and we’ll release our first science fiction/cyberpunk title in December. The new year will bring new authors and new projects–including some magical realism and some highly-anticipated sequels! We’ve also just opened our indie romance ebook imprint, Siren Press, with first releases scheduled for August.
What advice would you have for people who want to become book publishers?
The publishing industry is not for the faint of heart–whether you’re indie, small press, or otherwise. It takes time, patience, and a lot of work in a very noisy market. For those considering publishing, my best advice is to start by becoming a rock-star reader, and get involved with local booksellers to learn the trade.
To learn more about the amazing books that Black Spot Books is publishing have a look at their website:
FYI I do happen to know that Black Spot is looking for Horror Writers to publish in 2019 have a look at their submission criteria if interested.