My point is that those of us who support indie films should offer up some of our hipster love for small/independent presses. If the big publishers are becoming more skittish and dependent upon formulaic blockbusters, plenty of small presses still really want to publish good--and original--writing. Their marketing budgets may be tiny, but they spend the money wisely. Just look at what Starcherone Books did for Zachary Mason.
Here, then, are a few starting points to help you find some great new books to read--and maybe a publisher for your cutting-edge book.
- Fifteen Feisty Small Presses from Huffpo
- The Poets and Writers database of small presses
- The New Pages list of independent publishers (including university presses)
- Dzanc Books and their imprints (Black Lawrence Press, Starcherone, Other Voices Books, Keyhole Press, Monkeybicycle, and Absinthe)
- Bona Fide Books (a personal favorite)
*For an important discussion of ickiness in mainstream movies, see this review of Just Go With It.