Sunday, March 10, 2013

"Best Of" Mystery/Suspense Novels by Small Press Authors

        Every time I see another commercial on TV advertising a new book by James Patterson, I can't help thinking: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if authors published by small presses (including myself) could afford that kind of publicity?  But, the sad truth is, we can’t and neither can our publishers.  
        I realize that we can’t all achieve the fame and fortune of James Patterson. But I think we deserve a shot, a chance for readers to discover our books. That’s why I created my “Best Of” list on Shelfari. It’s my humble attempt to draw attention to the many, many wonderful mystery novels I’ve read by small press authors. But I need your help.
Before I write another word, I want to clarify something. My “Best Of” list is in no way complete. At this point, it’s a sample of some of the best mystery/suspense novels (published by small presses) that I’ve read in the past year or so. I’ll be adding new books to my list as time permits. I hope you’ll check the list periodically to discover new treasures.
So, how can you help to promote small press authors? The most obvious way, of course, is to buy our books. You can also join Shelfari, if you’re not already a member, and click the “recommend” button on my list. Then, spread the word to your friends about the list and the wonderful books you've discovered there. After all, word of mouth is the most powerful advertising there is!