A Gift of Words

Merry Christmas! 

Yeah, no Happy Holiday’s from me, you guys know better than that. It’s Merry Christmas! I want to take a little bit of time here to promote a cause. Of course, we should never forget the reason for the season. Never forget why we celebrate Christmas, and never let the cornucopia of corporate media overkill influence you otherwise.

In spreading Christmas cheer, sometimes we are perplexed by what to buy our loved ones for gifts. I understand, it happens to me every year. As the days tick away, it can get a little nerve-wracking. Allow me to suggest some gifts for those that are hard-to-buy-for who enjoy reading.

Get them books. Seems simple, right? But what books? Well, you can always take the easy way out and buy a gift card at the local Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million, or get one at any outlet that sells Amazon gift cards. At least you will be guiding your friends and family in the right direction. If you prefer a little more personal experience, then please listen to what I have to say, and do not hesitate if you truly decide to do this, because time’s a-wasting. 

First, buy books from Small Presses. Why? Because, like the music industry and film industry, the Small Presses are publishing the best damn books on the market today. I read quite a bit, and of course rarely miss any books by my favorite name-brand authors, but honestly, some of the best books I’ve ever read didn’t come from a traditional publisher like Random House or Doubleday. 

So what Small Press books are good? Glad you asked. And please forgive me if you’ve heard of some of these titles here already. Most are so good they deserve extra mention.

It Came From Del Rio by Stephen Graham Jones, published by Trapdoor Books. Check out their website for some more great titles.






Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs, published by Night Shade Books, an awesome Independent Small Press, and you should definitely check out their catalogue.







The Samaritan by Fred Venturini, published by Blank Slate Press, another small press doing great things.



Stranger Will by Caleb J Ross, published by OtherWorld Publications.







Transubstantiate by Richard Thomas, also published by OtherWorld Publications.



Stay Go d by Nik Korpon, also by Otherworld Publications.





These should get you started. Now, a word of caution here. Chances are you will not be able to find some, if not all, of these books at your local corporate bookstore. Guess what people? That’s the idea. This is the pause for the cause. Guess who might have these books, or might be able to get them for you rather quickly?

Say it with me now. Your. Local. Independent. Book. Store.

Don’t have one in your area? No problem. By all means, please place your orders with the publishers directly, or go to Amazon. The corporate bookstores that don’t carry these books can order them as well, but that defeats the purpose of my whole post here. Independent Book Stores are run by people who know books, read books, and love books. They’re not doing it because it’s a great way to make money, but because they love what they do. Same with Independent/Small Press publishers. Most authors I’ve spoken with at any length who are published far and wide tell me they enjoy working with small independent publishers the most because they really care about the product, which is the book you or your friend will eventually have in their hands. 

If you find yourself unable to venture too far from the NY Times Bestseller list, please, go to your closest used book store and purchase the book there. It’s not how much you spend, it’s the words within yourself that make all the difference in the world. 

Coming up, another podcast from those Booked guys, and hopefully next week, after a month break, the return of WriterDrome. 

PS. Of course, you could just order the most awesome short story collection ever,   Warmed And Bound.  Just saying…


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