So how do books end up on Read Local (TM)?
Authors can apply to join us. In applying, they send us a paperback copy of the work they want to see featured. One of our readers reads the book and reviews it. If the book's a fit for us, up it goes on the site!
Not all books are a fit. It happens. Sometimes the work just isn't local enough. Perhaps the settings include lots of international destinations or intergalactic travel. Those settings may rock, but they just aren't what Read Local is about. Sometimes, books just don't quite make the editorial cut. It happens. We love small presses, but quality standards vary, and we want Read Local books to be ones readers know pack a polished punch.
We also reach out to authors in the community. If we read something and it strikes us, we'll try to find the author and see if they want to join us. We love discovering amazing new small-press avant-garde fiction, so we are constantly seeking it.
Reading Local matters. While the "blockbuster bestsellers" may be all over, finding small-press gems with dynamic, unexpected, different plots means finding the books that may give us new, never-anticipated, didn't-see-that-coming experiences, experiences that may be too experimental, "out there," or esoteric for larger presses. It also means supporting the small businesses and local artists that shape Main Street U.S.A.