There’s a hidden layer to publishing--one that doesn’t get nearly all the glitz and glamour that the front-facing publishing companies do. Publishing companies may be the ones who create the finished product, but it’s their lesser-known cousin, the book distribution company, that actually ensures the book sees the light of day.
If you’re in a traditional publishing deal, then most likely your publisher has a distribution company they work with already. For example, Night Heron Media works with Small Press United and Ingram Content Group through the Independent Publishers Group.
If you’ve self-published, though, book distribution is a different beast--and it’s one worth putting some thought and effort into.
Black lives matter. In the weeks since George Floyd’s death, some strides have been made at various levels towards supporting that statement, but racism is systemic, and it has a long history. The work that has just been getting started needs to be sustained in the long run in order for there to be lasting change, and it starts with the individual. So, as readers, as writers, as lovers of the written word, what can you do to support the BLM movement? We have three ideas.