Steve Figler pointed to an interesting article about small publishers in L.A. and asked why we couldn’t do that here in Santa Barbara. Good question. There are a few small presses here, but they mainly specialize.
- Bandanna Books is run by Birdie Newborn, who occasionally comes to SBWG meetings. She largely does reprints of older works for the educational field.
- Bellerophon Books is also in the educational field.
- Concord Grove Press appear to publish theosophical works, mostly reprints.
- Allen A. Knoll are not accepting submissions.
- Sea-Hill Press used to be in town, but have apparently since moved to Florida. I went to a great Adult-Ed class by the owner Greg Sharp when they were here.
There are various author events around town, both big and small.
- Santa Barbara Writers Conference is one of the big ones.
- The Santa Barbara Public Central Library hosts an annual Indie Author Day.
- Out Loud SB is starting public readings.
- Mosto Crudo has author readings every Tuesday.
There is a Santa Barbara Writing Group, a Santa Barbara Publishing and Marketing Group, and Betsy Green runs a separate marketing group at the library, next meeting Monday, April 30 at 2 p.m. on the second floor.
Shaun Sanders is starting a radio show through KCSB in the near future dedicated to indie authors and SoCal writers.