Belated updates and other stuff: Indie publishing on the big stage

These last couple of months  have been Hell work and time-wise so I have neglected updating the site. Shame on me. For those of you still paying attention, there were a couple of huge events that occurred.

First up, there was a Lowriting book reading and signing event at Bookworks independent bookstore in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 19th. How cool is it to see an independent book headline on a marquee sign? Yeah!

 

It’s no secret that there are several authors from New Mexico in Lowriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul, including authors Andrea J. SerranoRichard VargasManuel Gonzales, and Angelo Sandoval.

The event was a hit and saw a packed house with authors sharing their Lowriting stories and signing books. Big thank you to Bookworks for hosting this event and supporting indie publishing!

Thanks to Angelo Sandoval aka Razafotografista for taking and sharing these photos from the event!

 

Next up, comedian and “El Mas Chingón” himself, George Lopez, brought his show to the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on June 21 and Lowriting was there!

Lopez is a fan of Lowriting photographer, Art Meza, and even collects his work, but it was a surprise to have him invite BSP to his show. Let me explain…

After becoming disillusioned with the lack of support from certain channels, I simply asked Lopez (via Twitter) if he had any ideas on how we could promote the book. To my surprise he suggested that we come out to his show in Anaheim and sell copies of the book!

George Lopez and Art Meza
George Lopez and Art Meza

The evening was a success in more ways than one. Not only did Lopez sign copies of the book but he promoted it via his twitter account. If that’s not enough, former UFC fighter and Lopez fan, Tito Ortiz, also helped promote the book on his Twitter account.

Now, I don’t have to tell you (or maybe I do) that things like this are huge for an independent press. I gained a huge amount of respect for Lopez for doing this. He had absolutely no obligation to reach out and help promote this book so I was floored when he extended the offer.

I’ve talked before about how “success” is measured in different ways when it comes to books. Some people measure it strictly in sales and that’s fine but there are other measures besides money.

For me, to go from being absolutely miserable and scrawling poems on scratch paper in the back of a bloody ambulance in between calls to having one of my books embraced and promoted at the Honda Center. Well…if that’s not success then I don’t know what is.

HUGE thank you to George Lopez and his staff for allowing Broken Sword Publications and Art and Anna Meza to bring Lowriting to his show. And thank you to the Mezas for sharing these great photos! What a great night for indie publishing!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we need to support the “diverse” books that we have! Lowriting is one of them! Support indie books!

If you are able, please consider sharing this post on your grapevine and help spread the word.

Thanks for reading!

– S|J|R

 

 

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