This publishing house began with the simple goal of getting my own writing out there on the market; that is, beyond the realm of blogs and chapbooks. After several failed attempts at getting traditional publishers to sneeze in my direction, I decided to take matters into my own hands – this company and its books are the result.
Following in the footsteps of people whom I admired in (and outside of) the industry, I was determined to get my work out there by any means necessary, and on my own terms.
After more than a decade in the industry, despite being largely ignored by both the mainstream publishing world, as well as the indie media, BSP is still here.
BSP remains an underground publishing house with a small but dedicated audience. BSP has been featured on radio, web, print and television, from coast to coast and its books have reached the shelves of both traditional and independent bookstores stores, as well as select public libraries, and as teaching material in universities and both public/private schools. BSP books have also been the basis for more than a few dissertations.
BSP had the honor of participating in the 2013 and 2014 Tucson Festival of Books. In 2013 we presented an all-star panel about one of our books, live on C-SPAN. In 2014 we brought indie publishing to all of the Southwestern United States and beyond, including to the Honda Center with George Lopez.
In addition to this, BSP is one of only a handful of 100% Chicano owned/operated small presses in the United States. In my not-so-humble opinion, that’s a big deal.
It’s important to note that BSP does not produce e-books, as it goes against my core publishing philosophy. BSP publishes only print books! Print, in my opinion, is the last frontier for the freedom of speech.
I am more than proud of these accomplishments and cannot thank all of you enough who continue to support this venture.