Welcome to Broken Sword Publications, LLC. BSP is a small and independent, American publishing company that specializes in printing material the mainstream would never consider. We are a 100% independent publisher of underground, subversive and counter-culture books since 2002. We are also a true 1st Amendment advocate who believes in the freedom of speech, absolutely. BSP continues to provide an alternative to traditional publishing houses – free from corporate censorship and marketing tactics and free from political correctness and thought police. We pride ourselves on producing raw, independent and underground material.
This publishing house began with the simple goal of getting my own writing out there on the market. After several 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 who 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 several stumbles and learning experiences, I began publishing other’s work and the result has been phenomenal.
After a decade in the industry, despite being largely ignored by both the mainstream publishing world and the indie media, BSP is still here and going strong.
If you would like a full history, as well as some insight as to how BSP came about, please read my full-length interview with Art, Music, Writing Magazine which ran in May 2014.
BSP remains an underground publishing house and we have enjoyed both growing as a company and expanding our audience. BSP has been featured on radio, web, print and television, from coast to coast and our 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 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.
In addition to this, BSP is one of 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 our core philosophy. We publish only print books! Print, in my opinion, is the last frontier for the freedom of speech.
In these days of political correctness run amok, wholesale lies, censorship, the thought police and Idiocracy, BSP continues to fight for the independence of print and the freedom of thought. The Web may be shrinking but the world of indie print remains wide open and I’m proud be a part of that.
I am more than proud of these accomplishments and cannot thank all of you enough who continue to support this venture.
- Santino J. Rivera, Owner