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Hiatus on Submissions

See Sharp Press will not be accepting manuscript submissions from new authors until further notice. (We will, though, continue to accept submissions from our current authors.)

The primary reason for this is that since I founded it 34 years ago, See Sharp Press has been a one-man operation, with yours truly doing all of the work, but for occasionally hiring other graphic artists, editors, and publicists on a contract basis.

And I need a break.

Since 1984, See Sharp has published 50 books, an equivalent number of pamphlets, and, of late, a number of e-books. I've been working almost continuously the entire time, often putting in 50-, 60-, even 70-hour work weeks, and it's been 22 years since I took a vacation.

We have four very good books in the pipeline, and they'll all appear next year. Once they're out and I've had some time to rest, it's quite possible See Sharp will once again begin accepting manuscript submissions.

If and when that happens, we'll notify you on this site and on the See Sharp Press blog.

In the meantime, we'll continue publishing new material on the blog, and the already contracted books will appear on schedule.

Best wishes to all,
Chaz Bufe
Publisher
See Sharp Press

NetGalley E-book Review Copies

If you read e-books and even occasionally review them on Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, etc., or your blog (if you have one), you might want to check out NetGalley. It's a service that provides free e-books to those who review at least some of the free books they download. This differs from the unrestricted book-giveaway sites in that while anyone can create a NetGalley reader account, prior to okaying a book download publishers can check to see how many of the books a particular reviewer downloaded he or she reviewed. So, publishers are free to turn down "reviewers" who have downloaded say 20 or 30 books and haven't reviewed any of them.

But if you like to read e-books and at least occasionally review some of them, it's great. It couldn't be easier to sign up for this free service at NetGalley's web site, and even very short, one- or two-sentence reviews count.

We currently have the following e-books available for download by reviewers:

  • The Wrath of Leviathan, by T.C. Weber, is the thrilling, cyberpunk sequel to the Compton Crook Award finalist for Best First Science Fiction Novel, Sleep State Interrupt.

    In our brand new release, The Wrath of Leviathan, the second book of the BetterWorld trilogy, the protagonist, Waylee, faces life in prison for daring to expose MediaCorp, a media megacorporation, and the U.S. president it controls. Exiled in Sao Paulo, Waylee's sister, Kiyoko, and their hacker friends continue the fight, seeking to end the conglomerate's stranglehold on virtual reality, information, and politics. But MediaCorp and their government allies may quash the rebellion before it takes off. And unknown to Kiyoko and her friends, a team of ruthless mercenaries is after them, and is closing in fast.

  • Sleep State Interrupt, by T.C. Weber. This cyberpunk thriller, the first book in the BetterWorld trilogy, deals with an even more overtly repressive near-future America and the struggle against that repression by a multicultural crew of hackers and political activists attempting to wake the USA from its "sleep state."

    Sleep State Interrupt received a Compton Crook Award nomination in 2017 for Best First Science Fiction Novel and has received dozens of favorable reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads.

  • The final book in the BetterWorld trilogy, Zero-Day Rising is scheduled for publication in 2019.

  • The Anarchist Cookbook, by Keith McHenry with Chaz Bufe, with an introduction by Chris Hedges. Anarchists have talked for decades about producing an anarchist cookbook, a book whose contents accurately reflect its title. A book written by anarchists that delivers recipes for social change, recipes for tasty food, and accurate information about anarchism. There have been several false starts on such a book, but no one has ever published one. Until now. Bon appetit!

    Popmatters ran a nice review of the Cookbook. The review reads in part:

    "Prefaced by a typically charged introduction by Chris Hedges, . . . The Anarchist Cookbook features a lively tone and inspiring argument. . . . [It's an] affordable and handsomely produced compendium."

  • Free Radicals: A Novel of Utopia and Dystopia, by Zeke Teflon. The reviews tell you all you need to know regarding this sci-fi novel about a hard-bitten bar musician exiled to a prison planet filled with religious and political cults:

    "Solidly entertaining . . . reminiscent of early Mick Farren."
    Publishers Weekly

    "The plot holds the reader's interest and should appeal to a fairly wide audience." —Booklist

    "[Free Radicals] is among the best future-shock reads in years. . . . Teflon wields a dark sense of humor . . . and is a terrific depicter of violence. . . . [Free Radicals] is the only sci-fi novel I've read that captures the gritty existence of a futuristic bar musician . . . [It also] makes great use of border Spanish; . . .
    "If we lived in the '60s and '70s when audience-rattling paperbacks like Naked Lunch were cheap, plentiful and available on pharmacy spinner-racks, critics would hail Free Radicals as a masterpiece."
    Tucson Weekly

  • Stage Fright: 40 Stars Tell You How They Beat America's #1 Fear, by Mick Berry and Michael Edelstein, PhD. This groundbreaking book contains 40 interviews with highly accomplished public figures on dealing with stage fright, offering tips from their own experiences in overcoming it. Jason Alexander, Mose Allison, Maya Angelou, David Brenner, Peter Coyote, Olympia Dukakis, Melissa Etheridge, Richard Lewis, Ron Paul, Robin Williams, and 30 others sound off about their trials with stage fright, candidly discussing their fears and insecurities with life in the public eye and ultimately revealing the various paths they followed to overcoming them.

    The book also contains a lengthy chapter explaining the most useful strategies in overcoming America's #1 fear, "How You Can Beat Stage Fright."

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So, if you review books and any of these titles appeal to you, we'd suggest signing up with NetGalley now, as we take titles down fairly often and replace them with others.

Finally, just a reminder that book reviews are fun to write and that your reviews do matter and can be a tremendous help to small publishers, the authors they publish, and to other readers.

Anarchist and Atheist Pamphlet Sale

We're currently having a 65% to 70% off sale on our Anarchist and Atheist pamphlets. All 12 of our Anarchist pamphlets (29.50 cover price) are now just $10.00; all 21 of our Atheist pamphlets ($50.35 cover price) are now just $15.00; and all 33 anarchist and atheist pamphlets ($79.85 cover price) are now just $20.00.

We're down to a handful of five of the pamphlets, Anarchism: What It Is and What It Isn't, Anarchism and American Traditions, Does God Exist?, The Heretic's Guide to the Bible, and The Revolutionary Pleasure of Thinking for Yourself. We won't be reprinting them, so if you're thinking about ordering any of the pamphlet collections, now would be a good time to do it.

Recent E-books

  • The e-book edition of 20 Reasons to Abandon Christianity, by Chaz Bufe, is a slightly updated version of the popular pamphlet of the same title, and it covers Christianity's cruelty, authoritarianism, misogyny, homophobia, anti-intellectualism, and 15 other reasons to abandon it.

    20 Reasons is now available for $1.99 from all major e-book sellers.

    The original uncorrected version is available free in html format here.

  • Pamela Sutter's pointed and funny e-book, May the Farce be with You: A Lighthearted Look at why God does not exist, covers such topics as prayer (if god is omniscient, why bother?), the egocentricity of believers, evolution vs. creation "science," the anthropic principle, and much more. It also contains nearly two dozen cartoons, many of which are very funny, and which The Moral Atheist touts as "hilarious."

    May the Farce be with You is now available for $1.99 from the usual outlets.

    Here's one of the book's more than 20 illustrations.

    Editorial: Why Your Reviews Matter

    Your reviews matter, probably more than you realize.

    There has been a drastic decline in the numbers of magazines and newspapers over the last two decades, and an even more drastic decline in the number that carry book reviews. The number of daily papers in the U.S. dropped roughly 15% over the past quarter century, and a great many of those remaining have reduced or entirely eliminated their book review sections. (This is in line with their overall reductions in news and feature coverage during the same period due to huge, presumably Internet-caused, revenue drops.)

    The status of weekly papers is perhaps even more dire. Forty years ago there were independent weeklies in almost every major and mid-size city in the country, and a great many carried reviews. Since then, those that survived have been, and are still being, gobbled up by media conglomerates, the New Times chain being a case in point. That chain bought weeklies in half of the country's largest markets, and the New Times papers I'm familiar with (and probably all or nearly all of the rest) do not review books.

    The situation here in Tucson is a case in point. Six years ago, Arizona's oldest daily newspaper, The Tucson Citizen, went under. The remaining daily, The Arizona Daily Star, now devotes only a half-page to reviews in its Sunday edition (no space at all in the others), and the formerly independent Tucson Weekly, has been bought twice over the last 15 years by small media conglomerates. It used to carry weekly in-depth reviews of books by local authors. No more. Following its most recent sale, it stopped carrying book reviews, and almost everything else that made it worth reading. It's now little more than an advertising sheet of use only as bird cage liner.

    Magazines are in somewhat similar shape. Circulation (especially news stand circulation) has been declining simultaneously with the ascent of the Internet, and revenue has been plummeting: from $48.3 billion in 2007 to $27 billion in 2015. Two specialty magazines, Guitar Player and Bass Player, owned by the same company, are a case in point. From their glory days in the 1990s, their circulation has dropped by roughly half, and a few years ago they combined their staffs in a cost-cutting move. The end result of all this is that magazines have cut back their coverage, and it's harder than ever to get reviews. (Bass Player and Guitar Player are exceptions to the rule, and are still very good about reviewing books.)

    Compounding all this is the explosion in the annual number of new titles over the last 25 years or so. The number of new titles reported by Books in Print, the best source for information on physical books, more than doubled over the last 15 years; the current total of new print books exceeds 300,000 per year. Add in e-books, and the number is likely over 1,000,000. (No one really knows how many e-books are published annually.)

    Add this all up, and you have far more books competing for far fewer reviews in the remaining magazines and newspapers, and for what little shelf space remains in bookstores.

    The number of independent bookstores, where readers in decades past could discover books that received few or no reviews, has declined drastically over the last half-century. At present, they account for only 10% of the book market. So, that channel for readers to discover books has all but disappeared.

    To make matters even worse, the large-circulation magazines tend to ignore books from small presses and to review primarily, often only, books from the half-dozen conglomerates that dominate the book publishing industry, and both television (and syndication-dominated) radio talk shows tend to book only the authors published by those same conglomerates.

    What's left for small publishers? Reader reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, B&N, and other online retailer sites.

    If you read a book that you like issued by an independent publisher, please consider writing even a one- or two-sentence review for Goodreads or any of the online book retailers. It'll help both the author and the small publisher. And it'll help other readers discover books they would enjoy.

    Your reviews are more important than you think.

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