Last night I had the pleasure of attending the book launch party for Matthew Peters’ novel Conversations Among Ruins. Matthew’s publicist, Cindy Campbell, arranged the event at Letters Bookshop in Durham, NC.
I hadn’t been to Letters since it opened about a year ago, but I really liked the space.
The whole experience, really, was a great opportunity to see independent publishing in action. What do I mean by that?
- Matthew published Conversations with All Things That Matter Press, a no-fee, royalty-paying, POD small press.
- Matthew does not have an agent.
- When Matthew realized he needed help with marketing, he hired his own publicist, who arranged this event, among others.
- The book launch was at a small, independent bookstore that is making an effort to connect with local writers.
- Though the novel was originally published as an e-book (available on all the major platforms), Matthew had traditional books available for purchase (and signing!).
And all this happened without an agent or a traditional publishing process. Pretty cool.