From online discounts to virtual author tours, indie publishers have been inventive getting their books into readers’ hands. It’s a daunting task, especially for smaller presses.
Brad Morden, publisher at Write Bloody North – the Canadian-owned imprint of Los Angeles–based indie press Write Bloody Publishing – is up for the challenge.
Morden’s latest endeavour is perhaps his most creative. Poetry Phone is a toll-free phone number (1-844-926-6784) that people can call to hear poems by authors Brandon Wint and Lucia Misch. Lint’s debut collection, Divine Animal, and Misch’s The Problem with Solitaire are available as pre-orders for delivery in May.
Poetry Phone also encourages listeners to leave their own works as messages, some of which will be shared online by Write Bloody North in the coming weeks.
“We think there is a lot of potential to have a lot of poetry fun with this service,” says Morden.
Write Bloody North has also been offering Zoom shows featuring spoken-word artists such as Jillian Christmas, Sheri-D Wilson, Sabrina Benaim, and Ian Keteku. Toronto writer and spoken-word artist Brendan McLeod kicked off Write Bloody North’s Poet In (Their Own) Residence program, offering a new poem each day that will eventually be collected and published.