For many small press authors, one of the biggest challenges is promoting your work. Touring and reading from your book is a great way to do that, but it takes money. Most small press authors have to pay for this out of pocket, which can be difficult or impossible.
This is why I'm so pleased that my press recently started a foundation to support small presses and small press authors. My publisher Bryan Borland calls the foundation a "tax-deductible version of Kickstarter." This foundation allows small press authors (not just those from Sibling Rivalry Press) to raise money for travel, research, and other literary events or workshops.
Currently, I'm asking people to donate to a book tour for A History of the Unmarried (my new book releasing on September 16th). All money raised will be going toward my ability to travel and promote the book. In the fall, I plan to do readings on the east coast and in the winter I'll be heading to California to read in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Your donation will help make that possible.
Here's how to donate:
1. Go to to the Sibling Rivalry Press Foundation page for small press authors.
2. There you will see a drop-down menu of authors you can donate directly to. Select my name: Stephen S. Mills. Then add me to your cart.
3. On the next page, you can change the amount you would like to donate by increments of ten.
4. Then hit check-out and enter your payment information.
10% of all donations go directly to the running of the foundation and 90% will go to me. Your donation is tax-deductible and a great way to support the literary world.
For anyone who donates $50 or more, I will send you a free signed copy of A History of the Unmarried.
I thank you all for your support of my work whether you can donate or not. Feel free to pass this information on to anyone who might be interested, willing, or able.