Monday, March 23, 2009

Small Press Story #23: Big River Press

Big River Press is the brain child of editor and author R. J. Brown, an avid reader and writer since childhood who knows what she likes in a book. The mission statement of Big River Press is to bring unusual and engaging fiction and creative non-fiction to the reading public.

From 1998-2006, R. J. Brown, with her husband, created and ran the award-winning book review site, preferring to highlight lesser-known authors who published themselves via POD - Print On Demand. Using her 40 years of editing experience, R. J. Brown also worked with writers on their manuscripts.

After caring for her husband's father, Lincoln Brown, in the last years of his long life, R. J. Brown wrote a creative non-fiction memoir of that experience; Standing the Watch: Memories of a Home Death, and set out to find a literary agent. With her rejection folder bulging at the seams, she asked the many authors she had interviewed while reviewing their books about going the POD route. In 2002 she published with iUniverse and was not impressed by the final product nor the then customer service.

By winter 2005, she was burnt out managing the weekly updates to her book review site and felt the call to write her own books, and in July 2006, she closed to tend to personal health. It was revived in 2008, under new management in a different format by Irene Watson of

In the Fall of 2006, while D. H. Brown recovered from multiple bypass surgery, he completed his first military thriller, Honor Due, assisted by his wife's editing. After more than 200 rejections from literary agents and major publishing houses, R. J. Brown formed Big River Press to publish Honor Due in 2007, to critical acclaim. It has since been awarded the 2008 Silver Medal for Literary Fiction from the MWSA - Military Writers Society of America, and also received an Honorable Mention from the American Authors Association.

In 2008, Big River Press published the expanded second edition of R. J. Brown's memoir Standing the Watch: The Greatest Gift. It has been awarded First Place in the 2009 Memoir/Autobiography Category by

Also in 2008 Big River Press published Honor Defended, D. H. Brown's second book in his Citizen Warrior Series. Big River Press's newest book (2009) is Epitaph, the second submariner thriller by Veteran and author D. Clayton Meadows. The next addition to the Big River Press catalogue will be R. J. Brown's first fiction, The Dead Husband: A Sally Sees Cozy Mystery due to be launched April 2009, and the third book in the Citizen Warrior Series, Honor Redeemed due by late Fall.

Big River Press works hard at presenting its books to the highest of publishing industry standards. Books are available to retail outlets through Ingram, Baker and Taylor, and most online booksellers/distributors.

Media Contact:
Big River Press
P. O. Box 371, Clallam Bay WA 98326-0371