Upstart Indie Press, Running Wild Press, has two best independent books awarded by Kirkus Reviews



LOS ANGELES, December 16, 2019 / PRNewswire / – Running Wild Press, a small independent publisher with nearly two dozen titles in its four-year publishing history, has produced two books that were recently selected by Kirkus Reviews as independent books of the year: 2019.

“We publish stories that cross genres with great stories and writing that doesn’t fit perfectly in a box,” says the founder and editor. Lisa Diane Kastner, who is also an author.

One of the two book of the year selections is Front material: Glue Gone Wild through Suzanne samples, a moving memoir on the author’s struggle to live with end-stage brain cancer at the age of 36. The other is Dark corners by Reuben “Tihi” Hayslett, a series of explosive essays and narratives written with disturbing light that touch on racism, LGBTQ, and the human condition in a Trumpian world.

“The book market is growing and growing, as publishers like Running Wild Press are wisely filling a void. We target stories the public is looking for by less pursued authors. Those stories that are not considered safe to publish,“Kastner said.

The book industry publishes over 4,000 titles every day, but some stories do not see the light of day and that is the goal of Running Wild Press.

Some recent local and national achievements of Running Wild Press include these:

  • The short stories were nominated for the Brahm Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association.
  • They have had several stories nominated for Pushcart Awards, PEN Awards, and the National Book Award.
  • Their books were included in gift bags for presenters and nominees for the SAG Awards and Grammy Awards and were included in gift bags for VIPS who attended the George Lopez Celebrity Golf Tournament.
  • They sponsored a mini-literature festival at Gatsby Books in Long beach in partnership with the Long Beach Literary Arts Center.

“We started the press because we read too many good stories that never found a readership,” Kastner adds. “We wanted to create a platform. We’re looking for unusual stories that the mainstream edition won’t pick up on because the story isn’t clearly defined.”

We want the fantastic stories that other houses have rejected so that we can help the author make this story shine and put it in the hands of avid readers, ”Kastner said.

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