So I'm fresh back from Dragoncon and exhausted as it is quite an event but I wanted to share with you all one of the discoveries I found while there.
Bell Bridge Books (Belle Books) - is a small press that sponsored the Writer's Conference portion of Dragoncon. I sat in on several panels that members of their organization were on and I was so excited to see another small press that "gets" what is going on with the changes in publishing and is doing well.
I wasn't "consciously" aware of Bell Bridge when I went to Dragoncon but when I got back to my hotel room I "looked them up" and then the pieces clicked into place. They are one of the presses that did fabulously well with the Sunshine Deals and as a result of that got several of their titles in the top 100 and even the top 10. Also according to their website they have three books that reached #1 (an accomplishment for any book and especially well done as there are few small press offerings that can say this.
I recently saw on Kindle boards that one of my fellow KB'ers, John Hartness, signed a book deal with them. I'm very excited for both parties as I think this will be a very good fit and based on the little bit John told me, Bell Bridge is willing to think outside the box and are not threatened by a hybrid publishing approach.
So...I know that Ridan is not not open to submissions, but for those that think a small press might be the right approach for you - I would recommend Bell Bridge as someone to put on your list.