BDS Book Festival 7: The PrepSmart Series from Prepper Press

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
BDS Book Festival 7: The PrepSmart Series from Prepper Press

Early on, when I was a newbie blogger, I was lucky enough to hook up with a boutique publisher who was interested in compiling a series of articles by a dozen or so bloggers.  The project did not pan out but the publisher, Prepper Press, remained in contact.

Many of books featured in Backdoor Survival book festivals have been published by the Prepper Press.  They include books by Glen Tate and the 299 Days Series , R.P. Ruggiero and the Brushfire Plague Series  (my favs), and titles from the prolific Joe Nobody and his Holding Their Own.  There have been plenty of non-fiction titles, too.

Backdoor Survival Book Festival: The PrepSmart Series from Prepper Press

Today I have a special treat for you.  Derrick, the publisher of Prepper Press books, is here to answer some interview questions put together just for him.  He will also tell you about the new PrepSmart book series.  Of course there is a giveaway; this time for two books in the Prep Smart series: Developing a Personal Preparedness Plan and Survival Guns: A Beginner’s Guide.

Both are great books, jam packed with useful information and not a bit of fluff.  Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Interview with Derrick Grant, Publisher of the PrepSmart Series

Tell me about Prepper Press. How did it get started and what is its focus and goal?

Prepper Press came to be from a mixed interest in writing, publishing, and preparedness. Where the traditional publishing industry is in disarray, we’ve found a niche we can work with, built on less traditional, friendlier relationships with authors.

Our goal from here is to expand further into dystopian fiction, while building the “PrepSmart” library for nonfiction titles.

The PrepSmart Series is new to Prepper Press. The first two books, Developing a Personal Preparedness Plan, and Survival Guns: A Beginners Guide have recently been launched. What can we expect in terms of additional titles?

Bruce Funk, author of Developing a Personal Preparedness Plan, is working on book that will be the “Water Bible” of sorts, covering all of the information a prepper would need to know about the #1 preparedness priority.

Steve Markwith, author of Survival Guns, has his second book about to come out, Shotguns: A Comprehensive Guide. His writing and firearm knowledge is phenomenal.

What is the background and experience of the PrepSmart authors?

Bruce Funk has been a long-time prepper, he’s lived the lifestyle with his family, he has an interest in research and writing, and wants to pass knowledge on. Steve Markwith has decades of experience leading firearms training for the Maine Department of Corrections.

Did they find you or did you find them?

Bruce found us. We’ve known Steve for years, so we asked him.

Speaking of authors, how do you find authors for the books you publish? Can anyone apply?

Anyone can send us a manuscript, yes; but we reject more than we accept. We’re a small publisher, and we’re busy with what he have out, and what we have coming.

A proposal really needs to speak to us, but we’d be particularly interested in hearing from people that might have a specialty in preparedness, for PrepSmart titles. We’ll also look at well-written fiction by energetic authors.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading the books in the PrepSmart series?

Practical knowledge. The intent of the books in this series is to help readers prep rationally, practically, not to go overboard, but to assess your individual needs, likelihood of events, budget, and do what makes sense give your life situation.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

We’re based in Maine. We’re trying to handle growth in a smart, manageable manner, not to overextend ourselves. It’s all been a learning process. None of us came from a publishing background, so there have been rocky moments, but we’re coming on the other side of being “new” now, and that’s an exciting time.

Next year will bring our first book associated with a major film, we’ll have new titles from existing authors, a new young adult series, and more.

As a publisher in the survival and prepping niche, what are you personally preparing for?

Living in Maine, winter and its power outages, heat, etc. always weighs on our minds from a prepper perspective. We’re also mindful of finances, trying to stay fiscally conservative in the event of economic shock.

For larger-scale “events”, most concerning to us would be a failure of the electrical grid, simply because it seems plausible, and the panic that would ensue after weeks without power – that’d be scary.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

If you enjoy reading (you must, you’re reading this blog), we invite you to check us out at and sign up for email updates. We have exciting new titles in the works.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of two PrepSmart books, Developing a Personal Preparedness Plan and Survival Guns: A Beginner’s Guide, have been reserved for one lucky reader.  To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

A lot of books cross my desk.  And honestly?  Some are better than others and some don’t make the Book Festival cut.  I do have to say,however, that everything from Prepper Press has been top notch.  Perhaps it is because I like to root for the underdog (which in this case is the small guy) or perhaps it is simply that I enjoy the personal touch that comes from dealing with hands-on publisher.

In any case, like the other books from Prepper Press, I have enjoyed these first two books in the PrepSmart series and know you will too.  Good luck in the giveaway!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight:   Developing a Personal Preparedness Plan (PrepSmart)

This book has been written to help individuals plan for life’s unexpected emergencies through a practical, attainable, and individualized process. The principles in this book will enable preppers to match their abilities, situation, and needs to realistic threats specific to that person. It teaches the reader about “normalcy bias” and provides solutions to the challenge of preparing for the worst in the midst of plenty. The result of going through this process will be a road map for satisfying your needs in a realistic and rewarding manner.

Survival Guns: A Beginner’s Guide (PrepSmart)

Survival Guns is the first firearms book in the PrepSmart series that covers the basics of building a basic firearm battery. Steve Markwith, the author, takes the reader through the process of selecting and buying firearms and accessories through a planned process that meets your needs and budget. He outlines some underlying principles to work toward the goal of building a coordinated battery, beginning with just a short list of “essential systems” that constitute a baseline inventory.

The book’s premise is built on starting with a clean slate. While some readers may already own guns and pursue the tendency to weave what they already own into the mix, those end results may be less than ideal.

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage. The eBook print version is available.

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55 Responses to “BDS Book Festival 7: The PrepSmart Series from Prepper Press”

  1. That’s my plan too. However I have a DIL that is a recovering bulimic, Yes as a teen she developed bulimia and wrecked her stomach She’s awesome and has not had any instances of bulimia for over 20 years now. But because of that she can no longer eat meat, poultry or pork.I think she said she can have broths as long as there is no chunks of meat in it. Seafood is mild enough for her to be able to digest and I was looking at storing some FD seafood for her. My cousin, who has been canning for years has told me that some fish does not hold up too well when home canned. So I have been looking at acquiring some FD Seafood for long term storage. I think Emergency Prep has FD Seafood I could get but again the question is how much do I store in addition to store bought cans of fish. We will all be sharing the meals I make for her in addition to the other foods I am storing.

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