The Ocean in My Ears sold out of its first print run in less than three months since its publication date in November 2017. It’s become one of Ooligan Press’ bestselling books. While those within the publishing industry attribute their purchase to the Kirkus Star Review that The Ocean in My Ears obtained, it’s likely that most of our readers found the novel in a different way: from must-read lists.
Contact lists are painstakingly cultivated and relentlessly revised until, from the blood, sweat, and tears put into its conception, a list of names, emails, and resources is birthed. This process is exhausting and often seems never-ending for those working on them. Here’s how we made it and what happened after.