Welcome! We’re not your average publisher. But then we’re hoping you’re not our average writer, either. Who wants to be average?
So there we were, two sisters and a friend, all three writers, who all wanted to get our work out there. But it was so difficult getting noticed! April, the younger sister, sold seven copies of her quite excellent book in a year-and-a-half on Amazon. We decided something had to change. It was that “fuck it” moment; we wanted to make it easier for all of us. After all, while writers may indeed have some labors of love, they also, if they’re lucky, write “for a living” to pay their rent, buy food and buy their shoes & socks.
But there was another reason for becoming our own publishing company,
and pay attention now, because this is important:
April teaches at a public high school where the expectations aren’t that high for graduating students. But a few of her students let April read some of their fiction and it was really good! We want to publish the works of high school kids, & actually market their books to the general public. What better way could there be to fund their own college educations or get them started in life? We recognize that talent is talent and production is production. We’d like to be your hope and the hope of the next generation. HOPE IS A POWERFUL THING!
We are willing to publish authors of most genres, excluding only three: Politics, Religion, and Pornography. It’s not that we don’t have political views, religious beliefs or sexual preferences, but more that we do. We won’t have our publishing platform be a stomping ground of our own beliefs, or yours, in these (volatile) areas.
And the 15% to the author thing which is pretty much the standard amongst publishers didn’t seem fair either. We are dedicated to paying authors more, as it is their work. Let’s give the arts a shot of adrenaline, and a new voice.
Another part of what makes us different is that we know great writing doesn’t depend on financial status, political views, emotional state, or any of these other singular things one might think may have some bearing.”Being a good writer” is not something that comes in a perfectly packaged box. We know the good writer can be a child, a poor person, even a semi-literate. It’s the story and one’s ability to communicate that story; the ability to “take you there.” It’s the ability to not only introduce you to a character or to a location, but for you to really get to know those characters and to arrive. We want it to be real. Real life. Even the fiction, because after all, where does fiction come from, if not real life?
And we’re skipping the missing comma (for the most part)…who cares? Sure, it will always be important to get their-there-they’re right, and two-to-too…some things are just too agreed upon and push far too many buttons worldwide to not get right.
So if your character curses, let ’em. If your character is a creep, don’t try to shine a kind light on them. There are monsters among us; let them shine as monsters.
If there is ice, let us feel the cold, and add the fear of falling.