But more than that, I've had to make the substantial effort to be a publisher in more than just name. As many of you know, Emperor Dad was to be my experiment in self-publishing. I produced an e-book version a year ago, then added artwork. Then, since I had the text and the cover, why not take advantage of the print-on-demand technology to produce a real live hold-in-your-hand book?
It was a big step for me. I've been writing for 40 years and have steadfastly avoided the publishing side, until recently. I write, it was the other guy's job to publish. Unfortunately, the world has changed. My writing style is sufficiently distinctive that I don't fit in the standard categories. Editors and agents write me these lovely rejection letters, telling me how well I write and how much they personally enjoyed reading the story -- but I don't fit. It began to look as if I were going to have to do some of this myself.
Oh, I haven't totally given up on the idea that Big Name Publications will notice my stories and offer to do a mass market edition, but although I'm still sending out the queries, I'm not going to wait on them. A few readers is better than no readers.
So, as a serious side-line, I've started Wire Rim Books, my publishing imprint, with an Emperor Dad trade paperback as the first offering. In the coming weeks, it will be showing up on the big on-line bookstores, and as I attend NASFIC in St. Louis (really Collinsville) a few days from now I'll be attempting to make independent bookstore contacts.
I invite all of you to visit the new website and I welcome suggestions, especially from you experts out there. If I'm going to do this, I've got to do it right.