Since this past August, I’ve been neck-deep in various writing projects–from researching an upcoming true-crime novel, writing, editing, and formatting manuscripts, designing covers, arranging and managing marketing and advertising efforts.
I’ve learned a lot, much that I never thought would appeal to me but all of these efforts have been aimed at a single end goal: Getting my novels out in the market for public consumption.
With the work I’ve done just on my first two published novels, I’ve felt a renewed sense of purpose. As a writer, there’s truly no greater sense of accomplishment nor emotional moment than holding a physical copy of your book in your hands, seeing it side-by-side other books on your bookshelf with the likes of Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Patricia Highsmith.
But my efforts have made me realize that I’m not just a writer, I’m also a publisher.
Someone who writes but takes no pleasure in it is not a writer. The same applies to the concept of the publisher.
As difficult as the learning process has been in terms of learning the intricacies of PhotoShop and InDesign, copyright and fair-use images, attribution, the significance of a bleed in a document, the effects different trim sizes have on a document, as well as on the overall cost of the end product, it’s also been incredibly rewarding and I look forward to learning more and to engaging in more of these efforts almost as much as I look forward to writing more.
Because of this recent revelation, I’ve decided to open my own publishing company, L.L. Press.
I’m filing with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office this week and hope, by the start of the new year, to be up and running and soliciting and accepting submissions.
I’ll be publishing a second website, liampublisher.com, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts.
The first book to be officially published by L.L. Press (Effusion and Most Unnatural will, of course, be retroactively published) will come in February–a murder-mystery (more to come soon)–and then will be followed, in March, by the first novel I’ll publish that I didn’t write (more to come on that also).
What I know for sure right now is that, like my own works, L.L. Press will not be a single-genre-oriented publisher. I want works from every genre imaginable and novellas and short-story collections in addition to novels (if you don’t know about my pet peeve with the monopolization of the book market by novels, read about it here and here).
I’ll have more details about the business in the coming weeks. In the meantime I hope, if you are a writer but reticent to enter the self-publishing world (which, though learnable, is at first very intimidating and difficult), you’ll think about submitting to L.L. Press for help.