Today’s Worldbuilding Wednesday is short. Really short. And different.
Well, I’m embarking on a new adventure. I’m starting a publishing house. *ducks and hides from everything that needs to be done*
Once again, why????
Well, I actually always intended to.
I’ve always loved being a writer. There are few things as fun as as creating new worlds, writing stories about them and sharing those stories with people. I’ve loved reading and writing since I was a little girl and I always knew that I wanted to be in the publishing business in some fashion. Writing was the logical place to start.
But one thing I’ve learned over the almost two full years since I started putting my stories out is that I also love helping other writers get their stories to readers. I like the process of creating covers. I actually enjoy formatting books to make them look good in print or electronically. And as tedious as it can be to upload stories sometimes, there’s a deep satisfaction in seeing that story out there and available to be purchased.
Don’t even get me started on the thrill when someone buys a book! *laughs*
It’s fun. I have two writer friends that I’ve helped on publishing matters. One has already released her book and it’s doing pretty well for a first book. The other is working on her book and considering her options. I really enjoyed helping with feedback, formatting, uploading, all of that.
And well, there just aren’t enough books out there that have women, POC and LGBTQA characters in lead roles. Or any roles at all, honestly.
So, my plan has always been to create a publishing house that specifically puts out stories with women, POC and LGBTQA characters in them. SF, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery, with an erotica line, too. Maybe YA or children’s books but I don’t know for sure yet about that.
I just figured that it would come somewhere in the next 2-5 years, not right now.
I decided to create a second penname for erotica stories. It seemed like a good idea.
My initial plan was to have it be a secret identity, one not connected to Meyari McFarland at all. Because, you know, erotica. And well, I was curious how it would sell compared to my other stories.
Amazon and CreateSpace were no issue. I was able to upload the story under the new penname and there was no connection that readers could see. The only place it showed was on my dashboard for the two sites. Wonderful!
Smashwords, not so much.
To have two authors on one dashboard you have to have a Publisher account.
I didn’t know that at first. Tons of error messages when I uploaded the story with the new penname! I had to put it to archive until I could figure out what happened and how to fix it.
Which I did. My Smashwords account is now a Publisher account rather than a regular Author account. That means that I can have multiple pennames and everything is fine. It also means that, should I choose, I could put other people’s stories up just like a real live actual publisher.
Which means that I might as well go ahead and get the whole thing running properly right now, just without opening submissions until I understand how contracts work and accounting for royalties properly and eek, so much to learn!
This means that the publishing house is starting up right now. This week. Well, it’ll probably take this month and into next month to get everything straightened out and all the books and sites updated. O.O
Which pushes me into setting up a Publisher website which means that I have to have a PO Box as using my home address for the publishing house isn’t a good idea. And I need to look seriously at getting a Doing Business As legal thing for the state. And eek, there’s figuring out how to do hardbacks and audio books and and and!
Yeah, I’m kind of flailing about at the moment, thus no proper Worldbuilding Wednesday post. *deep sigh* Maybe I should just switch it to discussing what’s going on on that front. Except I probably won’t.
Anyway, I hope that we’ll be ready to let people submit stories by the end of 2015 at the latest. It’ll probably be more like 2016 or 2017 if I’m honest with myself. I do have a huge amount of stuff to learn and set up before I’m ready to do that.
But plans for the future are starting to come together. I’ll let you know what I’m up to once I have something a bit more firm. Wish me luck!
Oh yeah, what’s the publishing house going to be called?
(I wonder if I can create a logo with the initials… *wanders off with lists of things to do fluttering*)