Rowing on the ocean

I was talking with a writer friend recently who was feeling down in the dumps. She had seen her first book published, but the experience with her publisher had not been ideal. Inadequate communication, a lack of a cohesive launch and promotion plan, and ultimately a company that fell apart left her fighting to regain her rights.

A prolific writer, she ended up self-publishing a book that had been committed but not yet published. But that hasn’t been exactly what she hoped for either. She learned what many of us discover: It’s difficult to shift gears from writer to publisher. Frankly, there are different skill sets involved, and it takes a while to develop new skills. Moreover, it’s frustrating, especially when you feel like you’ve failed somehow even though you grabbed hold of the brass ring.

Or to use a different metaphor, imagine discovering that you’ve been set adrift on a raft without a motor. You have a couple oars and you know the basics of setting the raft in motion, but it’s a big ocean and you have no sign of land on the horizon. In my friend’s case, she has some advantages. She has an agent who is providing guidance. For sure, it’s better to have direction and a compass than to attempt to rediscover how our ancestors navigated by the stars, but guidance is not propulsion. Wherever you are on the journey, one thing is clear: Publishing takes energy. Continue reading Rowing on the ocean

Revamping the Elephant’s Bookshelf Blogging Experience

Hey guys. It’s been a while, I know. Though it’s not obvious from the number of posts on this blog, I have been busy, and I believe the busy-ness will become evident very soon.

In a nutshell, I’ve spent the past several months working on expanding and developing Elephant’s Bookshelf Press, especially from a marketing perspective. What this means in the short term is that two books are being made ready for publication this year, with the possibility of a third also (though that one may run into 2018).

I’ve also been rethinking my blogging. Not just my schedule but also my purpose. Continue reading Revamping the Elephant’s Bookshelf Blogging Experience

Delayed by the Apocalypse

Tales from the apocalypse
Published 11/1/12

Before I say anything else, thank you to the editorial board of Elephant’s Bookshelf Press, LLC, who helped publicize and promote our newly released anthology, The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse, which felt the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. As a resident of New Jersey, I was (and am) left without power to do the final steps of publishing the book. But it is live in two of our intended formats: Electronically for Kindle and in paperback via Amazon.

We’d love to hear what you think: positive, negative, even indifferent.

Welcome to Elephant’s Bookshelf Press

Welcome to Elephant’s Bookshelf Press, a small but growing traditional publisher. In 2012, we published Spring Fevers, a collection of short stories about relationships in their many forms, and will publish The Fall in October, a collection of tales from the apocalypse.

Looking to 2013, we will publish at least one new anthology in the summer and are preparing to launch our fiction department.