I’m finally doing it. After years of planning and researching, I’m about to start my own independent publishing company. I’ve wanted to work in publishing for about as long as I’ve wanted to be an author, and since my first novel is being published, I wanted to pursue both dreams. I’m taking what I’ve learned over the years and experiencing during this process to create a small press.
Obsidian Book Company & Literary Journal
The Obsidian Book Company will be an independent publishing press that uplifts marginalized voices by publishing diverse authors and stories, as well as curating these voices in a literary journal. I struggled with how and where to begin, changing business models a few times before settling on something that will allow this dream to grow. To build a dream, you need capitol. That’s why I decided to begin this adventure with a literary journal.
When I was earning my English degree at Flagler College, I was on the editing team for their literary review journal: FLARE. I loved reading the submissions we got from students, locals, and writers across the country. Our team was proud to put together a journal that exemplified the talent of writers and artists. That’s the kind of journal I’d like to make: one that showcases art and literature from a variety of people.
I’m hoping that by curating this journal, I come in contact with authors who are looking to publish a collection of stories, poetry, or their first novel–and that I’ll having the funding available to do it. I’m also looking into grants and other ways to start off strong and be able to keep this dream going.
The Future Dream
My end goal with his business is to have an office and retail space where we can sell physical copies of the books and merchandise we’ve published, plus have a little cafe with snacks and coffee. Starting off with a literary journal and then offering full publishing are two big steps to getting that space.
I’m also creating a network of professionals in the publishing industry: editors, formatting pros, designers, book binders, marketers, and all the experts who make books possible. Right now it’s just a team of me, with the potential for a co-founder, but eventually I want to employ more people. If you’re interested in getting involved with either the journal or press, please reach out to me!
I’m still working on the website and licensing to make this publishing company a reality. Once everything is ready, you can find out more online at obsidianbookco.com and on social media. You can also keep up-to-date with my writing adventures at nicolemzaunbrecherauthor.com!
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