I know first hand how much work is poured into the daily soup that makes up the life of a writer.
The sweat. The long brain-heating hours spent staring at a computer screen or a blank sheet of paper.
The blood. The endless battles of will to keep yourself going when all you really want to do is put your head down on the desk and nap.
The tears. The promises you make to yourself only to break them for a cup of lukewarm coffee.
Believe me. I know.
I also know how tough it is to attract the attention of an agent, let alone to see all of that bloody-sweaty-teary work make its way onto the pages of a book.
I know about technology and because I thought it was a necessity for my life as a writer, I’ve wandered into the Matrix with its dizzying array of techno-options and their permutations. And I’ve wandered right back out again.
While many writers are understandably going the e-book and Kindle route, I unfortunately cannot bring myself to do it.
My desire to create real books, something to place on a book shelf and pass along to others is so strong that the time seemed right to embark on a new adventure.
I’m excited and humbled to announce the launch of Labello Press (in commemoration to my father who died recently) an Independent Publisher of short fiction.
In conjunction with the launch, we are running our first annual Short Story Competition with the winners to be published in the 2012 anthology (YES. A real book) “Gem Street.”
“Gem Street” will be a quality book with beautiful cover art containing unique, fresh, and gutsy writing from previously unpublished writers.
There will be prize money and we aim to establish ourselves as a writer-friendly down-to-earth option for writers interested in helping to keep independent publishers and the books they produce relevant.
I will continue to write this blog because even though it’s an online source of publishing I put an awful lot of effort into crafting and producing it. I see it as a little work of art and hopefully you will continue to enjoy reading.
And in any event, the infamous comment page is just too good to let go.
Not my doing, yours.
Although I will be using some social media to promote Labello Press, the competition and anthology, as well as more traditional avenues of advertising, I would like to ask you to help if you can.
I know some of you out there are writers. Or wannabe writers. Or you know writers so please, pass this information along. Talk about it. Blab it to your friends, your co-workers, your neighbours. Give the website address to anyone you feel may be interested. Or enter a story yourself.
Here is the link http://www.LabelloPress.com for full submission guidelines and information about the Leonard A. Koval Memorial Prize.
At the end of the day, Labello Press may not be a massive player in the marketplace but if we can help other writers slide between the pages of a book and find some respite there, then I suppose we’ll feel we’ve done a good thing.If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!