Thoughts on Publishing with
an Independent Press
by M K Graff
The reality of the changing publishing world mean that most authors will not see their work in print through a well-known published house, unless they have first had enough success through their own efforts and word-of-mouth for a ‘big’ house to take the risk. Authors must build and establish their own network to sell their books. With that in mind, I decided to invest in myself, and published my mystery novel through Bridle Path Press, an independent Baltimore, MD press.
Yes, you read that correctly. BPP will not make a sou on your book. It doesn’t exist to make money, but to help authors print their work. But what it will do is help you get your work in print in an unusual "Pay it Forward" methodology that has published authors walk the newest members through the procedures needed to get a book into print. With its own phalanx of professionals on board, BPP will help the author find a copyeditor and book designer. It will assist you in obtaining your ISBN number and Library of Congress regulations, so that your book is listed in Books in Print. Members will calm your fears, help you make decisions, and celebrate with you when your book is printed. By creating this community, the Press is creating a haven of talented people who are willing to share their experience with each other toward a common goal: beautifully designed and printed works containing the best of contemporary writing.
Marni Graff is the author of the Nora Tierney mystery series, set in the UK. The Blue Virgin is set in Oxford and introduces Nora, an American writer living in England. She becomes involved in a murder investigation to clear her best friend as a suspect, to the chagrin of DI Declan Barnes. The Green Remains follows Nora’s move to Cumbria where she’s awaiting the publication of her first children’s book and the birth of her first child. When Nora stumbles across the corpse at the edge of Lake Windermere, she realizes she recognizes the dead man. Then her friend and illustrator, Simon Ramsey, is implicated in the murder of the heir to Clarendon Hall, and Nora swings into sleuth mode.
Graff is also co-author of Writing in a Changing World, a primer on writing groups and critique techniques. She writes a weekly mystery book review at www.auntiemwrites.wordpress.com. A member of Sisters in Crime, Graff runs the NC Writers Read program in Belhaven and founded the group Coastal Carolina Mystery Writers. She has also published poetry, last seen in Amelia Earhart: A Tribute; her creative nonfiction has most recently appeared in Southern Women’s Review. Her books can be bought at Amazon.com or at http://www.bridlepathpress.com.