Since we're all friends here, can I tell you about my vision for this project?
Secretly, or maybe not so secretly, Tim has been letting me do most of the running of Ghostwoods. I don't want to do it all on my own. I need his experience. But I'm learning very quickly and trying to move ahead, to discover new ways of doing things.
I want us to make a great small publishing house that supports the writers it publishes in various ways, including paying them fairly, of course. Protecting their rights to their own work as much as possible. I'd like us to provide all the benefits of any good publisher, like helping our writers network with other writers, with editors, with other publishers, with agents. Also many writers who come to us don't have much experience in publishing. So they don't know basic nuts and bolts stuff. This stops them from looking professional when they put themselves and their work out there to bigger publishers and agents. One of our hopes is that we can provide information and training to help writers reach their potential, something a big publisher just doesn't have time to do.
I also want to figure out things like emergency loans or even grants to writers in crisis eventually. I'm sure we'll come up with some other ideas as we go.
We can dedicate ourselves to this, but we still need money to get it up to its potential. Large and medium publishers have deep back lists that continue to make money for them. We need to build up to that. We have a great team and we're ready to move forward.
Feels like jumping into the deep end of the pool. Exciting but scary.