Sunday, August 2, 2009
Author’s Press Series
Now that the dust has settled after our move and the completion of Songs and Letters, I’ve made a couple of major publication decisions. The first was simple: I’ll be starting another of my open-ended, potentially embarrassing online projects soon. The second, while simple in concept, will take a lot more work, or at least work of a different kind: I’ve decided to put together an Author’s Press Series of relatively inexpensive, uniformly designed paperbacks that explore different themes and facets of my writing. The titles that have suggested themselves thus far will likely occupy a foot or more of shelf space.
Feeling as I do about books, not having more of my writing available in print editions has bothered me for some time. I love the dynamics involved in writing for online publication, but I’m old enough and superstitious enough to wonder what will happen if someone ever “pulls the plug.” As I’ve joked online and privately with friends many times before: without the Internet, would I even exist? With this in mind, and perhaps because online publishing is so easy, having a physical record of my work seems more important than ever. It’s only partly arrogance; it’s also common sense.
For me, the project will also be a challenging and educational one, as I hope to see more clearly where my strengths and weaknesses lie, and to gain a better understanding of how my writing and thought have developed and/or eroded over the years. I can’t change what I have done, but I can certainly learn from it — just as I do from readers, who, through their observations and comments, often point me in other, more fruitful directions.
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