Yes, there is a new publishing house in town–sort of. Rising Phoenix Publications is my personal publishing company, launched on April 19, 2013 to provide my self-published works with a named company and logo that would be distinctive.
The logo, created for me by my lovely editor, the talented Danielle Fine, also has a personal meaning. The name came to me after a run of rejections from agents of some of my works. Instead of being depressed, I kept seeing this image of the phoenix that rises from the ashes of death, whole and new again. Thus was born my idea of a personal publishing company that would overcome the adversity of rejection.
The first book to be published under this logo was Betrothal, Book I of my Time Enough to Love medieval romance. (You can see the logo in the upper left hand corner of the cover.) Betrothal is now available at Amazon, Smashwords, and B & N.
Why did I choose to self-publish Betrothal/Time Enough to Love rather than go the route of queries and traditional publication? For the answer to that question, and to be entered to win a copy of Betrothal and my full length historical romance Only Scandal Will Do, check out my interview with Nancy Goodman on Rakes, Rogues and Romance here. Comment on either this blog or hers and be entered to win!
I am very happy so far with my self-publishing experience. The control over covers, pricing, availability of sales data, editorial decisions and other factors make self-publishing an exciting and satisfying venture that I will hopefully be utilizing for many years to come.
What has been your experience with self-publication, either as an author or as a reader of indie books?