So what I have been up to these past few months?
Well, I went and co-founded a publishing house: Ashland Creek Press.
As you know, I’m passionate about animal rights and the environment.That’s why I wrote The Tourist Trail.
But one of the reasons I struggled to find a mainstream publisher for this novel was that mainstream publishers didn’t know how to market the book.
Publishers want to publish books that address well-established markets. Like mystery novels or thrillers or chick-lit.
Publishers are not very good at identifying new markets.
The eco-lit label has been traditionally used to describe nonfiction environmental works. But there is no reason why a novel can’t he labeled eco-lit. For example, we recently published a young adult paranormal romance novel, which also happens to be the world’s first “vegan vampire” novel. I would consider this book to be eco-lit, but also one that fits more established categories as well.
Amazon does not yet offer an eco-lit category for publishers. For now, we will build upon existing categories. Next year, we’ve got an eco-mystery planned, as well as two novels that both fall under the eco-lit theme.
The best thing about starting this press is that I’ve realized how many other writers out there who share our passion for eco-literature. I believe the readers are out there as well, and that their numbers will continue to grow.
Every genre has got to start somewhere.
UPDATE: We are now accepting submissions for the Among Animals anthology.