RUNNING A BOOK COMPANY
My name is Marcus but when I write I go by the pen name of M. Leon Smith. I have been an avid reader for all of my life and began writing seriously in 2009 and I now know enough about writing to know I will never run out of things to learn.
Since childhood, I dreamed of seeing my name on the cover of a book but, as I have told in the past, did nothing about it. When I eventually started to write I thought getting my work published would be enough for me and, although each acceptance was exciting, I wanted more.
After some time in the 'writing game' (if I can be so crass to call it that) I became part of a book company. Dead Guns Press specialise in publishing crime fiction 'Noir fiction for a new Era' as the company proudly states. And, for years, DGP scratched my itch to be involved with the creation of books,
During a bout of illness, I became very aware of mortality (I wasn't that ill lol) and decided to get serious about starting a book company.
I had tried self-publishing with the original version of 'Olverston Grange ...and Other Stories' which was published only as an eBook, sold a couple of copies, then disappeared. The name I gave the company was 'Skinned Knuckles', due to my awful wheelchair driving skills and the flesh I lost because of them.
My second go at creating a book company led to 'Esskaye Book' (see what I did there?) This company has a much grander plan. So far I have rewritten 'Olverston Grange ...and Other Stories' and published it as both paperback and eBook. Esskaye Books has also released 'The Blue Jackets' that had previously appeared as a trilogy of short stories but now read as they were always meant to, have almost completed the follow-up to 'The Blue Jackets'. Discussions have begun with some other independent authors to get them onto the company's roster.
Today I need to make some minor graphical changes to the website, write this blog, write a chapter or two of the new book, research some avenues to promote the company is, and promote in others.
Start a book company, they said. It'll be fun, they said. You're right, I replied.
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The second release from Esskaye Books brings back The Blue Jackets! Excitement, love, heartbreak, and battles erupt when these teens meet!
My Dad was my inspiration, my protector, my friend, my colleague, my business partner, my teacher, my defender, and my hero. Without his guiding hand and vision, I would never have become the man I am now.
I continue to live my life in a way that I hope will make him proud.
5th July 1953 – 22nd May 2013
Cherish your Dad while you still have them and remember them with fondness and happiness when they're gone. Everyone's Dad is the best Dad ever but mine was the bestest.
- M. Leon Smith