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.