Welp, cat is officially out of the bag on this one. So, some words.
The idea to found Multifarious Press smacked me like a freight train a little over a year ago. Remember I’ve been writing for a long time, editing for almost as long.
I discovered writer-twitter and the wonderful (and horrible) world it can be roughly two years ago.
Through that medium, I’ve met some amazing authors, many diverse, wonderful voices that have honored me by letting me read their words.
I’d been chatting with an author who felt their chances for a book they’d written had been lost because the diverse voice was too real.
An autistic voice. Like my own.
My soul cried out at that, because I need more adult autistic voice stories, and this one might never see the light of day.
In the two years I’ve been talking with authors on twitter, I’ve also seen so many diverse authors quit.
They stopped trying.
They stopped writing.
I’ve been working behind the scenes with my editors and web developer to get this fledgling press up and running for close to a year. From the seed of an idea to figuring out how we’ll work it all to getting people I trust to do what they’ll say they’ll do… it’s been a journey.
We’re all parents and people with lives and jobs and difficulties so you could say there were a few potholes.
But I am not going anywhere.
I’ll be honest, I’m bloody terrified that people won’t think I can do this, that they’ll think… unkind things about me, when all I want to do is help others like me. Diverse Voices.
One thing I’ve been accused of being a time or million is stubborn. Once I choose a piece of ground to stand for, I’ve been likened to a donkey with its feet planted in cement.
This is my ground.
I may not have a lot of experience with publishing, but by gods, I know how to get stories out there. I know how to edit and make covers and market. I know sales like the back of my hand because that was my career for the longest time.
If the world really wants diversity? (I think it does…) this press has a chance to open those doors to those authors who quit because they feel they’ll never make it in publishing.
I can make a difference.
I will. I will be the change in the world that I want to see.