Publishing is currently just one guy, David M. Fitzpatrick. That's me. I'm
a fiction writer with a love of short stories and speculative fiction,
whether science fiction, fantasy, or supernatural horror. My anthologies
are primarily about those genres.
My goal is to build Epic Saga's stable of
niche titles. Instead of publishing, selling a few copies, and closing the
title down, I'll leave the titles live and work to drive interest. My hope
is that I will sell a few of each title here, a few there; eventually,
when the stable of titles has built up, I hope this venture can support
itself. And I hope that people who enjoy one title might decide to try
learn more about me and my writing, visit
Wikipedia, citing the 2007 Writer's Market (as of March 2011),
"small press" refers to any publisher publishing 10 titles or fewer every
year, give or take. It also cites a figure that says a small press is any
publisher with less than $50 million in annual sales, after returns and
discounts. Obviously, those are two very divergent criteria. A press could
have 100 titles and sell 1,000 copies of each, which might make money, but
sales will likely be significantly less than a fifty million bucks.
For true "small" presses, the term
"independent press" or "indie press" is often used. I guess that's me. As
of this writing, Epic Saga Publishing consists of one guy--the one who
typed this. I have a partner as we head towards incorporating for tax
purposes, and he'll handle the books, but the rest of it is me. I come up
with anthology titles, put out calls for submissions, read subs, accept or
reject, and fill the anthologies. I edit them and work closely with
writers to clean up trouble spots, as I'm more interested in good
storytelling than perfect grammar (although I insist on a reasonable level
of mastery of the English language). I lay out the books, send PDF proofs
to the contributors, read them again, design the covers, and send the
files to the printer. I market without a budget, get the word out about
the titles to appropriate venues, and handle the day-to-day sales aspects.
And I do all of this while working a day job elsewhere.
I'd love nothing more than to do
this full time. I don't need to get rich doing it. I just need to find
talented writers who can contribute to original projects and get them out
there. I'll still do that... but darn that day job getting in the way!