We writers are ever in quest of new publishers, and even better if those new publishers are outside-the-box thinkers dedicated to promoting and selling their authors' books.
So when a friend of mine held up a very chic hardcover book titled Rich Boy by Sharon Pomerantz, my friend's college buddy, my ears perked up.
They perked up even more, however, when my friend said the book has gotten major reviews and national marketing. I assumed the author had landed a sweet deal with a big publishing house, so my poor ears almost fell off when my friend said the book was published by Twelve, a publishing house that opened in 2005 and publishes only 12 books a year.
Yet look at these accomplishments the press has already accrued:
• of 37 books published, 19 have made the New York Times bestsellers list
• authors include such big names as Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub, The Perfect Storm author Sebastian Junger and that guru of controversy, Christopher Hitchens
Alas, no submission guidelines are listed on the Twelve website, which means the publisher may only take agented material. I plan to find out, however, and will keep you posted.
I'm a writing junkie looking for other writing junkies who are in this gig for the cool of it. People striving to be better writers because that's where their minds fly. I've accrued any number of writing credentials: author of "Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up: A Thorough Primer for the Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction"; writer of short stories published in Watchword, the Berkeley Fiction Review, Iconoclast and other literary journals; journalist of hundreds of articles for such publications as the Chicago Tribune and Inside Karate Magazine; playwright of a play produced in Hollywood. But what I'm looking to create now is a safe haven for writers where they can forget the brutality of the publishing world for awhile and help one another jump literature to a new level. If you're that person, or would like to be, welcome.